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  • Streetcars, gondolas for Museum Campus?

    Streetcars, gondolas for Museum Campus?
    Museum Campus, the space along the Chicago lakefront devoted to Soldier Field, Northerly Island, Adler Planetarium and other museums, may not be just for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers any more. Streetcars, gondolas and trolleys are just some of the...
  • Does Chicago need express train service to O'Hare?

    Does Chicago need express train service to O'Hare?
    Imagine a 20-minute train ride between O'Hare Airport and downtown. There's room for your luggage and space for you to work. There's no urine on your seat or stench from your fellow riders who have made a row of seats their home. No, this is not your...
  • Uptown's 'living street': Argyle to become more pedestrian friendly

    Uptown's 'living street': Argyle to become more pedestrian friendly
    A bike lane that takes up the entire street. Parking spots for people—not cars—to sit in while sipping coffee.  These ideas aren’t so far-fetched for city planners with projects in the works to make certain streets more pedestrian-...
  • When will Ventra innovation arrive?

    When will Ventra innovation arrive?
    Here's an idea for next week's Chicago Ideas Week: Try to create a Chicago transit card with modern conveniences. Chicago is fast becoming known as a digital entrepreneurial hub, a place where big thinkers come to push the edges of technology. One...
  • Crucial vote looms on controversial toll road

    Crucial vote looms on controversial toll road
    Nearly a year after backers of the proposed billion-dollar Illiana toll road won a crucial battle to drive the controversial project forward, another showdown looms this week. Opponents hope to halt the effort to build the 50-mile, four-lane highway...
  • Colorful outdoor 'people spots' are good for Chicago business, council says

    Colorful outdoor 'people spots' are good for Chicago business, council says
    Those colorful outdoor seating areas around Lakeview, Andersonville, Bronzeville and the Loop might be good for area businesses, according to a study by the local Metropolitan Planning Council. For the past three summers, the city's Department of...
  • Create more opportunities for low-income families

    In theory, low-income families with housing choice vouchers can rent homes in any community with better opportunities. But in practice, most of the 60,000 Illinois families with vouchers are not “moving up” to a place with access to critical...
  • Chicago's Museum Campus planning hardly an exercise in democracy

    Chicago's Museum Campus planning hardly an exercise in democracy
    The guy in the black shirt had a confused look on his face. "Are you from here?" he said, which is what tourists ask when they're in desperate need of directions. Our lost tourist had been walking east on Roosevelt Road when he confronted a sign near...
  • 9 things that I like, autumn edition

    9 things that I like, autumn edition
    Every now and then I make a list of nine things I've liked lately. Here's one for autumn. 1. The forest preserves of Cook County I know lots of people who lament that they don't visit the forest preserves enough. I'm one, and I was reminded of it last...
  • New parking policies driving transit-oriented development

    New parking policies driving transit-oriented development
    If you live in a walkable neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation, goods and services, how much do you need, or want, a car and a place to park it? It's a question developers and residents are starting to ponder in some Chicago...
  • Lake Shore Drive seeking road to the future

    Lake Shore Drive seeking road to the future
    North Lake Shore Drive is a mess for many of the quarter-million drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists who use it each day, according to new research from city and state transportation officials who are planning an overhaul of the aging...