Scale down Wolf Point towers
Letter to the editor
06/06/2012 10:00 PM
I write in firm opposition to the recent proposal for huge buildings at Wolf Point. I would prefer a park there rather than a parking lot, though some development may be inevitable. The ridiculous gigantism of the recently unveiled project affronts all residents of the area. Such imposition of shadow and cutting of sight lines is bad.
Increased vehicle traffic would be worse. This is not a normal lot, where traffic can empty onto four streets. Unless radical and hugely expensive solutions are entertained, these skyscrapers could only be served from Kinzie Street and Franklin Street. Kinzie, in its new two-lane configuration, is already overburdened with commercial traffic from the Merchandise Mart, Sun-Times Building, and School of the Art Institute. Witness its rush hour eastbound traffic nearly gridlocking down Canal Street. One-way northbound Franklin Street would be the only available exit for this complex, likely at a bad angle for trucks. This would easily back up into Upper Wacker and stymie rush hour in much of the Loop.
I say these Brobdingnagian proposals may be ego-gratifying for those who donít live here. For those of us who do, keep it on a sane scale.