Monday, April 11, 2005

Settlers Throw Rocks at Occupiers' Bulldozers... suburban Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune reports of unrest in the Cook County village of Western Springs. At issue are the plans of Dartmoor Homes--a developer of what it calls "luxury estate homes"--to transform an old country club into a McMansion heaven.

It seems that the restless natives, following the defeat of the incumbent Village President John Kravcik in last Tuesday's election, are upset at the lame duck's inability to stop Dartmoor from chopping down trees on the former golf course.

When Dartmoor's bulldozers showed up, citizens cried "foul" and threw rocks at workers. Citizens argued that the disruption of the soil during the deforestation escapade could endanger their health due to the possibility of latent pesticides in the dirt at the former golf course.

I wouldn't expect these Western Springs activists to be joining the ranks of Greenpeace any time soon, however. A look at the website of Save The Timber--Dartmoor's perennial nemesis in their redevelopment efforts--smacks of NIMBYness. In their call-to-arms for a recent failed referendum allowing the Township to purchase more parkspace, they argued that "more open space means less development."

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Getting Around With Google

Following up on the previous post regarding the madness of transportation in suburbia, it appears that the folks over at Google have you covered. Introducing: Google Ride Finder.

If you live in certain metropolitan areas, you can check the real-time whereabouts of taxicabs with links to the specific cab company's website and phone number.

The image above shows the locations of cabs tonight in central Chicago. Looks like south siders needing a ride are out of luck tonight!

For those unfortunate souls unable to afford a cab in Chicago now that the City Council has approved a 12% fare increase for cabbies, the suburban bus authority, Pace, has its own system giving you "real time" location information for its buses.