Interior Urban Networks and Sustainable Chicago 2015

 

Interior Urban Networks

 

Interior Urban Networks (1)

Mike Patrick Dahlke

 

How many buildings are in the city of Chicago?

Think about this question for a minute. How many buildings are in the city of Chicago?

The answer in part, is there are roughly 1,031,672 housing units including approximately 311,349 of which are apartments. Sixty three percent of all housing units in Chicago are owner occupied, whereas thirty seven percent are renter occupied. These housing units are divided into single family units, condominiums, buildings with two to four units and buildings with five or more units. In addition, Chicago has some 320 skyscrapers to its credit. Needless to say there are countless factories, retail environments, hospitals, warehouses, shipping terminals, schools, and, of course, bars, bowling alleys, whore houses, crack houses and houses of worship.

So again, how many buildings are there in the city of Chicago?

Whereas in fact there are an awful lot of buildings in Chicago, nobody actually knows how many buildings are in the city of Chicago. As such, it pretty much goes without saying that because nobody knows how many buildings exist, nobody actually knows not only what these buildings are actually worth anymore than they know what in fact the real tax base would be if in fact they knew the real worth of the entire “Interior Urban Network” that actually connects all of these Chicago buildings together economically into some form of rational and bankable financial statement.

As it would not be the least bit of a stretch to say that nobody has ever known how many buildings there are in Chicago, as there are 77 separate neighborhoods that actually make up Chicago and each of these neighborhoods have been established by more or less separate ethnicity’s, in many ways, the social diversity of these neighborhoods has contributed to the urban economic secrecy that is Chicago, and, of course the broader economic decline of the city as a whole in the past forty years.

Having said the above, Chicago today in 2015 is going through the same struggles with socioeconomic gentrification as every other big city in America is going through. With that struggle essentially centered around the obsession over re-capitalizing as opposed to re-industrializing neighborhoods, gentrification as it has been defined and utilized as a means of weeding out any form of old world ethnicity in hopes of establishing a new world wholly devoid of city based generational industrial connections and replaced solely by nascent global corporate connections, has in fact left a devastating toll on Chicago’s neighborhoods both economically and industrially. To the extent that it has, the amount of buildings that actually are in Chicago is entirely meaningless due to the fact that the neighborhood industries that initially grew that neighborhood have become just as meaningless. As in fact the neighborhoods of Chicago need, on all levels, to substantially re-industrialize themselves, and, in fact such 21st century green re-industrialization can only begin by documenting thoroughly every single aspect of every single structure that exists in every single Chicago neighborhood, the question becomes how can such an effort be accomplished without displacing those who have virtually no interest in or have found no financial benefit from being involved with nascent global corporate interaction all along?

The answer to this seemingly complex socioeconomic based question on the city level is in fact the same answer to the much larger question of how to spur our 21st century green industrial economy on the federal level. As that answer on the federal level is to get government out of the way, when it comes to the 77 neighborhoods that built Chicago to begin with, getting city hall out of the way will have the same stimulating economic result. Whereas the above statement might sound completely ridiculous on a wide variety of regulatory levels, it is as well, sound as a dollar cultural and industrial logic on another, particularly from an environmental perspective.

As this 21st century is America’s green industrial century and the potential for dynamic,broad spectrum diversification of every industrial function that has led our nation to this point is enormous, the sheer enormity of government has in fact evolved itself to the point that it has more or less put an entire halt to what would otherwise be a very dynamic 21st century green based industrial renaissance if in fact its clearly skewed political influence and control was removed entirely from Chicago’s neighborhoods as well as the neighborhoods that comprise the failed social and economic fabric (social experiment) of cities of all sizes throughout America. As this same social experiment has failed both suburban and rural communities throughout our nation, failed urban models of this social experimentation are in fact what led to the overall decline both industrially and economically to the quality of life that would otherwise have been found in these suburban and rural settings if in fact, government removed itself once and for all, from the business of socioeconomic engineering entirely. Given the fact that America as a whole has more or less moved away from the mindset comprising the past forty years of social experimentation, again, and of all things, developing a substantial knowledge of our cities vast collection of architecture is really all that is needed to not only put ethnic character back into our communities, but, in the same breath, creating a resurgence of neighborhood based re-industrialization and re-capitalization in the process.

To make my point here, below is an excerpt from Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuels’ written introduction to “Sustainable Chicago 2015”.

“A sustainable Chicago is a city that spends less on energy use with each passing year, creates good-paying jobs in up-and-coming industries, responsibly maintains and upgrades its infrastructure, and ensures every Chicagoan has the opportunity to live a healthy and active lifestyle.” – Mayor Emanuel

The link to Sustainable Chicago 2015 is here.

As the stated goal of this endeavor is nothing less than admirable, due largely to the fact that it is coming from a government entity that is still hopelessly entrenched in the business of the continued funding of countless redundant social programs, Mr. Emanuels’ vision is at best half baked due almost exclusively to the fact that Chicago city government, Illinois state government, and,of course the US federal government have all collectively insisted upon the fact that while knowing full well that a broad host of government social programs don’t work and have never worked, these same entities have created social institutions that in and of themselves are now responsible for paying not only the daily wages but the pensions of a vast army of workers who have never for an entire moment in their whole professional lives, acquired any knowledge whatsoever pertaining to the actual sustained growth of real Chicago based industries.

Having said this, it is important to look carefully at the objectives for Sustainable Chicago 2015 and in doing so view these objectives from the perspective of successful attainment devoid of social initiatives that clearly obstruct the nature of the otherwise brilliant Chicago based industrial mindset to begin with.

Here is the list of Sustainable Chicago 2015s objectives, or, “themes”:

  • Economic Development and Job Creation
  • Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  • Transportation Options
  • Water and Waste Water
  • Parks, Open Space and Healthy Food
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Climate Change

Again, as each of these themes are well intended, the nature and rate of implementation of these themes can thus far be considered to be successful only from the standpoint of those who are actually involved in the implementation of these themes in the first place. As those that are involved are essentially using moneys coming from either governments, non profits or a handful of private entities via some form of creative financing, the theories that these people are hoping to expand upon will require a much more sizable public and private sector investment if in fact any of these themes are to be truly manifested throughout every one of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods as well as every bank account owned by the 2.719 million people who call Chicago home.

While it is important to acknowledge that this Sustainable Chicago 2015 initiative is clearly ground breaking on both a national and international level, the fact remains, at the present time, a small handful of select people at the moment are benefiting financially from any of its seven stated themes whereas the masses are most certainly not.

Here are the themes again as they are so colorfully defined in this link. When reviewing the list of goals as they are defined on this link, all of them are again, clearly admirable, but, as one reads through the description of the progress that has been made on these goals in just two years, it becomes perfectly clear that a broad host of stumbling blocks, or, questions pertaining to wholesale implementation across the entire economic swath that is Chicago, remain entirely unresolved.

