The "L" in An "L" Train passing over the Chicago river in The first "L", the Chicago and South Side Rapid Transit Railroad , began revenue service on June 6, , when a steam locomotive pulling four wooden coaches, carrying more than a couple of dozen people, departed the 39th Street station and arrived at the Congress Street Terminal 14 minutes later,  over tracks that are still in use by the Green Line. The Metropolitan was the United States' first non-exhibition rapid transit system powered by electric traction motors ,  a technology whose practicality had been demonstrated in on the "intramural railway" at the World Fair that had been held in Chicago. Electrification and MU control remain standard features of most of the world's rapid transit systems. Instead trains dropped passengers at stub terminals on the periphery due to a state law at the time requiring approval by neighboring property owners for tracks built over public streets, something not easily obtained downtown. This obstacle was overcome by the legendary traction magnate Charles Tyson Yerkes , who went on to play a pivotal role in the development of the London Underground , and who was immortalized by Theodore Dreiser as the ruthless schemer Frank Cowperwood in The Titan and other novels.
USING NATURE TO ADDRESS FLOODING
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Controversy[ edit ] Anthropologist Helen Fisher in What happens in the dating world can reflect larger currents within popular culture. For example, when the book The Rules appeared, it touched off media controversy about how men and women should relate to each other, with different positions taken by columnist Maureen Dowd of The New York Times  and British writer Kira Cochrane of The Guardian. Sara McCorquodale suggests that women meeting strangers on dates meet initially in busy public places, share details of upcoming dates with friends or family so they know where they'll be and who they'll be with, avoid revealing one's surname or address, and conduct searches on them on the Internet prior to the date. Don't leave drinks unattended; have an exit plan if things go badly; and ask a friend to call you on your cell phone an hour into the date to ask how it's going.
Regardless, I look on the bright side and see this as an advantage. I have found that Medellin women, as in most parts of the world, love compliments and like it when a guy can make them laugh. So Spanish has been essential for me here in Medellin. Socially, women are a little different than the southern California women I was used to meeting.