Better! Towns and Cities March 19, 2013 newsletter makes a case for minimizing parking requirements based on data which shows the population is driving less.
A recent blog from Twin Cities Sidewalks highlights growing evidence that vehicle miles may have peaked. If the right policies are put in place, vehicle miles can go down even as the population and economy rises. The graph dramatically shows the historical trends of vehicle miles traveled in the US and how they have changed in recent years. Young adults, who may set the direction for generations to come, are on a steep downward trajectory. After that graph came out, the Federal Highway Administration reported that only 67 percent of 16-to-24 year olds had driver’s licenses in 2011, the lowest level since statistics have been kept. For cities, where more alternative transportation options are available, the trend is potentially stronger: from 2005 to 2009, as the population of Washington, DC, grew by 15,000, car registrations in the District dropped by 15,000, according to Jeff Speck in Walkable City. This adds impetus to getting rid of policies like minimum parking requirements (why turn America into even more of a parking lot than it already is?). Let’s, instead, go with the flow and spend more on walking, biking, and mass transit, and less on expanding highway capacity for cars that likely will not be there.
Children’s Memorial Hospital cut the ribbon on their new, state-of-the art facility on Chicago Avenue on June 4th. The ceremony was a joyous celebration of strategic partnerships with the Lurie family, Northwestern, elected officials, the City’s cultural institutions and a slew of other donors, and marked the culmination of years of planning and construction. President and CEO Pat Magoon noted that this facility will advance pediatric care to a whole new level. Children’s moves patients into their new facility from their old on June 9th.
McCaffery Interests, along with donors, staff, elected officials and hundreds of supporters, were on hand as Children’s Memorial Hospital officially cut the ribbon on their new facility, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. A very happy day!
Children’s Memorial Hospital made their historic move to their new facility in Streeterville. The hospital next undergoes a few months of decommissioning.
Workers scurry from floor to floor, sterilizing floors, doorknobs, computers, walls and work surfaces. They push carts through the hallways, stocking linens and medication-dispensing machines. Another group is testing specimens in the shiny new laboratory.
fore dawn Saturday, the first of about 150 of the city’s smallest, sickest patients will be loaded into ambulances in the loading bay at Children’s Memorial on Lincoln and Fullerton, where they’ll begin a 31/2-mile trek south.
They’ll be accompanied by paramedics, nurses, a parent and loads of fragile medical equipment that’s not designed to be stuffed into an ambulance and moved.
Hospital officials have set aside up to 25 ambulances for the move, which officials estimate will take 10 to 18 hours to complete.
On Sunday, June 3rd, Children’s Memorial Hospital held a bereavement ceremony for the many families who lost their children at the facility over the years. The theme was that the building is not where the memory of these children resides, it is in the memories and hearts of their families and friends. A tree was planted in Julia Porter Park to commemorate these young lives. The bereavement event was respectfully held prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and official move from the old facility to the new.
Team McCaffery was on hand on May 12, 2012 to “Move for the Kids.” Though the weather was dismal, it did not stop participants of this sold out event from making the trek from the old hospital site in Lincoln Park to the new facility down in Streeterville. Walkers/runners were treated to food vendors, multiple bands and tours of the incredible new facility. It was a rewarding day for all!
Employees are set to start moving in late May, and the patients — all in one day — on June 9.
The hospital expects to move up to 200 patients, one by one in an ambulance, with the most sick children and babies having a team of up to six people on board, including a Children’s nurse, a doctor and paramedics.
The patient move starts at 6 a.m. June 9, and it’s expected to last anywhere from 10 to 18 hours, as ambulances make the trip east on Fullerton Avenue and then south on Lake Shore Drive. Fullerton will be closed off to normal traffic during the patient move, but — with the exceptions of cones along the on-ramp.
Message from Alderman Michele Smith
Town Hall Meeting
Children’s Memorial Hospital Development
September 14, 2011
Bigler Auditorium at Children’s Memorial Hospital
2300 Children’s Plaza
I’ve promised that the development process for the Children’s Memorial site will be transparent and data driven. That means we need to understand the impact Children’s has on the neighborhood today so we can compare it to the impact of any future proposal.
I’ve asked Children’s Memorial and the new developer, McCaffery Interests, to bring this information to you:
• Impact of the hospital on our community today
• Impact on revenue for local businesses that we patronize
• Current “base line” traffic data
• Review of community input to date from HOK, which held three community meetings in 2009
• Introduction of McCaffery Interests, the developer of the site, and their work both locally and nationally
• My requirements for community feedback on the site’s development plans as they unfold
• Timeline for consideration of the development plans
• Your thoughts on future development plans