Thursday, January 17, 2019

a forgotten issue

As I've watched interviews and forums and read news articles and web sites featuring candidates for mayor as Election Day approaches, I've found it disturbing and frustrating that many of the candidates have little or nothing about issues other than education and public safety.  Those are important topics, but there are many others they can't afford to ignore. We need to know their ideas (and whether they have any ideas) regarding other topics such as transportation.

If our transportation systems don't function well, our city doesn't function. Transit and other non-car ways of getting around are critically important. There isn't enough space for everyone to drive and park. Many people can't afford the cost of owning, driving, maintaining and parking a car for daily transportation. The city works much better if fewer people drive.

This week, Active Transportation Now held a mayoral candidate forum on the topic of transit, focusing on CTA. If you'd like to watch a video of this forum and hear ideas from those candidates who chose to attend, here's a link.

It's worth doing some homework on the candidates. We can't afford to end up with a mayor who doesn't think that transportation is important and can't be bothered to answer questions about it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

new Metra Rock Island schedule in effect as of 1/28/19

Thanks to the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), we have a new Metra schedule as of Monday 1/28.  The changes affect morning rush hour much more than evening rush hour, though I'm sure we'll feel the pain on days when a mechanical issue or other problem causes the train we're waiting for to be delayed getting downtown and then be held a while for PTC system checks before we can head home. For more information about PTC and how it affects the schedule, click here.

You might want to check out the schedule in advance to figure out what changes you need to make to your daily routine. You may need to leave home a little earlier.

Friday, January 11, 2019

non sequitur Friday

A few lesser known tracks from Chicago's earlier years....

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

lost cat near 96th and Winchester

I went out for a walk this afternoon and saw this sad flyer on a pole. I hope that this cat is able to get home safely, and that if any of you spot him you'll help in the process.

unkind acts

In recent weeks, I've noticed a series of malicious acts around the neighborhood. Someone is damaging or destroyed garden fences, plants and trees. The damage I've observed has been in locations from 97th and Damen to 99th and Vanderpoel, including Ridge Park. It's possible that there may be more locations. These are just the ones I've seen. Some of this can be repaired. Some will cost money to fix or replace.

I've seen branches ripped off of trees, a young tree snapped off at the base and killed, plants torn out of the ground and vines pulled from fences. The most heartbreaking was a beautiful young tree destroyed in a yard at 99th and Vanderpoel. An unhealthy tree in Ridge Park was also snapped off at ground level. Some locations have been hit more than once. I have a theory about who might be responsible, but no proof.

Has anyone seen this type of vandalism in additional locations? Has anyone witnessed any of these acts of vandalism? If it's happened to you, please file a police report

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

changes to shared cost sidewalk program for 2019

This year the shared cost sidewalk program opens for applications at 12:00 am on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

If you want to apply to get a section of your sidewalk replaced, call 311 or create a Sidewalk Inspection request using the new CHI311 web site or app (available from Google Play or Apple's App store). The new site allows you to set up an account, which allows for easier tracking of requests after you've submitted them.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018