Parks and Politics

Morning paper today had a cute contrast “Park vs. Park” between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama based on their Chicago connections: Clinton with Park Ridge and Obama with Hyde Park. They should have noted the preservation differences: Hyde Park has several landmarks and districts and preserves its Barry Byrne buildings, while Park Ridge is hellbent on looking like Orlando and is demolishing a Barry Byrne house. That landed Park Ridge’s Cedar Court development on Landmarks Illinois’ most endangered list (link at right). Hyde Park has more pre-Fire buildings than any other Chicago community and Michele Obama served on the Landmarks Commission. This is looking like a landslide, folks.

BTW – What about the other four property owners on Cedar Court? Depending on what gets built there, it could trash their values.


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