Showing posts from July, 2015

Active Trans tracks stalled Ashland BRT

EVA members voted in 2014 to oppose the CTA's Ashland Bus Rapid Transit plan. East Village Association board minutes for July 13, 2015, by Michael VanDam Ashland BRT A representative from the advocacy group Active Transportation Alliance would like to speak to the group to “get the temperature” of our views on the Ashland Bus Rapid Transit project. Considering that no new information has been released and no plans announced, Brian Foote and Catherine Garypie will reach out to try and get a better sense of the request. Club Foot proposal The person interested in opening a new venture at the Club Foot location, 1824 W. Augusta Blvd., sent responses to the developer questionnaire EVA requires for development requests. Dan Johnson will forward to the board for review.

Eckhart Park, Peabody School, St. Boniface updates

Peabody School will be developed as condos, its annex as a charter school. East Village Association minutes for July 6, 2015, by Michael VanDam Friends of Eckhart Park Michelle Russell and Dana Tedesco of Friends of Eckhart Park introduced the group, dedicated to improving and maintaining Eckhart Park. Upcoming events at 1330 W. Chicago Ave. include: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, 6:30-8 pm Aug. 14 and 15. The talented actors from Chicago Shakespeare will be performing “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” combining Shakespeare’s characters and scenes with today’s popular music. Movies in the Park, 8pm Aug. 16. Join your friends in the neighborhood for “Back to the Future.” More information can be found at the Friends of Eckhart Park Facebook group or by e-mailing friendsofeckhartpark . Planning, Preservation and Development Update St. Boniface – A group of local property owners is dealing with Carefree Corp. on the redevelopment of St. Boniface. It remains u

Meet new police commander Friday

The new 12th District police commander will discuss police and community relations Friday, July 10 in Ukrainian Village. The meeting with Cmdr. Edward J. Kulbida starts 6pm in the auditorium at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, 1127 N. Oakley Blvd. Kulbida replaced Melissa Staples on April 27 as commander of the city's largest police district. As a captain in the Englewood District on the South Side, he was shot last October in a six-hour fugitive standoff. Staples is now second in command of the Area North detectives division.

Will sidewalk cafes stay in the clear?

A stroll down Division Street could become an obstacle course without rules for sidewalk cafes. Even a tidy array of tables and chairs might over the summer creep into the path of pedestrians. The approved plan shouldn't be a mystery, though: The city requires exact dimensions and a seating count to be posted on the outside wall or in the window of each restaurant. However, on an informal East Village Association inspection, half the plans weren't posted. The rules make a sidewalk cafe easy to spot: They require a firm, continuous barrier that blind people can find with the tap of a cane. It should be unobtrusive: Cafes shouldn't play music, or stay open past midnight. Layouts make way for handicapped seating, with alternatives to high-top tables and barstools. And cafes should be pretty, with plants decorating the surroundings. The barrier should leave 6 feet of sidewalk clear, and restaurants should keep waiting patrons from blocking that walkway. Open doorways,
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