Here is the link to this efforts first six month progress report.

Here is the link to this efforts first annual progress report.

Here is the link to this efforts second annual progress report.

Here is the link to this efforts Highlights and Look Ahead report.

Finally, here is the link to this efforts City of Chicago 2015 Energy Benchmarking Report.

 

I’m going to pick apart some of accomplishments stated in this first six month report as well as all subsequent reports produced by the team at Sustainable Chicago 2015 for the simple reason that what is being stated as an accomplishment is really not an economic accomplishment that has had real impact on the people of Chicago, but, it is instead just a statement on behalf of those who made it to express once again an ideal that needs major refinement before in fact any substantial economic gain can have said to be measurably attained. I’ll do this by simply going down the list of Sustainable Chicago 2015 seven themes.

  1. Economic Development and Job Creation/ Sustainable Chicago 2015

CHICAGO DATA PORTAL FEATURES 84 SUSTAINABILITY DATASETS

The overall language utilized in every single one of the reports produced by “Sustainable Chicago 2015” can at best be described as a collection of exceptionally long winded examples of pure “flowery horseshit”. The above title is no exception. As a “data portal featuring 84 sustainability datasets” is about as descriptionless as a picture of the moon, the question becomes why just 84 sustainability datasets as opposed to say 85. or perhaps 2.5 million datasets which, when it comes to information pertaining to anything related to the term sustainability, can be accessed instantly by simply typing in the word sustainability on an internet search engine by anyone capable of spelling the word in the first place.

As there is little to no direct association with the purpose of these datasets as they pertain to anything even remotely related to broad spectrum industrial growth, they have none the less been created by the city of Chicago at the expense of Chicago tax payers.

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE REGION” HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE PRACTICES AMONG GLOBAL BUSINESSES

Again more flowery nonsense. What are “global businesses?” How many of these global businesses can be fit into 84 databases? How many databases can be installed on a typical residential or commercial block in one of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods? How many old and dilapidated Chicago buildings could be fully retrofitted with a broad array of new mixed energy based technologies that create long term, neighborhood based jobs in these neighborhood based industrial sectors? How would Chicago building codes have to be modified to support the development of these industries? How many zoning parameters would have to be re-legislated to produce new urban neighborhood economic development zones as a result of all of the above? Datasets don’t create jobs for anyone other than those who create datasets.

CHICAGO BECOMES A NATIONAL DESTINATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY GATHERINGS

Now, we not only have 84 sustainability databases in Chicago but we quite magically have become a national destination for “sustainability gatherings” in a “sustainable region”. As if for some reason, every other region of the United States is not sustainable, among such Chicago based sustainability gatherings is that of the “Global Green Roof Industry”. For anyone who has ever been involved with the design and construction of an earth sheltered house, the notion of a green roof is more or less common knowledge. In the same breath, such houses have historically been designed and built in geographical regions surrounding rivers or river basins that are naturally hilly and quite conducive to not only green roofs but green gardens, the placement of solar arrays and wind turbines, all of which fit quite naturally into the architectural blueprint of an earth sheltered home.

Chicago, on the other hand has been built on essentially swamp land that borders the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan. It is also the home of millions of years of lake sediment that continues to collect at this point due to prevailing winds and naturally occurring wave and under current patterns of lake water movement. Having said the above, the question has to be just why on earth would the city of Chicago be hosting the Global Green Roof Industry when in fact it should be hosting the Global Lakeshore Sediment Harvesting and Relocation Industry? Perhaps the information pertaining to the above quandary will be found in one of those 84 datasets produced by Sustainable Chicago 2015. In the meantime, while the urban market for green roofs has somewhat of logical economic argument built into it, green roof technology as a whole will not be fully realized until substantial legislative initiatives pertaining to very much multi-dimensional governance of overall municipal management of rain water has been adopted not only citywide but nationwide.

The point being more flowery and hopelessly irrelevant bullshit that has virtually no bearing on either industrial or economic development in the city of Chicago proper should in all likelihood be replaced with strategic industrial insight that in fact does.

CHICAGO REGION” SELECTED AS NATIONAL HUB FOR ENERGY STORAGE RESEARCH

Here is one topic that is clearly well intentioned and undoubtedly well focused. Electric battery storage. Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded a 105 million dollar, five year grant for R&D of battery storage technology.

Interestingly, Argonne is located in a river valley region some 20 miles west of Chicago. Perhaps Argonne should be hosting the Global Green Roof Industry gatherings as well?

SMITH TO OPEN ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN CHICAGO: Smith Electric Vehicles and World Business Chicago confirmed plans for a new Chicago plant (Dec 2012)

This project is clearly a plus for Sustainable Chicago 2015. Particularly as it is coupled to the electric battery research going on down the road at Argonne National Laboratory.

INNOVATIVE INCENTIVE ENCOURAGES ELECTRIC AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLE CONVERSIONS

This too is a plus for Sustainable Chicago 2015. Unfortunately the budget of a mere 15 million does little more than define the need for the actual industries involved in the production of these technologies to be free to grow in a market economy devoid of obsessive regulatory constraints.

GREENCORPS YOUTH PROGRAM CREATES 600 GREEN SUMMER JOBS

And:

GREENCORPS RECEIVES $396,000 BROWNFIELDS ASSESSMENT GRANT

I have actually spent this last summer being involved with GreenCORPS via the Heartland Alliance group in Humboldt Park. It is a program that not only fosters the growth of organized urban organic vegetable gardening, but, does as well, empower a whole bunch or really nice kids, who because of their urban background, have really never experienced planting a tomato seed and spending the growing season caring for it, nor experiencing the fall harvest of the tomato crop and the subsequent distribution of those tomatoes out into the community they are helping to nourish.

The only problem I see with this program is that it is entirely too restricted in its potential scope. Meaning that its educational focus, being more or less confined to the funded garden properties on which organic produce is grown, does little to enable these kids or the community at large to expand their knowledge of urban farming into career paths that ultimately have a multitude of green industrial and economic development extensions capable of being attached to the model itself. As virtually all of these extensions lead to the growth of new neighborhood based agricultural entities, they do as well open the neighborhood up to the development of new micro transit and alternative fueled produce delivery models and many other business models having anything whatsoever to do with the development of knowledge associated with urban landscape and transportation design and engineering as well as overall architectural design as it is applied to the buildings no one in Chicago seems to have an accurate count of.

WBC LAUNCHES CHICAGONEXT COUNCIL ON INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: World Business Chicago collaboration is promoting entrepreneurship, investment, and job creation in the digital, bioscience, and clean technology sectors (Oct 2012)

More abstract babbling nonsense designed to do nothing more than maintain the tenure of far too many absolutely useless teachers and professors and public sector employees.

