The Chicago Sustainable Development & New Urbanism Meetup Group will be meeting in Rogers Park to review several EL HUB stops, i.e. Howard Street and the Loyola EL Stops to review the basics of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). With the lackluster development and redevelopments that have occurred on Howard Street and the Large Redevelopment that Loyola is currently starting, it will be great to have this group do a continuing study of both EL stops. The Loyola redevelopment will far exceed the current development prospects of the University and surrounding community. It would seem that Howard Street is on plan to remain a back water of misguided poorly planned developments.
With all of the interesting EL Stops in Chicago, we could have a meeting at each one of the major rapid transit hub stops to review how the “Principals of New Urbanism and Sustainable Development?” Have or Have Not affected the stops over the history of that particular EL Stop and its surrounding commercial and residential neighborhoods.
There are several large EL and bus hub stops that can give us interesting views of our current misguided urban planning mistakes for the Neighborhoods around rapid transit stops, and how that misguided neighborhood planning effects the various EL Stops; usage, walk ability, local business, livability, and essential services. How do rapid transit stops affect the surrounding neighborhoods? This will be the question that we will be discussing at the rapid transit stops we visit.
The group feels that Dan Sullivan’s redevelopment of Jarvis Square is well worth the two thumbs up, for providing the capital and vision to pull the project together. We all hope that Jarvis Square receives the necessary traffic and traffic changes to grow and develop.
Would any one suggest a list of stops?
Check out the link and sign up to have input. The first meeting will be at Ann Sathers on Belmont, and we'll set up subsequent Rogers Park meet-ups at this meeting.
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George D. Sullivan
Eco Smart Building
P. O. Box 4154
Chicago, IL 60654
On a side note, according to George Sullivan, Dan Sullivan (not related) cleaned up and developed the two corners in the first two photos above. Dan did this without the aid of DevCorp, the alderman or any TIF money. This is urban pioneerism, and how does one compare it to this eyesore across the street?
This strip mall was declared by old-timers as 'the beginning of the decline of the neighborhood'.
It also leads one to wonder why DevCorp, with it's SSA#19 and various tax fund raisers, has continued to allow Howard Street to remain a vacant wasteland. But, according to Joe's response to the Chicago Tribune’s VALID criticism there is a plan. So where the heck is it? Who's involved in it? Why don't the taxpayers know about it?
Even though Dan's rehabs are not green buildings, The Chicago Sustainable Development feels he should receive kudos for his perseverance and contribution to the Jarvis area.