So my brother is off for the week and it all falls apart.
Not the conversation with fill-in co-host County Commissioner-elect Brandon Johnson and Friends of the Parks Executive Director Juanita Irizarry.
That was really good.
But me. At the board?
Totally messed up.
Couldn’t get the music to run. Almost lost the archived version for the podcast. Lucky we have Jamie Trecker to save my butt and retrieve it.
Meanwhile Brandon talks about his plans for working as County Commissioner and his views for expanding progressive politics.
Juanita and TFOP played a major role in stopping the lakefront giveaway to the George Lucas Museum.
But just as she argued that Chicago could build the Lucas Museum somewhere off the lakefront, she also has concerns about the use of public park land for what is essentially a private enterprise.
Compared to other big cities, Chicago does not compare well in terms of open space.
She also has concerns for a vision of parks that is driven by revenue rather than public need.
She points to the 606 Bloomingdale Trail as an example of the impact of neighborhood amenities that are intended to drive gentrification and force out those already there.