CTA Meeting Rescheduled: Monday, Oct.23





The CTA appreciates your patience during Major League Baseball playoff season as we work to schedule meetings that don’t conflict with catching Chicago Cubs games!

We have set a new date to present the TOD study updates:

Monday, October 23rd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Presentation at 6:30 PM)
The Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Street
Hoover-Leppen Theatre – Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

Oct. 18 CTA Meeting Postponed

The Cubs are in the playoffs, so we will all be busy watching baseball.
As soon as there is a new meeting date, we will post it.
Go Cubs!

From Alderman Tunney’s office: 
Please note that the Red-Purple Bypass Area TOD meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, October 18th will be rescheduled for a later date. I will share the new meeting date when it is confirmed.

Wed. Oct 18 – CTA Post-Flyover Planning Meeting – Please Attend, Comment!

Bypass Area

Oct. 18, 2017  
6:00–8:00 p.m.
(*Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

The Center on Halsted
Hoover-Leppen Theatre
3656 N. Halsted Street
Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, is continuing its redevelopment study to complement the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project (RPM Phase One). The purpose of this Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study is to encourage specific, community-supported redevelopment strategies for portions of land required for the transit construction project that could be made available for redevelopment after construction.

Because this TOD study is community-driven, we rely on your input. This is the second in a series of three public meetings. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm outcomes of the first round of meetings and provide residents and business owners with an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the study
  • Review study area planning principles
  • Consider redevelopment site concepts
  • Talk one-on-one with the CTA study team
  • Provide feedback and input on the overall vision for the plan

We look forward to seeing you.
If you have questions or need additional information,
you may contact us at RPM@transitchicago.com
or visit www.transitchicago.com/rpmproject.

You’re Invited: CTA Public Meeting on Post-Flyover Redevelopment

Care about Central Lakeview?
Come see the CTA ideas – and tell them your ideas – for reconstruction after the Flyover is built. Speak up for the future of Clark Street and Lakeview.

May 4, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m.

The Center on Halsted 

Hoover-Leppen Theatre
3656 N. Halsted Street
Third Floor
Chicago, IL

More about the meeting from DNA Lakeview:

Got Ideas For Belmont Flyover Redevelopment? CTA Asking For Input Thursday 

By Ariel Cheung and Josh McGhee

Chicago Never, Ever Learns

We now are preparing to say Goodbye to Central Lakeview and several blocks of iconic Clark Street – and Hello to blocks of empty, useless lots with overhead cement – all to ‘fix’ a 40-second delay occurring on only 40% of CTA Red Line trips downtown.

This seems a good time to revisit what happened to a huge area of Chicago – thriving businesses, residents and all – so they could create the charming, ugly, gridlocked Eisenhower Expressway.

Excellent WBEZ article: 

When the Eisenhower Expressway
Moved In, Who Was Forced Out?

reported by Robert Loerzel
questions asked by Jillian Zarlenga


Rahm + the Red Line TIF


Rahm plants seeds for Red Line TIF while
Chicago panics over Trump

As the mayor once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

fob_politics-cta-red_line-taxes-magnumWhile much of the country was losing its collective mind over the prospect of a President Trump, Chicago’s City Council unanimously passed Mayor Emanuel’s budget.

After the November 16 vote, the mayor and aldermen congratulated themselves for not raising property taxes in next year’s budget, at least not over and above the millions they’d raised earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, another proposal was swiftly flying through a separate approval process. And this one amounts to a $625 million property tax increase the mayor plans to use to rebuild portions of the Red and Purple Lines and construct the Belmont Flyover (which would allow the Brown Line to bypass Red Line tracks as it pulls into the Belmont station).

So how can the mayor and aldermen say they’re not raising property taxes when actually they’re about to do just that?
Link to the full article