For poor and working class people, Chicago has never been a city that really works.
But if the Democratic Machine could deliver anything, they could deliver garbage cans.
At least in exchange for a vote.
When this was Dick Mell’s ward before it was Luis Gutierrez’s ward, before it was Vilma Colom and Rey Colon and now Carlos Rosa’s ward, our precinct captain would promise a new garbage can in exchange for a vote.
It was weird because we lived in an apartment building and didn’t need city garbage pick-up.
But that was the standard promise.
Block Club Chicago has been reporting that these days the city can’t even make good on its promise of garbage cans.
The city is behind 14,000 requests for new garbage cans.
“I want them to catch up and get rid of the backlog. It’s unacceptable,” said (22nd ward Alderman Ricardo) Munoz His residents are “very antsy, they’re very restless. It’s ridiculous. One shouldn’t have to wait three, four, five months for a garbage can.”
By the way, Ric will be our in studio guest a week from this Friday on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. 11am. 105.5fm. Streaming at http://www.lumpenradio.com and on podcast.
It’s not for lack of money. The City Council gave Rahm a million and a half more bucks for new cans.
Rahm is a guy who can’t do the most basic logistical stuff of a city manager.
But I’m thinking that maybe this is Rahm’s plan.
Rahm has been offering anything to get Amazon’s second headquarters in Chicago.
Think about this.
If Rahm paid $120 to join Amazon Prime he could have the 14,000 garbage cans delivered by tomorrow.
Privatizing must be the plan because I just cannot believe the city famous for garbage-cans-for-votes cannot deliver on garbage cans.