Gigi Pritzker's neighborhood

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The following is an email from reader Dave Clarkin, who's honked off about the Children's Museum controversy and the suggestion that people who don't want the museum in Grant Park are racist.

He checks out the demographics of museum big wig Gigi Pritzker's neighborhood — Lincoln Park, 60614.

Check it out ...

Great piece on the New East Side last week. I'm glad that someone
finally took the time to write about the neighborhood's diversity.

After reading your story, I took the time to do a little research on
Demographics for Gigi Pritzker's neighborhood. The U.S. Census website
actually allows you to type in an address and look at the 2000 data from
whatever level you like. Here's what I found:

Gigi Pritzker Pucker, (address deleted) 60614

60614:
- 88% white
- 4% African American
- 5% Latino (includes white and non-white)
- 4% Asian

Her BLOCK (Block 2005, Block Group 2, Census Tract 701, Cook County,
Illinois):*
*- 92% white (442 total)*
*- 0.8% African American (4 total)
- 2.3% Latino (11 total, includes white[9] and non-white [2])
- 7.9% Asian (38 total)

Hope you can get out to Gigi's neighborhood soon and interview the mom's
in her neighborhood park to see how they'd feel about the Children's
Museum locating there, since she said she'd welcome it in her
neighborhood "in a heartbeat".

Here's a link for the census search by address:

Best Regards,

Dave Clarkin

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Konkol, you have your next assignment. Get thee to Lincoln Park!!!

Why do I NOT have a problem with a billionaire and their ideas or thoughts of changing something?

Why do I NOT have a problem if the less fortunate do not live in the exclusive neighborhoods of billionaires?

Ms. Oprah, now I fully know why you stated, "I will NOT buy gym shoes, IPods and other trinkets for kids when they really needed books, computer labs or maybe A NEW SCHOOL BUILT in the poorest neighborhoods for them."

By the way Ms Pritker, any job openings at your mansion? I am not above pushing a broom. That will be one more minority that the Census takers can count...

Mark, I am dying! You must write this next article......

How about this for a theme song (sung to the tune of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood");

"Who are the people in your neighborhood.....they're the people that you meet each day!"

; )

Wanna-Be-Billionaire:

"Ms. Oprah, now I fully know why you stated, 'I will NOT buy gym shoes, IPods and other trinkets for kids when they really needed books, computer labs or maybe A NEW SCHOOL BUILT in the poorest neighborhoods for them.'"

Ms. Oprah Winfrey was only partially right when she made this argument. Poor kids are competing for friendship and popularity with kids who were born into money. In order to gain popularity, these students feel compelled to obtain these "trinkets" which wealthier children will take for granted. You underestimate the importance of belonging- you can survive without it, but it won't be easy.

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Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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