Sunday, October 08, 2017

More Wasted Money

  • The chipped gray viaduct that bisects the main drag of Jefferson Park was bathed in purple light Tuesday night, teasing an intricate LED display that could become permanent if it scores enough votes in the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process this fall.

    The ballot, which asks residents to decide how Ald. John Arena (45th) should spend his 2018 discretionary budget of $1.3 million, will be released by Friday, according to Arena's staff. But on Tuesday, before the full catalog of potential infrastructure projects becomes available to voters, volunteers ignited a shimmering preview of one of their voting options.

    Neighbors have spent years pleading for Jefferson Park's multiple crumbling railroad underpasses to be rehabilitated, according to a Dominika Miller, a Jefferson Park resident who volunteered to help the alderman's office draw up the ballot.
Shouldn't this cost be borne, at least partly, by the railroads? It's their overpass. Second, get a load of what this is going to look like:

This is coming out of his $1.3 million "discretionary fund," which means money to vote the way that Rahm wants him to vote - a legalized bribe that he can use to snow the citizens he's about to screw with a few hundred Section 8 apartments just up the block.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about lighting up the shadows instead?

Beter yet, find the worst street corners and light them up like a night time football game?
Extra lights on all four corners a d four security cameras to watch over the area.
In a couple of years, every street will be lit up like noon on a June day.
Who knows, it just might reduce crime?

10/08/2017 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey asshole, re-pave my street. It hasn’t been done in over 20 yrs. This guy needs to go.

10/08/2017 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hide the fact that the viaducts are falling apart by shining ugly lights on them?
It won't work in daylight.

10/08/2017 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT Somewhat. But, since this thread is about neighborhood news, I couldn't resist. Read the story about some SJW's defacing the Statue of Christopher Columbus in Arrigo Park; In the OLD Italian neighborhood. The 3 get spotted by the good citizens and try to take off, 1 gets grabbed and held for 012 to scoop up. I so envision Joey Bag-a-Donuts, and his crew, having a smoke or singing Doo-Wop on a stoop when the unfortunate SJW's come brining their bullshit into the WRONG neighborhood........ Bada-Bing, Bada-Boom! I think I just fell in love with Chicago again.

10/08/2017 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bread and circuses

10/08/2017 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Police Dept needs a UCR code for reports made when a chunk of concrete falls from a crumbling overpass and strikes a moving car,I did one years ago at the CTA Red line overpass at Hollywood a chunk of concrete fell and went thru a sunroof and missed the people in the car.

10/08/2017 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This ain't no disco. It's like shining a red
spotlight on a log of shit and saying you have
prime rib. Let the railroad fix its own eyesores.
$1.3 Million in discretionary? Bullshit! Chicago
ain't broke, he money is in the wrong hands.
The crooked Aldercreature and the Mayor need to
find other employment.
BTW, that purple light gives off a real ghetto vibe.
Great for tourism.
Send your fucking proposals to Jeff Bezos at Amazon.

10/08/2017 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I got your 10 bricks right here.
Meet me at 11:30 PM under the purple
overpass. Can't miss it.

10/08/2017 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of putting lipstick on a pig.....

10/08/2017 03:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey speaking of Light! I called ALDERMAN ARENA'S office over a period of 7 months to get a street light fixed and they couldn't. The light would go on for a while but be off most of the time. They said the electrical inspector kept coming out and said the light was on. After numerous calls explaining this to ARENA'S office they said it was the electrical departments failure. So I said since I keep calling maybe ARENA should call someone in the electrical department personally. The staffer's response was maybe I should come to the ARENA'S ward meeting to bring this problem up! Then after saying why would should I have to come to a meeting just for a streelight she said, Is there anything else I can help you with today?" After making some more phone calls to the City, I got someone in CDOT, explained the problem and the streetlight was fixed the next day. ARENA is totally useless.

10/08/2017 04:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the pretty colors...CRASH!!!

