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Downtown revival readied
It reads like a lavish and bottomless wish list, but Chicago's $15.5 billion proposal to rejuvenate and expand transportation, parks and commercial space downtown is moving forward, despite uncertainties about the economy and whether the city will host the Olympics in seven years. There has…
Chicago suburban downtowns: Officials find ways to lure businesses
kie's new twist on attracting restaurants and retailers to its struggling downtown made all the difference to Robyn Mendheim, who plans to use a village "rebate" of up to $50,000 to rehab the interior of a century-old building. "Without the village's help, this wouldn't have been possible," to…
A bright shoe store helps lead West Haven's recovery
Chicago’s West Haven neighborhood historically has been among the city’s more deprived. It was known for the massive destruction and divestment caused by the 1968 riots over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and for dreary public housing. However, the square-mile…
A cure for congestion, but is Chicago ready?
Last year, Chicago was in the running to receive a grant of more than $150 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would have gone towards addressing the road congestion that has plagued the region. Today, after a missed deadline, the funding is gone. But the traffic is still…
Bus rapid transit: another opportunity?
Bus rapid transit is a cost-effective service that would better connect existing rail stations (and isolated communities), expand convenient transportation options for residents and visitors, and create new development opportunities for neighborhoods when the economy is once again on the…
Transit funding: Changes Obama should count on
It's almost game time for President-elect Barack Obama, and wisely, economic recovery is the first item in his playbook. The administration-in-waiting understands that any economic recovery package must not only be a fiscal defibrillator but also signal seismic change from a system…
RTA-funded program lets residents give input about transit in their areas
For communities that want to improve transportation options, the Regional Transportation Authority funds a program that facilitates public input into the transit funding process. Reconnecting Neighborhoods is part of the city of Chicago’s efforts to change how public and affordable…
Trying to improve community through public transit, pedestrian access
Like most Chicagoans, Serena Armstrong loves taking a stroll along Lake Michigan. But to get there from her home in Bronzeville, she has to walk one of the neglected and dilapidated pedestrian bridges that stretch over Lake Shore Drive. “I like to walk down by the lake, but I’m not…
Long term: three el stations near United Center
Commercial development around the United Center-accessed by up to three el stations-is the keystone of a set of planning recommendations for the Near West Side. The recommendations were culled by Reconnecting Neighborhoods, an initiative of the Chicago Department of Planning and…
Tangled traffic costs Chicago $7 billion, group says
The typical Chicago driver spends long stretches each morning staring at brake lights. Not only is that tiresome, it has staggering economic costs, according to Maria Saldana of the Metropolitan Planning Council.A recent study estimates that people in the six-county Chicago area waste about…

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