The Really Secure Railroad Crossing

We’ve all seen it on the news — Random Driver decides to go around the striped arm at a railroad crossing and ends up meeting his maker sooner than expected. That won’t happen at this railroad crossing in West Town.  Not only is there a crossbuck, there are flashing lights, a bell, a crossing arm with reflective stripes and blinking lights, and…  huge concrete Jersey barriers. Yes, the crossing guard is...

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Progress Report: Chicago Avenue Brown Line station

A few years back we at the Chicago Architecture Blog went a little nuts when the Brown Line rehab project got underway.  Now that we’re starting to reap the benefits, it might be time to calm down a little bit.Anyway, this piece of good news just came in from Alderman Riley’s office: Chicago Brown Line CTA Station Update Beginning Friday, July 19th, the Chicago Brown Line station will see the re-opening of...

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