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As a pedestrian, I always look down the alley before crossing. It's also a good idea to walk on the far side (not right up against the building) of the sidewalk when crossing in front of an alleyway, this gives you a better view down the alley and increases your visibility to a driver. Looking down an alley when I walk is second nature now.

As a driver, I always stop before exiting the alley and crawl very slowly (idle speed) when exiting.

I think its key for everyone to take caution and be aware, drivers and pedestrians.

— On the neighbor message Beeping when exiting an alley
12:26 p.m.

You can file a 311 report with the city.

I would also echo your concern with the alderman's office.

— On the neighbor message Something icy going on at Pierre's
11:41 a.m.

Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 meeting TONIGHT!

10:43 a.m.

The Chicago Department of Transportation has a page which talks about some of these issues:

3:43 p.m.

Other snow related ordinances are:
10-28-030 - Unlawful to place ice or snow on public way.

4-4-310 Public ways – Maintenance – Littering prohibited. This ordinance talks about licensed businesses responsibilities to the public way which includes removal of snow.

3:36 p.m.

10-8-530 Violation – Penalty.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, where no other penalty is specifically provided, shall be fined not more than $50.00.

Which refers to Chapter 10-8: Use of Public Ways and Places

3:31 p.m.

There is a link to file a 311 report online and some other materials regarding sidewalk snow responsibility.

— On the neighbor message Business That Don't Shovel
3:19 p.m.


4:20 p.m.

Meeting is this week!

3:14 p.m.

This meeting is coming up! Wednesday night!

3:14 p.m.

This meeting is coming up! Wednesday night!

3:14 p.m.

311 by phone or you can make this report using the online report form.

Note* Not all requests can be made online, some need to be phoned in.

Make sure to report a specific address where the problem occurs.

MAKE SURE TO REQUEST THE REFERENCE NUMBER from the operator if you are calling 311.

The reference number allows you to call back for the status of the issue and is also helpful when you approach the alderman's office so they can track how the issue has been handled by the other city departments.

If you don't report it, the problem doesn't exist. Call frequently and consistently

— On the neighbor message 36th Ward Going to Pot!
3:05 p.m.

Images from the past few Chicago Pedestrian Plan Public Meetings:

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Thanks to everyone who showed up! Here are some pictures from the event. If you didn't get a chance to attend, visit the plan website to submit your comments and feedback.

Pedestrian Plan public meeting at Rainbow Beach Park pictures -

1:09 p.m.

Just a reminder, the meeting is this Wednesday!

4:19 p.m.

311 by phone or you can make this report using the online report form.

The specific request you want to make is a "Sidewalk Survey"

Make sure to report a specific address where the problem occurs.

Request a reference number from the operator if you are calling 311.

The city also has a shared cost program with homeowners:

It runs out of funding quickly so apply as soon as the program opens.

— On the neighbor message Broken, Crumbling Sidewalks
10:55 a.m.

I live on Rockwell and Augusta. The neighborhood is great. Corner store guys are outgoing, friendly, and have an impressive beer selection.

The walk to transit convenient, its nice to be near Western and Chicago routes for OWL service.

My girlfriend and I often walk to Cermak produce on North Ave and have never had an issue with anyone.

Plus, the rent is right when you're west of western.

It's important to be alert and to move where you feel safe. But sometimes when you look for danger, that is all you end up seeing.

— On the neighbor message Safety
4:32 p.m.

This is a great discussion.

I just wanted to add that Chicago is currently developing a city-wide pedestrian plan. Many of these improvements and issues you are discussing affect the quality of the pedestrian experience.

Please try to attend the last few public meetings so you can make sure these issues are included in the plan.

If you can't make it to the meetings please check out the website and use the contact form to provide your suggestions, ideas, and concerns.

We all deserve safe, maintained, and enjoyable places to walk in our neighborhoods. Please use this opportunity to guide CDOT in the development of their plan.

— On the neighbor message Streetlights
10:33 a.m.

@Howard, Thanks! I always wondered why there were so many garbage carts accumulated under the viaduct at Sacramento. That totally makes sense.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Garbage Cans
8:59 a.m.

Alright, last reminder about the meeting tonight. Hope everyone can make it. See you there!

6:44 a.m.

Did you look in the Pedestrian Section, under Safe Routes to School programs on page 268 which describes the exact program your are criticizing? Each section has full references to studies that informed their conclusions.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Safe Routes Ambassadors are hiring!
9:17 p.m.

I have had the most success when calling 311 when I do the following:

1.) Report only 1 issue per call (multiple issues per call seems to get confused)

2.) Give a specific address of problem (I've been told the issues get entered into the computer as addresses, so giving them a range or an entire street is not helpful)

3.) Always request a reference number from the operator!

