Friday, July 29, 2005

Fordham Spire -- for Millionaires and Mayors Only?

At some point in the future, the way that information gets disseminated about new skyline projects in our city needs to change.

If I understand it correctly, the Fordham Company called a press conference and unveiled its plans to the traditional media. Based on reports in the Tribune and Sun-Times, community organizations like Streeterville Organizations of Active Residents (SOAR), did not receive enough preliminary information to form a point of view on the project. And, it's being built in their back yard.

Fordham's website gives the public little additional information. As of this writing, they have taken down the link to learn more about the spire, perhaps because of intense traffic, but when I hit on it earlier, it asked for my name and address -- as if I were interested in purchasing one of the million-dollar units.

Best writing on spire here and here.
Solid follow-up piece by Blair Kamin at Trib here.More comments on spire press coverage by me here.

1 comment:

Michael Allen said...

One would think that the builders of the tallest building in Chicago history, which may be ridiculed as too big, would want to avoid the also too-big mistake of not meeting with neighbors of the proposed tower long before publicly unveiling the plans. Then again, I'm not very adept at navigating the thinking behind big things.