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smitty195
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I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet. GBN---you are asleep at the switch!!

Check this out---it's fantastic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9BOTXFCpQA

(This was done in cooperation with Amtrak, believe it or not).

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PS: I just saw that I have THREE unread messages! I'm so sorry!! I will respond as soon as I can. So sorry....did not see them there.
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Finally got around to watching this - thanks, a little festive joy!

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Geoff M.

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Smitty --
Thanks for sharing this! How clever and funny and very appropriate!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! [Smile]

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I didn't click the video (first post by Smitty) at the time it was posted. Interesting.

However, besides a magic piano, they are planning a magic Union Station:

https://is.gd/hWtTv4

If you scroll down to the link, in blue, by architect Kamin, that is also interesting. I kind of agree. The 330 room hotel is ok, but an apartment complex seems excessive.

Richard

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Richard, here is what was proposed when the station was designed. The structure atop the existing eight floors of now largely unoccupied office space was to be a hotel.

From first hand knowledge, I learned that cassions sufficient to hold the twenty five story structure were laid. However, within a city where "politics is everything", the owners of The Midland ("W"), LaSalle (razed), Morrison (razed), Palmer House (Hilton), Stevens (Conrad Hilton), Bismarck (Allegro), whoever, were "not happy" over someone having a hotel back then analogous to the one (Hilton, for the moment) within the O'Hare terminals.

And that was that.

But with cassions laid to support a structure much higher than the seven floors proposed, why not go for it? The West Loop is "where it's at" Today.

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The original design that GBN links certainly fits better architecturally than the glass box now,proposed. But at least at 7 stories it’s not overwhelming and natural light can still enter the great hall. I wonder if the plans include development over the approach tracks to the station, as in Washington and maybe Philadelphia.
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quote:
Originally posted by palmland:
I wonder if the plans include development over the approach tracks to the station, as in Washington and maybe Philadelphia.

As in 10, 120, 222, and 300 S Riverside Plaza?

BTW, anyone notice how there is an esplanade out to River's edge by 10, 120,222 but not 300? Well that's because PRR (and successors) own the track closest to the River and not CUSCO. 300 was not built until after C-Day, and Conrail and the developers could not come together over those air rights. So, no handshakes, no esplanade. I've pointed that out to several "visiting firemen", but I guess you and Miss. Mary were not amongst such.

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