I wrote a letter to Alderman Pawar about the intersection, and waited patiently. I had written to my previous alderman, Nic Kovac in Milwaukee, when the same issue came up in my college neighborhood. Last week, I noticed the buttons at Ashland/Leland were no longer working, so even pushing them meant a pedestrian crossing signal would not appear. I was told to contact Bill Higgins at the 47th Ward office about the problem, which I did yesterday morning.
This morning, I noticed that the issue was fixed – each time the light on Leland is green, pedestrians receive a crossing signal. No push-to-walk required!
The intersection is timed so that pedestrians/automobiles have 50 seconds to go north/south on Ashland and 30 seconds to go east (for automobiles) and east/west (for pedestrians). I’m not sure how long the signal will last if a car pulls up on Leland, though, since I didn’t see one (and the intersection has a pavement sensor for this).
I know people in other neighborhoods that are in good contact with their aldermen/women. If you have small enhancements you think should be made in your neighborhood, I encourage you to get in contact with them.