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Getting rid of parking in Chicago? Not a great idea. There's usually only one or two free spots anyway, so now they're going away! I also think that the blank wall needs to be spruced up. Let an artist paint something on the back (street) aide.
The Wheaton Center towers are a prime example of Bertrand building something "not sexy." The two towers are pretty plain and drab... and they sort of stick out in the middle of an area of medium density without any other high rises. Oh for something along the lines of River City, Prentice, or Marina City! At least when they stuck out, it would be pleasurable to look at!
I was recently driving around some older neighborhoods in Highland Park, looking at 100+ year old homes, and, ironically, Fort Sheridan, largely designed by Holabird and Root and I wondered what the usable lifespan of our modern buildings really are. Perhaps it's more than just what it COULD be used for and more of a question in terms of how efficient the area is for whatever use it has... so it may actually be better (from an end-user's point of view) to knock down the "old" building with its old amenities and put up something sparkling and new that can be built to suit. Fort Sheridan's buildings have been gutted and maintain their historic shell but little else (though I'm not sure what remained that was usable prior to the revamps). That is feasible for a single family home or for a building that will be turned into condos, but it isn't really possible for a nearly century-old skyscraper. Only so much can be done in that space. And so, at what point does a building either become so dilapidated or antiquated that it isn't usable in a modern setting (and perhaps the usability discussion involves profitability)? By no means do I want buildings like this to go, because once they're gone, they're gone... Nobody's going to spend the money to build new Art Deco when steel and glass can get it done quicker, cheaper, higher, etc etc. But even landmarks like the Trib or 35 E Wacker (one of my personal favorites) or non-Landmarks like the the Wrigley Building... do they have a usable lifespan afterwhich they will need to be taken down so they don't put passersby in harms way? Perhaps there are maintenance things that have been done over the years and can be done in years to come that can lengthen the lifespan like a road being resurfaced, but even with a road, after a period of time, they simply need to be rebuilt from the ground up (a la the Jane Addams... simply touching up the make-up on the old girl won't do). And maybe the answer with many of these skyscrapers is that they will remain for a very, very long time (barring a natural disaster or some other catastrophe) but only as a shell, like the temples of ancient Rome. They're not usable for what they were originally intended, but they are still iconic, recognizable pieces of the landscape that have remained for centuries.
I enjoyed both what you had to say AND watching you work!
... I'm still torn. I'm by no means a muslim apologist... and yet, I'm afraid that if America starts to keep Americans from worshiping... where does it stop? I don't think we're anywhere close to this yet... but Martin Niemoller's poem "First They Came for the Jews" shows what happened to the rights of Germans in WWII... First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. We're nowhere near this, thankfully... but as an evangelical pastor in training, I'm concerned about what could happen one day if I want to build a church in an unpopular place. But... There is a mosque not more than 2 blocks away. Now, in the same way that one Christian denomination is different from another, sects of islam differ too, I know. But what is the need for this in a location where there wasn't one before...? And in such an emotionally charged place...
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on Ground Zero Mosque at Taking a Stantis
When you live in Chicago, it really is hard to believe that there are THAT many stars! I'm not sure if we'll be able to see any... but I live in Lake County (you know, rural setting in an urban area...) so there's a chance.
I was sitting in my office... watching my phone refresh every 30 seconds. I was chatting with an officemate... and all of a sudden, it said GOAL! and we went crazy ourselves! I then started watching updates on the eternal tennis match (it was 39-39 when I noticed it on and started following it). And I actually got some stuff done today!
Sounds magnificent, I'm jealous!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2010 on Silent retreat at Taking a Stantis
I was by there this weekend and saw the crosswalk. Honestly, I think they should have made it wider. Right now it's only wide enough for about three abreast... and it seems like there may be larger groups of people who are crossing there.
Oh, and I don't think barriers would work the way people would want them to. People who are going to jay walk will go from the corner diagonally across the street... and a barrier will keep them in the path of traffic instead of keeping them AWAY from traffic like they should.
This is an improvement, but there are some very inexpensive ways to help this, too. Along with the crosswalk on the ground (that the cars can't see) they should put those plastic reflectors on both sides of the crosswalk and on both sides of the street. They should possibly even include them in between the lanes (though they likely will eventually get creamed it they're there...). There needs to be something visual for drivers to see OTHER than just a sign stating that peds are present. I'm not sure what kind of system they will have with the push button, so maybe the reflectors would be redundant... but it would certainly be safter with more rather than less.