2016 is almost gone, so per usual we're taking a quick look back at the year that was in the Sloop.
|Scene in alley off of 18th street after fatal shooting|
First the quantitative look back.
According to Google Analytics are biggest spike in traffic on the site was on Monday, August 29th when we posted about a fatal shooting of a neighborhood man
in the alley south of 18th between Michigan and Indiana. Simply put, it was a jarring event that put many of us on high alert.
Although safety and violence are always a top concern for the neighborhood, the most pervasive story - again - was development. It didn't seem like a week would go by without some form of announcement. It also feels like every single vacant piece of land in the neighborhood has something proposed. What gets built is a different story, but there are a ton of cranes in the area. We anticipate this continuing into 2017.
Beyond that, who knows. Seems like we're in a boom cycle. We're skeptical that there is enough demand to keep up with the pace of building, but what do we know.
|Lot acquired by city for new South Loop Elementary School|
To round out the year, 2016 was epic for something that did happen and didn't happen in our backyard.
Regardless if you're a Cubs fan, it was a pretty surreal experience in and around the Sloop. It was an unseasonably warm November day and that brought a ton of people to the neighborhood to celebrate this once in a lifetime type of celebration.
Along those lines, it was also a strange to watch the 2016 Olympics in Rio
. To be clear, we probably are fortunate to have lost the bid to host the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. While it would have been a once in a lifetime experience, it would have undoubtedly put a spotlight and stress on our city and neighborhood that would have been hard to withstand.
Finally, we just wanted to say thanks for all the peeps who help us do what we do with Sloopin. It's not an easy endeavor and without the emails, comments, tips, pictures, etc it wouldn't exist.
So thanks and looking forward to a great 2017!