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Photography

Hands Beginning To Tremble was uploaded to Flickr

Fog, Chicago downtown

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I took Hands Beginning To Tremble on May 19, 2020 at 06:04AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 21, 2020 at 09:59AM

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Photography

Answering Words That Shine And Expire was uploaded to Flickr

Underpass, West Loop

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I took Answering Words That Shine And Expire on October 16, 2015 at 06:14AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 25, 2020 at 10:29AM

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Photography

Tempting You To Deny It was uploaded to Flickr

Freshly painted underpass, Fulton Market, West Loop, Chicago

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I took Tempting You To Deny It on December 25, 2019 at 10:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 10, 2020 at 10:27AM

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environment

Along the Great Lakes, It’s Time to Prepare for Extremes

Some Things Last Longer Than You Think They Will

More discussion of the Great Lakes and climate change from The New York Times:

Last year the five lakes that together hold 20 percent of the fresh surface water on the planet broke 10 high-water records, and more are expected to fall this year. The inundation follows a 15-year span from 1999 to 2014 when the so-called upper lakes of Superior, Michigan and Huron experienced the longest period of low water in recorded history.

The lakes have always been tempestuous neighbors, but today they appear to be entering a new era of volatility that is testing the region as never before. The simple explanation is that the last five years have been the wettest in history in the Great Lakes watershed, which encompasses parts of eight states and two Canadian provinces. But some scientists believe a more complicated dynamic is at work: a warming climate that will continue to cause extreme fluctuations in weather and water levels, threatening havoc for lakeside homeowners, towns and cities, tourism and shipping.

All of this has many lakefront property owners reconsidering their relationship with the lakes they love. Should people living in areas prone to flooding and shoreline erosion pack up and leave? Or should they stay, and at what cost to themselves and taxpayers? How much are communities willing to spend to protect against storms and rising waters?

(click here to continue reading Opinion | Along the Great Lakes, It’s Time to Prepare for Extremes – The New York Times.)

The Midwest might have been complacent about climate change, but less and less as the facts become more obvious.

As an aside, the Great Lakes are just one area on the planet with coasts, what about all the rest? Are we going to start factoring in cost to keep beaches livable? Or?

House - Sarah FitzSimons

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Photography

Bleak Midwinter Archive Dive

I find it harder to take new photographs in the bleak mid-winter months, so instead dig through my massive archives of unprocessed photos. I randomly click around in my Lightroom catalog, find a time that has lots of photos that I never really looked at, and often find some interesting images to work on. 

For instance, these are all from 20121

Ever Since The Day Began

Ever Since The Day Began – Downtown Chicago with a bit of snow.

As Is Usually Required

As Is Usually Required – Fulton Market somewhere. A study of light and brick.

I Almost Remember Now

I Almost Remember Now – alley, Elmhurst. I have no idea what that thing is, maybe for coal?

Nothing Was More

Nothing Was More – Blue Line, CTA tracks, and interstate traffic, Irving Park, Chicago 

As Close To Yesterday

As Close To Yesterday  – West Loop CTA tracks at dusk

Footnotes:
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Photography

Simplicity Not Scorn was uploaded to Flickr

Chicago River

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I took Simplicity Not Scorn on April 22, 2017 at 09:48AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 16, 2020 at 04:11PM

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Chicago-esque

Building A Park Over the Kennedy Interstate Still Has Backers

Jammed Up

Chicago Sun-Times reports:

It’s a visionary idea for beautifying Chicago and lifting a community’s property values whose time has never come.

But might it come at last? There’s still an allure here for making no little plans, even if they are arguably unwise.

The idea is the Kennedy Expressway cap, a green oasis that could be built on a deck over the highway as it cuts its swath west of downtown. It would cover that unsightly traffic, diminish its roar and provide open space for a West Loop region that teems with new residents, offices, hotels and restaurants. Think of it as Millennium Park replicated about a mile and a half west.

Capping the Kennedy is a notion that’s been out there for years, always with a dream-like quality to it. It was included in the city’s 2003 Central Area Plan, its first comprehensive look at the downtown region since 1958, and it also was featured in a 2009 “action plan” update that cheerily set a goal of completing it by 2020.

(click here to continue reading ‘Cap the Kennedy’ plan, dormant for years, still has backers – Chicago Sun-Times.)

I whole heartedly still support this project 100%! Or more, if possible. 

This is especially a good time to discuss it as there is a large development project in this exact location that will probably start work this spring, and last for three years. The developers would probably like to have a park adjacent to their health club/hotel/apartment buildings, maybe they could even have input on the plan and contribute towards it?

As a friend said on Twitter, Chicago covered up lots of railroads, why not highways too?

And Have You Traveled Very Far Today?

Seems like I’m not the only to think those thoughts:

I was at a meeting last week called by Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) and the West Loop Community Organization where residents offered comments about a new hotel and apartment tower connected to an office building on the block just west of the Kennedy between Washington and Randolph streets. People liked the project overall, but talk inevitably turned to traffic management and lack of park space for an area that now has many young families. Residents said the closest parks, Mary Bartelme and Skinner, can be overrun. 
That’s when Burnett brought up capping the Kennedy. I asked him about it later. He said the project could tap into funds in his ward’s tax increment financing districts that may be close to expiring. “If we don’t use it, we lose it,” he said. “That money has to be distributed back to all the taxing bodies, so let’s use it while we can.’’

