WBEZ | trucks http://www.wbez.org/tags/trucks Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Blacksmiths: The 'plastic surgeons' on Chicago's payroll http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/blacksmiths-plastic-surgeons-chicagos-payroll-113688 <p><p>Our questioner, Joel, describes himself as a nerdy, curious guy who likes playing with data. When the City of Chicago <a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Administration-Finance/Current-Employee-Names-Salaries-and-Position-Title/xzkq-xp2w">published its payroll data</a>, he thought it would be fun to look and see what was there.</p><p dir="ltr">And he did find a surprise.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I was just scrolling through, and I saw &lsquo;blacksmith,&rsquo;&rdquo; he recalls. As in, the city employs one. &ldquo;Like, did my eyes deceive me?&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">A couple of mouse-clicks later, he found out how many blacksmiths the city employs. Then, he posted on Curious City:</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><em>The city just released their budget and employee info on the open data portal. I noticed that Chicago has 20 blacksmiths! What do they do?</em></p><p>The word &ldquo;blacksmith&rdquo; conjures up an image of glowing-hot metal getting pulled from a big furnace and pounded into some usable shape &mdash; maybe a horseshoe &mdash; on an anvil. Maybe the light in this image comes from the furnace flame, since blacksmithing thrived for millennia before electric lights. The whole scene seems ancient, or at least old-fashioned.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ss_eac_fa_a235_large_0.jpg" style="height: 452px; width: 620px;" title="A 1914 depiction of a blacksmith from a James Wallace painting titled Blacksmith, Midday in the Smiddy. (Photo courtesy East Ayrshire Council)" /></div><p>So, why would the notoriously cash-strapped City of Chicago employ more than 20 of them, at salaries of about $90,000 a year?</p><p>That&rsquo;s the essence of the question we got from Joel. He&rsquo;s asked us not to use his last name because he works for local government, and his boss, understandably, thought the question might make political higher-ups uncomfortable. Again, Joel promises he wasn&rsquo;t being snarky, just curious. Still, the city&rsquo;s mounted police unit only has about 30 horses: How many horseshoes could they need?</p><p>It turns out, there&rsquo;s a perfectly-reasonable story &mdash; or, almost-perfectly-reasonable &mdash; and it has nothing to do with horseshoes. (The city hires a farrier for that trade).</p><p>In pursuing it, we did find a living link from the ancient art of blacksmithing to the city&rsquo;s operations.</p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;">The city&rsquo;s plastic surgeons</span></p><p dir="ltr">So, then: What do the city&rsquo;s full-time blacksmiths actually do?</p><p dir="ltr">To find out, I visit blacksmith Luke Gawel at his work &mdash; a city plant at 52nd Street and Western Avenue, with two giant repair bays for trucks.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/WIDE%20shop%20FOR%20WEB.png" style="height: 397px; width: 620px;" title="A plant at 52nd Street and Western Avenue houses the city vehicles that need some blacksmith repair work. (WBEZ/John Fecile)" /></div><p dir="ltr">Here&rsquo;s how Gawel describes the job: &ldquo;We are like the plastic surgeons of the City of Chicago. The only difference is we haven&rsquo;t gone to medical school.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Their patients are the city&rsquo;s trucks: garbage trucks, ambulances, and fire trucks. But like people, these patients don&rsquo;t take off-the-shelf parts.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Every truck is almost custom,&rdquo; says Gawel. &ldquo;The city has them custom-built for their specs. When they get smashed, when they get damaged, you can&rsquo;t just go online ... [to] Amazon and get a panel. You have to build it, and then you have to install it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">On the day I visit, Gawel has picked a small job to demonstrate what he does: welding a step back onto a garbage truck &mdash; the kind a worker rides on, at the back.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/welder1.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="City blacksmith Luke Gawel welds a step back on to a garbage truck. This is one of the smaller jobs a city blacksmith can do, he says. (WBEZ/John Fecile)" /></div><p dir="ltr">He grinds off some paint and grime, and sets up his MIG welder. &nbsp;Then he applies the heat.</p><p dir="ltr">Less than a minute later, he&rsquo;s done. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s good to go,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;You can hang on it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Except: Grease on the bottom of the newly-welded step is on fire.