Charlie, a chocolate Lab from the South Loop, shares the frustration of his owner and their neighbors over the installation of a fence around the tiny park in their neighborhood. It's a small park, surrounded by quiet dead end streets.
The fence has created such a quality of life controversy that neighbors took the matter to court, and now their waiting for a judge to rule on whether it should stay. The principal of South Loop School, which is adjacent to the park, says the fence is a "safety measure" that will allow students to safely have recesses with out much worry that they'll wander into the street.
Neighbors say the park was mean to be open, and nobody consulted them on the issue until it's too late.
Without a voice in what happens in the neighborhood, folks who pay boat loads of property tax to fund schools and parks have a legitimate gripe. But nobody -- not the school system, not the park district, not the alderman. Seem to care. When I called each of them on Charlie's behalf, the principal said the fence was necessary no matter what they thought, the park district said they agreed to the fence at the schools recommendation. And newly elected Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) didn't bother to call back.
So there you have it — life in the city.
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