Rehabilitation of CTA Blue Line should include reopening of closed stations

About the op-edIke. fix“It is essential that the planning mistakes of the 1950s, when cities were destroyed to accommodate cars, were not repeated in the 2020s. There is no need to demolish portions of Oak Park, Forest Park, Maywood and Hillside to “extend” I-290.

However, rebuilding the CTA Blue Line and extending it to at least 1st Avenue, possibly as far as Mannheim Road, would take people through this corridor – people who need to park their cars after reaching the Medical District, the Loop or wherever. will not be required. He is going. A vibrant city needs people, not parking.

In the 1970s, the CTA closed Blue Line stations in California, Costner and Central Avenues, and auxiliary entrances to Keeler and Lavergne Avenues. For half a century, people in cars on Eisenhower have seen these ghost stations as evidence of official disinvestment westward.

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The Blue Line won’t serve people who live and work on the west side, if we don’t have access to it. It is essential that the rehabilitation of the Blue Line includes the reopening of closed stations and auxiliary entrances.

If these stations and entrances are restored, the five neighborhoods on the west side will have an opportunity for residential and commercial development that they would not have without the Inn El Stop, and which they have not for half a century.

Let’s not just funnel more cars through the West Side and West suburbs. Let’s rebuild the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line, and re-open these old L stops and entrances to serve the West Side. As long as we’re spending billions, let’s fix that.

Near James R. Anderson, West Side

Measures to overcome labor shortage

Can someone explain to me why so many people are concerned about immigration when employers are desperate to fill openings in their businesses? Why not go ahead with temporary work visas and then process those with potential legal status as immigrants who have a good work history? We are shooting ourselves in the foot.

Mary F. Warren, Wheaton

Trump can rein in threats

Donald Trump could tell his supporters to stop threatening the FBI and the Justice Department and the judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant if he really wanted to. He had the power to stop the Capitol riots of January 6, but decided to do nothing.

How many Trump supporters are going to die for failing to act and asking Trumpet to drop it? After all, Trump knew that what he did was wrong and a violation of the law – so he could uphold the law or violate the law.

So GOP, stop calling yourself the party to law enforcement and act like that. Spineless congressmen, senators and cowards need to obey the law, especially if Trump can’t. Someone with brains in the GOP should put Trump in his place and give him a call on it. Trump needs to take ownership of it and stop it before it kills more people.

Gerald Bernson, Tinley Park


A letter to the editor of Daniel Biss, which appeared in Sunday’s Sun-Times, should have listed Evanston 9th Ward Council member Juan Geracaris as a co-author.

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