Sarver said he still believes in the cap. If the experience of Millennium Park is a guide, the Kennedy cap “would generate billions in tax revenue for the city. It would be wonderful. That stretch of roadway is a real fissure in our city.’’ He said other cities, such as Dallas, have done well by relegating a highway to a tunnel and creating attractive public space above it.

“I think this really would be the kind of project that TIF dollars were intended for,” Sarver said.

The cost? Sarver estimates it at $50 million per block. If you did the stretch between Randolph and Adams streets, that would get you to $200 million. Others may suggest capping only two or three blocks.

The West Loop and Fulton Market has drastically changed in recent time, but there is dearth of greenspace. More greenspace is more better…

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Chicago-esque

There’s no place like home at yellow brick road honoring L Frank Baum author of Wizard of Oz

Not Ray Bolger 

Elaine Chen, Chicago Tribune, reports:

Finishing touches were made Monday on a yellow brick road in the Humboldt Park neighborhood to commemorate L. Frank Baum, who lived in the neighborhood when he wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and other Oz books.
Spanning 200 feet of the sidewalk at the corner of Humboldt Boulevard and Wabansia Avenue, the brick road surrounds a group of affordable housing town houses managed by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp. that are on the site where Baum lived when he wrote the children’s novel in the late 19th century.
Bickerdike also plans to install a tile mosaic mural on a low wall engraved with a line from the movie adaptation of the novel: “There’s no place like home.”

(click here to continue reading ‘There’s no place like home’ at yellow brick road honoring L. Frank Baum, author of ‘Wizard of Oz’ – Chicago Tribune.)

I need to go there one sunny afternoon and take some photos. 

The Wizard of Oz

I didn’t know this when I moved to Chicago, but my grandfather lived in an apartment in Humboldt Park. I have always meant to take my own photo of the specific address (1627 North Humboldt Boulevard, Chicago, IL).

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Personal Photography

Strangers To Love – Explored

Strangers To Love

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Photo taken a couple summers ago at some Wicker Park street festival, added to Flickr Explore 10/9/2019.

The woman was playfully teasing her boyfriend because while he hemmed and hawed and tried to line up his perfect shot, I stepped in and took a quick photo, and she gestured at me, saying something, “come on, this guy already took my picture!”

I’m a zen photographer: I see something interesting, snap, and either the photo turns out ok or not. And in fact, this is a flawed photo, my focus was a little off, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Tri-X 400 in emulation, using Exposure 5.

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Photography

Weary Of Remaining Upright was uploaded to Flickr

Kinzie Street Bridge

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I took Weary Of Remaining Upright on October 20, 2017 at 04:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 06, 2019 at 04:35PM

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Chicago-esque Photography

Don’t Know Where To Finish was uploaded to Flickr

Wolf Point somewhere

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I took Don’t Know Where To Finish on August 31, 2014 at 04:51AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 09, 2019 at 05:52AM

Update: apologies for multiple posts (IFTTT messed up again)

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Photography

Not Wasted A Single Penny was uploaded to Flickr

Construction, West Loop

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I took Not Wasted A Single Penny on March 21, 2016 at 04:16AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 16, 2019 at 10:32AM

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Did Not Draw A Conclusion One Way Or The Other was uploaded to Flickr

Albany Park somewhere

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I took Did Not Draw A Conclusion One Way Or The Other on May 03, 2015 at 11:04AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 24, 2019 at 06:31PM

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Photography

You Wanted Some Privacy was uploaded to Flickr

Alley, Loop.
(Fujifilm Neopan 1600 in emulation)

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I took You Wanted Some Privacy on February 22, 2015 at 05:09AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 21, 2019 at 12:24PM

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Business

Poster Child For Corporate Welfare was uploaded to Flickr

Boeing depends upon taxpayer dollars more than most corporations.

See for instance:
The top welfare recipient of them all is aerospace giant Boeing, which has operations spread all across the country building aircraft and working on numerous Department of Defense projects. The amount of work Boeing does for the federal government no doubt plays a part in the amount of subsidies the company has been able to secure, but Boeing has also played hardball with local jurisdictions to get enormous tax breaks. With more than $13 billion coming in from 148 handouts, Boeing has thoroughly entrenched itself in the interest of the government and taxpayers.

Despite the immense amount of money the company receives, it has still gone on to hold cities hostage in tax negotiations, threatening to remove jobs and open up shop in friendlier climates. In 2013, Boeing secured the highest ever tax break at the state level when it cornered the Washington legislature into ceding to its demands, lest it move its production plants to another part of the country. The legislature granted Boeing its wish, but Boeing went on to announce drastic layoffs anyway, angering many locals.

Boeing has become the king of corporate handouts, and other corporations have a long way to go to catch up.
via
www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/high-on-the-hog-the-top-8…

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I took Poster Child For Corporate Welfare on March 02, 2018 at 05:07AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 17, 2019 at 12:24PM