Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Efrain Rivera, 68, in Logan Square

A minivan driver fatally struck Efrain Rivera, 68, in Logan Square last Tuesday and then fled the scene. At around 9 p.m. Rivera was crossing the street in the 3500 block of West Armitage when the eastbound driver of a silver minivan hit him and failed to render aid, police said. Rivera, who lived two blocks northwest on the 3600 block of West Dickens, was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Major Accidents is investigating the case. There is a police camera at the corner of Armitage and Saint Louis. No one was in custody as of this afternoon. According to a report from WGN, community activist Raul Montes Jr. has offered a $500 reward for information that leads the police to the hit-and-run driver. “I’m offering a $500 reward out of my own pocket to bring closure to the family of this man, who was an elderly person, and to try to solve this crime,” Montes told WGN. “..

Transit Investment Can Help Close the Racial Employment Gap

Despite the decline in the jobless rate, the employment scenario for many Americans isn’t what it used to be. Many people of working age remain without jobs, and the problem is particularly acute for people of color. Among white Americans between the ages of 25 and 54, about 79 percent are employed. The rate among black, Asian, and Latino Americans remains significantly lower. Improving transit access to jobs can be a key tool in closing that gap, according a new report from Algernon Austin at Demos, because people of color are more likely than white people to rely on transit to get to work. The share of Asian and black workers who commute by transit is more than three times higher than the rate among white workers. And for Latino workers the rate is more than twice as high. Chart: Demos This disparity reflects differences in car ownership rates, and it persists across different metro areas. But in some regions, it is even more pronounced. Black workers in Detroit commute via trans..

Razing an Art Moderne to Put in a Drive-Though Would Make Avondale More Car-Centric

PNC Bank is proposing to demolish one of its branches in Avondale in favor of a car-centric design at the corner of Milwaukee and Belmont avenues. This change comes as northwest side preservationists and business owners work together to see that a long stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Logan Square and Avondale remains intact via an extensive downzoning introduced by 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa to the Chicago City Council in October. Avondale, a community that is known for having good transit access, is also one known for its auto-centric development that makes the area less walkable, and the latest proposal from PNC would see a historic early modernist building demolished and replaced with a drive-thru ATM. Looks like the Art Moderne building at Milwaukee and Belmont is definitely in danger of being demo’d @ChiBuildings @Pres_Chicago @AvondaleUnite @_GXM pic.twitter.com/qrLImpiccb — AJ LaTrace (@ajlatrace) November 13, 2017 A public notice posted outside the main ent..

Family and Supporters Honored Lisa Schalk Yesterday With a Ghost Bike Memorial

Yesterday afternoon a group of 15 family members, friends and supporters gathered to honor fallen cyclist Lisa Schalk, 50, by installing a white-painted “ghost bike” memorial at the Southwest Side crash site. A motorist fatally struck Lisa on her bicycle on the morning of Wednesday, November 1, at the intersection of Archer and Lorel avenues in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, near Midway Airport. Lisa, a Chicago native, was a mother, a sister, a longtime cyclist, and a friend to many. Ghost Bikes Chicago contacted the family to organize the memorial, and West Town Bikes donated the bicycle. After we stood on the corner, Lisa’s mother approached, shaking, with tears in her eyes. I held her in my arms as tight as I could, and then I handed her a flower to place on the bike. One by one, each mourner followed suit, attaching a flower to the bike in silence. A photo of Lisa Schalk taken in 1990. Lisa’s brother Mark Schalk broke the silence with a simple, “What happened was terrible — we ..

Print Issue of November 16, 2017

Volume 47, Number 7

Kyle Kinane at Thalia Hall and more of the best things to do in...

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Today’s Headlines for Monday, November 20

RTA Chair Kirk Dillard Says a CTA Fare Hike Would Be Justified (Tribune) …But Citizens Taking Action Is Opposed to Raising Fares (Tribune) Hit-and-Run Van Driver Fatally Struck Effrain Rivera, 68, in Logan Square (Tribune) 2 Arrested After Shots Were Fired During Robbery Attempt at Cermak Green Stop (NBC) Man Charged With Sexual Abuse After Assaulting Woman at Midway Station (NBC) Despite CTA’s Efforts, Vandalism and Graffiti Remain Issues (Sun-Times) Vandals Have Defaced CTA Ads Depicting Same-Sex Relationships (Windy City Times) Active Trans Discusses Bike/Ped Advocacy Efforts on the Southeast Side The Tribune Looks at the Rise of Transit-Oriented Development in the Suburbs Crain’s Learns About the Impending Arrival of Dockless Bike-Share in the Region Offices-to-Apartments Conversion by Jackson Red Stop Will Have No Car Parking (Curbed) Get national headlines at Streetsblog USA

Rapper MFnMelo joins west-side hip-hop collective Pivot Gang in celebration of the life of...

