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Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

The site of Millennium Park has been a parking garage, a rail yard, and now an architectural destination. Learn how the park evolved over a century.

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Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Time-lapse video of the demolition of the westbound Ontario Street to southbound I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) ramp over the Kennedy Expressway Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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McHenry, IL: Rebuilding the Charles J. Miller Bridge

Friday, May 16th, 2014
McHenry, IL: Rebuilding the Charles J. Miller Bridge

The Charles J. Miller Road Bridge was first built in 1988 by the McHenry County Division of Transportation. To provide for current and future traffic demand along Miller Road, a second bridge was proposed. The new bridge, built north of the current bridge, was completed in 2013. Taking one year to complete, watch its construction from start to finish in 2.5 minutes.

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Interactive Map: The Chicago Commute

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Transitized: Chicago Commute

A unique interactive map from Transitized illustrates the various modes of transportation used by Chicagoans in their daily commutes.

You’ll see a lot of red on the map, symbolizing the carbon-conscious citizen’s nightmare of “driving alone,” but the outlook’s not all so bleak–most downtown neighborhoods favor walking, and some transit corridors with direct access to downtown (though not all, surprisingly) bring a majority of residents to work. Biking and carpooling are all but invisible at first, but mouseover any area of the map and you’ll see quick stats for that exact spot, revealing that lesser-utilized modes of transportation are still present in significant–if not majority–numbers.

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Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

OPENLANDS PROJECT
CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of land and water that supports native species, maintains natural and ecological processes, sustains air and water resources, and contributes to the health and quality of life of people and communities…The need to protect the region’s green infrastructure is greater than ever. Rapid changes in land use, increases in non-native species, and other threats imperil the region’s natural heritage. Green infrastructure should serve as the strategic framework for conservation and development so that linkages and key natural areas can be preserved before development occurs.

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Riding the Bike Share Boom

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Riding the Bike Share Boom

Without a doubt 2013 has been a banner year for bike share in the United States with large systems implemented in New York City (Citibike) & Chicago (Divvy) and many others debuting (or expanding their size) in cites big and small. In fact, Citibike now boasts over 10 million bike miles travelled and is inching closer to 100,000 members!

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Strategic Action Plan for the Chicago Loop

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Loop Area Strategy Diagram

CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE
The vision for the Loop and the Strategic Action Plan are not static. The Loop is ever changing as priorities shift, objectives change and new developments impact the social and economic dynamic of the Loop. Therefore, this Strategic Action Plan is a working document; it is a flexible tool that will evolve with the Loop as it changes and grows over the coming years.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Joseph E. Shacter, Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation, Illinois DOT

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
shacter

Joseph E. Shacter discusses the Illinois Department of Transportation’s work to improve rail service both in and around Illinois, as well as the challenges ahead in fostering public awareness of HSR benefits and overcoming cost barriers. Shacter also explains the significance of IDOT’s recently released “220-MPH High-Speed Rail Feasibility Study” that suggests that true high-speed rail could be on the horizon for the Midwest.

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Creativity in Transit: Public Art on the CTA

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Juan Carlos Macias-Commonplaces

This summer, the CTA requested proposals for art projects that it intends to display at newly-renovated Red Line stations on its southern Dan Ryan Branch. Ever since then, I’ve been taking a closer look at the art in and around the trains.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard. M. Daley, Former Mayor of Chicago

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Richard M. Daley n The Infra Blog

“You can’t say ‘Okay, we have X amount of money, go do something. You have to spend it within a year.’ I think the debate got caught up into not looking at long-range infrastructure projects that are sustainable and allow a much more efficient operation dealing with sustainability of businesses using the infrastructure or the private sector…America has to get back because it’s not just the roads, it’s the water systems, it’s the energy systems, it’s transportation, its looking at things and how, with sustainability, we can be more efficient.”

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