Friday, September 13, 2019

non sequitur Friday

I wanted to do a Linda Ronstadt tribute to celebrate the release of a new documentary about her life and music.

In this last concert video, Linda Ronstadt celebrates her Mexican heritage with a selection of mariachi music - beautiful songs.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on Monday 9/16

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail will meet at Ridge Park fieldhouse, 1817 W 96th St., from 7-8:30 pm on Monday 9/16. Topics will include recent events, trail improvements, proposal for new bike parking and Divvy expansion.

Anyone is welcome. Bring your ideas. We'd love to see more people get involved.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Metra schedule changes starting 9/3

Metra schedule changes starting 9/3. The weekend schedule will change, but not for trains stopping in Beverly and Morgan Park. The extra weekend trains that allowed for separation of main line and sub line trains will be gone. This means that trains will be more crowded and more likely to be late.

The one good thing I saw was that they've added a 10 pm outbound train on Saturday nights, eliminating the previous 3+ hour gap between trains.

Click here for more info.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

suggesting station locations for Divvy expansion

Are you interested in suggesting Divvy station locations for the system expansion? Do you know how to do it?

Click here to make your own suggestions. If you see existing suggestions that you like, click on each suggested location, then click Support in the top right corner, and add comments about why you think it would be useful.

Friday, August 23, 2019

non sequitur Friday

Interesting combination of voices.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

disturbing the peace

A couple of weeks ago, a big Dept. of Water Management excavation project started near my house. The intersection of 97th and Seeley is now a huge crater. In the big picture, modernization of  our water and sewer systems is a good thing, but it should not penalize the health of people who live near the project area.

Our noise ordinance exists for a reason. People need to get rest, and get relief from all the noise they face during the day. Some of us deal with a LOT of noise. That takes a toll on our health. Facing 1.5 hours more of stressful noise each day is NOT what most of us need.

One day last week the crew started the noisy work shortly after 6:30 a.m., well before the 8 a.m. allowed start under the noise ordinance. Today they fired up the engine on the big excavator at 6:15 a.m. The backup beeps, yelling conversations and clank of steel plates being moved started a few minutes later.

I called in a noise complaint to police. About 10 minutes later, there was a 5 minute pause when I didn't hear anything except engines idling, then they went back to their loud work. It's now 6:45 and they're getting louder. At 7:00 am they started with the concrete saw. I'll be calling the alderman's office again today, and again tomorrow and the next day and the next if they continue to start this early. Starting that kind of work so early in the day is disturbing the peace, plain and simple.