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Old 03-18-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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I'd love to see a subway under Inner Lakeshore Drive/Lincoln Park West/Lakeview Terrace/Marine Drive. I have no idea if it's feasible with the water table, however. It would be a mess to install, but there is so much density along the lakefront!
Actually, the proposal was for a surface commuter line, like the IC on the south side. But the real estate north was too valuable near the lake for train tracks. Or, north of Hollywood, for a parkway. Consequently, no roads lead to Evanston and Metra in Rogers Park at Ravenswood is farther from the lake than the Metra in Hyde Park.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:16 PM
 
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Actually, the proposal was for a surface commuter line, like the IC on the south side. But the real estate north was too valuable near the lake for train tracks. Or, north of Hollywood, for a parkway. Consequently, no roads lead to Evanston and Metra in Rogers Park at Ravenswood is farther from the lake than the Metra in Hyde Park.
That's why a subway would be appropriate... If it could work with the Lake Michigan water table.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Why not run a light train in the middle of LSD?
Run the train in the median and reduce traffic capacity. Or create a designated bus lane with controlled access points.

I see no reason to cut Rogers Park off from the lake to make it easier for Evanstonians and other North Shore dwellers to drive along the lakefront. We need to encourage more responsible transportation through that densely packed corridor. And we need to reconnect the city to the lakefront where possible. It's considered a huge urban planning blunder in New York where Robert Moses constructed FDR Drive and the West Side Highway, effectively cutting Manhattan off from it's riverfront. We did the same thing in Chicago, but used fill of Lake Michigan to create flat recreational space (this made it more paletteable). You still can't get to the actual water without tunneling over or bridging under LSD, and that's bad urban planning. And I say this as a person who uses Lakeshore Drive express busses almost every day to get to work.
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