WBEZ | West Loop http://www.wbez.org/tags/west-loop Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cash Register company closes doors after 120 years in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/cash-register-company-closes-doors-after-120-years-chicago-103586 <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/620-register.jpg" title="An antique cash register from a hotel bar at the A.J. Thomas Midwest Cash Register Company in Chicago’s West Loop. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65655157&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After 120 years in business, the A.J. Thomas Midwest Cash Register Company in Chicago&rsquo;s West Loop is closing.</p><p>The small business has been at the heart of Chicago retail for more than a century.</p><p>A.J. Thomas sold and serviced cash registers for restaurants, bars and stores around the city.</p><p>By now, most businesses have swapped gleaming brass registers for computers.</p><p>Owner Dorothea Alfini&#39;s family is only the third to run the business since 1892. They&#39;ve moved storefronts a couple of times over the last century, but never strayed from the West Loop.</p><p>The company kept up with technology - they sold electronic Point-of-Sale systems too. Those customers will merge with a company in Indiana, and Alfini said she&#39;ll still be part of the business.</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/350-register.jpg" style="float: right;" title="After 120 years in business, the A.J. Thomas Midwest Cash Register Company in Chicago’s West Loop is closing. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" />But it&#39;s the end of the line for the mechanical and antique cash registers the company sold.</div><p>Alfini decided it was time to ease toward retirement after her husband passed away last year. He started in the cash register business when he was 12. She worked alongside him for more than four decades.</p><p>Her one remaining employee, age 75, is retiring too. She said he&#39;s about the only one left who knows how to fix the old registers if they break.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a dying art because within a few years they&rsquo;re going to be gone,&quot; she said about the antique registers.</p><p>The storefront and warehouse on Randolph Street is having an everything must go sale. Thousands of antique cash registers, tools and parts for sale. And just about anything they can pry off the walls, if someone wants it.</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/350-register2.jpg" style="float: left;" title="After 120 years in business, the A.J. Thomas Midwest Cash Register Company in Chicago’s West Loop is closing. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" /></div><p>Alfini said the neighborhood has changed as much as the business.</p><p>&ldquo;You just look out the window,&quot; Alfini said. &quot;What used to be a run down bar is now a condo building. What they used to call the Madison Street bums - they&rsquo;re all gone.&rdquo;</p><p>Just next door, a new restaurant and winery has opened up. Down the street, fancy coffee shops flank both corners.</p><p>And she said their name - Alfini - is fitting for the moment.</p><p>&ldquo;It means the end,&quot; she said. &quot;That&rsquo;s what the last name means. So yeah, I&rsquo;m the end of this whole thing.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cash-register-company-closes-doors-after-120-years-chicago-103586 Clarence Wagner's bridge http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-06/clarence-wagners-bridge-99334 <p><p>The Congress Parkway bridge over the river finally re-opened a few weeks ago. If you&rsquo;re like most of the thousands who drive it every day, you probably don&rsquo;t realize the bridge is officially named for Clarence Wagner.</p><p>When the Congress (Eisenhower) Expressway was being built in 1953, Clarence Wagner was one of Chicago&rsquo;s most powerful politicians&mdash;perhaps <em>the</em> most powerful. He was 14th Ward alderman, chairman of the council&#39;s Finance Committee and his ward&#39;s Democratic committeeman. Mayor Martin Kennelly was well-meaning but weak, so Wagner practically ran the city.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/05-23--Clarence%20Wagner%20Bridge_0.JPG" title="The Clarence P. Wagner Memorial Bridge" /></div><p>Chicago-born to a German father and an Irish mother in 1904, young Clarence Wagner had caught the eye of his local ward boss and moved up steadily in the organization. He was elected alderman in 1942, and&mdash;more importantly&mdash;became ward committeeman in 1947. &nbsp;&ldquo;He was a bright and audacious lawyer with a sardonic sense of humor,&rdquo; one reporter remembered. Because of his distinctive voice, friends called him &ldquo;Gravels.