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March 24, 2003
Public performers can only entertain in the subway stations, not on elevated platforms. They must stick to designated areas, and a number of CTA regulations. They must obtain a permit before opening shop. Then, they must put on a show that remains within the rules, gets distinctive enough to merit attention, and keeps it poppy enough to recoup the investment. Whatever the potential drawbacks, having an L stop in the neighborhood generally stimulates commerce. The city saw this with the Orange Line. But the Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line rides an expressway median, so what can it do?