Well relax, because it's still pretty wacky out in the Nimboshpere, and our multiple HPP NIMBY Listening Stations can prove it. They are picking up all the chatter that doesn't rise to the level of Herald comic quality.
So without further ado, we'll give you what we in the trade call the "raw intel" and let you sort it out. Maybe you'll be scared. Maybe you'll cry. Maybe you'll wonder if the NIMBY-Establishment has finally run out of steam.
You can hash through all the misinformation yourself (yes, St. Stephens really is 7 stories tall at the top of the dome), the hysteria (they're taking away everything we love!), and the glorious, expansive paranoia (Preckwinkle + U of C + The City = SATAN!) and come to your own conclusions. All typos and such are from the original.
Date: May 7, 2008 9:31:52 PM CDTSubject: [Good Neighbors] old church
Yikes!!! I just read today's Herald article about plans for
building a 7 story luxury condo building on the site of the
old church on Blackstone. The article said the developer had
been in contact with neighbors, but I live directly across
the street, and this is the first I or any one in my
building has heard of it. Had I been asked, I would have
strenuously opposed the plan. A seven story buiding would
dwarf other buildings on the block and cut off sunlight.
(What happened to the idea that new construction would be no
higher than the dome of the existing structure?) And the
condos start at $1.7 million!! What will that do to our
property taxes? What we need in this neighborhood is
affordable housing, not luxury condos for the super-rich! I
think we need to organize to oppose this plan. Maybe if
there is enough outcry from the neighborhood, we can stop it.
Date: May 9, 2008 1:35:26 PM CDTSubject: [Good Neighbors] Re: old church
I agree with everything you say here and wonder if anything can be done to stop this. The issue has been "dormant" too long and perhaps people are apathetic. But it is wrong in every way you state - not to mention the parking ussues inherent with such a structure.
Date: May 14, 2008 3:55:42 PM CDTSubject: [Good Neighbors] Re: Two big things this weekend
I agree wholeheartedly, and I wonder - How to things we value in our Community be saved? How do you plan to do this? The City, Preckwinkle, and the University constitute (if the Co-Op demise instructs us) and unbeatable combined force. I've heard rumors that plans to bring the Olympics to Chicago has plenty to do with these changes.