Cast Iron Adds a Touch of Class
The Chicago Transit Authority is in the process of renovating many of its subway and elevated train stations. In some cases, the improvements are long overdue and those of us locals who have to adjust our travel plans accordingly are only too happy to do so.
This week, the CTA announced plans to renovate the 70-year-old Clark/Division stop on the city’s north side. The Chicago Tribune reported that subway station hasn’t undergone a major renovation since it opened. Perhaps it suffices to say the $50.6 million estimate sounds about right.
Among the many updates the CTA plans for its sixteenth-busiest rail stop are cast iron street-level entrances, which will be a significant improvement in terms of both practicality and aesthetics. The present entrances are (is it just me?) perpetually slippery clay-tile stairways lined with tubular railings coated in thick, flaking red paint.
The entire renovation will take until mid-2015, and it promises to be well worth the wait.