 

  1. Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy/ Sustainable Chicago 2015

RESIDENTIAL FOCUS OF RETROFIT CHICAGO ACCELERATES ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COMMUNITY INNOVATION ZONES: Residential partnership helps owners easily and affordably retrofi t thousands of homes throughout the city, in collaboration with Energy Impact Illinois, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, CNT Energy, Historical Chicago Bungalow Association, Delta Institute, Community Investment Corporation, IFF, and the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (ongoing)

Again, more hopelessly vague babble. What are “community innovation zones” and who on earth determines where these zones will be located in the city of Chicago? What type of social criteria is being used to pass judgment as to where these innovation zones are located? Is there some sort of geographical basis for such zone determination? Is such language the foundation for a new legal argument for neighborhood socioeconomic gentrification?

Residential partnership helps owners easily and affordably retrofit thousands of homes throughout the city”. Again, as virtually no one knows how many buildings actually exist in the city of Chicago, stating that thousands of homes can easily and affordably “be retrofitted” or “have been retrofitted” (who knows as the text above simply does not say) is again as vague as a picture of the moon. Given the fact that I myself have been involved for four decades in the full and substantial whole house retrofit of more than a few homes, to suggest that for some reason such retrofitting has magically become inexpensive and affordable at a time when there is very little economic movement in any aspect of the residential construction industry is at best a stretch. As it actually takes the skills of a wide variety of building experts from an equally wide variety of building trades to retrofit a house and homeowners doing such work themselves by simply going to Home Depot to buy a tube of caulk is an absolute insult to the tradesmen and women of America whose jobs have been categorically lost to such simpleton, environmentally and politically correct retail babble.
ANAEROBIC DIGESTER WILL PRODUCE HEAT AND ELECTRICITY FOR VERTICAL FARM ON SOUTHWEST SIDE The Plant functions under a what’s known as a social enterprise model. This means there is a non-profit business, Plant Chicago, NFP, and for-profit business, Bubbly Dynamics, who work together to operate The Plant, and both are aimed at socially and environmentally responsible goals.

The building itself (The Plant) is owned and operated by Bubbly Dynamics, LLC. Plant Chicago, NFP is dedicated to promoting the closed loop model of The Plant through research, education, and development. As a permanent tenant of The Plant, Plant Chicago, NFP will own and operate demonstration farms on site and offer educational programming.

Funded in part by $1.5 million in grant money from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Plant will install an anaerobic digester and a combined heat and power system to operate completely off the grid. Once completed, the completely enclosed, odorless anaerobic digester will consume 27 tons of food waste a day (nearly 11,000 tons annually), including all of the waste produced in the facility and by food producing businesses all over Chicago. The digester will capture all of the methane from that waste, and the methane will be burned in a combined heat and power system to produce electricity, plus all the process heat needed for an future onsite craft beer brewery. Excess heat will be used to regulate the building’s temperature. ”

You can read more about this innovative project here.

This sounds like an interesting idea. But, again it is more or less a science experiment funded by the government.

What strikes me most about this concept is the notion that while the building itself is supposed to be energy efficient when completed, it is as well, supposed to be able to process all of the waste from food producing businesses all over Chicago. As the single most relevant question here would have to be how a vast quantity of food producers from all over Chicago are supposed to get that food waste to that processing facility and do so just as efficiently as the plant itself, I’d be willing to bet that such an answer has yet to be addressed meaning that not only is the plant contributing more to green house emissions than the vacant building it now occupies did prior to being purchased, but ever fluctuating transportation costs will simply add to the overall expense such a plant will ultimately force upon Chicago’s food making industry.

As this venture appears on one level to be just another way for the city of Chicago to invent a new tax, what possible benefit would such a tax give to either the processor, distributor or consumer of the food product itself, not to mention the transportation authority charged with keeping up the roads that would be traveled upon by the vehicles needed to do so in the first place?

On a decidedly different level however, with the technology of this proposed plant being fully vetted and more than proven to work, it is again, in referring to the title of this essay “Interior Urban Networks”, the placement of the technology that is ultimately going to determine the larger success of the interior urban industrial networks that clearly need to be established throughout the 77 neighborhoods of Chicago each of which could really benefit from having their own anaerobic digester and a combined heat and power system. As such an initiative brought forth in the proper legislative context would simply pave the way for the combined technologies of this multi-dimensional idea to meet an ongoing, albeit entirely new urban agricultural need, in doing it would also help to define a new municipal infrastructure based public utility which in turn then would have long term funding built into the plants’ long term, whole life operating model which in the case of these combined technologies could easily exceed the next seventy five years of our green industrial 21st American century.

 

  1. Transportation Options/ Sustainable Chicago 2015

BUS RAPID TRANSIT EXPANDS QUICK, RELIABLE, CONVENIENT STREET TRANSPORTATION

And:

RED LINE RECONSTRUCTION STRENGTHENS CHICAGO’S TRANSIT BACKBONE

And:

DEARBORN STREET TWO-LANE BIKE THOROUGHFARE OPENS IN THE LOOP

And:

CHICAGO’S TAXI FLEET ACHIEVES 416% INCREASE IN FUEL- EFFICIENT AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

And:

CITY EXPANDS COMMITMENT TO GREEN VEHICLES

An overview of each of the above topics will be found on the links I have provided above. With Chicago being a clearly large city, it’s transportation system has more or less always been both well laid out and relatively easy to navigate due in large part to the fact that the city has basically been laid out in a north/south and east/west rectangular grid with unique diagonal streets crisscrossing that grid at logical points of intersecting travel. Having said this, an awful lot of new transportation insight and technology has been brought to market since this street layout was first undertaken.

To the point that so much has changed, and, to the point that what is going to happen next is going to really change the nature of the discussion as well as the collective paths of travel those that are having that discussion will need to rely upon, perhaps the simplest way to approach the overall re-engineering of Chicago’s transportation system would be to get on a horse for a month and simply ride from one neighborhood to the next throughout Chicago to see what it is that a horse hasn’t seen about Chicago’s transportation network for at least one hundred years.

While envisioning this scenario, keep in mind that over the course of that one month; the horse; the saddle and the rider each will need a variety of stuff to simply live a normal life while riding through the city of Chicago in 2016.

Riding A Horse From Oak Park, Illinois Into Chicago via the Green Line.

Let’s say the journey will begin at Austin Avenue and Lake Street which is of course the intersection where the village of Oak Park, Illinois comes to greet the Chicago neighborhood of Austin on the far west side of Chicago. This is also the intersection above which the Chicago elevated GREEN LINE train brings a whole bunch of folks daily into downtown Chicago and as far south as Hyde Park which is of course another Chicago neighborhood.

For the sake of this particular story, let’s say that the horse and the saddle were housed in a solar powered and solar heated barn that had been built beneath the Green Line for 21st century urban horses. Let’s also say that while these horses were not permanent residents of this Austin/Oak Park stable,complete with tack room this stable was merely a staging area for those who lived in Austin and Oak Park and River Forest and Maywood, Illinois who owned horses and used them for both business and pleasure to get into and out of downtown Chicago.

