Neighborhood still challenging Lincoln Elem addition, PUSH coalition joins in
Ok, a couple things. I had NO idea this Lincoln Elem expansion was still being debated/contested.
Even more interesting, Jessie Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH coalition is joining forces with those protesting on the grounds of 1) playground being eliminated (that must have been one kick-ass playground the way people are protesting its removal.)
And “Jackson said that kind of spending is part of a pattern: residents in white, wealthier neighborhoods are given more access to better schools, and the concerns of their local school councils are heard.” as reported in the Sun Times. Full article here:
Crain’s has information on the protest which seems to be based on lack of green space in the neighborhood and increased traffic congestion. I will admit that I sometimes feel bad for the people who live in my son’s school’s immediate vicinity because the traffic is a mess during drop-off in the morning. And…then I remember that by being among the first to send my son there when the school was expanding I have probably helped each of them increase their property value by at least $100K.
From the Crain’s article:
Another extensive legal fight is brewing in Lincoln Park, complicating the planned redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site.
This time the fight isn’t over the redevelopment itself, in which developer Daniel McCaffrey wants to build two 214-foot towers, 760 residential units and more than 160,000 square feet of commercial space. City Council approval of that project already has been challenged in court.
Instead, the new flap is over plans to expand the nearby Lincoln Elementary School by building a $20 million, seven-story addition on the school’s playlot and moving the play area to the roof.
“This is just a terribly improper place for an expansion,” said attorney John Pikarski, who represents 51 parents in the zoning matter and predicts that the dispute eventually will end up in court.
A seven-story school is not good for kids, and the area already has severe traffic problems even without 400 additional children a day getting to and from Lincoln, he said. (Editor later noted that the building will be only 3 stories high.)
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