October Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Litter, pests, stormwater, snow a pain, but no big deal

 Neighbor's Night Out, News  Comments Off on October Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Litter, pests, stormwater, snow a pain, but no big deal
Oct 242016
 

October’s Neighbors’ Night Out drew a strong and lively crowd – including Ward 3 Alderman Pat Dowell – to Square One for a discussion of litter, pests, stormwater and snow. Attendees were generally very positive about the low frequency of these nuisances and generally solid management of them in the South Loop. There were some specific problems mentioned, such as odor and pests at the Jewel parking lot. Alderman Dowell made note of these, and has already taken action on several of them.

The next Neighbors’ Night Out is November 9, 2016, at Blackie’s South Loop. The topic is real estate development.

 

Overall comments on topics discussed

  • Almost all of the survey respondents recorded that they did NOT have major issues with the topics or did not notice severe problems to report

Top challenges or concerns related to litter

  • most congested areas are Roosevelt & State at the vacant lots (particularly dog feces)
  • litter in planters all along Michigan Avenue
  • Fred Anderson dog park has litter
  • Perspectives Charter School kids are messy

Top challenges or concerns related to pests

  • Women’s Park and Gardens
  • rats, particularly in the alleys

Top challenges or concerns related to snow removal

  • Sidewalks and side streets seem to not be shoveled compared to main streets which always seem plowed
    • south of Roosevelt
    • along 16th street between Michigan and Wabash

Top challenges or concerns related to stormwater

  • Only an issue during construction

Suggested Solutions

ALL: The Alliance for a Greener South Loop would like to be included as an advocate/partner for any requests/actions the community wants to explore/pursue

Litter: CleanSlate and Cara are two businesses which offer litter and snow removal services (www.thecaraprogram.org)

Snow removal: honor businesses that do well with sidewalk plowing; take photos of those that don’t and more aggressive ticketing of those that don’t

Stormwater: how can the community make permeable alleys the standard in the community? Incentivizing construction to install more green roofs

September Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Neighbors want a little of everything as McCormick Place expands

 Neighbor's Night Out, News, South Loop'On  Comments Off on September Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Neighbors want a little of everything as McCormick Place expands
Sep 272016
 

The September Neighbors’ Night Out drew about 60 area residents and business owners to Motor Row Brewing for an update on all things McCormick Place from Lori Healey, the CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Brian Murphy encouraged area businesses to consider the South Loop Business Exchange, and GSLA Board member Cristina Bothe-Hall discussed our re-launch of the South Loop’On, a one-of-a-kind neighborhood discount program for GSLA members. Here is a summary of […]

August Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians ALL need to open their eyes

 Neighbor's Night Out, News  Comments Off on August Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians ALL need to open their eyes
Sep 102016
 

August’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Spoke & Bird focused on pedestrian and cycling issues. It was a beautiful evening and we appreciated everyone taking the time to gather on Spoke & Bird’s great outdoor patio. A special thanks to Alderman Dowell and Brian Freedman from the 3rd Ward for being part of the conversation and also fielding general questions about updates in the South Loop. Below is the summary from our survey about resident feedback regarding cycling in […]

July Neighbors’ Night Out Summary – Riverfront bars and open space wanted

 Neighbor's Night Out, News  Comments Off on July Neighbors’ Night Out Summary – Riverfront bars and open space wanted
Sep 102016
 

July’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Flo and Santo’s focused on riverfront development from Harrison Ave south to Ping Tom Park. This stretch is slated to be redeveloped in the coming years, with groundbreaking at the Riverline development expected this fall. The 30ish South Loop residents in attendance were joined by members of the Riverline team of CMK, Lend Lease, and Perkins & Will. A questionnaire was distributed inquiring about top priorities for riverfront development. Here are […]

June Neighbors’ Night Out feedback – Major events in the neighborhood are big fun, big hassle

 Neighbor's Night Out, News  Comments Off on June Neighbors’ Night Out feedback – Major events in the neighborhood are big fun, big hassle
Jul 072016
 

June’s Neighbors’ Night Out at Bureau Bar focused on major event management in the South Loop – e.g., Bears game, Grant Park festivals, 5k runs. Here’s a summary of feedback received from attendees: Top challenges related to large public events in SL Need better sense of the collection of events taking place permit parking on certain streets; parking for guests better advance notice of events generally, and road closures traffic management intersection at Roosevelt and […]