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Old Posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:17 PM
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im probably alone in this but i love old fire escapes on the fronts of buildings. they make a little nice spot to sit and have a cup of coffee and take in the city if youre not fortunate enough to have a balcony too
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Old Posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:36 PM
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A nice place to contract tetnaus too.

Honestly no architect every thought slapping a fire escape on the front of a building was an improvement because it never has been. They are cool to see in alleys or whatever, but totally obsolete and rickety maintenance nightmeres otherwise. I say this as someone who owns a building with a non-mechanical fire escape.
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Old Posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:37 PM
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I would love to see the old Einstein Bros building torn down, and something cool put in there (like a Flatiron type building) that holds the corner appropriately.
What are you talking about? I'm talking about the Al's Beef on SE corner of Ohio and Wells, next to that 60-room hotel.
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Old Posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:39 PM
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im probably alone in this but i love old fire escapes on the fronts of buildings. they make a little nice spot to sit and have a cup of coffee and take in the city if youre not fortunate enough to have a balcony too
Fire escapes on the fronts of buildings are for cities with no alleys.
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2016, 2:19 AM
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^ I own a 6 flat in Bucktown with a beautiful front fire escape. Yeah it's a clunker that will probably present as a maintenance headache, but it's a historic and cool feature and I can't help but be proud of it
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2016, 3:15 AM
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A nice place to contract tetnaus too.

Honestly no architect every thought slapping a fire escape on the front of a building was an improvement because it never has been. They are cool to see in alleys or whatever, but totally obsolete and rickety maintenance nightmeres otherwise. I say this as someone who owns a building with a non-mechanical fire escape.
lots of infrastructure can take on its own beauty, even if it wasnt the original intention. look at the newfound appreciation of old water tanks as another good example, or remnants of cobblestone, or old railroad tracks still embedded in pavement in downtown neighborhoods, or obsolete lift bridges still kept around. does everything have to have such a purist standpoint?


http://photo.jellyfields.com/image/1...dows-lines.jpg

and these sorts of little touches are things that enhance the visual texture of our city compared to more generic modern areas. theres actual history that has taken place here and you can see it for yourself.

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In before Curbed reads this...new McDonald's HQ from Sterling Bay in West Loop just received a partial foundation new construction permit yesterday. Wooooo
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2016, 3:39 PM
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West Loop Could Get New Library At Old Coyne College Site, Burnett Says

At the request of residents, a Near West Side alderman is now planning to build a public library in the West Loop.

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) is working with prominent West Loop developer Sterling Bay to put a public library branch in a proposed development on the old Coyne College campus in Fulton Market. Burnett plans to use Neighborhood Opportunity Fund money earmarked for West Loop improvements to help pay for the project, the veteran alderman told DNAinfo Chicago this week.
Not sure about the location...something like the H2O site might be better - closer to the park, more residential, and might help sell that development to the neighborhood NIMBYs.


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In before Curbed reads this...new McDonald's HQ from Sterling Bay in West Loop just received a partial foundation new construction permit yesterday. Wooooo
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http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/11/8/...p-headquarters

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I still don't understand why there needs to be 2 curb cuts instead of just an alley entrance. It's not like hundreds of people are living in that one building.
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I still don't understand why there needs to be 2 curb cuts instead of just an alley entrance. It's not like hundreds of people are living in that one building.
The existing building already has one off of Morgan, and presumably they can repurpose that one into the new development without needing re-approval from CDOT.
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There is green mesh fencing around the 676 N Lasalle parking lot as of yesterday. Parking lot is empty. Planters on sidewalk were removed a week ago. Construction must be imminent.
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^ Forgot what that is
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2016, 5:18 PM
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Rehab and addition by Cedar Street.

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Nice to see this project redone with the Ahlschlager building facade intact, even if the rendering looks a little clumsy (could just be the lack of detail in the rendering though):



http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/11/8/...nue-tod-clayco

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Old Posted Nov 8, 2016, 6:59 PM
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I noticed this weekend that there was a Michaels cassion rig on the McDonalds site, they are probably going to start tomorrow if they aren't already working today.

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lots of infrastructure can take on its own beauty, even if it wasnt the original intention. look at the newfound appreciation of old water tanks as another good example, or remnants of cobblestone, or old railroad tracks still embedded in pavement in downtown neighborhoods, or obsolete lift bridges still kept around. does everything have to have such a purist standpoint?


http://photo.jellyfields.com/image/1...dows-lines.jpg

and these sorts of little touches are things that enhance the visual texture of our city compared to more generic modern areas. theres actual history that has taken place here and you can see it for yourself.
I'm not agaisnt fire escapes in general, I just don't think they belong on the fronts of buildings. Like I said, I have one myself and you are right, it's a great place for the tenants to keep a couple of potted plants and a small bench. I like it because the tenants in one unit that it accesses smoke and they use it as their smoker's outpost keeping them from being tempted to do it inside or from sitting outside the front door annoying the other tenants.
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^^That image is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2016, 8:30 PM
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Not sure about the location...something like the H2O site might be better - closer to the park, more residential, and might help sell that development to the neighborhood NIMBYs.
I'd be happy to see a library at either of those sites. Keep in mind, the Coyne site is closer to the center of the gap between other nearby libraries. And, especially with the prospect of PMDs being eroded, it could be a development site as well.
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Does anybody know when the 35th St pedestrian bridge over LSD is supposed to open to the public? I thought it was supposed to open in October but when I checked it a couple of weeks ago it still wasn't open but looked to be close to done.
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Does anybody know when the 35th St pedestrian bridge over LSD is supposed to open to the public? I thought it was supposed to open in October but when I checked it a couple of weeks ago it still wasn't open but looked to be close to done.
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Old Posted Nov 9, 2016, 11:10 PM
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What are you talking about? I'm talking about the Al's Beef on SE corner of Ohio and Wells, next to that 60-room hotel.
Ah ok, sorry I thought you were referring to the Al's Beef by the hotel on Clark in Wrigleyville, close to the Wheelhouse Hotel that is being built there...I saw your post, and mistakenly thought you were referring to the Al's Beef, which is close to the closed Einstein Bros.
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