Saturday, July 21, 2007

Everything Old is New Again

  • Moved by the death of a 4-year-old boy run over by an SUV while frolicking in the water from an open fire hydrant, an influential alderman suggested Thursday that inner-city parks be turned into water playgrounds.
  • At Thursday's City Council meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th) proposed a solution to the chronic problem. He introduced a resolution that calls for City Council hearings to explore the possibility of adding "recreational sprays and water devices."
  • Burke's resolution calls for "significantly improved public access to water recreational activities which could deter fire hydrant openings." The program would be targeted to "areas of greatest need that feature the highest concentrations of incidents" of open hydrants.

As one of our more astute readers pointed out, the 4 year old child who was allowed to play unsupervised in the criminally opened hydrant, lived four blocks from Ogden Park - location of a brand new million dollar spray and splash park. The fact that his parents and neighbors were a bit too "unwilling" to maybe organize an outing for the children instead of illegally opening a hydrant speaks volumes.

Back in the 1960's, during the MLK marches, Old Man Daley started a program of portable pools, sprinklers and spray devices in the poor inner city. The late Mike Royko quoted civil rights activists as saying that perhaps Daley wanted them all to grow gills and swim away. Burke just appears to be pandering for votes.

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Anonymous Another Brilliant Idea said...

...The program would be targeted to "areas of greatest need that feature the highest concentrations of incidents" of open hydrants.

So, does that mean if I need money and decide to rob banks, that an aldercreature will propose money trees in my area?

7/20/2007 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see...my taxes are roughly $5400 and I've never seen an open hydrant within 5 or 6 miles in any direction of my neighborhood. Guess that means my kids don't "deserve" a water park in our local playground, but it's OK for me to pay for the kids in 007 to have one.

I hate this fucking city.

7/21/2007 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting ed burke proposes another bonehead idea! Who is going to pay for this ed? You recently proposed to tax everyone who drives in loop which would drive out people who come into this shithole to shop! DO YOU THINK THE OLDTIMERS DISEASE IS KICKING IN? MAYBE YOU COULD USE YOUR 3 MILLION + DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THESE? COME ON CHIP IN! UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOODS MEANING THE AREAS WHERE ILLEGALS LIVE AND THE AREAS WHERE NO TAXES ARE PAID CORRECT?

7/21/2007 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I read this correctly, and I think I did, the new water parks would go to areas that have the most calls/complaints of open fire hydrants.

So, all one needs to do is open the hydrants around their homes and then you call in and complain about an open hydrant.

This sounds like a great idea for those of us living in the Mount Greenwood area to maybe look into doing. See, we are really goofy out here - instead of looking for handouts from the city to update our local park, with the swing sets from the 1970's, we got crazy and raised funds privaetly to get new park equipment.

I mean, you have to put all the city bought new park equipment in those areas of need - the areas with the highest level of narcotic complaints, robberies, and shootings - that way the people in those areas (tax payers that pay for my police salary - mind you) can have alternatives to just hanging out on the streets all day.

I like this idea, I really do, we can use a water themed attraction out here, and all it takes is an open hydrant, then hell - I'm all in!

7/21/2007 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the city going to buy some new wagons and cars? Or fix the pool vehicle fleet? You have to call every area looking for a pool truck. How long does it take for those city mechanics to fix these vehicles? Are they just bust-out alley mechanics or what?

7/21/2007 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 4 year old shouldn't be in the street in the first place. Lack of parenting should be the topic. Right on the money SCC with the water park thing, citizens are too lazy to take the kiddies to the park instead they can sit on their butts and watch em get run over.

7/21/2007 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"4 blocks away". I guess they need limo service to take them to the pool. Has Burke replaced Natarus as the "goofy idea of the week" alderman.

7/21/2007 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

won't work they are too lazy to walk to the water park. Just open the hydrant on the corner like always.

7/21/2007 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moved by the death of a 4-year-old boy run over by an SUV while frolicking in the water from an open fire hydrant, an influential alderman suggested Thursday that inner-city parks be turned into water playgrounds.
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Sure! Why not? And they're own tax money can pay for it right??

7/21/2007 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They said the driver was trying to run away. Not true, he was scared for his life when he saw the "savages" converging on his truck. How many times did they pull the driver out and beat him to death?

They smashed out his car windows "as seen on TV" when they showed the vehicle being towed away. They even asked the Sgt. on scene to allow them to torch it. They then waited for the driver outside the 007th District station.

I saw the people on the scene kissing the blood on the street and even wiping some of the blood on their T-shirts. What kind of voodoo shit is that?

I think we should just let them do whatever- they seem to be self destructive and I would hate to lock one of them up and break the cycle because he could've been out there killing, raping, or stealing.

