Progress report on the big move to ChicagoNow

It has been just about two full weeks now in our new home. I hope you all like it here. But as I’ve mentioned, we’re still decorating and moving around the furniture till we get things right.

Flickr photos.
They are back by popular demand. Though I always planned to bring them here.

Google news feed. Yep. It’s back too. Right under the Flickr CTA feed on right nav bar.

Comments. Yes, you can comment, and thank you for doing that. I like younze guys to keep a good dialog going. But there are some enhancements the folks here are putting together to make commenting even better. So hang in there.

RSS feeds. Some of you don’t like that the new feeds are truncated to about 120 words. I mentioned that to the Trib folks and they fixed that too. Try this feed instead.

The Tribune folks have been very accommodating (obviously) and quick to fix stuff, such as the RSS, Flickr feeds and CTA news feeds. I thank them all, especially Bill, Tracy, Alicia and Ryan.

What else would you like to see here? How do you like the other blogs? (Yes, it’s a bit sports-heavy but they are bringing on some fun news ones every week.) Give us your opinions here. And thanks for being faithful to CTA Tattler. 

Oh, and here’s the weekend service changes on the CTA. You know, the usual, Blue Line slow zones. . . ,


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  • My only complaint is that the site is slow and/or quirky. I use FireFox 3 and when I click Reply or Submit, sometimes it just sits there and looks like it is doing something, but then doesn't. Sometimes it does what I want it to do after waiting a while, but it's kind of a crapshoot. Is anyone else experiencing this?

  • In reply to chris:

    I use Firefox 3, too. I don't have any problems, but the quirky thing here is that while typing in the comment box, it generates a page preview right above the box as you type. I'm not used to that, and hence don't know if it is a benefit over clicking a "Preview" button.

    I don't see Rusty yet, but I recall having his mentioned, with respect to BRT, about being offered money to eat a bug and then manipulating it so you don't have to eat the bug. Apparently that happened in the BRT case, but we do know who had to eat a tarantula.

  • In reply to chris:

    I should have also mentioned that there is a fade effect after "submit" until the comment moves from the preview to actually being posted. However, the comment does get posted.

  • In reply to chris:

    It would be great if the right side bar was rearranged so there's the 'Search Chicago Now' bar, Flickr Feed, then Google News Feed. I miss having the pictures "right there" to look at instead of scrolling halfway down the page. Thanks for all the hard work, guys!

  • In reply to chris:

    Since everyone is so outraged over the parking meter fiasco,perhaps a protest along the lines of the tax day tea parties is in order. On " Take Your Grandma To Work Day ", people would do everything legally possible to make sure the meters didn't make any money.They would take public transportation,carpool,walk,bike,roller blade,take limos,taxis,ponies,rickshaws,unicycles and even piggyback rides[some of these would be done for the street theater value rather than practicality].
    The only vehicles that would park in metered spaces would be those exempt for paying,such as police cars or those with handicapped plates[hence the Grandma reference].
    You people that are good at organizing things should get right on this.

  • In reply to chris:

    Chris, I find that's true with a lot of sites like this in Firefox (which I'm using right now). Facebook is the worst -- I open Safari (I'm on a Mac) when I want to do anything in Facebook. It's frustrating to always have to switch browsers.

  • In reply to chris:

    Threaded replies would be nice, so when someone replies to someone else's comment (see mine above), it would appear with the original comment.

    But overall, I like the new site.

  • In reply to chris:

    I sort of liked the Tommy Silva approach of using expanding foam, as in the around 5200 North cases. Not that I am advocating doing something illegal.

    Probably soon foam will be like spray paint, and you'll have to go to the suburbs to buy it.

    Nonetheless, the city is doing what it can to assure that no one drives there, even if it did not eat the BRT bug. Also doing its best to assure that suburban shoppers do not come into the city and city shoppers go to the suburbs. I suppose people take the 381 Pace bus to go to the Evergreen Park WalMart.

  • In reply to chris:

    I think anyone who drives downtown ought to pay a lot to park, though I'd prefer Ritchie hadn't gone the tax farming route. I also think London's congestion driving fee is a good idea, I just don't know how it could be implemented here.

  • In reply to chris:

    What about URL forwarding to here from the old domain? It would be nice to just punch in the old and have it bounce to here.

  • In reply to chris:

    "What about URL forwarding to here from the old domain? It would be nice to just punch in the old and have it bounce to here."

    Alex, while that seems like a simple request, if Kevin redirects to here, then we lose access to all the great discussions and comic relief on the predecessor site.

    (It's not really that hard to bookmark or favorite a new site, is it?)

  • Kevin, glad to hear things are coming along nicely. Ryan gets major props for getting these features working for you--the right rail looks great!

    Chris, we're still working out many site bugs. We'll be sure to look at that one right away.

  • I'm of the "wait and see" variety.

    I liked the old format better, but then I'm resistant to change :)

    I do like the icon/picture thing. I found one that is vastly descriptive without words..or many of them anyways.


  • With regard to your reply to Cheryl, I argued in my prior post that the city was already effectively doing that, even if it hasn't yet gone to the draconian methods Cheryl advocated. Add in the 12% sales tax downtown, the red light camera revenuers, and the lack of distinctive stores on State Street (I can boycott Macy's just as effectively in Northbrook Court or Hawthorne as on State Street) there is little reason why I would want to drive downtown to shop.

    It is obvious that Daley is doing whatever tax harvesting is possible without increasing the economic base. Parking is already high enough to discourage us, and congestion pricing would just be the topper.

    Back to the subject of whether this new site is working, I was going to comment on the New Starts post, until I received a message that the topic wasn't there, and, sure enough, it is not there now.

  • In reply to jack:

    ...and then it came back. I might come back to it in a while.

  • I don't want them to stop going downtown. I want them to stop DRIVING downtown.

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