12 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Anthony A. Beale, Ald. Leslie Hairston, Ald. Willie B. Cochran, Ald. Sophia King, Rebekah Scheinfeld, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, Rep. Christian L. Mitchell, Derek R. B. Douglas, Leanne Redden, Sonya Malunda, Joshua Anderson, Joan E. Coogan, Gregory Longhini, Roark Frankel, Norman Carlson, Roberto Requejo, Joanna Trotter, David Reifman

Restore the E. 63rd Street Green Line

We demand the Chicago Transit Authority restore Green Line elevated rail service to Jackson Park over E. 63rd Street from Cottage Grove Avenue to Stony Island Avenue. There is insufficient access to Jackson Park. While we welcome the Obama Presidential Center and some companion projects for renovating Jackson Park itself, by themselves these plans are too small. Without restoring the ‘L’ we have no viable infrastructure for welcoming people to the Jackson Park vicinity. CTA buses and Metra Electric trains cannot possibly carry the expected increased traffic to the Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and South Shore areas. Likewise, existing roadways cannot adequately be retrofitted to accommodate changing traffic patterns resulting from the proposed closure of S. Cornell Drive through Jackson Park. Restoring the Green Line over E. 63rd Street not only offers an above-grade solution to alleviate automobile traffic but also offers connection points to CTA Buses, Metra Electric trains, and the CTA ‘L’ system at large in ways that no other proposal can. There is insufficient connection between Jackson Park and the surrounding Community Areas and the University of Chicago. While CTA Buses, Metra Electric trains, and S. Lake Shore Drive funnel passengers along the Lakefront, none of the existing infrastructure effectively connects the South Side Lakefront with points west. Without restoring the ‘L’ between Cottage Grove Avenue and Stony Island Avenue we have no way to carry people through the heart of Woodlawn. Likewise, residents, students, and commuters to Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and South Shore who do not live, study, or work near the Lakefront arterial infrastructure have no way of accessing the ‘L’ to travel to and from other parts of Chicagoland. Restoring the E. 63rd Street branch of the Green Line with strategically placed stations not only encourages visitors to Jackson Park to take in the surrounding neighborhoods but also enables our South Side neighbors to move more freely to, from, and within Woodlawn and steps from the University of Chicago in ways they have not been able since the latest portions of the ‘L’ east of Cottage Grove were razed 20 years ago. There has never been a better time. The ‘L’ should not have been torn down in the first place. Now is our chance to put it back. While Jackson Park and the ‘L’ itself were originally designed to welcome the world to Chicago beginning with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the removal of much of Jackson Park’s infrastructure over the course of the twentieth century has all but voided that invitation. The ‘L’ is our city’s greatest artifact of the Fair, and the eventual demolition of the Jackson Park Green Line during the 1980s and 1990s is the greatest evidence of how deeply our city needs to recapture Daniel Burnham’s clarion call to “make no small plans.” Not only do the new Obama Presidential Center and Obama Foundation wish to welcome the world back to Chicago’s South Side, to “strengthen the economic climate in our community,” and to “re-establish the South Side’s connection to the Lagoon and Lake Michigan,” but the Center will also occupy a portion of the site of the Transportation Building where the ‘L’ terminal stood in 1893. Restoring the ‘L’ not only allows us to realize more fully the Obamas’ shared vision for the South Side’s future but also gives us the opportunity to correct past mistakes and honor past successes at the same time. Therefore, we call for the following provisions for restoring Green Line elevated rail service to Jackson Park over E. 63rd Street from Cottage Grove Avenue to Stony Island Avenue: A joint planning committee be formed, comprised of an equal number of elected or appointed government officials and specially elected or appointed local representatives from Hyde Park, South Shore, Washington Park, and Woodlawn plus one representative each on behalf of the Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago. As much as possible, the original materials currently stored at the 61st Street Yard be salvaged and used in construction. Two-way boarding be re-established at King. At least two new, strategically located stations be installed between Cottage Grove and Stony Island, as was the case with stops originally at Lexington (now University) and Madison (now Dorchester). An additional study be conducted toward reinstating either or both the 58th and 61st stations or otherwise strategically located stops between Garfield and Cottage Grove. Designs for all new and renovated stations celebrate their locations and are accessible to persons with disabilities. Designs for the new Stony Island terminus and the new bridge over the Illinois Central Railroad right of way be harmonized with and incorporated into the plans for the Obama Presidential Center. In lieu of tax dollars, as much of the needed funding as possible come from other sources including but not limited to the Obama Foundation and other public–private partnerships. ReferencesObama Foundation. “The Obama Presidential Center.” Accessed July 10, 2017.

Reuben Lillie
1,007 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rep. Ken Calvert, Army Corps Of Engineers (Army Corps Of Engineers Senior Public Affairs Specialist)

Save The Largest Patriotic Mural In America

At nearly 100,000 sq feet, the Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural can be seen by some 300,000 cars that pass by it daily along the 91 freeway in Corona California.  The mural is actually six times the size of Mt. Rushmore! 

