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Old-school Pilsen residents hate the small scale renovations and new 3-flats too. But there's currently no legal way to stop someone from buying a building, putting money into it and then raising the rents. You'd have to do rent control or something, which I really hope doesn't happen...

You could stop new construction by downzoning the whole neighborhood, I guess. Most of residential Pilsen is RT-4, so new 3-flats are allowed by-right. Downzone it all to RS-3 like Logan Square, and that all stops unless developers can get the alderman's blessing on a case-by-case basis. Probably the new alderman, whoever that is, will do just that. Solis was crucified by the more vocal parts of the Mexican community for NOT doing more to stop development, but pretty much all he can do is a blanket downzone.

Of course, economics are what they are. The land value is gonna keep rising regardless. If you downzone the neighborhood to prevent new 3-flats, then developers will find ways to make money under the reduced zoning. As we've seen from Logan Square and Bucktown, that means deconversions to single-family. Ugh. THAT will be how Pilsen loses its culture... a diverse mix of apartment dwellers replaced by million-dollar McMansions.
If Mexican American culture were endangered I would definitely understand these sentiments.

But it's not. Far from it, in fact. It's thriving and blossoming.

Chicago's classic built environment is endangered. People preserving these properties for posterity are doing so at their own financial risk, and they are heroes. Instead of being lauded, they are being villainized by some culturally intolerant members of society. Let the investment in Pilsen continue, lest the neighborhood whither away.
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They are punching out the bricked up windows on the Margie's Candies Building today. I couldn't snap a photo due to the crap weather. So excited to see this building come back to life.

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Well, Crain's is confused too about the site!
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Does anybody know what's happening on the southeast corner of Lawrence and Ashland?

It's an old autoshop that's all fenced off with construction signs. Would be great if something urban were going on that corner - which has just been such a mess for so so long.
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Does anybody know what's happening on the southeast corner of Lawrence and Ashland?

It's an old autoshop that's all fenced off with construction signs. Would be great if something urban were going on that corner - which has just been such a mess for so so long.
New apartment building. I don't think I've seen a rendering though.
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Well, Crain's is confused too about the site!
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/comm...digan-fbi-tape
Not the same project and the address is correct. They have this labeled as Archer and on the north side of the street. The one we were talking about's address is on Clark.
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Does anybody know what's happening on the southeast corner of Lawrence and Ashland?

It's an old autoshop that's all fenced off with construction signs. Would be great if something urban were going on that corner - which has just been such a mess for so so long.
I’m thinking this will look really close to the design at Irving and Ashland
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Does anyone have current construction pics of the new Columbia College student center? I'm curious to see how it looks with the glazing installed..
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Does anyone have current construction pics of the new Columbia College student center? I'm curious to see how it looks with the glazing installed..
I walked by the other day but was carrying things and couldn't snap a picture. Tons of progress since last time I walked by.

They have a webcam here:
https://www.colum.edu/news-and-event...onstructionVid
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I walked by the other day but was carrying things and couldn't snap a picture. Tons of progress since last time I walked by.

They have a webcam here:
https://www.colum.edu/news-and-event...onstructionVid
Oh damn, thanks for the link! Didn't know about the webcam (or forgot about it )
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anyone know what's going up at NW corner of ainslie/clark in uptown?

looks like they're doing foundation work for something, at least from what i could tell looking through the construction fencing.
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anyone know what's going up at NW corner of ainslie/clark in uptown?

looks like they're doing foundation work for something, at least from what i could tell looking through the construction fencing.
Would it be this?

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/3/28...-clark-ainslie
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possibly, the addresses seem right, but the rendering in the article shows a mid-block building, and the site i saw this morning was right at the NW corner of clark & ainslie.
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possibly, the addresses seem right, but the rendering in the article shows a mid-block building, and the site i saw this morning was right at the NW corner of clark & ainslie.
I think it is this:

http://chicago47.org/wp-content/uplo...v.-7-12-17.pdf

4 stories, 54 units, 29 parking spaces.

NIMBYs must’ve gotten the density lowered, but parking also came down substantially from 1:1 due the street getting a new P designation
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I hope that's it, I like the design - There was a Curbed link to an earlier(?) design that was extremely dopey, from 2017
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I hope that's it, I like the design - There was a Curbed link to an earlier(?) design that was extremely dopey, from 2017
No, the design was changed to this, be ready to gag:

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/7/24...-clark-ainslie
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Don't know if this already came up, but proposed for the zoning commission is a 188' office building for the parking lot at the corner of Illinois and LaSalle Street. Looks like the formerly approved hotel is officially out.




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