DON’T TELL TOURISTS ABOUT THE PEDWAY. THEN THEY WANT TO GO THERE. THAT’S HOW YOU LOSE TOURISTS TO THE PEDWAY.
I love that the two photos they used in the article are of the only two parts of the Pedway that are in any way attractive, and one of those is the food court of a commuter train station that smells like BO and the other is literally a hallway outside of the basement sports bar in the Macy’s. Both probably had to have several homeless people shifted before photos could be taken.
The pedway is a loosely connected series of food courts, alleyways full of panhandlers, parking lots, and government offices. There is literally no accurate map of it – there are only two maps of the pedway in the pedway, neither of which have been updated in several years.
I mean it would be nice to see it spruced up a little but it’s a utilitarian structure – its use is meant for people getting from place to place, it’s not there to be a gallery or a tourist attraction. Chicago needs those ways clear of tourists because it’s the last indoor place you can go in the winter and NOT have to push through a crowd of people who have forgotten how to walk less than four abreast. I am glad we have such a healthy tourist industry but I don’t want some asshole taking pictures of a Seward Johnson installation in front of the underground DMV while I’m trying to get my driver’s license renewed.
Caption: “South Shore trains wait for their
evening departures at Randolph Street station in Chicago in May 1995, back
when the station was out in the open. This whole area is now covered by