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Yesterday’s election got off to a much better start than the primary last May, with all but three polling places opening on time. The tardy trio were up and running by 7:30 a.m., according to press reports. But voters on the Northside, east of Delaware between 30th and 96th streets, reported showing up at polling places and finding their names not on the rolls.

Under the weather

In an interview with Amos Brown, Rep. Julia Carson expressed frustration about the way her prolonged illness has kept her sidelined. Carson has been on a leave of absence from her post in Washington, D.C., and was unable to campaign for Democrats leading up to yesterday’s election. She has suffered from an infected leg and bronchitis. When asked about her plans for 2008, she said, “When I get to the point where I’ve come to the end of my road and talk to the Lord about what I’m going to do now, I think he’ll show me the answers.”

Above the fray

The Fresh Market grocery being built on the old Atlas site at 54th and College will feature rooftop parking rather than the usual street-side strip. This not only allows for more retail space, it also should help to create a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape outside the store. Look for design initiatives that seek to get cars out of the foreground of city life to become a trend. The store is supposed to open in May.

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