At any rate this Austin and Oak Park stable was equipped with a variety of 21st century mixed energy technologies that made the whole horse thing remarkably feasible from the standpoint of a broad host of not only investment bankers, venture capitalists, crowd funding affectionados’ but traditional wall street type bankers as well. As the thing of it is, it turns out that while a vast majority of these people have never even been on or in fact actually seen a real horse in person, due to persistent multi-generational H(orse)PTSD the mere sight of horse was in fact enough for them to collective open up billions of dollars of funding to develop the land beneath the Green Line running from Austin and Oak Park, into downtown Chicago and south all the way to Hyde Park.

If you have ever driven beneath the Green Line “L-Trac” that goes from Austin and Oak Park to downtown Chicago then south to Hyde Park, you will have most obviously have noticed the massive architectural masterpiece that is the superstructure of the Green Line that floats some 18′ to 20′ above Lake Street as you travel east and Wabash Avenue as you travel south from downtown all the way to Hyde Park. Whereas this massive structure is profoundly all encompassing to look at from the viewpoint of either a structural engineer or architect, from the viewpoint of an anthropologist, the breakdown of the social cultures that inhabit the streets beneath that structure is equally dramatic.

In the same breath, and, if you were a transportation engineer, you would look at the street beneath the Green Line from a variety of transit oriented perspectives. As this particular story is about how Chicago’s public transportation network needs to be entirely rethought in the 21st century, let’s for a moment focus on the fact that the street beneath the Green Line consists of a two lane road that vehicles traverse daily in two different directions heading east and west to and from Austin and Oak Park and downtown Chicago and then due south on Wabash for a while before the elevated Green Line travels on a rather narrow right of way that dissects residential neighborhoods on its way to Hyde Park.

On either side of these two lane thoroughfares are addition parking lanes. So in all, there are four lanes of roadway that are supposed to carry people who drive in either personal cars and trucks as well as commercial delivery vehicles 20′ feet below an elevated train line that is essentially designed to do the damned thing.

As the question might possibly arise that perhaps there might be a better use of this redundant transportation corridor, remember, we are on a horse, it’s the year 2016, and, we are discussing the fact that Chicago’s entire public transit network has to be reworked and done so from a decidedly green, mixed energy based 21st century point of view. Yes, we are on a horse, and of all things horses do, one of those things they do is produce “horse shit”.

Unfortunately, before a horse can produce horse shit, the poor thing has to be fed horse food, but, as I started this story out stating that every single need of the horse, the saddle and the rider would be met along this one month journey through Chicago’s neighborhoods, providing horse food and figuring out what to do with horse shit is part of this very progressive and legally binding 21st century contract the horse, the saddle and the rider entered into with the folks who are supposed to be managing the whole sustainable economic vision of Sustainable Chicago 2015.

If you have ever ridden a horse, you will note that unlike the strictly mandated roads and highways America’s vehicles travel upon, horse trails do not have specific dimensions applied to them. Whereas I believe the required lane width for an interstate highway is either 12′ or 15′ and the same requirements for say, the road beneath the Green Line in Chicago are slightly less, for a horse, a road of such width is entirely irrelevant whereas the surface of the road the horse is trotting upon most certainly is, As again, for the sake of this story we are simply using a horse to gain a perspective on advanced technology applications to urban transit in our 21st green urban century, from the perspective of the trotting horse traveling east from Austin and Oak Park to downtown Chicago, then due south to Hyde Park all beneath the Green Line now entirely devoid of both asphalt and motorized vehicles, bicylists, runners, dog walkers and urban gardeners are free to co-mingle with the extremely light duty urban utility vehicles that occasionally share the Lower Green Line right of way to do among other things, transport the horseshit to the micro-biofuels collection points strategically integrated into the micro industrial neighborhood zones blueprinted by Chicago’s zoning authority along the way. As this particular transportation corrider is but one of virtually identical dead transportation corridor vacuums found either beneath or alongside of existing and oft repeated transportation arteries throughout Chicago, the sheer diversity of mixed transportation types, mixed transportation fuel types, and, most importantly mixed destination outcomes is indeed a significant aspect of what should be an integral part of neighborhood revitalization throughout every single one of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods.

In the same breath, and, as thus far this story has been about the horse traveling upon the roadway beneath the Green Line, the Green Line itself once free of the redundant socioeconomic negativity, confusion, violence and poverty that exists currently on the streets beneath the Green Line can once again go back sociologically in time to become a lovely elevated train that simply takes people from throughout Chicago, the midwest, the rest of America and the world to places such as the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry when in fact it is not serving as a transit corridor for working Chicagoans.

As again the benchmark for establishing a 21st century public transportation network is in many ways getting back to what for all practical purposes is or was at the elegant sociological core of 19th century transportation luxury, we are in America, most certainly again ready to hunker down and create the regulatory framework that enables all of this to happen.

Yes, all of what I am saying is flowery horseshit, but, horseshit is both a municipal infrastructure defining, and, revenue generating bio fuel, as it is as well, a great acidic fertilizer for a sandy soiled bed of organic urban roses, chrysanthemums and a wide variety of garden herbs. As again Chicago was built on a swamp and sandy soil abounds, regionally specific imported organic compounds or home grown, neighborhood based organic compounds produced by horses or food parts, or municipal vegie and herb garden waste, harvested and capitalized on from within, might be at least one of the keys to refinancing the re-imaging and subsequent reconstruction of Chicago’s entire passive and relaxing 21st century public transportation elevated train as well as it’s roadway based CTA bus traffic infrastructure model.

Somewhat contrary I suppose to the stated goal or vision of Sustainable Chicago 2015 to expand ridership, it’s not about increasing ridership, it’s about expanding the cultural, industrial and economic dimension of the destination the ride ultimately is responsible for getting the rider to. Once the destination is fully developed all forms of transportation either public or private benefit financially from arriving at the destination as do those who operate businesses within the area, go to school and shop.

At any rate, as we have discussed redeveloping the surface of the road beneath the Green Line as well as the trains that ride the rails of the Green Line, another and perhaps most significant dimension of the Green Line is the ornate steel structure that supports the Green Line. As that structure is essentially miles and miles of a massive steel girder, post and beam style structure quite impressive in stature, when viewed from the perspective of a master carpenter, it is simply a very large frame that no one ever took the time to put a roof on top off or walls and windows along the side of. In the same breath, when this structure is viewed from the perspective of a master 21st century mixed energy trained electrician, the structure is an absolute gold mine of electrical engineering potential. As that potential has roof mounted solar arrays to address, it does as well have roof mounted wind turbines to address. As that potential has wall mounted electric vehicle charging stations attached to it on street level it does as well have battery storage capacity built in. The same structure is of all things ripe for the development of platform level Green Roof Gardens as well a state of the art installations of real rainwater management collection, filtration, storage and distribution entities.

