WBEZ | runway http://www.wbez.org/tags/runway Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en O'Hare to Get 6th Runway, but Without Expanded Terminals, Delays May Continue http://www.wbez.org/news/ohare-get-6th-runway-without-expanded-terminals-delays-may-continue-114654 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ohare.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="storytext"><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reached a long sought-after agreement with two major airlines &mdash; United and American &mdash; to build a new runway at O&#39;Hare airport. The $1.3 billion project will increase capacity at the congested airfield in hopes of reducing delays.</p><p>However, the deal does not include an agreement with the airlines to increase terminal space and add new gates, which some travel industry experts say is critical to reducing congestion at O&#39;Hare, an airport notorious among frequent fliers for delays.</p><p>The new runway will complete a modernization project that began more than a decade ago, changing O&#39;Hare&#39;s configuration from several intersecting runways to a configuration of six parallel, east-to-west runways and two diagonal runways.</p><p>&quot;This new runway that will now be built is one of the final steps in realizing a fully modernized and efficient O&#39;Hare International Airport,&quot; said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at a Sunday news conference at O&#39;Hare announcing the agreement.</p><p>&quot;When runway 9C/27C is completed, it will allow for arrivals and departures to operate on different runways in the north half of the airport,&quot; Huerta said. &quot;And this will enable more on-time operations and greater safety margins for incoming and outgoing aircraft.&quot;</p><div id="res465102107" previewtitle="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces an agreement to build a sixth runway at O'Hare International Airport, flanked by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (left) and United Airlines President and CEO Oscar Munoz."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces an agreement to build a sixth runway at O'Hare International Airport, flanked by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (left) and United Airlines President and CEO Oscar Munoz." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/02/01/img_3401-2-_sq-90c417e5b13f5efe81a37e77d5df1a1309fe2d59-s400-c85.jpg" style="height: 310px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces an agreement to build a sixth runway at O'Hare International Airport, flanked by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, left, and United Airlines President and CEO Oscar Munoz. (David Schaper/NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>The building of the new runway and decommissioning of a diagonal runway will allow for construction of a new, more direct taxiway to O&#39;Hare&#39;s terminals, eliminating a long, circuitous and time-consuming journey that many planes now make after landing to get to their gates. The project also calls for constructing deicing pads away from the gates, so planes no longer have to remain at and tie up gates while being deiced in snowy weather.</p></div></div></div><p>Mayor Emanuel acknowledged that the city in the past has often been too focused on whether O&#39;Hare would surpass Atlanta&#39;s Hartsfield-Jackson International as the nation&#39;s busiest airport. &quot;The measure going forward from now on,&quot; Emanuel said Sunday, &quot;is not whether we are the busiest but whether we are the best.&quot;</p><p>&quot;So today, we&#39;re not only laying the groundwork for a 21st-century airport, but it will power a Chicago for the 21st-century economy,&quot; the mayor added.</p><p><strong>A Welcome Distraction For The Beleaguered Mayor</strong></p><p>For Emanuel, the agreement allowed him to shift away from the rising tensions in the city and continuous controversy over his administration&#39;s handling of the release of dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.</p><p>And Emanuel is hoping to spread the wealth from the $1.3 billion infrastructure project to underserved communities in the city.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re going to do something different with this investment,&quot; he said in laying out how the city will establish contracting rules to allow minorities to gain a significant share of the estimated 5,000 construction and professional services jobs expected to be created by the project.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re going to do it in a way where O&#39;Hare is no longer an island ... and make sure that everybody from every part of the city of Chicago participates in the growth of O&#39;Hare.&quot;</p><p>Shari Runner, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, said with projects like this one, &quot;communities of color in our great city often ask, what is that going to do about jobs for me, and what is that going to do about investment in our businesses that are struggling?</p><p>&quot;So it&#39;s important to us ... to make sure that this is going to be not only a diverse workforce, but a diverse contracting opportunity for our businesses and bring some income back into our communities.&quot;</p><p>But the airport expansion project is not without controversy itself. Many city and suburban residents who live near the airport have been complaining about increased jet noise under recently adopted east-west takeoff and landing patterns, and some of their elected representatives fear even more disruptive noise from the new, sixth runway.</p><p>&quot;We believe that prioritizing the construction of yet another east-west runway without first addressing the significant increases in noise that our constituents have endured since the implementation of the O&#39;Hare Modernization Program comes at the expense of our constituents&#39; health and property values,&quot; U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth and Jan Schakowsky, all Democrats, said in a joint statement.</p><p><strong>Still No Terminal Expansions</strong></p><p>Despite the city spending $10 billion since 2005 building new runways and shifting to the east-west configuration to increase capacity and reduce delays, O&#39;Hare still has some of the longest delays among large airports nationwide.