July 2013

Miller celebrates 35 years as principal at St. Malachy School

Bridgid Miller celebrated her 35th year as principal of St. Malachy Grade School with an alumni party that included about 100 former students as well as current and former teachers from the school.

Cold Stone celebrates anniversary with signature creations

Cold Stone Creamery is celebrating 25 years of what Maria Velazquez said is “the ultimate ice cream experience by offering what we first became famous for — fresh premium ice cream mixed on a frozen granite stone with delicious mix-ins. We make our ice cream fresh every day, just like we’ve done since 1988.”

New Bike Lane; Divvy Bikes; Roundups

After consulting with the Active Transportation Alliance, the Chicago Department of Transportation has completed the city’s newest bike lane on Milwaukee Avenue between Kinzie Street and Elston Avenue in the 27th Ward. The bike lane uses a combination of buffered, barrier-protected…

Newspaper reporting, editorials are distinctly different items

The Gazette received many letters, telephone calls, and e-mails concerning the newspaper’s coverage in the June issue of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor for Ashland Avenue. The response shows people in the community care deeply about this issue and are willing to express their views. Such a discussion can only help in the City’s and community’s attempt to improve public transit.

Fioretti explains vote against new parking meter deal

Dear Editor: At the last meeting, the City Council took a vote to approve a big change to the terrible parking meter privatization deal of 2008. I voted against the deal, along with ten of my colleagues. Unfortunately, the proposal passed, but I am encouraged by the fact that it received stronger resistance in the Council than the first time around.

BRT will support economic, community development

Dear Editor: Ashland Avenue is many things: a major thoroughfare for drivers; the city’s busiest bus route, by daily ridership; a thriving business corridor; and a street lined with homes, schools, hospitals and other destinations. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a smart investment that will improve all of these uses.

IMD supports Bus Rapid Transit

Dear Editor: In your editorial, “Traffic congestion, reduction of parking likely legacies of Bus Rapid Transit” (June 7, 2013), you reference the Illinois Medical District as a reason to oppose this project. However, the IMD is and has been a strong supporter of Bus Rapid Transit along Ashland Avenue. The IMD has 75,000 daily visitors and 20,000 employees; fast and reliable transit is critical to our current and future success.

Gazette’s BRT stance applauded

Dear Editor: The Ashland-Western Coalition — residents, schools, churches, social service agencies, businesses, and neighborhood groups united for better buses on Ashland and Western Avenues — applauds the Gazette for raising serious concerns about CTA’s proposed Ashland Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and supporting exploration of our Modern Express Bus (MEB) alternative.

‘Please support BRT’ on Ashland

Dear Editor: As a resident near the Ashland corridor, I support CTA and CDOT’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. I’m excited about this project because Chicago is long overdue in investing in our public transportation infrastructure. I know BRT will improve the quality of life in our community, from providing better access to jobs and services, to reducing traffic congestion and making our streets safer.

‘Excited’ about BRT possibility

I’m writing in response to the Gazette’s recent coverage of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project on Ashland Avenue. It was disappointing to see the Gazette’s somewhat one-sided coverage of this issue.

Justice for Immigrants postcard campaign

Dear Editor: Recent political developments have served to stir the conversation regarding the reform of our broken immigration system. It seems as if, finally, the 113th Congress is ready to discuss legislation to correct inequities in the current system.