Whereas all of this is taking place on the structure itself, the roadway beneath the structure and inside the train cars that travel the rails above the structure, there is still a remarkable amount of decidedly underdeveloped real estate that parallels the Green Line for miles and miles. Even though it might appear that over the course of this story I have somehow forgotten about the needs of the horse and the saddle and the rider, the month of riding through Chicago on a horse is most certainly not over. As it is not, both my horse and I are getting thirsty and hungry and tired while at the same time the horse needs shoes and the saddle needs a tune up, none of which can happen if the real estate paralleling the Green Line remains so hopelessly under developed.

When considering the fact that portions of this elevated electric Green Line could be covered with a roofing structure and the area between the structural columns could be enclosed with either solid or glass curtain walls, more than likely, the success of doing so would hinge on the successful development of the real estate running alongside the Green Line. As such, lets for a moment discuss a livery stable, or, perhaps a few livery stables dotting the path of the Green Line. Heated by the sun, powered by the sun and watered by the rainwater coming from the pedestrian train platforms above the enclosed stable, no doubt the horses would be quite comfortable whereas attaching enclosed patio gardens would make the horse people and the bike people and the people who drove light duty urban recreational or commercial service vehicles just as comfortable as to would such an enclosure keep people waiting for CTA city buses or energy efficient private Chicago taxi cabs that intersect the Green Line Organic Transit Corridor more comfortable as well.

All of this is good.

When however, one looks closely at the overall list of consumer products and associated services of all of these new found Green Line travelers would both want and need to take advantage of, neighborhood based economic growth becomes just as diverse as the collective body of both transportation based and architectural based technologies that are integrated into the corridor as well. In the same breath, a broad host of both recreational as well as entertainment based venues sprout up along the corridor accordingly.

As for the horse there are bridle and tack shops and urban horse feed stores.

As for the bicycle there are bike shops.

As for the alternative powered micro vehicle there are accessory shops.

As for any of the people utilizing the above vehicle types there are electronic GPS, music and information technology shops.

There are of course snack shacks, restaurants and bars.

There are clothing outfitters.

For the bicyclist wanting horseshit for the rose garden, there are garden shops.

For all of them there are grocery stores.

For everyone there is a collective consciousness that comes from Interior Urban Network Symmetry.

For the community there is a truly diverse job pool.

For the student there is a clearly diverse educational framework.

For the city, there is a dynamic and resilient multi level tax base.

For the neighborhood as a whole there is a holistic fossil fuel based traffic decongestion dynamic occurring.

For the neighborhood as a whole is a broad host of professional landscape and architectural design and engineering services occupying the offices paralleling the Green Line.

 

I could go on and on. But my horse is waiting.

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Oh, don’t forget the horse and bike taxi’s. Incredibly good on the whole CO2 thing.

 

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  1. Water and Wastewater/ Sustainable Chicago 2015

“CITY ANNOUNCES PLANS TO COMPLETE CHICAGO RIVERWALK: Reinvention of the downtown Riverwalk on the Chicago River’s North Branch–enabled by a $100M funding request from US Department of Transportation–will create a new recreational frontier in the city, in partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Friends of the Chicago River (Mar 2013)”

Here we go again with the flowery horseshit.

A brand new section of walkway comprising of but a meager few blocks in downtown Chicago along the north branch of the Chicago River for the cost of $100 million dollars in a loan that an already bankrupt city of Chicago is going to have to figure out how to pay back. As that solution in part is to lease a series of rooms built into the edges of the river walk to a variety of companies that cater to the needs of urban kayaker’s as they themselves embark upon their journey into Rahm Emanuel’s new recreational frontier in the city, apparently there are already signals coming from the kayakers that these shops aren’t really qualified to equip them with all of the gear and the training they will need to explore Rahms’ new 21st green water world urban recreational frontier.

If you can recall the events earlier on in 2015 surrounding the Ebola outbreak in parts of Africa, you will remember that almost as quickly as the virus appeared it seemed to have disappeared. While there has been a great deal of conjecture as to why this phenomenon occurred in the first place, it turns out that the virus did not originate in Africa, but instead was brought there on the hull of kayak owned by one of the doctors who worked with the renowned organization “Doctors Without Borders”.

As the story goes, apparently that Chicago based doctor had shipped his kayak from Chicago to Africa in hopes that in his spare time he’d be able to spend some of that time getting to know the rivers of Africa. It turns out however, that the last American river he kayaked on prior to leaving America was the Chicago River, and, well, in a hurry to pack himself and the kayak, he never washed the skin of his kayak after taking it out of the Chicago River.

Needless to say, now you know why Chicago kayaker’s can’t find the right equipment or the right medical training to traverse Rahms’ new $100 million dollar green water world urban recreational frontier. The Chicago River is simply unfit for human habitation, and, the reason it is is that the entire rest of the city does not have any form of rainwater treatment plan in place. Meaning that due to the ancient sewer system in Chicago, rain water and waste water from all of those buildings that no one knows how many there are of, spills out of the sewer lines and into the Chicago River each time any measurable amount of rain falls from the sky over Chicago.

Hold that thought while we move on to the next item of flowery horseshit coming out of Sustainable Chicago 2015.
“CITY ACCELERATES INFRASTRUCTURE WORK ON 70 MILES OF WATER MAINS, 17 MILES OF SEWERS, AND 14,000 CATCH BASINS: In 2012, the Chicago Department of Water Management took dramatic action to repair, maintain, and upgrade the city’s water infrastructure, with support from the Illinois State Clean Water Initiative (Dec 2012)”

Now if the city has roughly three to four thousand miles of water mains and the same amount of sewer lines and only seventy miles of one and but seventeen miles of another are being overhauled annually, how long do you think it will take for the folks who are selling kayak stuff along Chicago’s new river front to join the city of Chicago in bankruptcy court? If, let’s say the average kayaker is perhaps thirty five years of age, what is the likelihood of any of these kayakers being able to explore Rahms’ new $100 million dollar green water world urban recreational frontier before they reach the age of seventy? What is the likelihood of any of them being able reach the age of seventy if the rumors out of Africa turn out to be true?

Hold that thought while we move on to the next item of flowery horseshit coming out of Sustainable Chicago 2015.
“CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON 2 OF 4 NEW BOATHOUSES ON THE CHICAGO RIVER: Construction has begun on boat house sites at Ping Tom and Clark Park, with technical assistance from Studio Gang Architects, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Hometown Initiative (Mar 2013)”

These four boat houses have been built along the very same Chicago River that flows past the new downtown Chicago river walk. Presumably for a sizable amount of taxpayers money, these facilities have been built in part to store kayaks in the kayak off season.

Now given the fact that during the kayak on season, kayakers are somewhat reluctant to kayak the Chicago River, one might be compelled to ask whether the whole notion of building Global Kayak Boat Houses was every bit as ill conceived as hosting the Global Green Roof Industry in a city built on swamp land.