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s probably a little warm to touch,&rdquo; Gawel admits. &ldquo;You can fry an egg on it, but &mdash; you let it cool off, throw some paint on it, and that&rsquo;s it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">This is a small job, but Gawel spends a lot of time on bigger ones: replacing the sides of trucks, the floors, the big mechanical elements in back of a garbage truck that smush the trash. If you can&rsquo;t repair these big, basic parts, you&rsquo;d have to junk the whole vehicle.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At the end,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;we do save the city a lotta money.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">With a city fleet that includes 477 garbage trucks, 203 fire engines, 101 street sweepers, and 122 ambulances, Gawel and his colleagues have plenty to do.</p><p dir="ltr">In the winter, the city adds 333 salt spreaders and snow plows to the fleet &mdash; what Gawel&rsquo;s boss calls &ldquo;wear items&rdquo; &mdash; and twenty full-time blacksmiths isn&rsquo;t enough. <a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Administration-Finance/Employee-Overtime-and-Supplemental-Earnings-2014/9xua-tabs">The overtime numbers</a> are insane: more than $65,000 just for February 2015.</p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;">Is &lsquo;blacksmith&rsquo; the right word?</span></p><p dir="ltr">Given that the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;blacksmiths&rdquo; clearly spend the vast majority of their time welding, why not dispense with calling them such? After all, the number of workers employed as blacksmiths is clearly on the downswing.</p><p dir="ltr">The number of full-time blacksmiths in the U.S. peaked about a hundred years ago, when the U.S. Census Bureau counted 235,804.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/blacksmith%20chart%20edit.png" style="height: 333px; width: 620px;" title="The number of blacksmiths started declining when other old-line trades, like carpentry, were still growing. By 1920, the number of people working in modern, competing occupations — like machinist and electrician — surpassed the number of blacksmiths. (Source: U.S. Census)" /></div><p dir="ltr">Forty years later, in 1950, the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/mlr/1999/05/art2full.pdf">Bureau of Labor Statistics found that fewer than one in five of those jobs remained</a>. Following another thirty years of decline, the BLS found that three-quarters of those jobs were gone too, and it stopped counting.</p><p dir="ltr">Until he came to work for the city, Luke Gawel would not have counted himself among this ancient and dying breed, although the work he did in previous jobs was quite similar to what he now does for the city.</p><p dir="ltr">In fact, he stumbled onto this job because he found the job title just as incongruous &mdash; just as curious &mdash; as Joel did.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;One day, I was just scrolling through the city&rsquo;s website, and I saw a blacksmith,&rdquo; Gawel recalls. &ldquo;I was like, &lsquo;What? Blacksmith!?&rsquo; I couldn&rsquo;t believe it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">He clicked on the job description and, as it happened, it described the work he was already doing in a private shop: using plasma cutters, acetylene torches, and welding tools.</p><p dir="ltr">Actually, <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dhr/supp_info/JobSpecifications/JobSpecName/BLACKSMITH_6605.pdf">the job description also mentions heating metal in a forge</a> &mdash; a blacksmith&rsquo;s furnace &mdash; but the city hasn&rsquo;t owned a forge for years.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We had one downtown, when I first started,&rdquo; says Gawel&rsquo;s colleague Chuck Miggins, a city blacksmith since 1999. &ldquo;But we never used it, and it&rsquo;s obsolete.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">So, why does the City of Chicago still use the title &ldquo;blacksmith&rdquo;?</p><p dir="ltr">Leo Burns, Managing Deputy Commissioner for the Human Resources Department agrees it&rsquo;s a good question. But, he says, it&rsquo;s still the official job title.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s in our bargaining agreement. We have an agreement with the <a href="https://www.boilermakers.org/">International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.</a>&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">You could translate that answer as: bureaucratic inertia. Changing it hasn&rsquo;t come up, and could be a hassle.</p><p dir="ltr">However, Burns says the outdated title is not causing the kind of problem that would get his attention. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t remember anyone saying we need a new title because we&rsquo;re not attracting candidates,&rdquo; he says.