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Old Posted Feb 11, 2022, 4:45 PM
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^ Yes, and they have 636 schools currently, most of them are a century old, and most of them in terrible shape with leaky roofs, lead paint, asbestos, pest issues, etc. A $675M capital budget doesn't go very far when you have such a huge fleet of buildings, no two alike. It should be several times that amount to truly give students what they deserve.

FWIW, the city did spend $35M on the expansion for South Loop Elementary, they merged Jenner and Ogden, Skinner was expanded twice, Jones got a spiffy new highrise campus, and there is $80M budgeted for a new neighborhood high school serving South Loop and Chinatown, so it's not like the city is somehow stiffing downtown when it comes to schools. There's been a lot of CPS money spent downtown in the last decade.
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^ For what it's worth, they're spending $675 million on school renovations this year. They spent over half a billion on brand new schools/annexes alone over the last 3 years; in rough and tumble neighborhoods throughout the city wherever demand called for more desks. It'd be OK for them to spend some money in an exclusive downtown 'hood, where the bulk of the tax dollars are generated to begin with.

(It's too bad they burned $2mm on social distancing stickers, and another $35k no-bid contract per school to "install them")
with a $9 Billion annual CPS budget you'd think our schools would be the gold standard of public education, but alas they are not.

our public student population is on a long march to zero, having lost 75,000 students in the past decade. no doubt that budget number will go in the opposite direction.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2022, 9:08 PM
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Unbelievable how much the South Loop has extended the skyline. It barely has one in this photo.
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With the Bears likely leaving SF, would love to see the UFO removed and have it return to the form in the picture above. Doubt it happens, but I can dream.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2022, 9:35 PM
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That photo also captures a brief time when LSD had been rerouted, but before Soldier Field work had really gotten underway. All those lakefront parking lots are depressing, we really have vastly improved that area. There are still a few parking lots, but they're very well-screened from the lakefront and don't look like a giant scar on the landscape from ground level POV.

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With the Bears likely leaving SF, would love to see the UFO removed and have it return to the form in the picture above. Doubt it happens, but I can dream.
It's not possible. None of the original seating bowl remains except a few rows along the south curve (and these are blocked from view of the field). You can demolish the upper deck, but the remaining seating bowl will still be the weird lozenge shape that is typical for NFL. Which is ironic if it ends up as a soccer-only stadium, plus concerts etc.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2022, 9:57 PM
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That photo also captures a brief time when LSD had been rerouted, but before Soldier Field work had really gotten underway. All those lakefront parking lots are depressing, we really have vastly improved that area. There are still a few parking lots, but they're very well-screened from the lakefront and don't look like a giant scar on the landscape from ground level POV.
Great point -- I didn't notice that until later. That parking lot east of the stadium is gone, replaced with the Gold Star memorial and a lot of green space. I run up and down that path all the time and love it.
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I think the east side of Soldiers Field looks fine, redo the west side of it for sure though.
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Any idea what year that picture was taken?
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Any idea what year that picture was taken?
Probably 2003-ish. Matches Soldier Field renovation timing, and you can see Wells Street Tower in the distance.

Crazy that this was less than 20 years ago!
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Somebody might know more precisely, but it’s somewhere around 20 years ago. The new soldier field opened in 2003 for reference.

The thing that really stands out to me in that picture is the lack of Roosevelt Collection and all those developments along Clark. That area was such a weird no man’s land when I first moved to Chicago. It still hasn’t completely lost the feeling, but with the 78 on the way and plans for all the largest tracts it’s gonna be quite the transformation in a relatively short time.
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Probably 2003-ish. Matches Soldier Field renovation timing, and you can see Wells Street Tower in the distance.

Crazy that this was less than 20 years ago!
Insane, thanks for that. I moved here in November of 2017 and I can't believe the transformation since then. I would have pegged that picture for the early 80's!
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Insane, thanks for that. I moved here in November of 2017 and I can't believe the transformation since then. I would have pegged that picture for the early 80's!
No that looks like the renovation back in the late 80s when they initially capped the bowl and replaced the astroturf. Its somewhere circa 88-89
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^that shot is from the early 00's. The highrise under construction is Museum Park tower 1, which opened in 2002.
BCBS is a good primary point of reference for dated postcard shots;
No BCBS: pre 1997
Half of BCBS: 1997-2010
All of BCBS: post 2010
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^the two sites are part of a development called HUGO with the addresses 751 N Hudson and 411 W Chicago.

https://chicagoyimby.com/2022/02/con...ver-north.html

At 9 stories I don’t believe they are technically high rises.
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^the two sites are part of a development called HUGO with the addresses 751 N Hudson and 411 W Chicago.

https://chicagoyimby.com/2022/02/con...ver-north.html

At 9 stories I don’t believe they are technically high rises.
Projects like these belong in Bronzeville, Wicker Park, Lakeview, and Hyde Park, not River North.
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