Hold that thought while we move on to the next item of flowery horseshit coming out of Sustainable Chicago 2015.

“31ST STREET HARBOR RECEIVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION: Chicago Park District and Public Building Commission of Chicago announced energy and environmental recognition of the harbor, which also received the International Superyacht Society’s Fabien Cousteau Blue Award for green facilities (Jan 2013)”

Those in the fields of both architecture and urban planning are familiar with LEED Certification. As this program has been created by the federal government as a high quality benchmark of energy efficiency as such efficiency is assigned to the regulatory parameters of truly advanced American building codes. It goes without saying that LEED is top notch. The one problem with LEED is that it is designed only for people who can pay top dollar for top priced commercial and residential architecture who can obviously afford top end technology as that technology is applied both to the building and the earth the building sits upon. Beyond that a LEED certified building is nothing more than an over priced fantasy for an over paid architect who ends up spending the rest of his or her life lamenting the fact that all of the other buildings surrounding their LEED GOLD, or, God willing, LEED PLATINIM BUILDING CERTIFICATION should be condemned, torn down and the occupants displaced to some sort of socioeconomic hell.

At any rate, the 31st Street Harbor has received a coveted LEED certification and all of the folks that own superyachts and belong to the International Superyacht Society are quite happy that they finally were able to trade up their Ebola infested kayaks for boats that have state of the art sewer systems installed on them and fortunately can no longer fit on the Chicago River. This is of course, not only good for the superyacht owners but it is equally beneficial for the pedestrians who walk along the new Chicago river front sidewalk, for if all of these yachts were to fit into the Chicago River, their combined draft would be such to cause the river to over flow resulting in the deaths of thousand of future generation kayakers, and, of course, undoubtedly some future LEED certified superyacht owners.

Hold that thought while we move on to the next item of flowery horseshit coming out of Sustainable Chicago 2015.
“SUSTAINABLE BACKYARDS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND ONLINE REBATE APPLICATIONS: The Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program, managed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, has launched online rebates at http://www.sustainablebackyards.org for trees, native plants, compost bins, and rain barrels, and other simple measures to enhance the environment and reduce neighborhood flooding (Mar 2013)”

Now, if in fact you have ever been in a rain storm, or, perhaps inside of your house during a rain storm, more than likely you have noticed what happens to the rain gutters affixed to the outer eaves of your home in a rain storm. As is usually the case, the rain storm begins as a pleasant rain shower but as time moves on and the rain turns to a torrent, your gutters overflow as your heart rate increases accordingly. As part of the reason for your increased heart rate is the knowledge that you basement will soon be flooding and if you go downstairs to rectify the problem you stand a good chance of being electrocuted due to the fact that your power panel is down there, you eventually calm down knowing that your life is essentially in God’s hand the moment the power goes out completely anyway and you are left in sullen darkness.

Not to fear no more, Sustainable Chicago 2015 has the answer to all of your problems as well as the answer to ridding the Chicago River of the dreaded Ebola that is needlessly killing off so many of Chicago’s courageous kayakers. All you have to do is go onto to a website and get a 10% discounted coupon, go out and buy a plastic 55 gallon rain barrel, install it beneath one of your downspouts and magically the problems plaguing all of Chicago’s entire sewer system will go away and you will be free to use the rain barrel to practice your kayaking skills in or fish or leisurely drown your favorite alderman in.

Hold that thought while we move on to the next item of flowery horseshit coming out of Sustainable Chicago 2015.

“CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONVERT ONE FULL ACRE OF ASPHALT TO GREEN SPACE: In 2012, Openlands’ Building School Gardens program reduced rainwater runoff while beautifying nine Chicago Public School campuses (Dec 2012)”

One of the most insulting things that can be done to a civilization is to assume that the majority are stupid. For Sustainable Chicago 2015 to announce that the entire Chicago Public School system has managed to convert one full acre of asphalt to green space is clearly one of those assumptions. As an acre of land is roughly 2/3rds of a football field and apparently nine schools in the whole system were involved in this endeavor, this means that a very small number of people spent a relatively brief amount of time removing asphalt from an area roughly 9′ x 75′ which is essentially the distance between the public sidewalk and a street curb on a double wide city residential lot.

How on earth this small group managed to reduce rain water run off by removing asphalt suggests that the age of this group was most likely twelve, highly, but unfortunately, momentarily impressionable and led by a science teacher with perhaps four years of teaching experience. In turn, more than likely the materials used for this were such that very little thought had to go into the entire project and more than likely by the time these 12 year old’s reach eighteen, the entire experience will have long been forgotten.

Meanwhile the city of Chicago has spent what appears to be several hundred million dollars on projects these twelve year old’s will more than likely never in their entire lives ever experience any part of whatsoever while the city’s entire sewer system remains completely unatended.

Are you sensing a bit of hostility in my writing?

Here is the story on rainwater management and here is the legislative and regulatory based solution to rainwater management. Please note; rain water management must come under the heading of a brand new municipal based public utility nationwide. It is not something that is difficult to establish if in fact the regulatory parameters are simply put into place in a logical step by step framework.

Think about this!

Several years ago, I was contacted by a commercial photographer and his wife to design a three story, passive solar green house addition on the back of their Homewood Flossmore, Illinois home. The design incorporated a variety of progressive technologies as well as a variety of organic philosophies. The project turned out well everyone was pleased and this story is not about my ability to design and build homes. What it is about is rainwater, more specifically rainwater run off, and, even more specifically about green urban re-engineering of an overall community wide rainwater run off plan.

To get to the point, while my team and I were building this addition over the course of three summer months, there were times when the job would be interrupted by rain. Over the course of the same three months, one by one different neighbors would come around to find out what we were doing and how everything was going along. Simple friendly chatter. As time went on, I began to notice that everyday at a certain time, an elderly woman would drive by in a crème yellow Cadillac with a white convertible top. The car was in perfect condition and the woman was dressed to the nines and everyday she would slowly drive by, slowly drive by.

As the summer progressed and rain came and went, I began to notice that the water from two of the backyards seemed to accumulate in our backyard, begin to flow again to the east through a few more back yards only to meander into a stand of white pines on the back side of a beautiful tudor style home located on the corner.

Curious about the water path, I went for a little walk in the rain to find out just where the water was going. Arriving at the brick Tudor, I was met quite surprisingly by the lady in the Cadillac wearing a hooded raincoat with her back to me while staring at the back corner brick wall of her Tudor home in front of both of us.

Sensing my presence behind her, she turns to me and says: “Would you please figure out what is wrong with my wall.” as if we had known each other all of our lives.

Looking at her wall, there was a crack running about fifteen feet in from the corner going due east and due south as well. This was not merely a crack but a fissure much like the ones I encountered when rock climbing. Her brick wall looked like the side of a massive slab of ancient rocky mountain granite with a decisive split run vertical up it.

