Monday, May 26, 2008

I Sued the City (and Won)


Who says you can't fight city hall? Not a group of north side neighbors who sued the Chicago Park District, the city of Chicago and the Latin School of Chicago over a private artificial turf soccer field being built in the heart of Lincoln Park. This facility would've given four acres of lake front over to the exclusive use to one of the wealthiest private schools in the country. We formed a group, Protect Our Parks, and raised money and hired a lawyer and raised hell. The courts agreed and the secret sweetheart deal was canceled. "Amazing victory" said the Skyline paper.

Is the park District messing with your local park? Do you live near or use Washington Park? If so - the city has promised up that park - and others across the city - to the 2016 Olympics. Putting on the Olympics would cost us a fortune and only benefit hotel owners, downtown restaurants and the construction companies who will build venues to house the over-priced events (that most of us would never be able to afford, anyhow). Take a look at the website
Field of Schemes to see how subsidies for sports stadiums is a massive rip-off and check out
2010 Watch which has been fighting and monitoring the Vancouver games for years.
Stop the privatization of our public spaces. No more back room deals that rip off the tax payer and shower freebies on private businesses!

1 comment:

CAR_alpha said...

Good for you! If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent. Henry Commager, American Historian.