&rdquo;</p><p>In July of 1953 Cook County Democratic committeemen held a meeting to choose a new chairman. It was assumed to post would go to County Clerk Richard J. Daley. Party insiders whispered that Daley would then challenge Kennelly for mayor in the next primary.</p><p>But at the meeting, Alderman Wagner asked that the vote for chairman be delayed two weeks. His motion carried. The meeting adjourned, with Daley still just another committeeman.</p><p>You can read conflicting explanations of what Wagner was up to. Most likely, he&rsquo;d decided he was just as qualified as Daley to be county chairman . . . or mayor.</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/05-23--Ald%20Wagner_0.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Alderman Clarence Wagner (City of Chicago)" /></div><p>In the meantime, Wagner took a short fishing vacation with another politician and their young sons. The alderman was at the wheel of his Cadillac on a Minnesota road the morning of July 10th when he missed a turn and crashed the car. Though the passengers escaped with injuries, Clarence Wagner was killed.</p><p>Mayor Kennelly wept when he heard the news. So did many other politicos, for Alderman Wagner was well-liked. Crowds packed the wake at his home on May Street, and the funeral Mass at Visitation Church. A hundred cops were put on special duty to keep the traffic moving.</p><p>Would Wagner have become mayor if he&rsquo;d lived? We&rsquo;ll never know. Daley did become party chairman, and did oust Kennelly from the mayor&rsquo;s chair in 1955. And of course, Daley the Younger later won the office.</p><p>But the Daleys weren&rsquo;t the only political dynasty that arose with Clarence Wagner&rsquo;s death. The man chosen to succeed Wagner as 14th Ward alderman was Joseph Burke&mdash;who was eventually followed by his son, still-serving Ed Burke.</p><p>Four days after Wagner&rsquo;s death, the city council voted to name the new expressway bridge after their late colleague. In all the years since then, there has never been a plaque on it dedicated to Clarence Wagner&#39;s memory. Now would be a good time to correct that oversight.</p></p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-06/clarence-wagners-bridge-99334 Why Chicago's West Loop neighborhood is a hot spot for diners http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/why-chicagos-west-loop-neighborhood-hot-spot-diners-96134 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/marche_west loop.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For more than a decade, Chicago's West Loop area, the neighborhood just west of the Kennedy Expressway, has been a destination for cutting edge eateries and chefs trying new concepts.</p><p>In late February, chef Jared Van Camp opens his latest venture Nellcôte. The restaurant was inspired by Villa Nellcôte where the Rolling Stones recorded their album <em>Exile on Main Street</em>. Van Camp told Tony Sarabia about what diners can expect from the new venture.</p><p>Restaurateur Kevin Boehm also joined the conversation to explain what challenges exist in opening new restaurants. Boehm is co-founder of the <a href="http://bokagrp.com/" target="_blank">Boka Restaurant Group</a>, which runs many restaurants in the city, including Girl and the Goat in the West Loop.</p><p>In her work, freelance food writer Carly Fisher follows the trends happening on Chicago's dining scene and she explained why diners-and chefs-keep making their way to the West Loop.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/why-chicagos-west-loop-neighborhood-hot-spot-diners-96134 Sara Lee will move headquarters back to downtown Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/sara-lee-will-move-headquarters-back-downtown-chicago-94724 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/photo1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Downtown Chicago will soon call itself home to the corporate headquarters of another company. Sara Lee, which is currently based in west suburban Downers Grove, will soon split into two companies. One of the new companies, which will focus on meats, will relocate to Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, the company announced Thursday.</p><p>The move will bring at least 500 jobs to downtown Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city will provide up to $6.5 million to Sara Lee.</p><p>"You're here to stay," Emanuel said Thursday at a news conference. Sara Lee had been headquartered downtown, but moved to Downers Grove in 2005.</p><p>"We would need, as a smaller, more entrepreneurial company, we need to create a lot of buzz and it's very difficult to get that buzz and energy in an area where it's very quiet, so I think we need that environment of Chicago," said Jan Bennink, the executive chairman of Sara Lee.</p><p>Some of Sara Lee's meat brands include Ball Park, Hillshire Farm, and Jimmy Dean. The new meat company still does not have an official name. The company expects to move into its new space in early 2013.</p><p>Emanuel said he's not in a battle with the suburbs to persuade businesses to move to the city, but he did say, "We won."</p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/sara-lee-will-move-headquarters-back-downtown-chicago-94724 Walmart opens first store in downtown Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/walmart-opens-first-store-downtown-chicago-92265 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/photo.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Walmart is continuing to branch out in the Chicago market. It opened its first downtown store Wednesday.</p><p>This Walmart is not like the other Wal-Marts in Chicago or even Illinois. After years of battles with Chicago politicians and labor unions, the company is now gearing this new West Loop store to a more urban clientele. Walmart calls it a Neighborhood Market.</p><p>"Here is a juice display where we've essentially got about 16 feet of juice products for customers," Walmart spokesman Steve Restivo said while standing the middle of the juice aisle.</p><p>"The point is, again, even though the store is smaller, we still want to offer customers that broad assortment," he said.</p><p>The store has eight full-length aisles with products ranging from produce to mops and brooms. Restivo said six or seven more Walmarts are planned for inside Chicago's city limits, with even more in the works by 2015.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/walmart-opens-first-store-downtown-chicago-92265 Dear Rosie: Forget commuting, move to the West Loop (my guide to the neighborhood, post-Oprah) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-30/dear-rosie-forget-commuting-move-west-loop-my-guide-neighborhood-pos <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/rosie-final.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="300" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-30/rosie-final.jpg" title="" width="400"></p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/people/4570947-421/rosie-odonnell-keeping-home-in-new-york.html">Sun-Times reported that Rosie O'Donnell will NOT be moving to Chicago</a>, instead opting to commute from her home in suburban NY.</p><p>I think it's a great move that Rosie O'Donnell is coming to Chicago to tape her OWN&nbsp;network show in the Harpo Studios space. As Oprah leaves Chicago television production, it will no doubt leave a void and not unlike the move Jerry Kleiner is making, could change the fabric of the now-burgeoning West Loop neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p>What we are seeing is a second generation of star power. Rosie joins celebrity chefs Grant Achatz (Next) and Stephanie Izard (Girl &amp; Goat) as the new West Loop.</p><p>But please. If you want to be a Chicago favorite, at least move into the neighborhood.</p><p>I always liked Rosie O'Donnell. Her stand-up comedy was groundbreaking and her daytime TV show was at least interesting (I never really watched it because I was in my 20s, and frankly, people in their 20s don't have time for daytime TV). I did get to see more of her when she had the brief stint on <i>The View</i> because internet video was introduced to the masses. I loved how she sparred with her co-hosts and created some memorable TV moments. She is a good host. Now let's hope she can be a good neighbor.&nbsp;</p><p>I've lived in the West Loop for a couple years now. And to prove that I don't have a problem coexisting with big egos, I am offering my expert services. I can give Rosie a quick tour of what to visit and what to avoid. I can tell her what times are the best times to get in at Wishbone (avoid Sundays around 11am). I can act like her visiting relative and point out what the buildings <em>used</em> to be before Chicago changed.&nbsp; "Rosie, that bar used to be a funeral home (West End)." "Rosie, that bar used to be a Bar Louie (Haymarket)." "Hey Rosie, that bar used to be owned by Chelios (abandoned building)."</p><p>I could also offer real Chicago history lessons. "You know, Rosie, this used to be skid row. Yep, this used to be $5 prostitute territory. Now, it will cost you at least $50."</p><p>"Hey, hey Rosie - I think Mary Todd Lincoln lived over by Washington somewhere, after the assassination. A lot of people thought she went crazy..."</p><p>My hope is that Rosie lives in the West Loop and walks to work like Mike Quade does in Wrigleyville.&nbsp;Don't go set up a crash pad on Michigan Avenue. That's Oprah-style - not cool. She had business here, but lived in a different area of the city. We need a celebrity to come work AND&nbsp;live here.</p><p>There is so much housing inventory, you could buy several two bedroom condos (really, a bedroom and a walk-in closet) right next to each other and knock down a couple walls. It would be good for the market. If you act fast, you might even be able to get a good deal on the Blockbuster store, which is going under. Make that your own entertainment room. I'll help with the parties.