The Bloomingdale Trail, as seen in Humboldt Park (Tribune file photo)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still seems enthusiastic about the proposed Bloomingdale Trail, the old rail line that may be turned into a park-like, crosstown, above-ground commuter trail, says Gapers Block:
It’s been exactly one month since Rahm Emanuel assumed the mayoralty in Chicago, and already pedestrians are beginning to feel the Mayor’s presence on city streets everywhere. Emanuel has given free reign to new CDOT commissioner Gabe Klein to introduce a series of measures in envisioning a more multi-modal, accessible, and interactive city whose streets serve a variety of functions. Klein has responded in a flurry of pedestrian-oriented activity, already implementing Chicago’s first protected bike lanes, floating the idea for Chicagoans to do the “Barnes Dance” via diagonal street crossings, and proposing to transform the city’s “under-utilized” bus shelter screens into gigantic smart-apps that indicate wait time for bus service, current bike- and car-sharing inventory information, and how long it would take to walk to one’s final destination. Perhaps the biggest sign that Emanuel and Klein are pushing the city’s functional form forward though is last week’s news that design work on the long-proposed Bloomingdale Trail is moving ahead.
Also, WTTW posted online its TV segment about the trail. Check it out: