Where's the plow?

Today in municipal snow clearing info tech: Chicago has launched a site called "Chicago Shovels" that includes a realtime map that tracks where the city's snowplows are operating. NYT on the snowplow tracker: "city officials expect [the map] to debunk the belief that routes are politically motivated." (Next level: a mashup with the tracker and the addresses of local political leaders.)


Really? This is the best use of their time?

"Even with the gun ban in place, shootings in Chicago have been rampant. Last weekend, at least 52 were shot and ten killed in just three days, and this weekend the gunfire continued"


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Washington Avenue definitely needs more than one lane in each direction, but that doesn't mean it can't be redesigned. They can reduce the size of the lanes, add a median, and add a protected bike lane where the shoulder of the road now lies. I agree, however, that the entire Harriman loop would have to be redesigned and that includes those over-passes, so this would be an extremely expensive undertaking if they want to do it right. But there could be significant development on the land that is now wasted by asphalt that could offset that cost and bulk up the tax base for the city.

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