Saturday, March 29, 2008
We'll Take $43 Million, You Can Have An Orange Cone
One year ago, park goers reported this dangerous, 4-foot-deep sink hole in Uptown’s Clarendon Park to the City and Park District. They received an orange cone.
Over the winter, the orange cone disappeared into the abyss and snow drifts covered the hole.
This Spring, the dangerous 4-foot-deep sink hole reemerged from beneath the thawing snow. Park goers again reported the sink hole. They received another orange cone.
Upon further inspection, we see an arched metal structure down that hole. Park goers surmise that this is either:
1. A “spider hole” where Alderman Helen Shiller hides from Uptown block clubs
2. Blighted underground infrastructure (dare we say water pipes or sewers?) such as those which justified the Wilson Yard TIF, but which $43 Million and 8 years have not fixed. Instead our TIF funds, which are supposed to be used to fix that blight, have been diverted to pay for non-blight projects including
a. 2 low-income housing high rises, which are noble causes, but which the City and State should pay for out of their own budgets.
b. A CTA Park-&-Ride Facility – which brings nothing but traffic congestion to our Uptown neighborhood
c. A City College Parking garage so that students – not from our TIF neighborhood - can drive to school and park for free.
For you disbelievers, go to Google Maps, type in "748 West Montrose Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640”, and choose the “Street Views” photo. There you can view last year’s orange cone.
Have a cone and watch where you walk.
By Uptown Updater - March 29, 2008