Long live Logan Square!

August 19, 2010

From The Dirt, we learn that “Living Near Public Transporation May Lengthen Your Life.”  At The Dirt, they write about a recent study done for The American Public Transportation Association that explains the positive effects of living near public transit, the obvious ones you might expect and often hear touted:  that people drive less and walk more, and the less obvious ones you might overlook and that tend not be used in advocating for public transit and transportation oriented development (TOD):  that there are fewer traffic fatalities per capita than places without public transit.

Logan Square residents are well situated to “live long and prosper.”

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Is there a parking problem?

March 13, 2009

No need for more parking

Last week I listened to yet another Milwaukee Avenue business owner lament the lack of parking along Milwaukee Avenue.  But this stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Logan Boulevard and Diversey Avenue does not need more parking.

Merchants often take the view that shopper inconvenience due to parking is a significant factor in keeping shoppers away. But more parking would be counterproductive to merchant interests.

More parking means less space devoted to attractions that bring people to the street for a purpose.  More parking means more open vacuous spaces that present a perceived barrier to pedestrian activity.  If all, or most of what the eye can see is empty space, why would you want to walk there?  It’s not green and inviting;  they paved this paradise a long time ago. Read the rest of this entry »


Chicago Tribune profiles Logan Square

November 28, 2008

Today’s Chicago Tribune profiles the neighborhood in “Logan Square: small town in the big city.” Bikes — and other transportation advantages, the boulevards, churches, the arts, demographics, property values, and increasing restaurant options round out this brief look at Logan Square.


Community Book Exchange: Logan Square Branch

October 11, 2008

Walking by the southeast corner of Logan and Kedzie Boulevards, I was again reminded of one of the things I love about this neighborhood: the Community Book Exchange: Logan Square Branch (though I don’t know of any additional branches yet [Correction:  there is also a Wicker Park Branch]).

If you haven’t seen it, it’s a Chicago Reader newspaper box (mis?)- appropriated and converted by Logan Square resident Ryan Duggan to a free book exchange serving readers in the community since 2006. Don’t worry, the Reader thought enough of it to feature a story on “The Littlest Library” shortly after the box surfaced in its current incarnation.

Have books you no longer want? Place them in the box. Looking for a good read? Go peruse the library shelves (all two of them). My recent perusal uncovered the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ray Bradbury’s science Read the rest of this entry »


Urban laugh track

August 5, 2008

Logan Square inversion

Logan Square once again features prominently in the national news media in the August 13, 2008 issue of The New Republic, (not sure if it’s) on newsstands now (but it’s definitely on-line). In the featured article, “Trading Places,” author Alan Ehrenhalt writes:

…The massive outward migration of the affluent that characterized the second half of the twentieth century is coming to an end.

Chicago — including specifically Logan Square — is much used as an example of demographic changes causing an inversion of the traditional American inner-city poor/outer suburb affluent, pattern of settlement. Read the rest of this entry »


Deep Economy mission accomplished

July 25, 2008

A path from the library to Milwaukee Avenue businesses

We were a small group, just three of us, but still I count the first of two discussions about Bill McKibben’s book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, as a success.

Why? My markers for success, as noted in Mining the library for gold,
were 1) getting people to realize just how close Milwaukee Avenue businesses are to the Logan Square Library (right) and that they can easily walk to them, and
2) generating ideas about how to improve Milwaukee Avenue and the local economy.

Merry, who lives a bit south of the part of Milwaukee Avenue that this blog is about, and who has lived in the neighborhood for months — not years — discovered two finds on Milwaukee Avenue that I know she’ll Read the rest of this entry »


Looking back: The Pump Room Boutique (Part I)

July 22, 2008

An interview with Dulce Ramos

Earlier this month I sat down with Dulce Ramos, owner of The Pump Room Boutique, a shoe store located on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square from 2003 to 2007.

The Pump Room Boutique began in a small space at 2727 N. Milwaukee Avenue in late 2003. Two years later it moved to a larger space at 2630 N. Milwaukee Avenue, only to close down in early 2007. I thought it would be interesting looking back on Dulce’s experience with The Pump Room Boutique and Milwaukee Avenue. Read the rest of this entry »