If you’d seen any Pivot Gang rappers performing in the last nine months without knowing they belonged to the local hip-hop collective, you’d have soon caught on based on two phrases they pepper throughout their time onstage: “Pivot Gang” (obviously) and “Long live John Walt.” Walt, the Pivot cofounder and rapper-singer born Walter Long Jr. (he changed his stage name to Dinner With John in 2016) was stabbed to death on February 8.…

Chicago principals association head Troy LaRaviere to run against Emanuel in 2019, and other...

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, November 20, 2017. …

Wear your art on your sleeve with the help of new Logan Square emporium...

The offbeat accessory is Flair's specialty. The recently opened Logan Square store's inventory is dominated by pins featuring figures from Prince to Audre Lorde and patches with generally woke sentiments such as "Fuck the patriarchy" and "We will outlive them." "My focus is supporting small business by marginalized people, whether they be people of color, LGBTQIA, or women makers," Flair owner Melissa Elliott says.…

Join Us on Wednesday 11/29 for a Meetup at Martin’s Corner in Pilsen

This month Streetsblog Chicago will hold a reader meetup at Martin’s Corner in Pilsen, a friendly side-street bar located kitty-corner from the twin spires of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Our meetups are always a great opportunity to hang out and network with folks who are passionate about sustainable transportation and livable streets. Here’s the skinny: Streetsblog Meetup Wednesday, November 29, 6-8 p.m. (probably somewhat later) Martin’s Corner 2058 W. 22nd Place, Chicago RSVP on Facebook if you like Martin’s Corner is 0.3 miles southwest of the Pink Line’s Damen stop of Logan Square’s California Blue Line station, and it’s also located near stops for the CTA’s #21 Cermak, #50 Damen, and #60 Blue Island bus lines. The closest Divvy station is at Damen and Coulter, two blocks southeast of the bar. Martin’s has a good selection of craft beers and a full dinner menu, not to menu a video bags machine. Hope to see you there. RSVP on Facebook if you like

Join Us on Wednesday 11/29 for a Meetup at Martin’s Corner

This month Streetsblog Chicago will hold a reader meetup at Martin’s Corner in Pilsen, a friendly side-street bar located kitty-corner from the stately twin spires of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Our meetups are always a great opportunity to hang out and network with folks who are passionate about sustainable transportation and livable streets. Here’s the skinny: Streetsblog Meetup Wednesday, November 29, 6-8 p.m. (probably somewhat later) Martin’s Corner 2058 W. 22nd Place, Chicago RSVP on Facebook if you like Martin’s Corner is 0.3 miles southwest of the Pink Line’s Damen stop of Logan Square’s California Blue Line station, and it’s also located near stops for the CTA’s #21 Cermak, #50 Damen, and #60 Blue Island bus lines. The closest Divvy station is at Damen and Coulter, two blocks southeast of the bar. Martin’s has a good selection of craft beers and a full dinner menu, not to menu a video bags machine. Hope to see you there. RSVP on Facebook if you like

Upgrades to These Six Bus Routes Would Improve Transit Citywide

The Active Transportation Alliance’s new study on boosting bus ridership, funded by the TransitCenter foundation, recommends that CTA bus lines across the city should be sped up using a combination of priority at intersections, dedicated lanes, and decreasing the time it takes for people to board. The group also proposed specific upgrades for six different routes. The report, Back on the Bus [PDF], analyzes the factors behind the trend towards declining ridership on CTA buses, which still carry more than half of the system’s customers. To stem the loss, and increase safety and efficiency on Chicago streets, major improvements to bus reliability and speed are needed. The study highlights exactly where and how Active Trans recommend making changes to speed up each route, some of which I’ll discuss in detail. While bus-only lanes would have the greatest effect on reducing travel times, reducing bunching, and generally improving reliability, Chicago currently has only four miles of them...

Toronto Shows How Easy It Is to Speed Up Surface Transit

Toronto’s streetcar is a rarity in North America: a legacy system that still functions as a transportation workhorse, moving large numbers of people. The busiest route is on King Street, where people make 65,000 streetcar trips a day. But like most surface transit, the King Street streetcar operates in mixed traffic, making it frustratingly slow. Those 65,000 passengers get bogged down by the 20,000 motor vehicles that travel on King Street in a typical day. They used to, at least. Toronto is trying out new rules along 1.6 miles of King Street, with strict limits on motor vehicle access. Now that King Street is no longer a through-route for cars, transit trips are a lot faster, writes Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic: This pilot has significantly reduced space for cars along the street, eliminating parking spaces, adding public art, installing planters, creating small new public plazas, and — perhaps most importantly — prevented people from driving on the street for more than..

Brian Posen resigns from Stage 773 amid harassment allegations

The Chicago comedy scene is filled with stories of men who abuse their power and use it to harass and assault their female colleagues and students. Brian Posen, the founder and creative director of Stage 773 and a former teacher at Columbia College and Second City, has figured in some of these stories and, more recently, a social media campaign instigated by a former assistant who cataloged his offensive comments and behavior under the hashtag #boycottstage773.…