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Cubs, Neighbors At Odds Over Remote Parking Lot

Cubs fans can use the remote parking lot at Basic Wire & Cable at Irving Park & Rockwell then take a free shuttle bus to the game.

Cubs fans can use the remote parking lot at Basic Wire & Cable at Irving Park & Rockwell then take a free shuttle bus to the game.

The city told the Chicago Cubs in exchange for the ability to host more night games, they needed to setup a free remote parking that could handle at least 1000 vehicles.

And the Cubs did.

The Cubs organization made an agreement with Basic Wire & Cable, located at Irving Park and Rockwell west of Wrigley Field, to lease the company’s 1000+ spot parking lot to allow Cubs fans to park and take a free shuttle bus to the game.

But someone in the Cubs organization forgot to alert the neighborhood and area residents loudly expressed their displeasure at a community meeting late last week according to DNA Info.

Chicagoans File Pothole Damage Claims In Record Numbers

Drivers are filing record number of claims for pothole damage with the city this year.

Drivers are filing record number of claims for pothole damage with the city this year.

The City of Chicago is on its way to post record pothole damage claims this year–at least based on Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times
the City Clerk’s Office filed over 1,100 pothole damage claims at Wednesday’s meeting.

That’s the most claims ever filed in a month and nearly four times the 300 plus claims filed in February.

City Clerk spokesperson Patrick Corcoran tells the Sun-Times that this is the most claims filed in a single month. Based on the 1,615 claims filed in 2011, 2014 is sure to be a record year.

Ashland Avenue Closed To Traffic On North Side This Weekend

A sign on Elston Avenue detours drivers around the closed portion of Ashland Avenue this weekend.

A sign on Elston Avenue detours drivers around the closed portion of Ashland Avenue this weekend.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is warning drivers a portion of Ashland Avenue will be closed to all traffic on the North Side this weekend to remove a bridge.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is warning drivers Ashland Ave., one of Chicago’s main north-south thoroughfares, will be closed between North Avenue (1600 N.) and Armitage Avenue (2000 N.) starting Friday March 28th at 8 PM.

The bridge removal is part of the Bloomingdale Trail construction project.

Work will go on round the clock and Ashland will re-open to traffic no later than 5 AM Monday, March 31st. Although the city may open the street earlier than this as they are estimating the entire process to take just 48 hours.

The Mystery Of The Missing Orange Safety Cones

Who’s stealing the safety cones?

That’s what Ald. Scott Waguespack wants to know.

He’s been using the bright orange cones to mark where the worst potholes are located to warn drivers not to drive directly into one and end up at the closest auto repair garage.

Mayor Agrees To Restore Paid Metered Parking In Select Wards

Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel listen to aldermen debate the renegotiated parking meter lease deal this past spring.

Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel listen to aldermen debate the renegotiated parking meter lease deal this past spring.

After nearly a year of dragging his feet, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has finally relented to begin the process of restoring paid parking meters on Sundays in a small number of North Side wards.

On Monday, responding to the frustration of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and their constituent businesses with the city’s slow response to restore paid Sunday parking in their area, a city spokesperson has announced Mayor Emanuel is allowing his free Sunday meter policy to change in certain neighborhoods.

“While we believe the vast majority of Chicagoans are pleased with free Sunday parking in neighborhoods that the Mayor was able to provide with the renegotiated parking agreement, we understand that three out of 50 aldermen prefer to restore paid Sundays in certain areas where the businesses/residents support it,” said Department of Finance spokesperson Kelley Quinn. “To that end, as promised, we intend to introduce an ordinance in April that will combine the requests of the few aldermen who requested paid Sundays be restored.”

The Reader Takes Mayor To Task On Parking Meter ‘Savings’

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A classic graphic used for the series of stories by the Chicago Reader ripping apart the parking meter lease deal back in 2009.

Savings? What savings?

The Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke takes umbrage with Mayor Emanuel’s recent claim that his free Sunday parking meters policy is actually saving drivers millions of dollars.

Dumke takes readers through a quick review of Chicago’s infamous parking meter lease deal and then skillfully dismantles the Mayor’s boast about saving drivers money in a recent piece on the Reader’s website.

He also skewers the consulting firm given the no-bid contract to study all these issues by challenging the lack of methodology of the firm’s study and complete lack of data in order to support it’s contention drivers “saved” over $2 million dollars the last six months of 2013.

Here’s Dumke’s full story in the Reader, “Chicago meter money keeps flowing to private investors.

Giant Logan Square Pothole Keeps Growing, Frustrating Drivers

A massive pothole at Western & Logan Boulevard is causing traffic havoc on the Northwest side. Photo credit: Josh McGhee/DNA Info.

A massive pothole at Western & Logan Boulevard is causing traffic havoc on the Northwest side. Photo credit: Josh McGhee/DNA Info.

Within the shadow of a billboard poking fun at Chicago’s pothole problems, a massive pothole at Western & Logan Boulevard is tormenting drivers, residents and business owners in the area according to DNA Info.

That stretch of roadway in Logan Square is so rough and the potholes so deep, traffic is being tied up due to drivers slowing down to avoid damage to their vehicles.

This particular deep and water filled crater is perhaps representative of the city’s ongoing epidemic of all sizes of potholes which has frustrated drivers everywhere in the city.

Milwaukee Avenue Closed This Weekend For Bridge Removal

DetourMilwaukee Avenue will be closed to traffic this weekend (March 14-17) for another bridge removal project the city announced.

Closures will begin at 8 PM Friday, March 14th and Milwaukee Ave. will reopen no later than 5 AM Monday morning March 17th.

The highly traveled diagonal street will be closed in the Bucktown neighborhood between Leavitt Avenue (2200 West) and Oakley/Moffat Avenues (2300 West) to all car, CTA and pedestrian traffic over the course of the weekend.

Traffic will be detoured around the closures so the city recommends watching and following detour signs.

While last weekend Western Avenue was closed in that neighborhood for a complete removal of the bridge at Bloomingdale Avenue, the bridge on Milwaukee will be more of a rehab project. The bridge’s deteriorating concrete deck will be replaced, but not the entire structure.

Professor Geek Teaches Parking Ticket 101 Class At CivicLab

Parking Ticket 101 photoThe Parking Ticket Geek is teaching a class.

The West Loop’s Civic Lab invited the Geek to teach a class on fighting parking tickets we’re calling Parking Ticket 101.

It’s a slimmed down version of our Driver Survival Seminars with a focus purely on avoiding and contesting those pesky bright orange tickets from the city.

Parking Ticket 101 will give attendees an overview of parking enforcement in Chicago and educate attendees on how best to both avoid parking tickets and how best to handle receiving a ticket, including how to successfully contest improper or unfair ones.

Civics Lab is a co-working education and office space created to help teach Chicagoans about civic engagement, activism and how to better understand and interact with their government. It was founded by Tom Tresser and Ben Sugar last summer.

Tresser is that famous troublemaker who, among his many other accomplishments spearheaded No Games Chicago, the group which furiously lobbied against bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.

Seating is limited so reserve your spot right away. There is a nominal $10 fee that goes toward helping support Civics Lab in its great work.

Sign up through Eventbrite or through our Facebook event page.

EVENT: Parking Ticket 101/Driver Survival Seminar

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM

WHERE:  Civics Lab,  114 N. Aberdeen St.  Chicago, IL 60607

SIGNUP: At Eventbrite

 

NBC 5: ‘Polar Vortex’ Causes Huge Drop In Parking Tickets

According to NBC 5′s Carol Marin, after a big bump in parking ticket issuance in 2013, this year is off to a bad start–and the so-called “polar vortex.” is to blame.