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Sun-Times Article on Ridge Ave Parking Plan

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

N. Side drivers may not like this parking plan
Pedestrians apparently win battle over Ridge Avenue
July 23, 2009

BY MARK BROWN Sun-Times Columnist
For thousands of drivers commuting downtown from the city’s Far North Side and near north suburbs, Ridge Avenue is a time-saving lifeline that picks up where transportation planners left off — funneling traffic to and from the dead end of North Lake Shore Drive.

But it turns out the same fast-moving features that make Ridge the in-the-know route for savvy drivers make it a nightmare for local residents who say they can’t even cross the street.

Now, the alderman who oversees one of Ridge’s busiest stretches says she has decided to open it to parking, essentially shutting down two of the four lanes, except during rush hour, in an effort to slow the cars and divert those commuters elsewhere.

Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) says she can’t really predict where the traffic will go, but expects drivers will figure something out on their own. Continue reading

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