KevinMonaghan | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Rahm plants seeds for Red Line TIF while Chicago panics over Trump

Ben wrote, "and construct the Belmont Flyover (which would allow the Brown Line to bypass Red Line tracks as it pulls into the Belmont station)."

This is an inaccurate description of the Flyover. South-bound Brown Line trains currently have no conflict with Red Line trains, and therefore this is not what the Flyover is intended for. The Flyover is intended to lift north-bound Brown Line trains up and over the south-bound Red & Purple Line trains as they leave Belmont as those Red and Purple Line trains enter Belmont.

Ben's inaccurate description of the Flyover calls in to question his understanding of and argument against it.

This inaccuracy should be corrected so that misinformation about the Flyover is not spread any further--especially by an established media outlet & journalist.

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 11/28/2016 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Obama once again comes to Rahm's rescue

Here's another spin on Obama's radio clip on Rahm:…

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 02/10/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “For $320 million, how much time would the CTA's Belmont bypass really save?

Ben, I agree with a lot of your criticisms of the mayor and city council, but when you write on transit issues in Chicago, I find myself in strong disagreement with you--to the point that I begin to lose respect for you.

The Red/Brown/Purple Belmont interchange is a well-documented, long-standing bottleneck on the north branch of the CTA. It is the single biggest reason why the CTA cannot run more Red-line trains during rush hour. As transit usage rises in the coming years, the Brown-line will see similar limitations.

Furthermore, your off-hand criticism to the Ashland Bus Rapid-Transit project shows how uninformed you are on that transit project as well. Ashland BRT will significantly increase travel times for Ashland corridor transit riders. These residents are no less important than automobile-drivers--which have been catered to in Chicago and across this country for 6 decades.

Stick to TIF criticisms, Ben. When you try to be a critic of transit-related matters, you remind me of John Kass--an auto-loving, uninformed, middle-class white man stuck in the 20th Century.

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 05/01/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Recalling the trolley line that wasn't built in Chicago

Bus Rapid Transit

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 12/06/2013 at 10:43 AM

Re: “WHAT?! A guide to earplugs

I'm a big fan of Sensaphonics. I have owned & regularly used the pair of earplugs they made for me for the last 3 years. They reduce the noise level without reducing the quality/breadth of the frequency spectrum. You can even get different reduction filters to suit your need. I had used foam earplugs in the past, and there is really no comparison between those and Sensaphonics. I am a musician and a regular concert-goer. Even at their high cost, these earplugs are so valuable to me that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase them again if I ever needed to. I use a 35mm film canister to hold my pair, and that has helped me not lose them.

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 03/09/2013 at 2:51 PM

Re: “A different kind of busing approach to desegregation

Great article, Steve! I've felt this way about public transit vs. private motor vehicle usage for a long time! I liked your historical reference for the opening, too. Thanks!

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 12/03/2012 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Text me maybe

I like Dan's column and I read it regularly. But on his response to SMS, I think he is wrong.

Text communication, be it via a "text", email, or even a letter, is one-sided and faceless. Break-ups are confrontations, and confrontations are important moments in relationships. Confrontations deserve the best communication available, and no communication option in the great tech world is as good as good old in-person discussion.

When a person approaches a confrontation via text, it usually means they are too selfish to make time to see the other person (as uncomfortable as it may be) and that they want to get all of their words in without offering a shared space for response by the other person.

When it comes to confrontation, taking the easiest way is almost always the wrong, selfish, small way.

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Posted by KevinMonaghan on 06/14/2012 at 6:30 PM

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