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Re: “Bicycle weirdness: the data's a little woozy, but Chicago's #5

"A protected bike lane on Kinzie Street was installed in just six weeks; cyclists now account for 51 percent of the traffic during rush hour."

I read that quote as meaning that cyclists account for 51 percent of the traffic on KINZIE STREET during rush hour. I know that once the lane was installed, cycling went way up on that street, but I don't know how much exactly.

Posted by matth on 05/23/2012 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The poorest 99 percent

"There isn't any coherent goal, belief, or message."

This was released a few days ago.…. Seems pretty coherent in it's goals, beliefs, and messages!

"These people just have a lot of anger and want to blame someone for the problems they have in their lives."

Nah, I don't think that's why they're protesting. Some dudes in New York caused one of the biggest economic meltdowns since the Great Depression, so our government gave most of them cash to keep em afloat, but then didn't hold them accountable for the mess they created. Oh, and after that, this same government said they wanted to save money by defunding public radio and women's health services(among other things), ya know, because the economy is so messed up, because of that meltdown caused by those dudes in New York.

What else could they be protesting? Oh! They might think that it's unfair that some of the richest people in the country wind up paying less taxes than the people that shine their shoes. There are even people in our government who argue that that's totally normal, cause these super rich folks 'create jobs'. Which is a funny thing to say considering unemployment is so high!

Anyways, my point is, I think that the protesters in Chicago have made it pretty clear what they're angry about. And sure, there are probably plenty of things in their lives to be unhappy about, cause hey, that's life, but having their government rewarding criminal behavior that wrecks the economy and then demanding everyone else pay the bill.....well, I think that's something to be unhappy about, and I can't speak for everyone protesting, but I'm gonna guess they're unhappy about it.

Posted by matth on 10/13/2011 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Through Paying Dues

These guys are playing a sold-out show at Empty Bottle in a couple days and they've done tours with, like it's noted, MGMT and other bands. They've also been written up by several newspapers, blogs, and magazines. All this and they're barely out of high school with only two records to their names. How are they not getting recognition? That's absurd.

Posted by matth on 02/24/2011 at 10:56 AM

Re: “The Missing Mural

The article does note that the owners felt it was "knocking their business". Maybe they just didn't like it after all?

Also, I'm no street artist or anything, so maybe I'm missing something, but it does have Mickey Mouse playing a piano. Reminds me of SPACE JAM kinda.

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Posted by matth on 01/09/2011 at 8:58 PM

Re: “A Dozen or None

Coffee is such a popular drink in this country, so it seems really crazy that one business wouldn't be able to sell it because another business two storefronts down feels threatened. Especially since there are countless kinds of coffee available.

New Wave serves Metropolis, right? Well, what if La Boulangerie wanted to serve Intelligentsia? Or Grinderman? Or Stumptown? Or whatever? Anyone who has even the slightest interest in coffee would tell you that these various companies offer different products with different tastes.

When Longman & Eagle opened, Lula Cafe didn't throw a hissy fit because food was being served on the other end of the Square. Dunlay's wasn't mad because liquor was being served.

Oh also, these two places obviously have dramatically different atmospheres. New Wave is a coffee shop and hangout for younger people. They have a Nintendo set even. La Boulangerie is a creperie. What the eff is the big deal with both of them serving coffee?

I think that for now I'll just get my coffee from Lula...or Rocking Horse, Dunlay's, Johnny's, Longman & Eagle, or Cafe Moustache or...well, I'll just get my coffee from anywhere but New Wave.

Posted by matth on 09/19/2010 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Why Todd Stroger Is Hosed


That's kinda what I expected. That's ridiculous though. It'd be nice to know if I should be re-electing the commissioner from my area or not. It seems like it would be difficult to do that without knowing what he/she has voted yay or nay on.

Posted by matth on 11/18/2009 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Why Todd Stroger Is Hosed

Is there any way to find the voting records for the county board? I'd like to know the record of the commissioner in my area before voting in the next election. I looked at the Cook County site but it looks very old and I can't find anything about voting records. I googled it a few different ways, but I can't find anything. Is there a good place to find voting records for public offices in Chicago or Illinois? Thanks!!!

Posted by matth on 11/17/2009 at 10:51 AM

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