How the mural got there is as impressive as It's message, in 1976 it was designed and painted by Corona High School students to be part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, which became the most massive volunteer movement in peacetime history. Over the years the Mural has been damaged, but even though groups like the Boy Scouts have volunteered to repair the 40 year old Icon, the Army Corps of Engineers has turned down all requests solely on the premise of lead paint in the mural.  It's on that claim alone, the Corps has now resolved to strip off the mural in the next few months.  With the Corps failure to put a vintage restoration plan in place, the Mural could be lost forever or even replaced by a different design.

The 10,000 Inspirational comments left here by petitioners along with the resolutions that were passed in support by the five cities that surround the mural, leave no doubt that the public wants the mural preserved as a living part of our communities life, development and to benefit that of present and future generations. This is why, original Mural Artist and creator Ron Kammeyer has teamedup with the Mural Conservancy of L.A. to stop the destruction.  Since 2012, the Mural Conservancy has been restoring the famed 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals in downtown Los Angeles.  Those Murals were covered in heavy graffiti, but are now almost fully restored.  The group believes that compared to other projects, the Bicentennial Mural is child's play .  Both Kammeyer and the Mural Conservancy are being represented by Eric Bjorgum of Karish & Bjorgum PC in Pasadena, California.  Please sign the petition below to show your support for the restoration of the current Bicentennial mural.

Prado Dam
31,254 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Françoise Nyssen

