Scale down Wolf Point towers

Letter to the editor

06/06/2012 10:00 PM


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I write in firm opposition to the recent proposal for huge buildings at Wolf Point. I would prefer a park there rather than a parking lot, though some development may be inevitable. The ridiculous gigantism of the recently unveiled project affronts all residents of the area. Such imposition of shadow and cutting of sight lines is bad.

Increased vehicle traffic would be worse. This is not a normal lot, where traffic can empty onto four streets. Unless radical and hugely expensive solutions are entertained, these skyscrapers could only be served from Kinzie Street and Franklin Street. Kinzie, in its new two-lane configuration, is already overburdened with commercial traffic from the Merchandise Mart, Sun-Times Building, and School of the Art Institute. Witness its rush hour eastbound traffic nearly gridlocking down Canal Street. One-way northbound Franklin Street would be the only available exit for this complex, likely at a bad angle for trucks. This would easily back up into Upper Wacker and stymie rush hour in much of the Loop.

I say these Brobdingnagian proposals may be ego-gratifying for those who donít live here. For those of us who do, keep it on a sane scale.

Mike
West Loop

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By citizen. from River North
Posted: 06/29/2012 1:34 AM

I hope the wolf point site adds to Chicago river walk. I also hope this property makes people look at the river differently. The Chicago River is overlooked, underrated and should be protected. Most cities would do anything to have a gorgeous river flow through it.



By Correction from The Loop
Posted: 06/08/2012 11:58 AM

I'm not sure how this development is an affront to residents of the area. Protecting view corridors is one thing if you are introducing industrial development but this is non-noxious project. When people move in they cannot and should not assume the area will remain static. Caveat emptor. I'll agree with you though, it is far too car-centric; but the developers noted that the whole affair will be on a 4 story terrace, giving access to the development from Upper and Lower Orleans.



By Oh the urbanity from Chicago
Posted: 06/07/2012 12:09 PM

Dear Mike from West Loop, If you don\'t like density, move to the suburbs.