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Wabash Avenue Facelift planned

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Spent Many An Anxious Hour
Spent Many An Anxious Hour…

In general, I’m supportive of some civic attention being paid to Wabash Avenue, but I will be sad to lose the dramatic shadows underneath it when the lighting gets upgraded.

Wabash Avenue, critically located between the tourist attractions on Michigan Avenue and shopping on State Street, is poised to undergo a significant makeover.

After more than a year spent collecting input and brainstorming, the Chicago Loop Alliance, the organization that promotes the downtown business district, has issued final recommendations for transforming the iconic corridor under the “L” tracks into a more inviting street.

The 24 recommendations range from the immediate, such as removing graffiti and litter, to the long-term, which includes installing a kinetic lighting installation running the length of the tracks.

Wabash, given its location under the tracks, tends to be dark and loud, often gathering litter and flocks of pigeons. It has higher vacancy rates, lower commercial and residential rents and lower pedestrian and vehicle counts than neighboring streets. Twelve of the projects to improve the street should start within the next two years, nine of them in two to five years and three of them five to 10 years from now, according to a timeline in the final report.

(click here to continue reading Group lays out its plans to spiff up Chicago’s Wabash Avenue – Chicago Tribune.)

Forgotten Moment - Number 382
Forgotten Moment – Number 382

While Your Train Gently Squeaks
While Your Train Gently Squeaks

Analysis and Consultation
Analysis and Consultation

Some Will Come and Some Will Surely Go
Some Will Come and Some Will Surely Go

You just want to be on the side that's winning
You just want to be on the side that’s winning

Written by Seth Anderson

March 2nd, 2015 at 10:09 am

Abstraction in Ice And Glass, Number 27 was uploaded to Flickr

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Chicago skyline as viewed through ice, brightly

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I took Abstraction in Ice And Glass, Number 27 on February 27, 2015 at 02:22PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 01, 2015 at 07:32PM

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March 1st, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Abstraction in Ice and Glass, Number 23 was uploaded to Flickr

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Iced window, Chicago

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I took Abstraction in Ice and Glass, Number 23 on February 27, 2015 at 02:22PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 28, 2015 at 05:10PM

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February 28th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

More New Jobs Are in City Centers Not In Suburbs

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Nothing Ever Stays The Same
Nothing Ever Stays The Same.

I’ve long predicted this trend – why would anyone willingly work in a soulless suburban office park instead of in a vibrant downtown? Even parents happily enrolling their kids in suburban schools still get bored and head for the city when it is time for some culture. Strip malls  just don’t have the same energy. Cities are not perfect, but they are where the action is. 

For decades, most Americans working in metropolitan areas have gone to work outside city centers – in suburban office parks, stores or plants, not downtown skyscrapers. But as people increasingly choose to live in cities instead of outside them, employers are following.

In recent years, employment in city centers has grown and employment in the surrounding suburban areas has shrunk, a striking change from the years before, according to a report published Tuesday by City Observatory, a think tank.

Cities with a high concentration of urban jobs include Austin, New Orleans and Portland, Ore. In Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami, meanwhile, less than 10 percent of jobs are in the urban core.

The 110-story Willis Tower in downtown Chicago is a microcosm of the shifting geography of jobs. Originally called the Sears Tower, it was built in 1970 by Sears Roebuck and Co. But in 1988, Sears left it for a green suburban campus in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Then, in 2013, United Airlines moved its world headquarters and 4,000 employees into the tower. Other companies like Motorola Mobility and Archer Daniels Midland have also recently relocated to downtown Chicago from suburban campuses.

Chicago has gained more creative jobs, international tourism, university centers and residential development. The Chicago Loop, the city’s central business district, has been transformed from a financial district that emptied at 5 p.m. to a seven-day-a-week entertainment zone, said Aaron Renn, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

The changes have been driven in part by employees wanting to live and work downtown, said Mr. Renn, who writes the Urbanophile blog: “Today there is more of an expectation on the part of both people and employers that they have to be more flexible and accommodating of their work force.”

(click here to continue reading More New Jobs Are in City Centers, While Employment Growth Shrinks in the Suburbs – NYTimes.com.)

