Summer is all about long days and balmy nights, so why not enjoy it on the bike? Saturday I took part in one of my favorite events of the summer. The Chicago Friends of the Park LATE (long after twilight ends) ride. This is a 25 mile ride through the streets from 2-6am beginning downtown and ending with sunrise and breakfast on the lake. We met up at the Art Institute at 1:00am along with a growing batch of cyclists. It reminded me a bit of a zombie movie--only everywhere pedestrians were turning into cyclists. First I just saw a few cyclists, then several others biking all over downtown meeting up with friends, and adjusting their headlights and helmets and gathering near Grant Park, then more and more gathered. Two friends and I plus 9,000 other riders took to start line about 1:30am. There was a band and they were giving out McDonald's ice coffee and snacks to keep us awake.
The fight for the Sears Building overshadows the fact that Campbell Soup's project is a terribly designed suburban-style component of the Gateway Neighborhood Redevelopment, which ignores transportation assets. The PATCO Hi-Speedline and River LINE skirt the edge. Your comments welcome in Camden Courier Post.
Smart growth? Wise up. If only you would work.A recent Times look at how four "smart-growth" or "transit-oriented" developments.Submitted by Michael McAteer on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 10:17pm
Los Angeles Times Editorial
Though the concept hasn't delivered on its promise of getting us out of our cars, that doesn't mean it's a failure.
July 11, 2007
CNU President and CEO John Norquist addresses the importance of Chicago's transit and the need to solve the funding crisis in today's Chicago Sun-Times:
Miami Herald: "Trailblazer" Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk gives old code an "F" as revamped code awaits council actionSubmitted by Filmanowicz on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 4:04pm
For the past several years, CNU founder Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk has been heading up a Herculean and potentially very consequential project, a city-wide overhaul of Miami's zoning code called Miami 21.
CNU President John Norquist was a featured speaker at an urban policy seminar entitled "Can Upstate Cities Save Themsleves," held in Albany in early June.
Upstate cities, such as Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo continue to age drastically, while losing jobs and population. As violent crime continues to pose a threat to citizens, many residents have moved to the suburbs. Suburban flight has perpetuated the process of underfunding (for redevelopment) and resulted in further decay.
National Association of Attorneys General talk about the 150th anniversary of Dred Scott decision and its impact. Move time slider to 1 hour, 25 minutes. Next 3 minutes of speech covers zoning, suburbs and segregation.
The problems associated with deindustrialization - crime, gangs, unemployment -have occured not just in central cities but also inner-ring suburbs where the post-war boom first expanded to in Southern California. Paramount, California, a stigmatized inner-ring suburb southeast of Los Angeles, is currently overcoming economic plight by transforming itself through simple, yet conventional design elements.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Another lawsuit was recently filed against the Campbell project, this one by Dr. Denim, a hip hop manufacturing company that says it wants to buy the Sears Building and convert it into a recording studio, retail store and manufacturing center for its hand-painted clothes.