— On the neighbor message Streetlights
10:23 a.m.

Thanks for the contribution.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Safe Routes Ambassadors are hiring!
10:43 p.m.

Didn't get a chance to attend this meeting? There's another one scheduled for July 13th at the historic Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake Street from 6-8pm.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Pedestrian Plan Public Meetings
9:55 a.m.

The last meeting we had a really small turn out but those residents were able to talk directly to people creating the plan, we had a really great discussion and you bet their voices were heard. They got the personal treatment from CDOT!

These meetings are really creative outreach events. There are multiple tables were residents can learn about different solutions currently being implemented in the city, draw on maps of the neighborhood to show CDOT where the issues are, and opportunity to meet with other agencies that are working to improve the pedestrian experience.

Talk about it this weekend with your neighbors, mark the date and see you there! Have a great weekend everyone!

4:16 p.m.

Just a reminder about this meeting! It is a great opportunity to bring your feedback and big ideas to the city! Lets shoot for a big turnout to this event. The city is listening so lets give them an earful!

4:05 p.m.

Will do!

2:58 p.m.

How about enough with killing each other on the road?

Everyone needs to slow down/pay attention, obey the rules, and respect one another.

We're all just trying to get from point A to B safely.

— On the neighbor message Enough Already Please
4:46 p.m.

Try to attend one of these Pedestrian Plan public meetings.

It's the perfect opportunity for residents to voice the type of changes they want to see in their neighborhood. The Chicago Department of Transportation is developing a city-wide pedestrian plan and they need to hear from residents from all the neighborhoods.

I would also communicate your desire for streetscape projects to the alderman or any other neighborhood organization in your community.

Hope this helps!

— On the neighbor message Any Beautification plans for North Ave?
4:07 p.m.

CDOT posted some images from the meeting here:

I urge residents to attend the remaining meetings and provide feedback and guidance even if you don't live in the area around the meeting location.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Pedestrian Plan Public Meetings
9:10 a.m.

Great turn out for this event!
All three aldermen Laurino, Cullterton, and Arena showed up.

CDOT posted images from the event here:

If you missed this event, please consider coming to any of the remaining meetings. These meetings are not neighborhood specific, as the plan is a city-wide pedestrian plan.

For more information please go to the website:

— On the neighbor message The Chicago Pedestrian Plan
7:43 a.m.

Have you tried talking to them first. I know nobody likes to initiate a confrontation. I had a noise problem with neighbors and dreaded the idea of confronting them. But after a few nights, I built up the nerve and went to go talk to them. All my fears were unfounded, they were really friendly, didn't realize the noise they were causing, and promptly stopped. I haven't had a problem with noise since.

I would try the direct route first. I also think talking to the landlord is a good idea too. Getting the police involved is another step and might be an issue to raise at a beat meeting. At the beat meeting you can get in touch with the officer that patrols your neighborhood and let them know the time and location of the alley game.

I would advise not calling 911 about a noise complaint, instead call 311 to be connected to the non-emergency police line.

Good luck and I hope you find a solution to your problem!

— On the neighbor message alley basketball
10:46 a.m.

The first public meeting was last night. There was an excellent introduction to the plan process and the new commissioner of transportation Gabe Klein spoke.

If you don't know about him, I recommend checking out his website. Smart guy, good ideas, and seems to understand the issues facing all modes of transportation.

I expect the meeting at the Copernicus Center to be excellent as well, please tell your neighbors and friends to attend. The more public comment the plan can receive the better the final product will be.

— On the neighbor message The Chicago Pedestrian Plan
8:47 a.m.

The police helicopters are out at most major festivals. I've also seen them out scanning the lakefront after closing time. I would think it would be unusual if the second largest police department in the country didn't have them.

— On the neighbor message moved here in october
7:14 a.m.

Depends on the beat but I live just west of Augusta and Rockwell and it looks like the meeting for beat 1311 is on June 28th

— On the neighbor message repeated break-ins
3:51 p.m.

A safe pedestrian environment is important to everyone, especially kids, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Please attend this important first public meeting to let the City of Chicago know what is working and the types of safe pedestrian environments we would like them to promote.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Pedestrian Plan 1st Public Meeting
8:29 a.m.

I live in the 26th, but I've signed up to receive emails from 26th and 1st ward offices. (1st ward is right across the street from me) You can sign up to their lists on the ward office websites. If I stumble on any other useful mailing lists, I will post them!

10:18 a.m.

I got the email about this meeting from Ald. Maldonado the day of the meeting. I agree, advance notice would be nice.

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