Tag: Richard M. Daley

The Chicago Way: O'Hare Airport's over-built expansion produces fewer flights

What? Wait a minute. The vaunted, costly expansion of O’Hare International Airport was supposed to double its capacity, to more than 1.6 million flights annually. That was Mayor Richard M. Daley’s promise when in 2001 he unveiled what was the most costly public works project in the city’s history–the total reconfiguration of the airport’s runways at a... Read more »

While eyes are elsewhere, a stink radiates from O'Hare Airport

While  everyone is distracted by Kim Foxx’s and a judge’s puzzling deliverance of Jussie Smollet from the judgment of the criminal justice system, almost no one is paying attention to the textbook example how the Chicago Way is stinking up O’Hare International Airport. But, it hasn’t escaped the notice of Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize winning... Read more »

If it's got anything to do with O'Hare Airport, it's hinky

Is Chicago Tribune architect critic Blair Kamin the only newsman in Chicago who is sniffing around the latest O’Hare Airport expansion project and suspects that something doesn’t smell right? Kamin raises the issue in today’s revealing column, “A peek inside Chicago’s hush-hush competition to pick an O’Hare expansion architect: ‘This whole process has been pretty weird.'” It’s... Read more »
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No surprise: O'Hare Airport project "smells of backroom deals"

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin smells  “backroom deals” and “smoke-filled rooms” in the latest multi-billion plan to yank the 1950s-style O’Hare International Airport into the 21st Century. Kamin was referring to the selection of five firms that are finalists for the the $8.5 billion airport expansion that include a new global “super terminal.” He complained... Read more »

Dan Ryan: Gone, but forgotten

Who is Dan Ryan to have a Chicago expressway named after him? Does anyone younger than 70 have a clue about who this jamoke is? That’s basically the question that Chicago mayoral candidate Billy Daley was asking when, in a brazenly transparent grab for black votes, he suggested that the Interstate highway on the South Side... Read more »

All aboard the fantasy express to O'Hare Airport

Imagine zooming 125 m.p.h underground from downtown to O’Hare Airport on a new express train and getting there in plenty of time of find out your flight has been delayed–again. Imagine making that trip in a promised 20 minutes from O’Hare to downtown after it took your flight 20 minutes to get to the terminal gate... Read more »
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One reason to move to North Dakota

By law, there aren’t any parking meters. And there won’t be any in the near future thanks to “North Dakota legislators say no to parking meters.” The Bismarck Tribune reported: The House on Wednesday killed legislation that would have let communities decide whether to install meters on streets. Representatives voted 59-29 to keep the nearly... 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 »

O'Hare Airport's stinky reputation worsens

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was never a traveler’s favorite, but now, in their view, it has fallen even further out of favor. It might surprise some flyers, but passengers once ranked O’Hare Airport as the world’s 92nd best. That high, really? But now,  O’Hare Airport has fallen off the list of the “world’s 100 best... Read more »
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Told ya so: New O'Hare Airport runway expansion fails to reduce delays

Opponents of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s O’Hare Airport expansion boondoggle had been saying it for years: The costly expansion won’t do much to reduce delays, one of the major reasons justifying the billions spent and the homes and businesses destroyed. Now comes a Chicago Tribune article reporting an AP analysis of airport delays, “New runway... Read more »
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