Going Public's readers "awarded" Wilson the prize for the station's "dirt, urine smell, graffiti, vacant storefronts, safety concerns and lack of elevator." (Hard to argue with anyone's reasoning.)
There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, however. The same article says:
Last year, the CTA board voted to use $3 million in tax-increment financing—or TIF—money intended to promote redevelopment in certain areas in the city to rehab the Wilson stop. Retailers vacated storefronts in preparation for this work, which hasn't begun.Here's hoping -- really hoping -- this is the last year we get to play host to the worst station.
The CTA said the money has not yet been allocated for the project. The agency expects to begin construction in 2012, pending the release of funds.
Uptown Ald. James Cappleman (46th) called the renovation his No. 1 priority and said he's pushing to move the project faster. "We need retail in that area desperately," Cappleman told GP. "We have to move quickly on this."
You can read the RedEye article here and the Going Public article here.