Having taken the wall in, my sights turned to the running ground water that at this point was but five feet from her corner foundation. Putting two and two together it became obvious that the water that I noticed to the west of the house I was working and was flowing right to this woman’s house only to suddenly disappear at the street curb in the front of her house was most likely due to what I thought was a water main break.

It wasn’t.

Instead, when Homewood Flossmore was first built, the original topography of the land was entirely bulldozed to make way for the construction of this entire neighborhood some seventy or so years ago. As this was the case and it was determined that the water main was not the problem at all, this woman and I began spending time walking back and forth through the backyards of her neighbors homes until we reached a point were she began to tell me what it was like for her to play as a little girl in the creek that once flowed where homes now stood. Going to the village hall and inspecting very old topography maps of the neighborhood, sure enough at the very corner where her wall was cracking there was a relatively severe bend in the creek that years ago was a swimming hole for the kids who visited the farms that were once in the area.

Once all of this was discovered, I was able to engineer a foundation fix that while not being able to permanently fix the problem would at least slow the inevitable collapse of the corner of the garage that poorly placed to begin with.

Having said all of the above then, the solution to overall municipal rainwater runoff management today is to uncover what was wrongly covered to begin with so that the natural path of rain follows the natural path of the original streams that carried the rain to larger bodies of water to begin with. Whereas all of this might sound like a monumental if not impossible task, it most certainly isn’t and most certainly must be done.

To buttress this argument all one needs to do is turn to the regulations established by the EPA governing ground water collection and disbursement as such regulation pertain to flood prone areas. Within the language of these regulations is not only the very specific volume of water that each individual property must retain, but an equally regulated rate water must be released to the property(s) down river. Having said, it is easy to see how absolutely useless a 55 gallon rain barrel attached to one single house in a city the size of Chicago that was essentially built over an entire flood plain to begin. In so many hydraulic engineering based scenarios, the city of Chicago is no different that the city of New Orleans with the exception being only the difference in sea level.

Having said this, the solution again is to engineer a separate 21st century rainwater disbursement system that brings rainwater only to the level of Chicago’s original topography as that topography is defined in a neighborhood by neighborhood level and then subsequently a regional level. Whereas again this might sound complicated, it is only complicated if the outcome is to continue to attempt to tie rainwater into any aspect of any other sewage network up to and including Chicago’s infamous deep tunnel project. As essentially all of these systems were engineered wrong in the first place, forcing the path of rainwater is altogether contrary to allowing the path of rainwater. Thus if there are sixteen homes on a given Chicago neighborhood residential block, and, even though they may all be identical bungalows more than likely, at least one of those bungalows was built directly atop the very stream that is causing the basements on the entire block to flood to begin with. As it is then entirely wrong to cast the blame for this on the original sewer system, as the sewer system itself has grown to reflect the original topography of the land before the bungalow, again the bungalow directly atop the original stream bed might very well need to have a rainwater storage capacity of several thousand gallons of water more than the bungalow two doors down that might only need a few hundred.

All of this then is the basis for the establishing of a new public utility rainwater management entity that will among a multitude of other constructive outcomes, provide not only the tax base for implementation, the labor force for employment, the manufacturing base for all related rainwater management technologies, and, of most importance, a sound economic guarantor of high quality municipal bond issuance.

 

  1. Parks, Open Space and Healthy Food/ Sustainable Chicago 2015
  • INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SPACES AND PARKS ACCESSIBLE FOR CHICAGOANS
  • INCREASE OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING LOCAL OR HEALTHY FOOD IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD
  • IMPROVE AND PROTECT CHICAGO’S NATURAL ASSETS AND BIODIVERSITY
  • FARMERS FOR CHICAGO NETWORK SUPPORTS URBAN ENTREPRENEURS
  • A RECIPE FOR HEALTHY PLACES” PRESENTS SIX COMMUNITY-BASED PLANNING STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT HEALTHY EATING
  • LOCAL RESTAURANT NAMED GREENEST IN AMERICA
  • BRONZEVILLE CULINARY INCUBATOR RECEIVES $400,000 TO INSTALL GREEN ROOF, CISTERN, AND PERMEABLE PAVEMENT
  • SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS PROVIDES WORKFORCE TRAINING, TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT, AND FRESH PRODUCE FOR FAMILIES
  • HUNDREDS OF PLAYGROUNDS TO BE REBUILT AS PART OF INVESTMENTS IN PARKS AND RECREATIONAL AREAS
  • $1 MILLION INVESTMENT LEARNING GARDENS AT 60 CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • PARTIAL FUNDING SECURED FOR BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL
  • HABITAT RESTORATION AND CAMPGROUND CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NORTHERLY ISLAND
  • ACTIVATE COMPETITION CHALLENGES ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN COST-EFFICIENT, DYNAMIC PUBLIC SPACES
  • CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION DEVELOPS CLIMATE-SMART ADAPTATION STRATEGIES FOR GREEN SPACES

When viewing the list of selected updates brought forth by Sustainable Chicago 2015 in its first six month report on the progress it is making on its parks, open space and healthy foods agenda, one would think that the real goal of this project is to turn each and every citizen of Chicago into a hopelessly passive and docile Zen monk who gardens with a rake of bamboo stitched together with reeds while wearing bamboo slippers and off white free flowing garments cleansed by rubbing those garments between the sandstone rocks that border spiritually enlightened bubbling creeks of wonderment.

While it all sounds absolutely wonderful, the fact of the matter is that there is such an entity called the American Food Industry, as there is another entity called the American Agricultural Industry. As both of these entities have been around for a bit, and, it is fairly obvious that the corporate structure of these entities has in many aspects, lost touch entirely with the relatively organic food needs and financial means to pay for this food of and by the American public, to suggest that the city of Chicago could possibly put forth any realistic initiative to feed its 2.8 million inhabitants is absolute insanity.

Having said this then, it is quite important to weed through once again the flowery horseshit contained in Sustainable Chicago’s 2015 altruistic vision and address the few entries above that actually have substantial value to the city’s otherwise and very much common sense and core environmental as well as long term sustainable economic objective.

As the very first entry, that of “increasing the number of public spaces and parks accessible to Chicagoan’s,” should be the substantial green benchmark of the city’s entire urban agricultural or horticultural or neighborhood based recreational goals, it should as well be the benchmark for its overall green industrial development and broader educational as well as job creation goal.

While the above statement might be somewhat of a mouthful to digest, of all things, comprehensive municipal rain water management is at the core of the city’s ability to increase the number of public spaces and parks accessible to Chicagoans.

