... We've invented emergency response vehicles with sirens and lights to clear the way ... I'm still not convinced Wolf Point is an impossible development site.
Something big and beautiful will be built on Wolf Point. Nobody's advocating that nothing ever be built there.
But, it's a matter of how much more density can be added to the neighborhood (even assuming Orleans is made 2-way or the viaduct from lower Kinzie up to Orleans is re-opened or the bike lanes are removed or traffic lights are installed) before the project becomes unsustainable.
As for the emergency vehicles, sirens and lights can clear the way in most areas. But can they clear the way through the Kinzie mess shown in the 2 videos I posted of the before
and after protected bike lanes?
Or, can sirens and lights get emergency equipment into the proposed Wolf Point development when cabs now have to jockey back and forth to exit back to Orleans after picking up fares in front of the Holiday Inn/Sun-Times building and no widening of the dead-end service drive is proposed?
All these things and others like the setback for the Riverwalk, the parking spaces, the docking space for water taxis and tour boats, the absolute necessity of widening and rebuilding the Kinzie Street Bridge (the wooden planks on the sidewalk portion are now popping up due to all the stress and vibration) before anything is built, the number of the residential units, the configuration and use of the open space and the six issues Blair Kamin mentioned in his article can be worked out - and will be worked out to the City's satisfaction - before final approval of the project is given by the Plan Commission and the City Council. It's just a matter of time.