Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'infrastructure'

Midwinter Drought Relief

Metropolitan Planning Council newsletter writes about the challenges of planning for Chicago's water infrastructure in a world of erratic climate. The big storms of the past few days have alleviated the ongoing drought somewhat, but the wild swings between warmth...

Lake Michigan's Drain

WBEZ reports on a recent press conference by the Army Corps of Engineers predicting that if the current Midwestern drought continues long enough, Lake Michigan water levels will fall below the gradient of the Chicago River, effectively re-reversing the river...

A Series of Tubes

The lunchtime lecture on October 10 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation presented the idea of a ecologically sustainable urban city being explored in Sweden called SymbioCity. Phil Thompson and David Cordel representing the Swedish Trade Council described the projects...

Re-reversal of the Chicago River

Last week's discovery of a carp in Lake Calumet has added extra urgency to plans for separating the Great Lakes and Illinois River ecosystems. At the Shedd Aquarium on Friday Senator Dick Durbin announced a bill to be introduced this...

Cost of Closing the Canal

Two transportation experts from Michigan are disputing the projected costs of blocking the Illinois Waterway, as claimed by Illinois and government officials. According to the LA Times article, more than 3800 loaded barges pass through the O'Brien Lock yearly, which...

A Tour of Old Stinkney

On Friday a group of friends and I arranged for a tour of the World's Largest Sewage Treatment Plant, in nearby Stickney, IL. This plant serves the central part of Chicago as well as nearby suburbs, a sprawling campus...

Movable Bridges of the South Branch

Last Sunday I went on one of the tours put on for the city Great Places & Spaces architecture festival. As usual we arrived at 7am to join a block-long line of architecture fans waiting to sign up on the...

Twenty percent

The other day I went to a talk in Rogers Park, part of a new series put on by the 49th Ward Green Corps. Of the three speakers, I found most interesting the talk by Debra Shore, one of the...