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Old Posted Jan 12, 2018, 5:59 PM
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Is Hopkins retiring or something? The Curbed article says the Father & Son strip mall on North Ave that Hopkins blocked before is on the agenda. Might also explain why he’s been so supportive of One Chicago Square (I bet the brief delay for the traffic study was probably just for show).

The developer has a less than zero percent chance of getting approval without Hopkins’ approval. Either Hopkins grew some balls or he’s not planning to run again.
If he is indeed retiring, I'd throw my name is the ring to replace him.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2018, 3:57 PM
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The developer has a less than zero percent chance of getting approval without Hopkins’ approval. Either Hopkins grew some balls or he’s not planning to run again.
I don't think that approving a development in which 10 cranky residents got all huffy about will derail your political future. The 1st ward is clear indication of that fact.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 10:24 PM
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Holy Name development wins local alderman’s approval, thanks to traffic changes



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It looks like developers are about to get the green light to build a pair of residential towers — one nearly as tall as the Hancock Building — on a parking lot once reserved for parishioners at Holy Name Cathedral.

Local Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said he’s “leaning toward support” for the massive project known as One Chicago Square, even though the influx of 869 residential units has the potential to change the face of River North.

That’s because of what Hopkins calls a “Chicago Avenue transit improvement program” being incorporated into the plan development.

“We’re finally gonna be able to address the traffic backups on Chicago Avenue. We’re also using part of the funding from this to improve Seneca Park. That would be the local developer’s contribution. And we’re using this to finally get the Chicago Avenue bridge widening off the books. It’s been talked about for years,” Hopkins said.


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Hopkins said he’s working on specific language to be incorporated into the plan development.

“We have a draft. If we can get that revised and the language is final by [Thursday’s] Plan Commission meeting, I would expect I would support it then. If not, we’ll push it back to February,” the alderman said.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 10:38 PM
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Excellent news! Looks like this project is slowly lurching towards final approval.

The Chicago Ave bridge widening concerns me. It sounds like they will rip it out entirely and replace it with a new construction bridge. I know the old bascule bridges are traffic bottlenecks (especially Chicago Ave), but they are also an irreplaceable part of our history. Wish there was a way they could keep the iron work and bridgehouses and just expand the deck to allow for 2 lanes in each direction.

Anyone have any idea what the alderman is referring to when mentioning the “Chicago Avenue transit improvement program”? Is it simply eliminating street parking and adding additional traffic lanes, or is it possibly some kind of BRT?
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 11:09 PM
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Excellent news! Looks like this project is slowly lurching towards final approval.

The Chicago Ave bridge widening concerns me. It sounds like they will rip it out entirely and replace it with a new construction bridge. I know the old bascule bridges are traffic bottlenecks (especially Chicago Ave), but they are also an irreplaceable part of our history. Wish there was a way they could keep the iron work and bridgehouses and just expand the deck to allow for 2 lanes in each direction.

Anyone have any idea what the alderman is referring to when mentioning the “Chicago Avenue transit improvement program”? Is it simply eliminating street parking and adding additional traffic lanes, or is it possibly some kind of BRT?
The article says that the transit improvement program is eliminating street parking (like you thought it might be) so that Chicago Ave can be 4 lanes.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 11:24 PM
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Excellent news! Looks like this project is slowly lurching towards final approval.

The Chicago Ave bridge widening concerns me. It sounds like they will rip it out entirely and replace it with a new construction bridge. I know the old bascule bridges are traffic bottlenecks (especially Chicago Ave), but they are also an irreplaceable part of our history. Wish there was a way they could keep the iron work and bridgehouses and just expand the deck to allow for 2 lanes in each direction.

Anyone have any idea what the alderman is referring to when mentioning the “Chicago Avenue transit improvement program”? Is it simply eliminating street parking and adding additional traffic lanes, or is it possibly some kind of BRT?
Yeah, that will be the price of this thing. Plus the 4 lanes on Chicago Ave. but I will take the deal
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 11:53 PM
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I hope that means they will have more space to do some streetscaping. Maybe some big planters running along the streets.
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Anyone have any idea what the alderman is referring to when mentioning the “Chicago Avenue transit improvement program”?
The biggest thing I've heard about is new signal controllers and left-turn arrows at various intersections.
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^ The truth is, if River North wants to join the big boys, it needs a lot more traffic signals
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I hope that means they will have more space to do some streetscaping. Maybe some big planters running along the streets.
We need a lot more of this downtown
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^ The truth is, if River North wants to join the big boys, it needs a lot more traffic signals
Yes, it should be just like the Loop, one continuous grid of lights all synced together.

