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Re: Chicago

Postby EOst » February 2nd, 2017, 10:19 am

I don't love it. Modernist towers were built with plazas and not podiums intentionally, to emphasize the sheer, vertiginous thrust of the tower. Four stories of podium will make the tower feel very different from street level.

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Re: Chicago

Postby VAStationDude » February 2nd, 2017, 10:31 am

Yes. A windswept plaza emphasizing IDS Center would have been preferable to the Crystal Court.

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Re: Chicago

Postby RailBaronYarr » February 2nd, 2017, 10:56 am

Seems to work pretty well here https://goo.gl/maps/s9Zi8qiWNHQ2

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Re: Chicago

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Re: Chicago

Postby EOst » February 2nd, 2017, 12:54 pm

VAStationDude wrote:
February 2nd, 2017, 10:31 am
Yes. A windswept plaza emphasizing IDS Center would have been preferable to the Crystal Court.
They aren't even vaguely comparable. The Crystal Court was designed alongside the IDS tower, and the two are situated to maximize the vertical impact of the tower, which keeps a sheer wall on 8th and on the corner with Nicollet. This is like demolishing the Crystal Court and wrapping all four sides of the IDS with Mayo Clinic Square

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Re: Chicago

Postby VAStationDude » February 2nd, 2017, 1:37 pm

I get what you're saying. I find zero value in trash like the unused plaza, blank walls, squat street level commercial and tourist bunker lobby. Other than on the windswept plaza the verticality of the tower isn't emphasized. This is a undoubtedly a huge net positive and better than any other realistic alternative. The building owner isn't springing for expensive improvements that don't improve the bottom line.

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Re: Chicago

Postby Anondson » July 12th, 2017, 10:43 am

Huge lakefill expansion of park along Lake Michigan proposed.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... /170719958

Eliminating dangerous stoplight, and tons of park space. If they’re going this big I wonder how much inspiration they take from Dutch projects along the North Sea, Lake Michigan can be violent.

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Re: Chicago

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Re: Chicago

Postby NickP » November 11th, 2017, 5:17 pm

Since Chicago is a city with a very famous fire, I wonder what if this will be viewed as poor taste or tempting fate?

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Re: Chicago

Postby Anondson » October 15th, 2018, 12:22 pm

Smithsonian Magazine on how Chicago’s early massive water engineering projects allowed the city to happen, then grow, into a global city of skyscrapers.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ ... 180970526/

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Chicago

Postby Anondson » November 15th, 2018, 9:26 pm

Proposal for up to 10,000 units, 2,000 of which affordable, along the river south of downtown Chicago. Also room for 24,000 jobs.

Total cost maybe $7 billion.

https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/d ... -final.pdf

(48 page .pdf)

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Re: Chicago

Postby Anondson » January 3rd, 2019, 2:54 pm

On Chicago’s DeepTunnel sewer project.

https://slate.com/business/2019/01/chic ... -tale.html

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Re: Chicago

Postby twincitizen » February 26th, 2019, 1:13 pm

NY Times on Chicago's upcoming mayoral election and the city's ongoing declining Black population: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/25/us/c ... e=Homepage

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Re: Chicago

Postby twincitizen » June 19th, 2020, 4:14 pm

Mapping the development boom in Chicago's West Loop: https://chicago.curbed.com/maps/west-lo ... evelopment

Holy moly! West Loop, particularly the "Fulton Market" area is undergoing a massive development boom. Right now, I'd describe the area to a Minneapolitan as North Loop x3 (+10 years), but if everything in that Curbed article gets built and development fills out the western half of the neighborhood, it'll be North Loop x10.

Urbanist confession: it's also super easy to drive and park in much of the neighborhood (at least during COVID when the offices were likely empty). We stayed 2 nights at the Hyatt House, which is sort of near the western edge of the more highly developed part of the West Loop, and street parking was readily available and free. No permit restrictions or hourly restrictions at all on side streets.

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Re: Chicago

Postby Mdcastle » June 24th, 2020, 6:43 pm

You're braver than me leaving a car on a Chicago street overnight.

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Re: Chicago

Postby John21 » June 25th, 2020, 10:35 am

Some really cool buildings in that article. Jealous.

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Re: Chicago

Postby Anondson » June 25th, 2020, 11:02 am

It does show the tremendous attraction that downtown Chicago has for all that is going on the the city and state on Illinois.

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Re: Chicago

Postby MattW » July 6th, 2020, 7:36 pm

twincitizen wrote:
June 19th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Mapping the development boom in Chicago's West Loop: https://chicago.curbed.com/maps/west-lo ... evelopment

Holy moly! West Loop, particularly the "Fulton Market" area is undergoing a massive development boom. Right now, I'd describe the area to a Minneapolitan as North Loop x3 (+10 years), but if everything in that Curbed article gets built and development fills out the western half of the neighborhood, it'll be North Loop x10.

Urbanist confession: it's also super easy to drive and park in much of the neighborhood (at least during COVID when the offices were likely empty). We stayed 2 nights at the Hyatt House, which is sort of near the western edge of the more highly developed part of the West Loop, and street parking was readily available and free. No permit restrictions or hourly restrictions at all on side streets.
It's like the North Loop but with tall buildings


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