The good old parking days

The good old parking days

West Bean is open in the Mister A’s building in Bankers Hill, which received a makeover after Papa Doug purchased it in 2016:

The North Park Observatory was temporarily closed recently over safety and alcohol issues.  I was out of town and didn’t realize the Big Boi show we attended last Thursday was the first after the venue re-opened:

In Normal Heights, Discount Fabrics in the former Adams Avenue Theater is closing, because the building has been sold, or it hasn’t. It was fascinating to read the store’s owner disparage Normal Heights because street parking is in demand. As he pined for the good old parking days, he somehow left out the fact that Adams Avenue was a “fading middle class neighborhood“, a “place of crime and troubled teens” and gang fights. I’ll never understand folks who prioritize street parking over basic quality of life in their communities.

Speaking of NIMBYs, this week’s Reader also casts a negative light on Little Italy’s economic rebound because the street parking just ain’t what it used to be:

Rosalie and Tom recall during the late 1990s, one day, on-street parking was scarcer than usual. This was a bellwether. Suddenly, they noticed buildings rising above the wire wreaths of telephone poles. Since then, the encroachment is on. The new generation of occupiers are carless; they like not having a Vons or a Target; they Uber or ride the trolley; they are cool, hip, and options-fat.

 

Development and zoning:

 

Transportation:

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