&nbsp;</p><p>In closing, Rosie, I would love to have you as a neighbor. Maybe it would force the Dominick's to clean up the elevators. Maybe it would force the Madison #20 bus to stop bunching up every rush hour. Maybe it would even force Whitney Young High School from recruiting violations.</p><p>Oprah's time is up. It's your time to shine. Come to the West Loop (jingle): We aren't skid row anymore.....</p><p>I can't wait to have you over, neighbor.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-30/dear-rosie-forget-commuting-move-west-loop-my-guide-neighborhood-pos So Bud bought Goose Island. Look on the bright side, we might see some hilarious Goose Island commercials! http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-29/so-bud-bought-goose-island-look-bright-side-we-might-see-some-hilari <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-29/SpudsMcKenzie1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="410" width="313" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-29/SpudsMcKenzie1.jpg" /></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: All hell is breaking loose because <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/anheuser-busch/anheuser-busch-buys-goose-island-beer-company-84359">Spuds McKenzie bought Goose Island</a>? Relax everyone. It's going to be fine.&nbsp; I, for one, can't wait for the hilarious Goose Island commercials with young drinkers doing whatever it takes to get a 312 or a Honkers Ale. Honkers Ale? I'm sure the fine people at Leo Burnett are already working up a line of ads that give us &quot;Honker Man,&quot; who despite his big nose and geeky persona, scores with the ladies because of beer. Gold! Man, I&nbsp;should work in advertising...</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: So <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2011/03/28/red-light-shutters-jerry-kleiner-spending-more-time-in-la-is-this-the-end-of-kdk.php">Jerry Kleiner is just folding up shop and moving on</a>? How will we live without his colorfully striped rayon shirts?&nbsp;</p><p>The restaurant magnet that helmed KDK&nbsp;group for years and brought high-concept dining to the forefront in&nbsp;Chicago has run into tax problems. Giocco in the South Loop closed last week because they weren't paying select taxes. And then&nbsp;Red Light in the West Loop was closed for operating without a liquor license, which was not renewed. Throw in the closing of Marche in the fall and KDK&nbsp;is in a free fall. Kleiner is interesting because he made fine dining hot without star chefs. Today, he has to compete with the Izards and the Achatz of the world. It's a sad ending to a very instrumental time in Chicago's culinary scene. It seems to be kind of a chaotic mess, but I guess that's how restaurants do it: Burn bright and flame out. They rarely tell you they are closing, or do a liquidation sale for two months like Borders.</p><p>But here's the thing, Jerry: Haven't you learned <em>anything</em> about running a business in&nbsp;Illinois? When you don't want to pay taxes, don't close up shop. Just threaten to leave the state. In other words, pull a &quot;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/illinois-ceo-warns-he-may_n_841360.html">Caterpillar</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>C story:</strong><a href="http://www.bettergov.org/red-light_cameras_ticket_cta_bus_drivers_but_taxpayers_charged/"> The Better Government Association and Fox Chicago did an investigation into CTA buses and red light camera tickets</a>. It turns out that a tremendous amount of those tickets are slapped on cars and buses with M&nbsp;plates, not to mention CTA&nbsp;buses. But do the CTA&nbsp;bus drivers pay? Nope, CTA&nbsp;does - $227,000 since 2006. That means it gets passed on to taxpayers and riders in the forms of more federal/state funding and fare hikes. So the next time you want that bus to get through that yellow light so you can get home faster, remember it will probably cost you about $4&nbsp; - maybe even more if the bus isn't packed.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Still unseasonably cold. Although my iPhone tells me we might hit the 50s by Sunday.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Okay fine, you got us, Blackhawks. We'll start paying attention now. The Blackhawks were on the verge of playing golf this April. They lost some key games down the stretch and were watching from the bottom of the playoff brackets. Last night, they gave Chicago a taste why they won the Stanley Cup <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0329-blackhawks-red-wings-chic20110328,0,122662.story">with a 3-2 OT&nbsp;win over the Red Wings in Detroit</a>. Will this be the game that wakes up the Hawks? Come on Hawks, we need a playoff run! We want mass hysteria in the West Loop for both the Hawks <em>and</em> the Bulls. For a while there, it looked like we might get it - but the Hawks need to hold up their end of the bargain. So let's put our rally caps on and hope the Hawks pull a UCONN&nbsp;and win 9 or so in a row. Think of the local economy, fellas.