Cubs look for ‘different solution’ to shutting down Addison, Clark streets

One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the Chicago Cubs’ request to shut down Addison and Clark Streets next to Wrigley Field during games a “swing and a miss,” team executives are now looking for a different solution.

Calling the mayor’s stance “absolutely appropriate,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said today that the team is resigned to finding an alternative to ensure that the area around the Wrigleyville ballpark is well-protected.

The Cubs floated the idea of shutting down vehicular traffic on the streets in January at the Cubs Convention, citing security concerns in the wake of the Paris terrorist attack and a recommendation of Major League Baseball for ballparks to maintain at least a 100-foot perimeter of control in every direction.

As part of that plan, the team was also seeking to extend the sidewalks adjacent to Addison and Clark by eight to ten feet into the streets to try to prevent pedestrian traffic from spilling into the public way.

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