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    Cyburbian jordanb's avatar
    May 2003
    City of Low Low Wages!

    Chicagoland from Google Earth

    So as I was zipping around the Chicago region with Google Earth, it came to me that I should make a collection of the wonderful stuff I was seeing and turn it into a photolog for everyone's viewing pleasure. Perhaps this could be a new fad around here.

    Here's what I came up with:

    Let's start with the south side!


    Jackson Park

    Midway Airport:

    Near South Side:

    Hyde Park:

    US Steelworks at Gary:

    Containers stacked near Forest View:


    Lake Calumet:

    The Lockport for the S&S Canal near Joliet:

    The Port of Indiana:

    Railyard south of Midway:


    Skyway and the South Shore Line crossing the Calumet River:

    The Thorton Quarry:

    Now onto The Northside!


    The North Branch of the Chicago River:

    Hoffman Estates:

    Logan Square:


    Niles and Edison Park:

    Humboldt Park:

    Skokie (Dempster Station):

    Wicker Park:

    North Shore old money (near Winnetka):

    And I leave you with Navy Pier:

    Can you tell my boss is out of town?

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
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    nice collection of photos!!!

    I am still baffled how most of the corridors along the commuter transit lines (Metra and CTA EL) are still so predominatly low-rise (5 stories and less) . It's a gigantic waste of prime location, although I understand the reasons....obstructionist NIMBYs. I know this first hand because some recent developments were bitterly fought (mostly unsuccessful) to prevent this scale of development within blocks of the Green line EL in Oak Park.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Cyburbian jordanb's avatar
    May 2003
    City of Low Low Wages!
    Well, most of the areas around the Ls were built long before the word "NIMBY" came into being. The main reason that most of Chicago is fairly low density (compared to say, Manhattan or Brooklyn) is that the transit systems expanded so quickly as speculative ventures that urbanizable land was pretty cheap between the 1880s and 1920s (after that it got really cheap with the auto revolution).

    I don't know. There's still 140 something miles of L lines. Would you really want to see 140 miles of Gold Coast or South Loop strung around through Chicago? The fact that my rent is what it is 2 blocks from an L line suggests to me that there isn't even enough demand for that much development (there's still plenty of space in the Gold Coast and South Loop for tons more condo towers anyway). Call me a NIMBY but I like my charming old twoflat neighborhood the way it is.

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