</p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;"><a name="pozniak"></a>Last of the real city blacksmiths?</span></p><p dir="ltr">I did talk with someone who worked the &ldquo;obsolete&rdquo; forge that city blacksmith Chuck Miggins remembers &mdash; a person who connects Miggins and Luke Gawel with the ancient image of a man (or a <a href="http://www.britannica.com/topic/Vulcan" target="_blank">Roman god</a> or <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=goddess+brigid+blacksmithing&amp;espv=2&amp;biw=1600&amp;bih=791&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0CDYQsARqFQoTCM-Doa_R-sgCFQEmHgodDHgGRg">Celtic goddess</a>) pounding on glowing-hot metal.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We always had somebody working on the fire, who worked the forge,&rdquo; says Richard Pozniak, who retired from the city&rsquo;s blacksmith force in 1993. The man on the fire would &ldquo;do things like straighten bumpers, make chains, special hooks,&rdquo; he says.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/poZcollage2.png" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Richard Pozniak, now 85, was the last City of Chicago blacksmith to work on the forge. Pozniak kept forging in his own shop for years after he retired, though, and has become a bit of a Chicago legend. (Photos courtesy New York State Designer Blacksmith newsletter archives and Peter Clowney) " /></div><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I was one of the last ones working on the fire.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">When Pozniak signed on with the city in 1950, old-school blacksmiths were already almost gone.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;By that time they only had one blacksmith,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;One real blacksmith &mdash; that worked on the fire.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Just one &mdash; out of what he remembers as 30 or 40 city blacksmiths. The rest were already doing basically the same work that Luke Gawel and Chuck Miggins do today: cutting pieces with gas torches, joining them with welds.</p><p dir="ltr">That&rsquo;s how Richard Pozniak spent his first ten years as a city blacksmith, but working on the fire had always been his goal. When his chance came, about ten years into his service with the city, he took it, and kept it till he retired.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/poZorama.jpg" style="height: 136px; width: 620px;" title="A panoramic photo of Richard Pozniak's basement. (Photo courtesy Peter Clowney) " /></div><p dir="ltr">A few years afterwards, the city idled its forge, but Richard Pozniak kept working his own fire &mdash; in a shop in his basement &mdash; making decorative items and tools.</p><p dir="ltr">Until now. At age 85, he&rsquo;s closing up shop.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I can no longer even get down to the basement to get around,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an inevitability I had to accept.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Over the years, peers in the blacksmithing world had referred to him as a master. Among the tools that Richard Pozniak made are tongs of his own design, which artisan blacksmiths and hobbyists around the country now make and use. They&rsquo;re known as Poz tongs.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/poZdiptych.png" style="height: 332px; width: 620px;" title="A sample of Pozniak's work, left, and a few pairs of legendary 'Poz tongs,' right. (Photos courtesy Peter Clowney) " /></div><p dir="ltr"><em>For more about Richard Pozniak, check out <a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/117544-artsmith/">this story about him from the show Studio 360</a>, by his son-in-law, radio producer Peter Clowney.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em><a href="http://danweissmann.com/">Dan Weissmann</a> is a reporter and radio producer in Chicago. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/danweissmann">@danweissmann</a></em></p></p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/blacksmiths-plastic-surgeons-chicagos-payroll-113688 Question answered: Why ban pickups from Lake Shore Drive? Where can they park? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-why-ban-pickups-lake-shore-drive-where-can-they-park-104631 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F73992858&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=0094ff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Yours truly drives a teeny, tiny 1999 Toyota Corolla. It may not be the most stylish vehicle, but on the plus side it doesn&rsquo;t attract much attention from cops or my Chicago neighbors. That&rsquo;s more than can be said for some of my fellow Chicagoans&rsquo; vehicles, apparently. Take this question from from Bronzeville resident Jef Johnson:</p><p><em>I keep hearing that pickup trucks are not allowed on Lake Shore Drive, though I do see a number of them daily, and that there are parts of the city where pickups are not allowed to park. Is all that true and if so, why?