Calling BP Amoco home, urbanism is
Chicago's newspapers hit the streets today (May 6) with -- among the usual hyperbole and pabulum -- a story to warm the cockles of any new urbanist's heart. BP Amoco announced it will move 1,000 to 1,200 jobs from the western suburbs to downtown Chicago.
The Sun-Times and Tribune both note the oil giant will shift jobs from Naperville and Warrenville to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on South Wacker Drive. But the Sun-Times story misses a key angle that the Tribune didn't:
"Sources familiar with the latest developments say BP is moving jobs back downtown to accommodate the desires of its workers. Many of the workers are younger and want an urban environment, said one person familiar with the decision.
"The Wacker location is walking distance from rental housing and condos that have sprouted in the West Loop and not far from an increasing number of restaurants and entertainment venues."
Score one for the Good Side of the Force!
Of historical irony, the Aon Building, on the northern edge of Grant Park, began as the Standard Oil Building back in the early 1970s. It was Chicago's tallest building until 1974, when the Sears Tower was completed.
(P.S. Apologies, of course, to Mr. Sinatra.)
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