Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cline Ave is gonna be demolished, even Wikipedia knows about it

I just found it interesting that Wikipedia reports about Cline Ave being demolished. Among other things, it talks about the ramp collapse in 1982 and the sniper shootings in 2006, both connected to Cline Avenue. Any good advice for NWI residents on alternate routes, now that you've had a chance to find detours for a month or so?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chicagoland Earthquake Wakes Portage Resident

I woke up this morning to discover that there had been an earthquake at 4 A.M. northwest of Chicago, near Elgin, IL. The quake registered 4.3, a decent shock for Chicagoland. The New York Times reports that an Elgin resident was the first to point out the earthquake - on Twitter.

Ms. Evans, who is the owner of Sevans Strategy, a public relations strategy firm that guides companies on how to use Twitter and other social media, said she then reached for her iPhone and posted a message on Twitter. “Seriously weird,” she wrote. “Something that felt like a minor quake just woke us up. Can anyone else in the CHI area/burbs confirm?”

After that Twitter went ablaze. Heres one to social media for reporting this first!

People have reported feeling the earthquake as far as Madison, Wisconsin and Bourbonnais, IL. But this morning, a local pastor told me that he felt the quake. Pastor Fred Hoover of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana relayed to me that he thought a large snow plow had driven by his house at 4 A.M., but he believes it was the earthquake.

If folks in Wisconsin felt it, it's also likely that it could be felt in Portage. I was sleeping soundly.