</em></p><p>Intriguing, no? And it&#39;s especially so when you consider that industry sales data show the Ford F-Series pickup trucks topped automotive best-sellers lists for more than two decades. The answer means a lot to Jef, who says he&rsquo;s been driving one type of truck or another since 1987. Being able to throw stuff in the back, he says, made trucks handy for his camping and other outdoorsy activities. And, he hasn&rsquo;t let up; his most recent purchase &mdash; finalized just this October &mdash; was a Dodge RAM.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m also a wedding officiant,&rdquo; Jef tells me, &ldquo;so I&rsquo;m often meeting brides in the evenings and weekends and, since I go visit them, I end up parking in all parts of the city.&rdquo;</p><p>That got him wondering and worrying: Was he going to walk out of a bride&rsquo;s home one of these days to a bright orange ticket on his car?</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m always half expecting to get pulled over on LSD,&rdquo; he says.</p><p>So where, exactly, can Jef and his new Dodge go, and where might they run into trouble?</p><p><strong>Should Jef get the jitters while on the Drive?</strong></p><p>I put Jef&rsquo;s first question &mdash; the one about Lake Shore Drive &mdash; to the city&rsquo;s law department, and the spokesman there sent back an email, replete with relevant portions of the Chicago municipal code. The gist of the <a href="#Ordinance1">largest chunk</a> gets to the idea that commercial activity doesn&rsquo;t belong on city boulevards, and the assumption is that pickup trucks are commercial vehicles.</p><p>Translation: No, pickup trucks can not drive on Lake Shore Drive. It&rsquo;s considered a boulevard, so vehicles with truck license plates designed to &ldquo;carry freight or commercial goods&rdquo; are supposed to stay off. That&rsquo;s the case even when the vehicle&rsquo;s not actually used for such purposes.</p><p>There are notable exceptions, however. If, for example, you drive a Ford F-150 to a Bears game, and you take I-55 to the Soldier Field parking lot, you should be okay. Another exception: If you&rsquo;re a construction worker and you bring lumber to McCormick Place for a convention.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6880_115959901_aee9e318be_o.jpg" style="float: right; height: 197px; width: 300px; margin: 5px;" title="Under most circumstances, pickup trucks are prohibited from being on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. (Flickr/Flipped Out)" /><strong>But why?</strong></p><p>The rationale behind the rules took some digging and, frankly, is a bit elusive. My City Hall sources had a tough time accounting for how this all came to be and, it seems, they don&rsquo;t get this question very often. One person even called my request &ldquo;WBEZ&rsquo;s latest trivial pursuit question.&rdquo; Perhaps, but we&rsquo;re assuming that Jef isn&rsquo;t the only Chicago truck owner who&rsquo;s anxious about driving the Drive.</p><p>Regardless, the best account I could get is a historical one, and it comes from the top source on Chicago maps: Dennis McClendon, who produced maps for the Encyclopedia of Chicago. And get this: He even drew the original CTA system map.</p><p>Anyway, McClendon says the truck issue likely gets down to a mentality, one which dates back to the late 1800s when Lake Shore drive was first planned.</p><p>&ldquo;It was to be a pleasure drive,&rdquo; McClendon explains. &ldquo;It was not to be a traffic carrying arterial, it was a way to enjoy the park in your carriage or your brougham.&rdquo; (A brougham being a light carriage that was drawn by a single horse.)</p><p>&ldquo;I think it was Thursday afternoons were set aside for fast driving,&rdquo; McClendon says. &ldquo;So the young men who lived on the Gold Coast nearby would bring their fastest trotting horses and their lightweight broughams and race each other.&rdquo;</p><p>By the 1930s, McClendon says, this parkway grew into the Outer Drive and Inner Drive we know today. The idea was to allow more traffic on Lake Shore Drive but this whole concept of a &ldquo;pleasure drive&rdquo; stuck, meaning the proscription against commercial vehicles (pickup trucks included) is really just a holdover, one that&rsquo;s consistent with a bias that kept commercial or &ldquo;working&rdquo; life separate from upper-crust residential life.</p><p>Consider, he says, that fancy apartment buildings once had separate entrances for residents and tradesmen.</p><p>&ldquo;You wouldn&rsquo;t want a scruffy workman carrying his tool box through the front door, just as &lsquo;Miss High Nose&rsquo; was coming out with her poodle,&rdquo; McClendon says.