</p><p>And some travel industry experts say what O&#39;Hare really needs is more terminal space and additional gates.</p><p>&quot;The shortage of gates is a serious issue that has to be addressed,&quot; travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt of San Francisco-based Atmosphere Research Group told the&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-emanuel-ohare-new-runway-met-20160129-story.html">Chicago Tribune</a></em>. But United Airlines and American Airlines, which both have major hubs at O&#39;Hare and dominate the air and gate space there, have long opposed additional gates that could allow low-cost competitors, including JetBlue, Virgin America and Spirit, to add flights and gain greater market share. &quot;That borders on anti-competitive behavior,&quot; said Harteveltd.</p><p>Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans says the deal brokered to build a new runway is a first major step toward new gates, saying, &quot;This is the key to being able to do what we&#39;ve all been waiting for for so many years, which is to add gates to the main terminal complex at O&#39;Hare.&quot;</p><p>Evans says the next step is negotiating new use and lease agreements with American and United. Current deals expire in 2018.</p><p>The city expects to break ground on the new runway in May, with completion expected by 2020.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/01/465101435/ohare-will-get-a-sixth-runway-but-without-expanded-terminals-delays-may-continue?ft=nprml&amp;f=465101435"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/ohare-get-6th-runway-without-expanded-terminals-delays-may-continue-114654 O'Hare opens latest new runway in decade-long modernization http://www.wbez.org/news/ohare-opens-latest-new-runway-decade-long-modernization-113352 <p><p>Chicago&#39;s O&#39;Hare International Airport has opened a new runway and air traffic control tower, completing another piece of the nearly $9 billion overhaul of its outdated airfield.</p><div><p>For more than a decade, Chicago has been untangling O&#39;Hare&#39;s six crisscrossing runways and rearranging them in a safer, more efficient side-by-side layout that&#39;s supposed to unclog one of the country&#39;s worst aviation bottlenecks.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FILE%20A%20Jan.%204%2C%202006%20file%20photo%20shows%20Rose%20Marie%20Andolino%2C%20executive%20director%20of%20the%20O%27Hare%20Modernization%20Program%2C%20showing%20a%20map%20of%20planned%20improvements%20at%20Chicago%27s%20O%27Hare%20International%20Airport..jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 362px; width: 540px;" title="FILE A Jan. 4, 2006 file photo shows Rose Marie Andolino, executive director of the O'Hare Modernization Program, showing a map of planned improvements at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Andolino says the expansion of O'Hare International Airport is vitally important for the nation's air-transportation system. She insists the city of Chicago has done all it can to lessen the hardships caused by the acquisition of more than 600 homes in Bensenville to make way for a new runway. She said that includes offering market price for the homes and paying moving expenses. Says Andolino We've been very sensitive of the fact we're displacing people. (AP PhotoM. Spencer Green, File)" /></p><p>Yet delays still ensnare passengers traveling through the hub. O&#39;Hare is generally ranked last for on-time performance.</p><p>With the $516 million runway on the airport&#39;s southern edge, O&#39;Hare now has five of its six planned parallel runways.</p><p>Deputy Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Whitaker says the new runway will allow controllers to land the same number of planes even when winds shift direction, something that used to cause delays.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/ohare-opens-latest-new-runway-decade-long-modernization-113352 Reviewing ‘The Walk’: Student fashion from the School of the Art Institute http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/reviewing-%E2%80%98-walk%E2%80%99-student-fashion-school-art-institute-106995 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/8705712616_2ed6c0a084_z (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Never mind the weather, here&rsquo;s how I know that spring has really arrived. It&rsquo;s the moment when I find myself inside a temporary tent set up in Millennium Park, perched on the edge of a long, white runway, seated next to my colleague and fellow fashionista, Natalie Moore.</p><p>Pens and cameras in hand, outfits tight and sharp, we were more than ready to review &ldquo;The Walk,&rdquo; the School of the Art Institute&rsquo;s annual student fashion show.</p><p>Now in its 79th year, the show features the work of sophomore, junior and senior students. As you might expect of an art school, some of the looks are highly conceptual and absolutely unwearable. They&rsquo;re explorations of an idea or theme or moment in history which makes for drama on the runway, but won&rsquo;t translate into a street look &mdash; at least not without major refinements.</p><p>Natalie and I both appreciate experimental or cutting edge art and fashion. But face it, like most of you, we&rsquo;re also just looking for something to wear!</p><p>The sophomores in some way face the biggest challenge. They work with a very limited set of materials and color palette, and they only get to produce one look.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="375" width="500"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633411726996%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633411726996%2F&amp;set_id=72157633411726996&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633411726996%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fchicagopublicradio%2Fsets%2F72157633411726996%2F&amp;set_id=72157633411726996&amp;jump_to=" height="375" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500"></embed></object></p><address style="text-align: center;">Press play, then &quot;X &quot; for full screen. &quot;Show info&quot; displays captions.</address><p>Still, they&rsquo;re the base from which all the looks emerge, and we often can trace a transition across the different classes. What starts as an idea or concept among the sophomores will be radically transformed by juniors, only to bloom into the seniors&rsquo; fully-realized set of fashion looks.