Talking transportation with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.
Alderman Burnett with John [This piece also runs on the website Gapers Block.] This is the first of a series of interviews I hope to conduct with all fifty Chicago aldermen about walking, biking and transit issues in their wards. As "mini mayors," these City Council representatives have a huge influence on the kinds of projects that are built in their districts. For example, a handful of aldermen have opted to use menu money discretionary funds to stripe additional bicycle lanes in their wards or to bankroll innovative transportation projects, like the Albany Home Zone traffic-calmed block in Logan Square. On the other hand, they can stand in the way of progress, like when former 50th Ward Alderman Berny Stone vetoed a bike bridge on the North Shore Channel Trail in West Rogers Park. As gas prices rise and addressing the problems of climate change, pollution and traffic jams becomes increasingly important in Chicago, it’s important to know where our elected officials stand on sustainable tr More