Economic Development: Touhy Avenue

As the pictures below show, the alderman’s attention to economic development on Touhy has yielded the same results as her business plan for Devon.

Blocks of empty storefronts. Dirty streets. Lack of investment in commercial properties. Buildings for sale.

Get stuck in Touhy traffic and you’ll have a foretaste of what the street scape will bring to Devon: A street so narrow emergency vehicles can’t get through and a single double-parked car can hold up traffic for blocks.  I was on a Touhy bus the other day and couldn’t decide which was worse: the horrendous traffic tie-ups or the blocks of vacant storefronts.

Meanwhile Debra counts her endorsements and Rahm spends big-time on her behalf because he needs her unquestioning vote in the City Council. .The recent UIC report on the City’s alderman ranked her as voting with Rahm 98% of the time. Click here for full report.

If she’s re-elected, Touhy Avenue may well disappear as a shopping district. Or it may go the strip mall route, just like Devon, the kind of place one stops for gas and snacks on the way out of town.

 

Touhy and California

Touhy and California

 

Store for Rent, touhy Avenue

Store for Rent, touhy Avenue

Touhy Avenue Needs Business

Touhy Avenue Needs Business

Touhy Avenue: Almost an entire block of vacancies.

Touhy Avenue: Almost an entire block of vacancies.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Economic Development: Touhy Avenue

  1. Ugh! What a sight! If this is Deb’s version of economic improvement I wonder how she defines blight? BTW the property on the corner of Touhy & California – McKellins, the Irish bar – is up for sale which includes the spot Relish is in. Chalk up a few more businesses possibly leaving the 50th, which is very disappointing and disturbing. And it’s not entirely true about that strip of storefronts being vacant, there appears to be a new Jewish Orthodox Synagogue that moved in. Just what our neighborhood needs, more non-profits. I’ve also heard that the individual who purchased this property owns another in the area and is behind in taxes. That should bode well for the ward. Keep up the good work Paco! Your ward analysis is spot on!

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  2. Ugh! What a sight! If this is Deb’s version of economic improvement I wonder how she defines blight? BTW the property on the corner of Touhy & California – McKellin’s, the Irish bar – is up for sale which includes the spot Relish is in. Chalk up a few more businesses possibly leaving the 50th, which is very disappointing and disturbing. And it’s not entirely true about that strip of storefronts being vacant, there appears to be a new Jewish Orthodox Synagogue that moved in. Just what our neighborhood needs, more nonprofits. I’ve also heard that the individual who purchased this property owns another in the area and is behind in taxes. That should bode well for the ward. Keep up the good work Paco! Your ward analysis is spot on!

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