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Please take a closer look at the Chicago article before you edit it — there's no need to repeat the fact that the CTA serves the airports twice within two paragraphs, and you're adding references to articles that don't exist. Also, track closures and slow zones continue to be an issue on the Blue Line, so it doesn't make sense to delete those references. Gorilla Jones 18:40, 19 May 2009 (EDT)

Afro-American history edits[edit]

Hi, I wanted to explain my reversion [1] on your talk page, as there were too many points to address. "Broader" means broader than the "South Side" as defined in the districts section (large would be irrelevant in this context); the "area" is commonly referred to as a neighborhood, despite the fact that there are understood neighborhoods (UChicago defined community areas, really), under the confusing name "South Side" by people who live here; there are plenty of South Siders who are just as ignorant of these areas as anyone in Avondale—even in Hyde Park.

Also, I'm not sure if you have noticed the edit history [2] for the article—all the further edits that have been made to your own changes have included edit summaries explaining exactly why the reversions have taken place. These summaries might help you to contribute with less friction.

Please take a good look at Wikitravel:Tone, which sets out very clearly that we want lively writing. Pedestrians "constantly crossing streets" is both mundane and obvious; "in a daze" is lively writing (and not mine, by the way). Wikitravel:Welcome, newcomers is also a good place to get more familiar with Wikitravel's basic practices and policies.

Lastly, please consider registering for an account, as this would make communication more easy. I hope all this isn't too frustrating, and I know it can be tough to see your edits "ruthlessly" edited by others. --Peter Talk 18:59, 20 May 2009 (EDT)

Taxis in Chicago[edit]

It's absolutely not true that visitors can expect to hail a taxi from the street in every part of Chicago. I guarantee you could not hail a taxi off the street anywhere on the northwest side, not to mention much of the south side. I've tried! Gorilla Jones 19:44, 20 May 2009 (EDT)

I suspect you're not reading this. But instead of simply deleting facts and dulling down lively writing, perhaps you could focus on adding things to the Chicago guides — bars, restaurants, or other places that you enjoy that aren't currently covered. Gorilla Jones 21:14, 21 May 2009 (EDT)
Seriously, it is criminally false to keep inserting claims that you can hail a taxi on the street from anywhere in Chicago. It isn't true and you're posing a danger to travelers by repeatedly inserting it. Gorilla Jones 18:17, 3 July 2009 (EDT)
There are plenty of places covered in our guide where you often can't even call a taxi. Just last July 4th, I had been awake for about 40 hrs, was coming home on the Metra to Hyde Park, dozed off, and wound up at 115th St, with no trains coming for 4 hrs. A nice couple took me in and tried to call a cab, but the rote response was, "nah, sorry, you're too far." --Peter Talk 21:28, 3 July 2009 (EDT)

More on tone[edit]

I'm not sure if you are reading this talk page, but I thought it might be worth revisiting the topic of tone. The bulk of your editing has involved qualifying statements, and removing more informal language. This is not desirable. This can be a difficult policy to internalize if you're not used to this type of writing (it has been for me). But charging ahead with this sort of watering down is likely to just be reverted, so it might be productive to channel your efforts in a different direction—try adding new travel content for parts of the world that you're familiar with. Others will edit that too, no doubt, but it's far more likely to be a productive use of your time and more beneficial to Wikitravel. --Peter Talk 21:40, 21 May 2009 (EDT)

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