Tuesday, December 27, 2005

FC1 Western Ave. Stop 14: Viaduct

This is one of the smartest things a city planner ever designed: a bridge over the Belmont/Clybourn intersection, so that through-traffic can keep moving. I don't understand why we don't have more of these. In Quito, Ecuador, two summers ago, I noticed most major roads have through-lanes, although they go underground. Quito also has better public transportation, with different bus companies actually competing for customers. At times it's annoying to have the guy at the door yelling to passersby, but then it gets cool when the drivers literally race other buses to get to the next curb opening.

Anyway, just west of this intersection is the former home of Riverview Park, which at the time was the largest amusement park inside a city. If that had been around when I was in high school, I bet I would've spent a lot less money at Hero's and the arcade up the street.


Anonymous jen said...

you do know that this viaduct exists because there was once some sort of theme/amusement park off western/belmont, right?
by theme/amusement park, i mean a small rinky-dink place that would've been awesome if you were a kid in the 50's. wish i could remember the name of the park. river-something maybe?

3:56 PM  
Blogger ap said...

Riverview ...
There's a bar on Damen/Roscoe that has pictures of the place. There are a few more viaducts in the city, mostly on the Southside, though. Don't know if there were other amusement parks in the city, but I think I would've enjoyed Riverview in the 80s ...

4:08 PM  

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