</p><p><strong>Where pickups can&rsquo;t call home</strong></p><p>Jef says he lives in Bronzeville, a South Side neighborhood. As I found out, his ward escapes proscriptions against parking pickups on residential streets. The municipal code is clear on this one, as <a href="#Ordinance2">the relevant section</a>s list exactly which wards pickup trucks can park, so long as the owners work with their alderman to get the proper stickers and permits and their truck is registered properly with the state of Illinois.</p><p>That leaves only two North Side wards where pickups are not welcome to park on residential streets: the 38th and the 39th.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6877_CuriousCityTrucks-5-scr.jpg" style="float: left; height: 183px; width: 275px; margin: 5px;" title="Pickup trucks are easy to find in many of Chicago's residential streets, including this one legally parked in Ward 40. (WBEZ/Shawn Allee)" />When it comes to the 39th Ward, Alderman Margaret Laurino says she does hear complaints about the policy, but they&rsquo;re mostly from newcomers &mdash; not long-time residents.</p><p>&ldquo;My staff often times has been instructed by me to say, &lsquo;Well you&rsquo;re just going to have to park your pickup truck in your garage or find an off site parking space,&rsquo;&rdquo; Laurino says, adding that this has been the case for the 17 years she&rsquo;s been in office.</p><p>As for a change? Laurino says her staff check in with constituents each year about the policy, and for the most part, resident want their residential streets free of pickup trucks.</p><p><strong>&lsquo;Miss High Nose&rsquo; and her poodle at it again?</strong></p><p>If McClendon&rsquo;s theory about the attitude towards trucks on Lake Shore Drive is right, is it fair to say that maybe some neighborhoods just find pickups unappealing, and they&rsquo;re willing to press aldermen to keep the trucks in check?</p><p>Jef doesn&rsquo;t buy that argument (&ldquo;A pickup can be just as easy to look at as an SUV or a hummer or some really ratty car,&rdquo; he says), and the bias against trucks is getting scrutiny from other sources, too. One source is Mike Brockway, the writer behind the <a href="http://theexpiredmeter.com/">&ldquo;The Expired Meter&rdquo;</a> blog, which helps Chicagoans solve driving, traffic or ticket problems.</p><p>Brockway says maybe it&rsquo;s time for City Hall to consider upgrading the policy on truck parking. Right now, it&rsquo;s mentioned in a section dealing with livery vehicles, busses and RV&rsquo;s, despite the fact that, for many owners, they&rsquo;re neither solely commercial nor entirely personal.</p><p>&ldquo;Am I using a vehicle 51 percent of the time to get groceries for my family and bring my kids to school and bring them to violin lessons? And 49 percent of the time I&rsquo;m using it for business purposes?&rdquo; he asks. &ldquo;I mean, how do you define that?&rdquo;</p><p>Brockway calls the parking provision a &ldquo;dinosaur of a piece of law&rdquo; that can give you headaches. &ldquo;My theory on parking and driving laws,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;is they need to be simple so people can understand them.&rdquo;</p><p>And where do most Chicagoans fall on this issue? Again, it&rsquo;s OK to park in most wards. Residents in the 38th ward had their chance to speak out on the November ballot, and a majority said they would support a law that would allow pickups to park on residential streets.</p><p>But until the municipal code reads crystal clear, Brockway has this advice for pickup drivers, and for Jef: If you&rsquo;re gonna park a pickup, triple-check with the alderman first.</p><blockquote><p><strong><a name="Ordinance1"></a>Regarding Trucks on Lake Shore Drive </strong></p><p>9-72-020&nbsp; Operation of vehicles restricted.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle upon any boulevard (a) when such vehicle is used for carrying freight or other goods and merchandise for commercial purposes, (b) when such vehicle is designed primarily for carrying freight or other goods and merchandise, and (c) when such vehicle is used for carrying freight or other goods and merchandise on the outside of the vehicle; provided, however, that vehicles carrying freight or other goods from or to any building or premises abutting any boulevard where it is impossible from the location of the building or the character of the freight or other goods to be received or delivered, to receive or deliver the freight or other goods and merchandise from an alley or a side street or a street other than the boulevard, shall be permitted to enter the boulevard at the cross street nearest the building or premises to receive or deliver the freight or other goods, but shall not proceed further on the boulevard than the nearest cross street. Operators of emergency vehicles and such vehicles excepted by permits issued by the executive director are exempt from provisions of this section. