Will it ever be completed?

Construction in Chicago can be time consuming and cost effective to many people. You can’t go to any neighborhood across the city without seeing some type of construction being done.

From pot holes getting fixed in the middle of the street, train stations getting remodeled, to expressways being rebuilt, the construction is never ending. When there is a specific website created just to inform residents across Chicago about all construction projects, you know it’s a big deal.

Chicago Construction News was created in 2015 notifying residents of construction in their area and how long it will take for that specific project to be completed. The site also informs contractors, architects and engineers information through articles, photos and videos about potential opportunities and tips to complete their own projects.

The site is beneficial in a few ways because residents are able to see how a specific project can affect their everyday lives as well as provide potential jobs for many. But those construction projects can also cause problems for everyone as well.

For instance, if a school bus has to drive down a narrow street to pick up children for school but there are cones, signs and gates up for construction, it will be hard to navigate a bus through that. That will then lead to children getting picked up and dropped off late to school. It will then cause a never ending chain reaction of tardiness for multiple people.

The most common construction across the city is on expressways. From Lake Shore Drive, the Kennedy expressway, to the Bishop Ford, there’s no way to avoid it no matter where you’re trying to go. Some construction only takes place at night which is convenient for people commuting to work. But other expressways have construction throughout the day and can last from weeks, to months and even years.

Then again, some construction is necessary when roads are getting expanded to more lanes but the time it takes to complete takes a toll on almost everyone.

Do better Chicago

Chicago is constantly in the limelight for violence that occurs across the city. When the city has plenty of positive things to offer their residents.

But there is a problem with violence in the city, specifically shootings. According to the Chicago Tribune, “3,357 people have been shot this year. That is 740 fewer than 2016.” Their data is calculated and collected starting from Jan. 2017 until Dec. 2, 2017.

Even though the numbers has decreased since last year, it’s no way the city should be experiencing this much violence. There are ways to reduce the amount of shootings and if the community and justice system came together, that could make a big difference and Chicago will eventually be a safer place to live.

But what’s interesting about Illinois is that it’s one of several states with ‘strict gun laws’ according to the National Rifle Associate. There are multiple rules and stipulations about purchasing and carrying guns, yet people are still gaining access to them. Are the rules as strict as the NRA claim, or are some businesses not following rules properly when selling guns to customers?

Obviously there are required documents and permits a person has to have to purchase a gun but who knows what that person is doing with that gun after purchasing it? They could be keeping it for themselves to protect their family; they could be selling it or even giving the gun away to someone who’s not legally able to purchase their own gun.

You never really know until someone is shot or killed and that gun is obtained by the police during a crime. And then after doing an investigation, the police will eventually find out whose gun it actually was.

Innocent women, men and children are getting killed across the city and our justice system, officials and the community needs to step up to help reduce violence and make Chicago safe again. Things won’t change overnight but something needs to happen quickly.