WBEZ | #snowpocalypse http://www.wbez.org/tags/snowpocalypse-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Businesses cope with snow aftermath http://www.wbez.org/story/snowpocalypse/businesses-cope-snow-aftermath <p><p>Small business owners around Chicago are clearing the sidewalks of snow in the hopes of luring customers back inside their businesses.&nbsp;</p> <div>East 47<sup>th</sup> Street is plowed but snow is piled up so high and close to the street, that parking is impossible.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some retailers like clothing and hardware stores are open. Others like beauty supply shops haven&rsquo;t shoveled the two-foot high snow out front.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mohammad Khan is part owner of Snyx, a gym shoe boutique on 47<sup>th</sup> and Prairie. He said Wednesday was the first time he&rsquo;s had to close since 1997. Khan said he hopes the commercial strip gets plowed better.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Forty-seventh so far is okay. We need to clean up more especially Prairie Street -- that&rsquo;s messed up. We can&rsquo;t even go in there. I tried to go in there and got stuck and it took me six or seven minutes to get out from there,&quot; Khan said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Khan said it&rsquo;s too bad he&rsquo;s not getting good foot traffic. He&rsquo;s got good winter sales &ndash; especially on boots.</div></p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 21:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/snowpocalypse/businesses-cope-snow-aftermath City defends handling of Lake Shore Drive logjam http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-blizzard/city-defends-handling-lake-shore-drive-logjam <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/LSD Tim Brown 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Daley Administration defended its decision not to close Lake Shore Drive earlier during the major winter storm late Tuesday that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Chicago and generated winds in excess of 50 m.p.h.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During a late afternoon press conference on Wednesday, Raymond Orozco, chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, stated that the decision to keep the Drive open until 7:50 p.m on Tuesday was his to make - and that he believes it was the right one.</p><p>&quot;In a storm of this magnitude, there's no way to predict from minute to minute what problems may arise,&quot; said Orozco during a news conference late afternoon on Wednesday. &quot;But what we do know is that no major accidents and no serious injuries occurred.&quot;</p><p>The Daley Administration came under fire for not closing Lake Shore Drive earlier, given the severe weather conditions and long-standing blizzard warnings.&nbsp; Hundreds of motorists were stranded along the lakefront thoroughfare beginning Tuesday evening as high winds and snow led to white-out conditions and treacherous road travel.&nbsp; Orozco says he decided to close the Drive after a series of minor accidents occured, making the roads even more dangerous to drivers.</p><p>The controversy even found its way into the 2011 race for Chicago mayor.&nbsp; In a statement, Rahm Emanuel called for &quot;a thorough review&quot; of the city's response.&nbsp; Meanwhile, Carol Moseley-Braun was more critical, stating that the city should have closed Lake Shore Drive well in advance of the blizzard.</p><p>&quot;The question was do we eliminate Lake Shore Drive as an option, which would've essentially diverted thousands of drivers onto other roads&quot;, Orozco pointed out.&nbsp; He says that would've created even more traffic and dangerous travel conditions on other city streets.</p><p>Ramps were closed just before 8 p.m., preventing motorists from entering and exiting Lake Shore Drive for hours.&nbsp; Many were stuck in cars or on CTA buses well into the wee hours of the evening without information or assistance from emergency crews.&nbsp;</p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal">Lake Shore Drive remained closed to traffic as of late Wednesday.&nbsp; Orozco refused to predict when it would reopen.</p> <p>Motorists looking to retreive their vehicles abandoned on Lake Shore Drive are urged to call 311.</p><p>&quot;Again we completely understand people&rsquo;s frustrations and I want to thank everyone for being exceedingly patient during this process,&quot; said Orozco.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-blizzard/city-defends-handling-lake-shore-drive-logjam Documenting the 2011 blizzard in photos (submit yours!) http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/documenting-2011-blizzard-photos-submit-yours <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Thundersnow 007.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="667" width="500" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-01/hermitage-byron.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">We are going to photo-document the Chicagoland area during the 2011 blizzard. So today and tomorrow, you will see familiar neighborhoods, landmarks and landscapes covered in snow. You will see familiar commutes, roadways and sidewalks altered by the falling thunder...snow. For the full blog (already in progress), <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/city-room-blog">go here</a>.</p><p>We start with a photo sent in by our co-worker&nbsp;Jane Verwys on 02/01/11at 2:31pm. It's the fire station at the corner of Hermitage&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Byron on Chicago's North Side. It's just the beginning of the storm.</p><p>And here is a slideshow put together by Andrew Gill of different vantage points from our perch at Navy Pier.</p><div style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 500px; width: 600px;" class="daylife_smartgalleries_container"><iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1296593405836?width=600&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=500&amp;show_related=0" class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame"></iframe></div><p>To submit photos of your neighborhood, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/chicagopublicradio/">add them to our Flickr pool</a> with the tag #Thundersnow.</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/documenting-2011-blizzard-photos-submit-yours