</p><p>Turns out, that wasn&rsquo;t the case this year. In fact, I&rsquo;d call 2013 the year of the upset!</p><p>For one, both Natalie and I were far more entranced by the juniors&rsquo; work than the seniors&rsquo;.</p><p>Rosa Halpern&rsquo;s work was particularly exciting. Working with a dark, dramatic palette, Halpern&rsquo;s looks included an elaborately constructed puffy long coat, perfect for today&rsquo;s fall-like weather (Natalie said it looked a bit like some of <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oJUJyI1QI_g/TbKuT73OQTI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/f2j6EqJBAA4/s1600/junya-watanabe1_1362162i.jpg">Junya Watanabe&rsquo;s</a> work), which included one of the most intriguing and prominent accessories of this year&rsquo;s show: masks and other facial coverings.</p><p>Halpern said she was inspired by Algerian Muslim gypsies and female hip-hop artists, and wants to make clothes &ldquo;that make women feel stronger and better and more awesome, and enjoy life more.&rdquo;</p><p>Jelisa Brown&rsquo;s outfits deployed some Chicago icons, including our city flag. Brown also referenced Michael Jordan on the back of a flowing red cape. Her looks reflected hometown pride but also took a playful or even critical stance toward those icons. The Jordan image, for example, looked a lot like that fabled gingerbread man, running away and yelling &lsquo;catch me if you can!&rsquo;</p><p>That the juniors stood out kind of makes sense. Junior year is the moment to experiment, since students have made it through the trial by fire of their first year, but they don&rsquo;t yet feel that pressure seniors have to get out there and find a job!</p><p>But it was also because the senior work felt safer to us than in recent years, especially last year.</p><p>The color palette was very muted in many cases, and minimalist looks were rampant. That can be interesting fashion territory to explore. But too often it created looks that made me think of the fashion establishment: think Calvin Klein or Eileen Fisher. Both are great designers, but they&rsquo;re hardly what you&rsquo;d expect from student designers, who tend to be more experimental and adventurous in their work.</p><p>In a few cases, a minimalist approach did work well. Kirstie Breitfuss, whose theme was &ldquo;The Art of Noise,&rdquo; used an unusual palette of light browns, reds and greens to create a sophisticated, subtle texture.</p><p>Other standouts include Krystle Thomas, whose collection &ldquo;The In-Between&rdquo; reminded me of Chicago artist <a href="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2011/04/hebrubrantleymain.jpg">Hebru Brantley&rsquo;s </a>work, as if some of his characters had come to life on the runway.</p><p>Carlie Hougen said her looks are generally inspired by a historical period, in this case the 1950s anti-communist sentiment that culminated in the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), as well as films like <em>Invasion of the Body Snatchers</em>. Hougen took those images of cultural anxieties and, inspired by a short film she found depicting the effects of LSD on a woman, explored &ldquo;how a housewife on LSD might dress.&rdquo; Our favorite look was an over-sized black and red check wool trench coat (think <a href="http://cdn02.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/headlines/2008/12/ryan-gosling-lumberjack.jpg">lumberjack</a>) over a very soft and fragile pale pink- and yellow-patterned dress.</p><p>But the stand-out (and to my mind, &nbsp;the second major upset of this year&rsquo;s show) was the menswear. I&rsquo;ve often found the men&rsquo;s clothes just don&rsquo;t measure up to the designs for women. So I was pleased to see that the work of many designers, but especially the looks by Sam Salvo, raised the menswear bar very high.</p><p>Salvo&rsquo;s looks incorporated ideas about the power structure of male sexuality, including bondage elements (a thigh harness and chains!). I was struck by the dramatic and elegant edge to his clothes.</p><p>I had worried going in that the fervor over Baz Luhrmann&rsquo;s film <em>The Great Gatsby</em> might have produced a lot of 1920s looks (as it has in mainstream fashion). Salvo&rsquo;s looks came closest, but put a fashion alchemy on a historical period (like Hougen) that made his clothes much more reflective of our moment.</p><p>Salvo says his fashion inspiration reflects what he wants, but also sometimes fears to wear.</p><p>And that&rsquo;s exactly the impulse that made the best student designs so inspiring: the ability to turn personal or cultural or historical fears into fashion that is absolutely, one hundred percent fearless.</p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter. Follow her&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy">@wbezacuddy</a>, on<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and on<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram.</a></em></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-05/reviewing-%E2%80%98-walk%E2%80%99-student-fashion-school-art-institute-106995 Illinois Supreme Court allows city to acquire cemetery near O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/story/ohare-international-airport/illinois-supreme-court-allows-city-acquire-cemetery-near-ohare <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//O&#039;hare cemetery - Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The City of Chicago is now free to take over a cemetery near O'Hare International Airport. The city wants the land to expand the airport.</p><p>The Illinois Supreme Court refused to take a lawsuit challenging the city's acquisition, in effect, upholding a lower court's opinion that Chicago can have the property where St. Johannes Cemetery is. It's in northwest suburban Bensonville and Chicago wants the property as part of its $15 billion expansion of O'Hare Airport.</p><p>The plan calls for 900 buried bodies at the cemetery to be relocated to make way for a new runway. The Department of Aviation says in a statement that 30 bodies had already been moved.</p><p>An attorney for the owner of the cemetery says the Supreme Court's decision is pretty close to the end of the line for the issue.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ohare-international-airport/illinois-supreme-court-allows-city-acquire-cemetery-near-ohare