Also please don't destroy the Chicago Bridge. I'd rather keep the congestion, either that or build another bridge through the Tribune plant to the South. Make more street parking and force Chicago down to two lanes with bike lanes. Then relieve Auto traffic on Kedzie, Grand, and Chicago with an additional river crossing. Obviously this also serves the purpose of pissing off every NIMBY between Chicago, State, and the North and main branches of the river. It would also greatly help tie together the West Loop, River North, and River West areas by essentially connecting Erie all the way through with a minor arterial intersection of Halsted and Erie essentially restoring the arterial grid in the area.
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Yes, it should be just like the Loop, one continuous grid of lights all synced together.

Also please don't destroy the Chicago Bridge. I'd rather keep the congestion, either that or build another bridge through the Tribune plant to the South. Make more street parking and force Chicago down to two lanes with bike lanes. Then relieve Auto traffic on Kedzie, Grand, and Chicago with an additional river crossing. Obviously this also serves the purpose of pissing off every NIMBY between Chicago, State, and the North and main branches of the river. It would also greatly help tie together the West Loop, River North, and River West areas by essentially connecting Erie all the way through with a minor arterial intersection of Halsted and Erie essentially restoring the arterial grid in the area.
Totally agree...they can get creative I'm sure. It would be funky, but why not leave the bridge and add a lane on either side? (there is plenty if funky underpasses already..)
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Another blue glass tower. I wish they would use stone, terra cotta, or at least gold mullions (in addition to the blue glass) to differentiate this tower from other towers going up. Let's bring texture and warmth back to our skyline!
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Seems like a win-win. A 4-lane Chicago bridge would greatly speed up bus traffic on one of the city's busiest bus lines. Down the road, it could even allow for bus lanes.

Half of the traffic on Chicago is heading for the Kennedy ramp at Ogden, so part of reducing traffic on Chicago should include plans for easing congestion on the Ohio Feeder ramp which is the obvious alternative.
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Would be nice if the signal upgrades brought TSP to the bus route, at least the River North chunk of it anyway.
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Old Posted Jan 16, 2018, 5:33 PM
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I don't mind the Chicago bridge being replaced, but I think it should be replaced with a new bascule bridge, like Wells St was, except slightly wider to accommodate 4 total lanes. Push the pedestrian traffic into the buildings on either side, or at least on the south side where the part adjacent to the sidewalk is already semi-public. That might be harder on the north side with the restaurant entrance, but doing just the south side might be enough to allow for the necessary width enhancement. But maybe they should add a bridge at Ogden and Haines/Hobbie before they shut down the Chicago Ave bridge for two years, to mitigate the traffic impact. I don't think there is a plan to add bridges to those streets, but there should be if Goose Island and surrounding environs are really planned for massive growth.

I also always thought there should be a bus tunnel from just west of Orleans to Fairbanks, coupled with extending lower Michigan north from Grand to Oak/LSD. That would massively improve bus travel times and, coupled with the LSD express buses, provide for near-rail like levels of service. West of Orleans, Chicago could mostly accommodate BRT at least until about Western Ave without too much effort. Imagine high-volume Chicago Ave bus service linking to the Blue Line and points west to the Mag Mile and high volume Michigan Ave express buses. Then we just need to get Metra Electric to allow regular CTA service on the bus lane running through Grant Park and you could link the South LSD express buses through and get something approximating a rail line for less than a rail line in cost. You could also then link in Carrol Street buses, for a ton of grade-separated BRT serving the Central Area.
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Another blue glass tower. I wish they would use stone, terra cotta, or at least gold mullions (in addition to the blue glass) to differentiate this tower from other towers going up. Let's bring texture and warmth back to our skyline!
Honestly when I saw this rendering I was super excited for a darker bolder Mies mixed with Deco look. I thought the details would carry up the facade with a Neo Deco crown. I'm hoping in real life it doesn't turn out as simple looking as it appears in the overall renders. Either way super excited for the height on this one.
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Yeah, the cladding looks fantastic, tho it doesn't look like a residential building at all but whatev
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But maybe they should add a bridge at Ogden and Haines/Hobbie before they shut down the Chicago Ave bridge for two years, to mitigate the traffic impact.
there are plans to add two bike-ped bridges to Goose Island, since the expectation is that people are gonna walk or bike from the red or blue line.
https://chicago.curbed.com/2015/1/12...-goose-islands
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Honestly when I saw this rendering I was super excited for a darker bolder Mies mixed with Deco look. I thought the details would carry up the facade with a Neo Deco crown. I'm hoping in real life it doesn't turn out as simple looking as it appears in the overall renders. Either way super excited for the height on this one.
I suppose it'll contrast Hancock better, not to mention the sea of beige. It's a worthy icebreaker.
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