Extremely local news: Downtown on the way up?
I keep missing the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops. Possibly because I don't care, seeing as how I don't expect to be living in Hyde Park much longer. Then again, I said exactly the same thing four years ago. So as long as "not much longer" equals four years, maybe I should care after all. I mean, the last time I didn't care the Co-Op went under, and now Treasure Island doesn't sell the instant soup, fruit bars, or coffee I like. And the place absolutely reeks of cheese. It's driving me slowly but surely toward all-out veganism.
Anyway, the quote of the day is from Hyde Park Urbanist:
53rd Street Visioning Workshop-- The Walk
"At 53rd and Lake Park, a Hyde Parker stopped me and asked what our group was doing. He stated that he was having a hard time figuring it out because we looked so diverse. His first guess had been that we were all in a drug treatment program."
Because Hyde Park is so addictive? ("I'll move next year, really...")
For some reason the weather is always very gloomy when large groups of people with cameras decide to tour the neighborhood. Nonetheless HPU took some good photos of what Hyde Park's main retail drag currently looks like and why parts of it desperately need improvement; see them here.
In barely related news, interesting discussion on bus-only lanes here. I've noticed that the tone in these transit vs. car discussions is a great deal more civilized than in the bike vs. car discussions. There are probably all sorts of reasons for that.