Tag: Block 37

Beware the siren song of 'infrastructure'

Make only big, costly plans. “Infrastructure” is billed as the one government expenditure that can bring the waring political sides together, as if every dollar spent is a good, great idea. It’s not. At least not as often as it is billed. Let’s take some examples of costly infrastructure projects that flopped: The $363 million “new face” of... Read more »

Block 37 is evidence of urban planners' failed utopian vision

Block 37 in the heart of downtown across State St. from Macy’s  (nee Marshall Field’s), for more than a decade was an open sour that has metastasized  into an ugly scab. As Blair Kamin laments in the Chicago Tribune in his superb analysis: “Block 37 represents a painful missed opportunity”: Block 37 gives us ordinary... Read more »

Block 37 goes belly up

Block 37 before government got its hands on it. It didn’t look great, but it was an active urban block, providing jobs and tax revenues. Bank of America N.A. and a group of lenders have moved to foreclose on the retail and transit portion of the mixed-use development that occupies the square block opposite of... Read more »
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CTA's "superblock" folly

Tonight at 10 p.m. on Channel 2 News, Dennis Byrne discusses with Mike Parker the $300 million that the CTA tossed into the black hole of Block 37, also known as the “Superstation.” Located in the heart of downtown, the station was supposed to provide express service to O’Hare Airport, but after spending all that... Read more »
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