The truth hurts, but no one wants to talk about it. Who would want to do anything these days with all the shit in the media about 600something officers with X amount of CRs and reforming OPS and hiring a new Supe to discipline rogue officers.

I like my paycheck. It puts a roof over my head and food on the table. I get paid the same no matter what. Fuck the 3 hrs in court and they can shove all the honorable mentions and department awards where the sun don't shine.

Just ask any officer who got 30+ days what it feels like when you have no income.

Take care guys & God bless!

7/21/2007 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And again, the alderthieves want to reward bad behaviour, with our money. I think Burke didn't realize he was stepping in it on this one.

7/21/2007 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a good place for the ghetto water parks...Burke's 008th District neighborhood. Right in his fucking back yard, that ex-policeman piece of shit!

7/21/2007 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous dwlawson said...

Yeah, they have one of those water parks installed in my neighborhood park. Though I have yet to see any illegal fire hydrant openings here.

I guess the "good" neighborhoods* already get those goodies.

*mayfair park (017)

7/21/2007 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

couple days ago we rolled by a small park with basketball court, playground and built-in ground water sprays. there was a group of about 30 kids playing in the open hydrant on the corner and nicely flooding the whole street.

7/21/2007 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not jut buy the new fool proof hydrant locks, like other cities do? Ooooops, I forgot. This is Chicago and we will only buy through minority fronts firms and the company that makes those things won't have anything to do with that fraudulant practice. Sooooooooo, open hydrants and a few more dead kids.

7/21/2007 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They lived four blocks from a G*& Damn million dollar free water park (in Ogden Pk). Momma was too damn lazy to even watch the kid let alone take the kid down the block. Typical Democrat response to irresponsibility of "inner city" people.....THROW MONEY AT THEM!

7/21/2007 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, I am going to have to start opening the hydrant on my block every day in order to get a new water park in Mt. Greenwood. I beg that all of my fellow City Workers in the neighborhood do the same. This way we too can have a beautiful splash-n-play park for our children. In case, Ald. Eddie was unaware of it, we are the ones that actually pay the taxes which pay for these beautiful parks. So once again, those of us who work for the city and pay the bills for the city receive absolutely nothing from the city.

7/21/2007 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the water parks should be replica hydrants with sledge hammers and crobars on chains so they can feel just like there on there own block stripping and destroying a city hydrant before relishing in the sweet sweet sewer water that they seem to love so much. -marquette not ogden.

7/21/2007 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sick and tired of paying higher taxes and getting nothing. Only areas "in need" get a new water feature!!!!!!!!!! How about equal distribution of spray pads without raising my taxes. i live in Mt Greenwood and a small group of women have raised 3/4 of a million for a new playground. Maybe we should all let our children run in the streets in open hydrants without parental supervision so that these moms would not have to give two years of their lives to get this playground built. Oh wait we aren't in need, we pay our taxes. Hey Eddie want to contribute to our neighborhood spray pad?

7/21/2007 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To; 7/21/2007 06:58:00 AM

If you got a water park, you and all your nieghbors in Mt. Green Wood could would bath more than once a week.

Hell you could even bath those 8 dogs under your porch.

Maybe they will put up some loud speakers and play some digital bango music at the water park too.

Ya picked a fine time to leave me Lucile.....

7/21/2007 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 3:58pm poster and all the rest of you. I AGREE, AMEN.

7/21/2007 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I got a good place for the ghetto water parks...Burke's 008th District neighborhood. Right in his fucking back yard, that ex-policeman piece of shit!

7/21/2007 11:08:00 AM

Ex policeman if you can call him that! what was he a cop 1 year? Then his Father a great man died and he was anoited the alderman! Myabe if he gets rid of his detail which costs the city well over a million a year with the huge amount of drivers d-3 pay and overtime he could afford a nice big park near his gated mansion he built in a shit area! And what about the huge development in his ward on 51 and lawndale that will be a "GATED" community to keep the illegal rats out they cannot even sell 1 home in that shithole area!

7/21/2007 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if you could spell Mt Greenwood you could find it on a map and visit. Or are you in a "in need" area and blame your schools for a bad education not your lazy ass. At least we have indoor plumbing and are not bathing in the fire hydrants.

7/22/2007 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hydrant locks on all by the year 2009.

7/23/2007 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw the people on the scene kissing the blood on the street and even wiping some of the blood on their T-shirts. What kind of voodoo shit is that?

Hey if it worked for jesse jackson jr at mlk's death it can work for them they will prolly try and say they tried to revive/save the 4 yo

7/25/2007 01:50:00 AM  

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