Rockefeller picks up ball, goes home

We knew something was up at last week’s City Council meeting because one of Mr. Keating’s people got dissed by the Rockefeller lawyer. That’s right, Mr. Keating’s realtor told the Council that legally re-routing traffic around the downtown area–even though it’s a state route going through, therefore by law a truck route–would be no problem-o…

Thank You, Northern Star

I would be remiss if I didn’t express my appreciation about an edited version of the “Open Letter to Kris Povlsen” appearing yesterday in the Perspective section of the Star. That same letter plus three previous LTTEs critical of the Business Center project were ignored by the Daily Chronicle. After this frustrating and disillusioning shutout,…

Open Letter to Alderman Kris Povlsen, 12/1

Mr. Povlsen: At last Monday’s City Council meeting, when the Council voted to approve tax abatements and fee waivers for the newest 3M project in town (“Project Oak”), you commented that some people misperceive such incentives as corporate welfare, whereas you would encourage us to think of these incentives as investments in our future. Mr.…

Letter #3 of the “Blacklist Collection”

One of the reasons I began blogging here is that the Chronicle suddenly began suppressing my letters-to-the-editor and I was looking for other outlets for my views. Any criticism of the DCEDC and its executive director, Roger Hopkins, seems to be off-limits. However, I cannot omit my opinions on his involvement in warehouse mania because…

Logistics Growth in Chicago Area

Well, we knew from the volume of articles we’ve found that logistics is in full boom here, but now we’ve found the numbers: logistics is experiencing 12-15% growth that will continue over the next few years. Most of this growth comes from 3PLs, which stands for “third-party logistics,” a newer trend where the developer builds…

Warehousing, the Boom-bust Cycle, & Foreign Trade Zones

Here is a copy of the letter I sent to City Council members today. It references my Monday speech at the public hearing (see below) but also discusses a new area of concern. Dear Aldermen & Mayor, Last Monday at the City Council public hearing, I urged you not to “put all our tax eggs…

Road Trip!

Today Gerard Keating took us for a road trip. A group of the alderman, the Mayor, a couple of folks from the city staff, some of the press and a few of the citizens of the area were all invited to see various developments in the Aurora, Naperville and Warrenville areas. In some respects, it was eye opening.

City Barbs is Alive! The Whats and Whys of its Existence.

[Author of this, City Barbs’ first post, is Joe Croft. A glitch in moving the website a few years ago put Lynn’s name on everything.] Hi Yall, Don’t mind the southern accent, I’m a yankee who lived in Texas for too many years. To start, let me explain the purpose of this blog. I will…