&nbsp; A good strong surge? And those t-shirt/hat shops on Michigan Avenue (just south of Wacker) can stay in business.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Kicker</strong>: Mission Amy KR never ceases to amaze me. Another great mission last week, where Amy Krouse Rosenthal asked her readers to send in pictures to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-28/mission-66-send-save-suggest-84383">show solidarity and support for the Japanese people</a>. You did. And she put together this great slideshow:</p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p_r4HSuTUwE" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-29/so-bud-bought-goose-island-look-bright-side-we-might-see-some-hilari Actors Equity invests in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/557-w-randolph/actors-equity-invests-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-01/AEA-Lonergan-Library.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, cut the ribbon Monday night on the new Chicago headquarters for its 13-state Central Region.</p><p>As Shakespeare observed, &quot;What's past is prologue,&quot; and so it is with Equity's new HQ, an historic West Loop survivor of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The building at 557 W. Randolph Street dates from 1855 and originally housed a wholesale flour dealer. Equity has had several different downtown addresses over the years, so a move to different digs isn't itself newsworthy. But this time the union owns the building, the only bricks and mortar Equity owns anywhere, including New York City where the union's national offices are located.</p><p>The four-story, 22,000 square foot building was purchased late in 2008 after the economic bust and has been undergoing a gut renovation since then. Kathryn V. Lamkey, Central Regional Director, explained that Equity found &quot;a motivated seller. We were a buyer who could pay cash. We didn't have to take a mortgage.&quot; She continued, &quot;It was a good long-term investment for any monies we had in reserve&quot; at a time when rates of return on bonds, CD's and money market funds had collapsed.</p><p>Equity itself will occupy most of the building with offices, a members' service center, the Lonergan library and audition rooms although some office space is available for rent. Founded in 1913, Actors Equity Association has 49,000 members nationwide heavily clustered in New York and Los Angeles. The entire Central Region has 4,600 members of whom about 1,500 live in Chicago. With fewer than 10% of the membership, the Central Region nonetheless accounts year after year for more than 14% of the union's total workweeks nationwide.</p><p>In Chicago alone, 58 theaters operate on Equity contracts which cover everything from Broadway shows at the big Loop theaters to small storefront playhouses in the neighborhoods. The most lucrative contract is the Production Contract covering cast members and stage managers in Broadway shows, but the most important contract to Chicago is the Chicago Area Theatre &quot;CAT&quot; contract which covers the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Writers' Theatre, Next Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre and several dozen smaller companies. In a good year, the CAT houses will chalk up over 6,000 work weeks.</p><p>First negotiated in the early 1980's, the highly flexible CAT contract has had a substantial impact on the growth and development of professional theater in Chicago, and has been used as the model for similar contracts nationwide.</p></p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 19:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/557-w-randolph/actors-equity-invests-chicago Revision Street: Barbara Gordon, early 50s http://www.wbez.org/blog/anne-elizabeth-moore/revision-street-barbara-gordon-early-50s <p><p><em>Matronly Barbara Gordon works with, but not for, the city.</em></p> <p>I get to meet a good spectrum of the community in my work. A lot of them are blue-collar. I get to have contact with them and talk to them and see them, and to advocate for them. I love my clients. I feel very comfortable around them.</p> <p>When they come in to see me, I bring them into my office and we have a good rapport. I help them. But my coworkers, they look down on them because they&rsquo;re doing manual labor. Other people don&rsquo;t bring clients into their office. I bring my clients into my office and shut the door. I protect them. I notice some of my coworkers don&rsquo;t do the same. They&rsquo;ll meet with them in the conference room, they&rsquo;ll allow them to sit in the reception area for a long time before going to meet with them&mdash;they look down on them, because they work in an office as opposed to the street. It&rsquo;s really weird. No one talks about class, but it&rsquo;s got to be a class thing.