September 6, 2009

Futuristic Chicago and The Last 4 Miles

Visions of Futuristic Chicago from the Chicago Tribune.

In 1998, I wrote a letter to the mayor requesting all new construction have a thermal method to melt exterior ice. We have codes for fire sprinklers, and who knows what else, so why not ice safety? Every year chunks of ice and snow splat the sidewalks and streets. People must walk or drive under the protection of their god – which isn’t the City of Chicago.

A response was sent concerning falling mortar – which was an issue in the news in 1998. However, my letter was about falling ICE. It’s comforting to know our letters are read isn’t it? The super high buildings in the visions are excellent examples of more falling ice to add to the injuries below. Maybe a politician will jump on my idea?

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A neighbor requested this information be posted: So be it.

September 10, Thursday, 5:30pm - 7:30 pm, reception at Loyola University for the Friends of the Park exhibit, “The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago's Lakefront.” The exhibit is currently on display at Loyola University’s Crown Center through September 27th. The Crown Center Gallery is displaying the drawings, sketches, and plans, which, according to Friends of the Park, “is the result of architects working with citizens, park advisory councils and community organizations to plan the completion of Chicago's magnificent lakefront parks.” The gallery hours are 10:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, and Noon to 4p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Crown Center Gallery is located at Loyola University Lakeshore campus - 1001 West Loyola Avenue.

1 comment:

The North Coast said...

FOTP is determined to ram its plan down our throats whether we want it or not, with no consideration of the costs. We in the affected areas have made our will in the matter known, but we are just inconvenient objects to be kicked aside, and taxed to pay for this.

It doesn't seem to occur to FOTP that we will have many more critical infrastructure repairs and replacements to fund in coming years, and most likely with much less money and at a higher cost than we ever calculated.

This exhibit is a must-see, for then we'll know just what this plan entails, and be able to see how costly and disruptive it will be.