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, it shall not be unlawful to operate any of the vehicles described in clauses (a), (b) and (c) on those portions of Interstate Route 55, and the exit and entrance ramps thereto, which lie between the King Drive Interchange and the north and southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive and the most easterly lane of northbound Lake Shore Drive and the most westerly lane of southbound Lake Shore Drive and the exit and entrance ramps of Lake Shore Drive which lie between Interstate Route 55 and 31st Street; provided that such vehicles are traveling to or from the McCormick Place complex and its support facilities.</p><p>(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 11-28-90, p. 26192; Amend Coun. J. 12-11-91, p. 10832; Amend Coun. J. 11-15-06, p. 93351, &sect; 1)</p><p><strong><a name="Ordinance2"></a>Regarding parking restrictions in Chicago neighborhoods</strong></p><p>9-64-170&nbsp; Parking restrictions &ndash; Special types of vehicles.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (a)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It shall be unlawful to park any truck, tractor, semi-trailer, trailer, recreational vehicle more than 22 feet in length, self contained motor home, bus, taxicab or livery vehicle on any residential street for a longer period than is necessary for the reasonably expeditious loading or unloading of such vehicle, except that a driver of bus may park the bus in a designated bus stand as authorized elsewhere in the traffic code; provided, however that in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th wards this prohibition shall not apply to the owner of a pickup truck or van weighing under 4,500 pounds who has no outstanding parking violations, when such vehicle is parked at the curb adjacent to the owners place of residence and the vehicle bears a valid and current city wheel tax license emblem and a special parking permit issued in accordance with this subsection.&nbsp; In the 7th, 15th, 10th, 23rd, 35th, 46th and 50th wards this prohibition also shall not apply to the owner of a taxicab who has no outstanding parking violations, when such vehicle is not in service, when the vehicle is parked at the curb adjacent to the owner&#39;s place of residence and when the vehicle bears a valid and current city wheel tax license emblem and a special permit issued in accordance with this subsection. The owner shall apply for a permit for such parking from the alderman of the ward in which he or she resides.&nbsp; The Alderman shall evaluate the vehicle for compliance with relevant provisions of the municipal code and shall issue a special parking permit if the vehicle is believed to be compliant.</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 11:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-why-ban-pickups-lake-shore-drive-where-can-they-park-104631 Chrysler recalls 150k trucks, SUVs http://www.wbez.org/story/autos/chrysler-recalls-150k-trucks-suvs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Auto Assembly Line Getty Bill Pugliano.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chrysler is recalling nearly 150,000 trucks and SUVs to address several problems, including steering, air bag issues and the potential for trucks to stall.&nbsp;</p><p>The recalls were posted Thursday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.</p><p>Chrysler is conducting three separate recalls to fix the problems.&nbsp; Models manufactured at the Chrysler facility in Belvedere, Illinois are unaffected.&nbsp;</p><p>The first recall covers about 22,000 Dodge Ram trucks from the 2008-2011 model years to address steering problems. The second involves about 65,000 2009 model year Dodge Journey SUVs to fix side air bags that might not deploy.&nbsp; The last includes about 57,000 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks from the 2011 model year to fix components in rear axles that could cause the trucks to stall.&nbsp; Chrysler says owners can call (800) 853-1403 for more information.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Ford Motor Co announced a separate recall of nearly 15,000 vehicles. The recall affects seven 2011 models.&nbsp; They include the F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks, as well as the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX.&nbsp;</p><p>Models manufactured at Chicago's Torrence Avenue Assembly plant are unaffected by this recall.&nbsp; Ford notified the NHTSA of the recall after fires erupted in two attended F-150 trucks at its assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><span><br /><a style="color: rgb(0, 51, 153);" href="http://detnews.com/article/20101230/AUTO01/12300433/Ford--Chrysler-recall-nearly-160-000-vehicles#ixzz19cgqG1Qh"><br /></a></span></div></div></p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 18:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/autos/chrysler-recalls-150k-trucks-suvs