</p> <p><em>It sounds like you think this bias comes down to the kinds of labor that are being performed.</em></p> <p>It does. Even the support staff. It really comes down to a class thing. People act like they&rsquo;re better, just because they have an education or something.</p> <p>The other day, my favorite client was really mad because he was going to be asked a lot of questions about where he lived, how long he&rsquo;s lived there, where he went to school. He was like, I&rsquo;m not answering those questions! I&rsquo;m not answering those questions! Then I realized that why he was getting so offended was because he didn&rsquo;t even finish junior high. He was so articulate and so intelligent, but he was just embarrassed to admit that.</p> <p>We have all these ideas and notions of, if you have a degree, you&rsquo;re smart. Well I know so many people with so many degrees that are just idiots, and have no common sense.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to find people with a good work ethic, that just want to do a good job by the end of the day.</p> <p>And at the end of the day, I get on the bus. I have a lady bus driver, and I&rsquo;m like, Hey, how you doing?</p> <p>She asks, How are you?</p> <p>And I&rsquo;m like, Working for the man, just like you! It&rsquo;s nice.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="375" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-13/ruinedbuses.jpg" /><br /><em>(Photo by Katherine Hodges)</em> <br />&nbsp;</p><p>The CTA was asking for volunteers to go and tell riders, Next week this bus won&rsquo;t be here. That was hard. I was at the 95<sup>th</sup> Red Line bus terminal. When I looked at the scheduled cuts I felt like most of the poor neighborhoods were getting screwed. I&rsquo;m sorry, 10:30 isn&rsquo;t that late, and these busses weren&rsquo;t going to be here anymore? I jumped on all the busses and made these announcements, and it was the saddest thing, ever. These people were like, We&rsquo;re coming home from work. How are we going to get home? <em>How are we going to get home from work?</em></p> <p>How did this work out, that all the poor neighborhoods were getting screwed the most. How did that happen? I was so angry. The whole notion that this mayor is calling himself the Green Mayor, but we can&rsquo;t do something about public transportation? Public transportation is the future, and we&rsquo;re <em>cutting</em> public transportation?</p> <p>Someone I met told me once, Barbara, they&rsquo;ve been cutting service since the late 1960s, early 1970s. I guess back then you couldn&rsquo;t walk a couple blocks without there being a bus stop. At one point, we had way better service. Can you imagine? Two blocks without a bus stop. At one point we did have great service. I thought that was amazing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Sep 2010 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/anne-elizabeth-moore/revision-street-barbara-gordon-early-50s Revision Street: West Loop http://www.wbez.org/amoore/2010/08/revision-street-west-loop/34319 <p><p><em>Normally I wouldn&rsquo;t post advertisements, but these hand-made posters for the West Loop clothing store Tonya&rsquo;s Hush (&ldquo;We got a Passion for Fassion&rdquo;)&mdash;are some of the most charming I&rsquo;ve ever seen. I took them a few years ago, so last time I stopped by the store had replaced these with some slightly more professional looking ads. Bummer!</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em> </em> <a href="/amoore/2010/08/revision-street-west-loop/34319 /attachment/1119081232" rel="attachment wp-att-34320"><img width="225" height="300" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//1119081232-225x300.jpg" title="1119081232" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-34320" /></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/amoore/2010/08/revision-street-west-loop/34319 /1119081232a" rel="attachment wp-att-34321"><img width="225" height="300" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//1119081232a-225x300.jpg" title="1119081232a" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-34321" /></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/amoore/2010/08/revision-street-west-loop/34319 /1119081232b" rel="attachment wp-att-34322"><img width="225" height="300" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//1119081232b-225x300.jpg" title="1119081232b" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-34322" /></a></p></p> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/amoore/2010/08/revision-street-west-loop/34319