(Chicago)--The biggest thing to hit Michigan Avenue since Cap Streeter’s 35-ton steamboat has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.
Tribune Tower East is now passed the hardest parts of its approval process, and will soon be legally permitted to climb 1,442-feet into the Chicago skyline.
In spite of numerous tweaks over the last year, up top the CIM Group and Golub skyscraper retains the same smooth, satisfying profile of loosie Kool cigarette bought from a guy on the Green Line platform at 63rd and Cottage Grove. Down below Michigan Avenue is the business end of this tower, with almost all loading, unloading, and other street-clogging activities hidden from surface-dwelling pedestrians. Precisely what the Chicago’s lower-level street grid was built for.
Tribune Tower East is part of a larger Tribune Tower redevelopment made possible when the withered husk of the former media empire blew down the street and lodged itself in the teeth of Prudential Plaza. The new skyscraper packing 564 new residences and a 200-room hotel will rise from the old Tribune parking lot. The rest of the complex, now known as The Tribune Tower Residences, will house 164 new homes and a passel of retail space.
So this is apparently happening. Big ole uncircumcised penis building named Tribune Tower East has passed the hardest parts of the approval process and it's only a matter of time before they're able to break ground on this 1400+ foot giant. I am all for progress. I love a good development. Buildings like this absolutely blow my mind. Can I tell you guys something though? Are we in the trust tree? This building...I hate it. In fact, I hate the Vista Tower too which is also huge and looks like it is almost done. Not because they're not spectacular. They are. They just don't fit in my opinion. Look at the Chicago skyline
She's perfect. Hancock in the North, Sears in the South, Trump positioned about halfway in between the two. You have the classic black building acting as big bookends. It's symmetrical in a sense. Aesthetically pleasing. When you're on the lake or coming into the city from the West and you see that whole city between its two big shoulders, man, it NEVER gets old. It's part of what makes Chicago so beautiful. I am happy for all the jobs that come along with all of these new proposed projects, but the City won't be as beautiful with all of these in there. If you have 12 skyscrapers you don't have any. Nobody marvels at the NYC skyline. It just a mass of cement and steel. You fly into NYC and all the buildings look the same. Each one built without any of the others in mind. It's part of how New York got so gross. Chicago has always been different. Prettier, cleaner, better. Adding all of these takes away from what we have.
Also, I am just simple, stupid, blogger, but how the fuck does all this expansion make sense? Every one of these buildings has residential components. A significant chunk actually. And furthermore, there's crazy construction going on all over the city. Lincoln Park, West Loop, Wicker Park, etc. They're all growing. How can a housing market with a population that has decreased every single year for four straight years support all of these new projects. I smell a housing bubble. I've seen the Big Short numerous times now. Someone teach me how to benefit from this