...And That's My Opinion©

By Sandy Goldman

The Rogers Park Community Curmudgeon



The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number Part III

Hark! Hark! Dueling Demonstrators

Well…I’ve been to concerts where I’ve heard vocal duels, and saxophone duels, and while traveling I’ve seen a few fencing duels but this is the first time I have ever heard of demonstration duels, at the same place and at the same time, and not relevant or related to each other. It must have been a crowded, noisy place.

In case you have not read the Chicago Tribune report of Feb 21, 2001 there were two sets of demonstrators at the Mayor’s office at the same time. One group was from the Lincoln Ave. Motel Association protesting the proposed razing of several motels. I’ll leave that to Alderman O’Connor and his constituents. The other was our Mega Mall group claiming that they could find no other location and that the fire station should be redesigned and located elsewhere.

The Mega Mall site IS the perfect place for a new fire station and please spare me the red herring of  “racism”. Renewal sometimes means removal and relocation. There are dozens and dozens of such incidents throughout the history of the city of Chicago, the most recent being Maxwell Street.  The Super Mercardo Cardenas property will take care of itself and be developed, I imagine, as soon as the owner can resolve his “problems”.

The Chicago Sun-times also reported the action briefly in the Feb. 21 2001 in the Metro section. It quoted Terry Levin, a spokesman for the city’s Public Building Commission, as saying the Mega Mall site is “not a done deal”.

The Tribune article says that the Public Building Commission has not made a decision and THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED. I’m not sure if that is good, bad or just stalling.

As I said in my original column http://homepage.interaccess.com/~smgoldman “everything we do has a ripple effect.”

Lets keep that ripple effect going!!

Remember if you don’t write you’re wrong!

E-mail to:  MayorDaley@CityofChicago.org or click on the Mayor’s page of www.cityofchicago.org and use the Write-to-the-Mayor option. Alderman Moore’s e-mail is aldmoore@aol.com . You may also call 311 and ask to make a citizens comment.

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