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 fanning the flames of violence in Chicago? (75 comments)

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    Barbara Marquardt, Chitown Kev

    I am also happy that the coal plants in the city are closing down this year (it's the only news I have liked out of the Mayor's office).

    That is not the initiative I am referring to though.

    In the 90s, Daley made a commitment to adding a lot of greenery to the city. More parks, expansion of green spaces, addition of trees and plants. Areas for wildlife. He required green spaces on both sides of the rivers for any new development. During that time, you could call 311 and get a tree planted for free on the city property in front of your place. At the time, I lived in Roger's Park and our block got about 10-12 trees planted.

    Daley turned very bad in the late 1990s, starting with the removal of the housing developments. Especially the Taylor homes. When the federal HUD money vanished, Daley should not have continued the demolition. He displaced a lot of poor people without any resources to help them. It was devastating to the families and to southern suburbs like Harvey, who did not have the resources to handle the refugees. Everyone knew the Taylor homes and Stateway Gardens had to go, but the way it happened is just shameful.

    Then, the parking meter scandal.

    In any case, Rahm is still worse. The first thing he did in office was attack the teachers and librarians. Now it's the schools. He made a huge effort to stop the "flash mob" attacks in the North Loop and Gold Coast, but has done very little to stem the violence in the neighborhoods that need it most.  

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Wed May 08, 2013 at 08:10:07 AM PDT

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