Going right back to the covered up Homewood Floosmore, Illinois’ creek bed mentioned above and taking the most comprehensive green industrial initiative to bring that creek bed back to its original topography is then the benchmark from which not only new green space is literally unearthed but a remarkable array of associated green industries emerge not only to finance the initial unearthing but foster the growth of a whole new urban industry of park architecture, park transportation modeling and development, transportation fueling modeling, truly interactive playground modeling and equally interactive park horticultural and micro impact, private sector based urban agricultural modeling. As in fact such an unearthing of a creek bed will unveil new green community park space it will in turn unveil an equal amount of private sector green development space.

Take a look at the following collection of graphics below:

post industrial creek bed

The neighborhood built after creek bed had been filled in.

 

The neighborhood over time………..

post industrial flooding

Entirely overwhelmed false topographical landscape of one neighborhood block.

 

Corrected topographical rainwater management first stage………..
municipal rainwater

In the first stage of municipal rainwater management, identifying existing low lying areas that have over the course of time settled due to the continuous flow of subsurface water through creek beds wrongly covered over to begin with, are relatively easy to identify, and, in fact to the people who live in any given neighborhood would, for the most part be well known. As such strategically placed storage reservoirs monitored by flow rate technologies and designed essentially to either gravity drain or be pumped out on surface need demand protocols would clearly serve to alleviate long standing low water flood issues within such areas as backyards, alleyways or between clusters of established housing.

As the key to this success however to to fully map the entire creek route, the outcome of such mapping is what serves to diversify the entire economic framework of rainwater management to begin with. The graphic above simply illustrates a segment of municipal benefits associated with doing this.

The next graphic begins to address the structural elements of private sector rainwater management as it is fully integrated into the public municipal sector. Simply put, there is virtually no environmental or economic value to either the public or private sector if such rainwater management “commingling” is not approached in this manor. The collective rainwater problem is simply to large to cope with in any other manner.
municipal private rainwater

Within the broader framework of a complete neighborhood reservoir network, private sector use of rainwater collected on public center (municipal) land becomes the financial basis for the new public sector utility model, one that if used from within the stated mission of Sustainable Chicago 2015, serves to not only clearly define potential new reservoir real estate parcels but to begin to form the funding mechanism for recreational development of such new found real property. As by it’s very nature rainwater will disperse itself over time, the fact that the original creek topography was interrupted in many cases, well over 100 years ago does not allow any form of legal denial of responsibility on either the part of the private or public sector, if in fact associated technologies have been identified as being able to clearly rectify the original urban planning process of 100 years ago.

As essentially we remain collectively as a nation, stewards of our land, identifying the need for this new public utility is supported fully by the fact that the companies owning rainwater technologies will benefit substantially from having this new utility complete with municipal taxing authority at its disposal. Because rainwater management addresses a valid and ongoing and increasingly precarious national public health risk based solution and as there can be no such legal maneuvering such as grandfathering involved in the collective avoidance of this responsibility, it becomes simply a matter of drafting the legislation on a federal, state, regional and local level and tweaking it as needed per particular municipal nuances to establish substantial economic growth of the industries involved with doing so.

 

  1. Waste and Recycling/ Sustainable Chicago 2015
  • INCREASE ACCESS TO RECYCLING AND IMPROVE POLICIES TO PROMOTE WASTE REDUCTION AND RE-USE
  • INCORPORATE STANDARD GREEN PRACTICES IN ALL CITY OPERATIONS
  • BLUE CART RECYCLING EXPANSION BRINGS BI-WEEKLY CURBSIDE PICKUP TO 131,000 ADDITIONAL HOUSEHOLDS
  • PAPERLESS “E-PROCUREMENT” PROCESS IS REDUCING WASTE AND SAVING MONEY
  • CITY ROLLS OUT 7TH PHASE OF GRID GARBAGE COLLECTION SYSTEM
  • COUNTY ORDINANCE ON DEMOLITION DEBRIS DRIVES NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON LANDFILL DIVERSION
  • THE REBUILDING EXCHANGE GROWS IN SIZE AND MISSION WITH A NEW 24,000 BUCKTOWN FACILITY
  • SCHOOLS COLLECT ORGANICS TO REDUCE LANDFILL WASTE

Most, if not all of the goals listed above have been a mainstay of contemporary American culture for the past thirty five years. As one would be hard pressed to find anyone who is not fully conscious about the need to recycle, and, in fact does so, this whole category is a more or less redundant and repetitious waste of time.
Climate Change/ Sustainable Chicago 2015

This subject to, is equally redundant, as again, one would be truly hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t had more than enough exposure to the fact that the earth is going to fully fall apart sometime in January 2016.

As there are more than enough Americans who simply need and want real jobs in real mixed energy based emerging markets nationwide, it’s the overwhelming inability on the part of all aspects of America’s leadership to address the substantial need to pass cognitive legislation to get these industries fully integrated into all aspects of our nation’s multi-dimensional public utility and transportation based infrastructure that will finally end the hopelessly monotonous diatribe of Climate Change.

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Mike Patrick Dahlke

 

Curriculum vitae

 

Please take the time to visit some of my other essays.

 

Transforming Redundant Affirmative Action To Green Affirmative Action In America

 

Financing Our Mixed Energy Use, 21st Century Public Education Imperative

 

Building Green Community Banks With Green Building Codes

 

American Housing, The Bird On A Wire In 2015

 

Into Chicago, Making Neighborhoods Economically Green.

 

Establishing True Green Market Valuation of America’s Non Green Housing Stock

 

The Birth of 21st Century Housing, Transportation and Public Utility Infrastructure Corporations

 

COP21 Obama’s Great Green Socioeconomic Blunder

Is The Great Recession Really Over?

What Would Happen If Nothing Happened With Our Money?

Connecting The Industrial Dots Of Neighborhood Based Economic Revitalization

Pension Reform: Welcome To Illinois, If You Don’t Like It, Leave

Eating Lunch At McDonald’s With Browning-Ferris and the NLRB….US of America, Once Again Going Into Labor Over Labor Damns.

 

How To Build An Organic Grain Bin

 

Urban Planning: The Fine Art Of Attaching Organic Belly Buttons To Non Organic Industrial Brains.

 

TPP, TTIP or American Industry

Wind Powered Solar Oil Wells

When Green Dollars Go Nowhere, They’re Probably Not Green “The True Nature of Secular Stagnation.”

 

The National Movement toward Green Urban Renewal Takes a Turn to the Country to Pick Up a Few Things.

 

How To Heat An American Sidewalk

 

Establishing A Sustainable 21st Century, Regionally Based Nationwide Housing Finance System.

 

How To Build An American Greenhouse Economy

 

The Global Warming and Wholesale Economic Destruction of America’s Housing Industry

 

How National Building Codes Will Bridge America’s Intelligence Gap.

 

Public and Private Sector Education and Training Models For Our 21st Century, Mixed Energy Use Industrial Economy

 

Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs/Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015

 

Illinois $105 billion Unfunded Public Employee Pension Liability.

 

Is it Too Big To Fail or is it Global Warming?

 

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