Paul Petraitis | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years

Sigh, when Langley said "No!" it was ignored. A sad day for Preservation. Also a sad day for those who thought Preservation law had "teeth". All of our reasoned, informed passionate letters about this project's "adverse affects" were summarily dismissed by City Hall with granting us a significant dialogue that a legit 106 review requires. Despite the namecalling (which you've seen) there has been no refutation of our many charges... legitimate charges of collusion.intimidation and croney-ism. "Business as usual" trumps preservation law apparently. National Parks argues that they have no responsibility to keep the developers like Doig out...no surprise as they are in bed together. Stay tuned to this struggle. Hey Sandra how about some coverage for the rest of us in Pullman?

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Posted by Paul Petraitis on 07/10/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years

At least I use my real name Pat and Bill...to ignore the fact that this project, called by some "The Rape Of Langley" is dividing this neighborhood is disingenuous at best...preservation may become a thing of the past...

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Posted by Paul Petraitis on 07/10/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years

Though they are tasked with "protecting the cultural landscape" the National Park Service says everything is fine...of course they would, they are already in bed with CNI the local developer...they are building the new visitors center together and have been in business together for years. Pullman, despite the efforts of hundreds of individual homeowners efforts over the last 40+ years to rehab their historic SS Beman rowhouses, Pullman is saddled with the impression that nothing good was going on until this development was dropped on us. The architect, when confronted with compaints that the development is too big. stubbornly refused to changed the design and like the city summarily dismissed all of our concerns about scale, massing, building materials, architectural details, parking, management...etc. Really shoddy journalism!

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Posted by Paul Petraitis on 07/10/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years

Not one mention of the other side of this controversial development! For shame! This is a fluff piece unworthy of the READER. Hundreds of Pullman homeowners oppose this boondoggle which has been forced upon us by a clout-heavy developer, David Doig (the man who put the spaceship on Soldier Field). All the checks and balances in place have been greased by Doig and company, not only did our Alderman roll over, but so did city agencies like the Landmarks Commission (who relaxed their standards to let this project pass), our local Beman Committee (who is also supposed to support the Secy of the Interior preservation standards that have been in place since 1970) and 2FM who has twice botched the important 106 review which is designed to address the numerous negative affects this monstrosity has and will continue to cause. We had to lawyer up and form our own group (the Pullman National Monument Preservation Society, check us out) to fight this un-needed and unnecessarily huge "in-fill_ construction, Cost PER UNIT approached a half million dollars! Does something smell fishy?

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Posted by Paul Petraitis on 07/10/2018 at 9:38 AM
Posted by Paul Petraitis on 06/30/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “The Church of Clout

The dept of justice has an ongoing file on Senator Rev Meeks going back to his "outreach" on 79th street back when he was building his powerbase among the pimps and players of that street by co-signing on the guys' debt consolidation loans...Barbara Waler's 20/20 show shelved an expose on Meeks due to political pressure back in the '80's...

Posted by Paul Petraitis on 06/05/2018 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Transforming Pullman into a national park

Pullman doesn't need rehabilitation it needs restoration. POSITIONING PULLMAN was a well meaning exercise, but because it never once addresses preservation is only a planner/architec's wet dream. God save us from "in-full architecture"!There are many of us Pullman homeowners who are fighting inappropriate development here in our neighborhood. We offered to debate the developers on Ch 11 tomorrow night but they backed out. No guts.

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Posted by Paul Petraitis on 11/02/2016 at 2:05 PM

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