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News Thu Jul 17 2008

CTA: Grocery Stores Near Stations a Good Idea

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is exploring the idea of expanding commercial development, including grocery stores, near its L stations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

As a frequent visitor to Alta Vista Foods, a small but fully loaded produce and grocery store accessible from inside the Sheridan Red Line station, I can attest to how great it is to be able to pop in after work to pick up hamburger buns, lemons, tomato sauce or even a package of chicken legs. My husband and I got rid of our car last year, and grocery shopping is about the only reason we miss having it. Alta Vista definitely makes things easier -- and based on the fact that there's always a steady stream of fellow L riders in line with me, it makes good sense that the CTA is looking to spread the love to other stations.

Jess / July 19, 2008 12:06 PM

I just hope they think about the sites they place grocery stores at. The stations listed in the article, Wilson, Berwyn and North/Clybourn, already have full-sized grocery stores within 2 blocks of them. Berwyn has a Jewel across the street! There are other el stations, also not on the Red Line, where there would be a greater benefit of grocery store development.

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