Save Chartres Cathedral

Co-sponsored by Stefan Evans, University of Arizona Franco Scardino, Townsend Harris HS @ Queens College Prof. Leila Amineddoleh, Art and Cultural Heritage Law, Fordham University Prof. Adachiara Zevi, Architect, Art Historian, and President of the Bruno Zevi Foundation  Prof. Sophie Guillouet, Université de Rouen, Scpo Paris Euro Asian Campus   La cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, classée au patrimoine mondial par l'UNESCO, est un lieu de pèlerinage non seulement pour les  personnes religieuses, le clergé et les croyants mais aussi pour les  amateurs d’histoire et d’architecture. La  cathédrale fait partie des monuments gothiques les plus exceptionnels car la grande partie de ses vitraux, datant du 13eme siècle, sont restés intacts. Leur majestueuse couleur bleu foncé domine la lumière. Malheureusement, une restauration est en train de détruire l'histoire de ce grand chef-d'œuvre de l'architecture gothique. Une restauration actuellement en cours a débuté en 2009 avec l'intention de restaurer l'aspect “original” de la Cathédrale de Chartres. Mais, le plus alarmant est  l’utilisation de chaux blanche et de peinture sur les murs et les colonnes. Les vitraux et le sol datent d’il y a  800 ans et les nouvelles surfaces semblent avoir été créées hier - un contraste choquant. Les articles 3 et 6 de la Charte de Venise de 1964 déclarent que l’évidence    historique est aussi importante que l'œuvre d'art, et que "toute construction nouvelle, toute destruction et tout aménagement qui pourrait altérer les rapports de volumes et de couleurs seront proscrits".  L'utilisation de peinture et d’autres matériaux enfreignent la chartre de Venise puisqu’il y a une incohérence entre l'histoire de la cathédrale et la tentative de restaurer son apparence originale. Plusieurs vitraux ont été remplacés aux 14e et 18e siècles, la construction de la tour nord dans un nouveau style a été entreprise au 16ème siècle, suivie de celle de la clôture du chœur qui a duré plus de 200 ans. La restauration actuelle rend ces différences historiques imperceptibles.  Les sources de financement pour la restauration comprennent l'UE et “American Friends of Chartres”. L'histoire de la cathédrale montre l’évidence de 800 ans d’utilisation, d'érosion et de  fragments manquants dans la maçonnerie et dans la  peinture. Un nouveau matériel ne doit pas être ajouté, à moins qu’introduit pour le maintien de l’intégrité structurelle. Une analogie serait une statue sans tête: dans une restauration réfléchie on doit utiliser matériel et supports uniquement quand ils sont nécessaires pour empêcher d'autres détériorations; une restauration irréfléchie ajoute une nouvelle tête et couvre les parties intactes avec le matériel qui rend l'âge des éléments d'origine et les nouveaux indiscernables. Une restauration irréfléchie s’applique aux murs de la cathédrale de Chartres. Cette restauration doit être réévaluée pour que les transepts, non encore peints, puissent être sauvegardés en l’état.  Nous demandons au Ministère Français de la Culture et de la Communication de mettre un terme à la restauration de la cathédrale de Chartres, et de protéger à l’avenir tous les monuments historiques de ce type de restaurations inadaptées.        Chartres Cathedral, A UNESCO World Heritage site, is a pilgrimage site for religious devotees as well as history and architecture enthusiasts. The cathedral stands out among the towering Gothic monuments, having the largest portion of intact 13th century stained glass windows. Their majestic deep blue color dominates the lighting. Sadly, irresponsible restoration is erasing history from the Gothic masterpiece. An ongoing restoration began in 2009 with the intention of restoring the “original” appearance of Chartres Cathedral. Most alarming is the addition of paint and filling material on walls and columns: 800-year-old windows and floors are in the same setting as surfaces made to appear like they were built yesterday – a shocking contrast. Articles 3 and 6 of the 1964 Venice Charter emphasize historical evidence being as important as the work of art itself, and that "No new construction, demolition or modification which would alter the relations of mass and colour must be allowed". The 1964 Charter of Venice is violated not only by the addition of paint and filling material that are not historically accurate, but also by inconsistencies between the cathedral's history and the attempt to restore its original appearance. In addition to several window replacements in the 14th and 18th centuries, the north tower was constructed in a different style in the 16th century, followed by the choir screen which took over 200 years to complete. The current restoration makes these historical differences unperceivable. Funding sources for the restoration include the EU and American Friends of Chartres. Historical evidence in the cathedral includes the marks of 800 years of wear - erosion and missing fragments of stonework and paint. Material must never be added to historic monuments unless they are introduced for the purpose of maintaining structural integrity. An analogy is a headless statue: a responsible restoration uses filling material and supports when necessary to prevent limbs from breaking. An irresponsible restoration adds a new head and covers the intact limbs with a material that renders the age of the original and newly added parts indiscernible. Irresponsible restoration is being applied to the interior walls of Chartres. This restoration must be reevaluated while the transepts, which haven’t yet been repainted, can be saved. We petition the French Ministry of Culture and Communication to put a halt to restoration at Chartres Cathedral, and protect all historic monuments from such irresponsible restoration in the future.       La Cattedrale di Chartres, uno dei monumenti gotici più straordinari, è classificata Patrimonio Mondiale dall'Unesco ed è da sempre luogo di pellegrinaggio per i devoti della Cristianità e per gli amatori dell'Arte e dell'Architettura. Gran parte delle sue vetrate originali del 13esimo secolo è ancora intatta, con il suo maestoso blu profondo che domina la luce. Purtroppo un restauro irresponsabile sta cancellando la storia da questa meravigliosa architettura gotica.  I lavori di restauro sono iniziati nel 2009 con l'intenzione di riportare la cattedrale alla sua apparenza "originale". L'elemento più allarmante è l'aggiunta di intonaco, le riparazioni e il riempimento delle crepe sulle mura e le colonne. L'effetto è devastante: le vetrate e i pavimenti con i loro ottocento anni di storia si ritrovano ora a fianco di mura e superfici che sembrano costruite ieri. Un contrasto abominevole! L'articolo 3 e l'articolo 6 della Carta di Venezia del 1964 puntualizza che l'importanza dell'evidenza storica è importante da preservare quanto lo stesso lavoro d'arte, e che "Non è permesso ricostruire, demolire o modificare, poiché altererebbe gli equilibri delle masse e dei colori"  In questo caso La Carta di Venezia del 1964 è stata violata, non solo per l'aggiunta di pittura murale e intonaco, ma anche per l'incoeranza tra la storia della cattedrale e il tentativo di riportarla al suo aspetto originale. Oltre alla sostituzione nel quattordicesimo e nel diciottesimo secolo di alcune vetrate, la torre situata a nord è stata costruita nel sedicesimo secolo con un evidente stile diverso, e il corale venne completato dopo oltre duecento anni. L'attuale restauro rende impercepibili e cancella addirittura queste differenze storiche. Nei fondi di finanziamento per il restauro compaiono EU e "Friends of Chartres". L'evidenza storica della cattedrale include una patina del tempo creatasi in ottocento anni, erosioni e frammenti mancanti nei fregi e nella pittura. L'aggiunta di nuovi materiali nei monumenti storici non è mai permessa, ammenoché non sia necessaria per l'integrità strutturale. Per analogia: il restauro responsabile di una statua antica utilizza materiale di riempimento e strutturale solamente per prevenire, ad esempio, il rischio della rottura degli arti. Un restauro irresponsabile le aggiungerebbe una nuova testa e coprirebbe gli arti integri con un colore simile, per omogeneizzare l'età delle parti originali e quelle aggiunte di recente e renderle indistinguibili. Il restauro delle mura interne della Cattedrale di Chartres è irresponsabile e deve essere rivalutato. Siamo in tempo a  salvare i transetti che non sono ancora stati ridipinti! Noi chiediamo al Ministero della Cultura e della Comunicazione Francese di porre fine al restauro nella Cattedrale di Chartres, e proteggere tutti i monumenti storici in futuro da tali restauri.

Stefan Evans
705 supporters