Saturday, May 23, 2015

More Millions

  • The 606, a 2.7-mile-long park on the former train tracks, is set to open June 6, and Paige and others believe it could have a dramatic effect on the surrounding communities. While buzz and excitement build up to the long-anticipated opening, so does trepidation from some who wonder if they will be able to enjoy its benefits.

    Unlike at train-to-park conversions in New York and Paris, Chicago's 606 will allow pets and bikes, Paige, a docent at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, points out proudly.

    "They're going to have festivities, and police are going to patrol it, and it's going to be lighted at night, and they're going to sweep the snow off in the wintertime," Paige said. "What they're doing there is a wonderful thing. It's going to be a great resource for the neighborhoods."
  • The first two blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk's $100 million extension are set to open Saturday, raising the curtain on an urban playground of kayaks, Tiki bar cocktails and floating concert stages.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce Friday the western expansion of the Riverwalk from State to Clark streets, as well as a one-block addition to LaSalle Street that will open in early June.
But he wants "reform." Remember, Chicago doesn't have a revenue issue - Chicago has a spending problem.

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anybody noticed yet that Rome isn't just burning, it's an INFERNO? Play on, fiddler. Play on!

5/23/2015 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to spend money to waste money.

5/23/2015 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politicians have it right. Hurry up and spend it before the rubes realize it is all gone. Your buddies can take care of you after it all collapses.

5/23/2015 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I better get my fucking pension !

5/23/2015 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pension "reform" my ass.
Rahm has a priority problem . He's never had any intent on shoring up our pension fund. He doesn't like our pensions so therefore he demands "reform" aka slashes and givebacks before he'll even consider making the city's mandated pension obligations.
Rahm: fuck you and the horse you rode in on!

5/23/2015 03:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They're going to have festivities, and police are going to patrol it, and it's going to be lighted at night, and they're going to sweep the snow off in the wintertime..."

...and clean the grafitti off it over and over again, and pick up the broken glass, condoms, and discarded underwear.

Produces nothing, but must be maintained in the usual lazy, offhand, only-when-the-alderman-gets-lots-of-complaints sort of way. Another money sink.

"It's going to be a great resource for the neighborhoods."

Ah. Will it provide a short cut to the doctor's office or the drugstore? Can I run up there to get some bread, juice, onions, potatoes?

A lot of us don't have the time, ability, or desire to hang around abandoned railroad embankments.

I had a look up there before this whole thing started. The bangers ducking through holes smashed in new fences, walking pairs of pit bulls on spiked choke chains were "patrolling" it nicely, as were the dealers flashing headlights at each other as a recognition signal. Don't want my gnawed, scattered remains to be found up there in the spring, when it's dental-records time. I quick snapped some pictures of the old Pillsbury grain elevator before they tore it down, then got out of there as they started shouting and coming down off the porches.

Not only that, we're "raising the curtain on an urban playground of kayaks, Tiki bar cocktails and floating concert stages."

A vast hallucination. Rahm I. Emanuel "has come unstuck in space and time." No conception whatsoever of daily life for
ordinary people.

But you knew that already.

I'd move into one of those new freight-container houses, except that they're putting them...in Englewood.

5/23/2015 05:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC and readers, keep hammering Rahm every time he spends a dime.
He has no money for pensions, crying broke, yet he keeps spending those tif funds and every other fund he can find.

5/23/2015 05:46:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

666 Park is more like it.

5/23/2015 05:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I want to know is why do pols never talk about cutting their pensions if we are to share the pain?

5/23/2015 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politicians can't get those campaign contributions unless they keep handing out those wasteful unneeded contracts to selected contractors and vendors. Money that should be going into pensions and vital city services are just put to the side and p*ssed away.

5/23/2015 06:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mind spending on something that will get a $ return (e.g. tourists). But some of these are questionable and no one ever goes back to see what the benefit ended up being. Well except for maybe vacant Olympics land, and even then maybe one news story.

5/23/2015 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total 606 boondoggle cost approaching $200 mil.

5/23/2015 07:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no! Where will the bust out tent towns move to? I thought we had a deal with the river trolls, we don't mess with them and they don't eat us.

5/23/2015 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how Rahm only is concerned with "unfairly burdening" taxpayers when it comes to our pensions.
He sure as hell doesn't care about burdening the taxpayers for all the BS that HE wants.

5/23/2015 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see Cook County was going to start allowing camping at 5 different forest preserve sites? Actually sounds like a good idea. But then the price tag is $30mil. To put up a few bunkhouses, a few cabins, and some electric and sewer hookups, it cost $30 million???

5/23/2015 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a miracle

5/23/2015 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful, access to full size vehicles only in two? spots, very limited visibility to anyone on the street. Could wind up being nicknamed the "rape trail".

5/23/2015 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All about keeping a voting block-- no concern for any pension fund. An article like this could be written every week and would make difference to the pols.

