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Phoned-in Friday

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Ted Rosenbaum

Former athlete, full-time engineer. I'd tell you more but I'd have to kill you.

It's Friday.  I'm hitting the road soon, it looks like there'll be great weather for the weekend, and at some point the Blackhawks-Sharks series will start.  Here are a couple links to get you through whatever downtime you may have.  We'll be back next week with all sorts of goodness.

  • Today is the Michigan Ave. Bridge's 90th birthday.  I actually got to see the bridge's innards and its lawnmower-sized motor during one of my favorite middle school field trips.  (I'm an engineer through and through, what do you want?) At any rate, there are all sorts of festivities for the occasion starting at 10am, so check it out.

  • Conor Friedersdorf is editing a new site at The Atlantic on "The Future of Cities" to coincide with their current issue.  Conor's a very good writer and does a good job at explaining all the pertinent arguments, so check it often, as he'll be updating it daily throughout the month of May.

  • In case you hadn't heard, May is National Bike Month.  And yet, somehow bike-to-work week is June 12-18.  So, register.  Or take your own initiative and get your own personal Ride With program going.

  • Last week Brookings released their new "State of Metropolitan America" report, and it's got some interesting tidbits, including a look at why, despite a lower population growth rate than much of the country, Chicago is poised for long-term success.
So that's it.  Go run around, enjoy the city.  Happy Friday.

Tonight! Capital Improvement Program Public Meeting

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Ted Rosenbaum

Former athlete, full-time engineer. I'd tell you more but I'd have to kill you.

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In 1990 Mayor Daley established the Capital Improvement Program, an annual document that lays out in great detail the next five years of infrastructure projects.  The 2010 plan--which covers 2010-2014--has been drafted by the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, and invites public comment beginning tonight.  The city says "representatives from the Office of Budget and Management and various City infrastructure departments" will be present at these meetings to discuss the draft with constituents.  After the jump, I'll get into a few of my thoughts on the draft, but here are the dates and locations for the four public meetings.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010:  10th District Police Station, 3315 W. Ogden Avenue
Thursday, April 29, 2010:  Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted Street
Tuesday, May 4, 2010:  Southwest Regional Center, 6117 S. Kedzie Avenue
Thursday, May 6, 2010:  16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee Avenue 

If you have the time to make it to one of these meetings, it's a great chance to make your voice heard.  So take a look at the document, and help positively impact the built environment of your neighborhood.

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Go-See-Do in Early April

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Ted Rosenbaum

Former athlete, full-time engineer. I'd tell you more but I'd have to kill you.

Lots of stuff happens every day in Chicago--some of it is even related to urbanism/livability/whatever it is we do here.  We'll try to put together a list of the more interesting upcoming events for you whenever we get around to it.  Everything we list is free unless otherwise indicated.  We'll cover the events that we can get to, but we can't get to them all.  So, if you go to one of these and want to tell us about it, or want to see us pimp your event, email us, or get at us on Twitter.  We'll be back tomorrow with more Chicago-y goodness.

Tonight! Tuesday, April 6

"WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture--Chicago Edition"

5pm at the Archeworks headquarters, 625 N. Kingsbury St.  Greg Dreicer of the Chicago Architecture Foundation will moderate the session on architecture and infrastructure in Chicago.  Or if this is too early for you, there's also...

"The Cindy Pritzker Lecture on Urban Life and Issues"

6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Washington Libary, 400 S. State St.  Starchitect Frank Gehry and CEO Tom Pritzker will have the floor.

Thursday, April 8

"Creative Living in the City: Walkable Urbanism and the Green Futures of Cities"

12:15-1:15pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington.  Carol Coletta the CEO of CEOs for Cities and author Doug Farr will be speaking at what should be a very interesting lunchtime lecture.  More info here.

Saturday, April 10

Transportation, Community & Climate Change: Seizing the Opportunity--$24 ($15 for students)

10am-5pm at Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W.  This is a symposium run by the Sierra Club, along with the NRDC and Transportation for America.  More info is here.

Monday, April 12

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Citizen's Advisory Committee

9-11am, Cook County Conference Room, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Suite 800.  The agenda is here, and includes a public comment period if you've got anything you want to add.

Wednesday, April 14

CTA Transit Board Meeting

10am, 2nd floor Boardroom, 567 W. Lake St.  More info on this and all future CTA meetings is here.

Thursday, April 15

Chicago Plan Commission

1pm, Council Chambers - City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.  This meeting looks like it's mostly small-bore zoning changes, but that's where some of the most powerful changes take place.

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