As an aside, this is why I usually find the corporate threats to leave and go somewhere else so hollow – do employees of 3 Initial Corp., or whichever entity currently has their hand out for taxpayer largesse, really want to move to Podunk land? Probably not…

Now, if we could only convince politicians that investment in such urban-friendly items as public transit, infrastructure improvements and the like is good for the long term health of the nation…

Written by Seth Anderson

February 26th, 2015 at 7:35 pm

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Flaunting Civic Responsibility Without Repercussions was uploaded to Flickr

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So the owner of this parking lot-soon-to-be-something else (a hotel or an office building most likely) refuses to shovel their sidewalk. They didn’t shovel it after the snow in January, and in fact, since it warmed up a bit, this block is now solid ice. Seriously, you can skate the length of this block of Randolph.

Looks like the owner of the pin is JHM Hotels Inc, per this article from a couple years ago:
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Last year, JHM Hotels paid $4.1 million for a, 11,700-square-foot parcel at 150 N. Jefferson St. near the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago’s West Loop, where it plans to build a boutique hotel.

Maybe because they are a large corporation, the City of Chicago doesn’t want to tell them to follow the law and make the sidewalk passable.

I filed a report with the City’s 311 service on 2/6/15

Thank you for submitting your Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk service request on February 06, 2015.

no response as of yet, I still see pedestrians falling down, trying to navigate this block.

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I took Flaunting Civic Responsibility Without Repercussions on February 24, 2015 at 12:58PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 25, 2015 at 08:01PM

Written by eggplant

February 25th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

While Your Train Gently Squeaks was uploaded to Flickr

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well, maybe not so gently…

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I took While Your Train Gently Squeaks on February 19, 2015 at 05:05PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 25, 2015 at 02:35PM

Written by eggplant

February 25th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Anarchists, Communists and Tubas, Oh My was uploaded to Flickr

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May Day, Haymarket Riot Memorial, Chicago.

(Note: I have no idea of anyone’s politics in this double exposure, just making a joke)

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I took Anarchists, Communists and Tubas, Oh My on May 01, 2014 at 03:53PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 15, 2015 at 10:40PM

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February 15th, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Every False Thing Ends was uploaded to Flickr

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Franklin St. Bridge in the rain

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I took Every False Thing Ends on December 22, 2014 at 03:32PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 13, 2015 at 04:46PM

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February 13th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Cloudscape Number 2199 was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop a couple of summers ago

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I took Cloudscape Number 2199 on July 01, 2011 at 12:51PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 12, 2015 at 03:46PM

Written by eggplant

February 12th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Sus Saves was uploaded to Flickr

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South Loop

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I took Sus Saves on June 23, 2011 at 08:00PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 10, 2015 at 05:14PM

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February 10th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

super Snow Day was uploaded to Flickr

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snow still falling steadily

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I took super Snow Day on February 01, 2015 at 10:19AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 01, 2015 at 04:23PM

Written by eggplant

February 1st, 2015 at 10:54 am

Dirty Wurds 45 – Caped Crusader Records was uploaded to Flickr

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Chicago Garage Rock

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I took Dirty Wurds 45 – Caped Crusader Records on January 30, 2015 at 10:51AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 30, 2015 at 04:51PM

Written by eggplant

January 30th, 2015 at 11:39 am

Dirty Wurds – 45 – Not This One / Mellow Down Easy was uploaded to Flickr

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Chicago Garage Rock

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I took Dirty Wurds – 45 – Not This One / Mellow Down Easy on January 30, 2015 at 10:49AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 30, 2015 at 04:50PM

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January 30th, 2015 at 11:38 am

Nothing Has Changed Except was uploaded to Flickr

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rain, West Loop

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I took Nothing Has Changed Except on December 22, 2014 at 03:24PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 28, 2015 at 02:10PM

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January 28th, 2015 at 9:43 am

Imagine My Surprise was uploaded to Flickr

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Wells St, Chicago

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I took Imagine My Surprise on January 02, 2015 at 12:17PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 12, 2015 at 04:14PM

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January 12th, 2015 at 2:08 pm