5/23/2015 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oh not to worry.

Just follow the money trail.

You will fund your own pensions with money laundered property tax increases and/or rent increases if you don't own property.

Of course that new tax revenue will have to be skimmed in order to add to the mayor's slush fund.

In essence it's a cut in benefits.

FOUR MORE YEARS!!

5/23/2015 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the over/under for the first robbery, shooting or homicide at either place.

San Antonio has a heavy police presence at their river walk, I don't see either the manpower or the money being spent to secure it properly, cameras won't work in that place

5/23/2015 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

***** The 606, a 2.7-mile-long park on the former train tracks, is set to open June 6, ~~~ snip ~~~ "They're going to have festivities, and police are going to patrol it, and it's going to be lighted at night, and they're going to sweep the snow off in the wintertime," Paige said. "What they're doing there is a wonderful thing. It's going to be a great resource for the neighborhoods." *****

And they'll be Unicorns and Pink Ponies and the Sun will always shine year round --- Weeeeee!!!

[the good times will last about 2 weeks. Then the muggers, rapists, and flash mobs will take over.]

5/23/2015 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I am sure we are getting royally fleeced on the cost of these capitol improvements, I think they are a good idea.

Let's concentrate on putting the thieves in jail on these projects.

5/23/2015 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm... And just where will the police officers to patrol it come from? Operation Impact PPOs?

5/23/2015 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope it brings money and jobs.

5/23/2015 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I don't mind spending on something that will get a $ return (e.g. tourists). But some of these are questionable and no one ever goes back to see what the benefit ended up being. Well except for maybe vacant Olympics land, and even then maybe one news story.

5/23/2015 06:59:00 AM

I hate the thing, but the crazies love it. Blow 200 million on it when we have no money? Makes no sense at all.
But the property I own half a block from it has more than doubled in value this year. What a bizarre world we live in.

5/23/2015 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off-duty cop got attacked on the one in Sauganash - in daylight

5/23/2015 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think 2 blocks 100 million, and of course you can bet with payoffs and such its lots more! Did those construction workers get paid? The vendors? The money must of been found already, shuffle the pension money over here gentlemen and woman Hey George Cardenas more money found, please get your "treasurer Hunter badge here" 121 north lasalle st 5th floor walk right in join the club!

5/23/2015 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, here is this "606" thing.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye-meet-the-606-20150522-photogallery.html

I was thinking of a stretch farther west when I posted, west of Laramie. Had to be real careful checking it out. Probably Rahm will spend another few hundred million here too, as time goes on...

5/23/2015 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As with other stretches like this, the "606" was never some sort of safe fairyland-type place. Maybe it still won't be.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/607120/bloomingdale-trail-unofficial-history-606

5/23/2015 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look over here another 1.5 million awarded to a thugs family, huge felonious history what attorneys does the city employ? The 3 stooges Dewey cheatem and Howe? 5.5 million to thugs that accused the great John Burge no evidence just a scoop of more tax money nothing for pensions nope 100 million for river walk millions to walk along train tracks please tell George " I'm curious George lets tax suburban people that work here" Cardenas more money given away! Anti-police sentiment from elected media we can't catch a break! Keep working hard chargers sorry boss show me how to do it you first!

5/23/2015 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goes to show that this City is not finacially responsible. You need to make that pension payment Rahm and don't you dare cry broke!

5/23/2015 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naperville has a river walk. The biggest problems are dog feces, trash, the smell of urine, the homeless and underage drinkers. Way to go Rhambo!!!

5/23/2015 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Retired Guy Here, Again !!!!!!
Here Is The Way I'm Seeing It. Please Feel Free To Jump It and Correct Me, If I'm Wrong. The Pension Crisis Is Only A Crisis To Those of Us Who Need The Funds To Survive. It Certainly Is No Crisis To The People That Have The Responsibility To Fund It. The Sooner We All Die Off, The Better.
Bottom Line Is: If It Can't Make Money for The Power's To Be,or Help Them Get Re-Elected and Stay In Power, It's Not Important.
PS: Have A Nice Day ?

5/23/2015 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where are the transgender bathrooms, and the elevators for access for the differently abled? Defibrillators? Signage in Braille? Handicapped parking spots at "access points?" No emergency pull-the-lever phones, of course.

Plow another $50 million into that few miles real easy.

In 10 years, it'll be the "redevelopment and facelift phase," time to rearrange the bushes and put in all new lighting and re-do all the watery substandard concrete, another $50 mil as the "hired trucks" roll again...

Bottomless pit, this sort of thing.

5/24/2015 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casinos were supposed to be the great savior of Atlantic City's economy also. However, the reality is that they create a small island of apparent prosperity surrounded by the 'hood wherever they are placed. There is no economic activity outside of the "safe" zone. And then, casinos can be poorly managed:
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/51779-new-casino-bankruptcy-in-nj-revenue-down-40/

5/25/2015 05:55:00 PM  

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