10/08/2017 04:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the blog from Jul 2017 the Six Corners Association placed a baby grand piano in the "people space" on the public way at 4042 N Milwaukee for people to play. How warm and fuzzy. How about some more police there with all the $hitheads walking around instead.

10/08/2017 04:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arena must be completely brain dead. This overpass has been crumbling for the last 10 years - like totally falling apart - and everyone in the area knows that. Why would you waste money putting neon lighting on crumbling infrastructure?

Oh, I know, because he's a bleeding heart liberal democrat who is going to "save" his ward from segregation and somehow these neon lights will take everyone's mind off the fact that he's plunking down Section 8 housing right in the middle of their neighborhood.

10/08/2017 05:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Least we never forget Ald. Arena's post during the Presidential Campaign
"I am not ready to cead this country to the racist, classist, knuckle dragging and generally sub human puddle of
DNA that makes up the base of Trump supporters. We have made too much progress since scrubbing the Bush idiocy from the Oval office."
Talk about a bigot Heh Alderman say it forget it , write it regret it. and get a spell checker, better yet get OUT

10/08/2017 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BB gun, anyone?

10/08/2017 06:07:00 AM  
Blogger dumpdaley said...

Call 311 for streetlight and trafficlight outages. It gets put into the computer and a work ticket is generated on the next hour. Work truck out of 41st ward yard on Higgins handles the 41st, 45th & 38th wards.

10/08/2017 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and lets not forget the STUPID brick curb jet outs and islands being installed on Milwaukee between Elston and Central. What a waste of money !!!!!
The plows will not be able to clean the entire street and make a mees of those things in one season..
I thought we are broke ??? obviously Not !!!!

10/08/2017 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Alderman Arena makes me chucklehead. You poor people should have an alderman who sells sticky buns like mine.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

10/08/2017 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I,m still voting Democratic. Section 8? Bring it on.

10/08/2017 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he can also explain why the city is installing curbed islands in the middle of Milwaukee avenue between central and elston? All the budgetary issues and they spend money on things like this. Fuck you John Arena.

10/08/2017 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he donates all 1.3 million to BLM instead of fixing silly overpasses!

10/08/2017 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the way the streets we're years ago. Wide open. Easy travel. The concrete flower boxes bike lanes and anything they could think of that we're put into the traveling lanes terrible mistake. Purple lights on crumbling concrete great idea. Why didn't I think of that.

10/08/2017 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The residents of his ward are the most pro-residency city employees I've ever met, no sympathy for them at all.

10/08/2017 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... spend his 2018 discretionary budget of $1.3 million ..."

How about a per diem rebate to all residents of his ward?

10/08/2017 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is done so the section 8 people feel right at home with the bright colors . It's like a Crown Royal bag. Enjoy the scumbag you voted for people !!

10/08/2017 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That rehab project should be entirely on the railroad.
The city doesn't/didn't build the viaducts since the RR has the right of way to the tracks.
Money must be flowing in from the RR and their budget doesn't see a need to make repairs...unless it's like a southside Metra flyover.
The city allows certain decrepit structures to stand, that's obvious.
Rahm uses TIF to rehab private owned structures when it's part of a south or west side community economic revitalization.
If the city had a guy to rebuilds viaducts, then they'd be fixed. So again, it's obvious the city has no control over the entire RR structure just the under portions.
If any indication exists, its that poor old Jeff Park is destined to become another slum.

The city will fine you if you don't cut your weeds, shovel your snow or even plant a tree on the parkway, depending on which community has money to actually pay fines and so the RR gets a pass.
Rahm and the loyal 48 AlderThieves allow community groups to adorn viaducts with cultural racebait murals and even supply the materials.
Section8'Arena is merely placating some of his undecided base, that's all.
He will likely turn over the viaduct to some unwashed-unemployable antifa artist group to do what they wish to the site.

A million bucks is a lot of mostly unaccountable coin for 48 loyalist AlderThieves.
Too much room for corruption and expect Rahm to raise that fund plus a pay raise.

10/08/2017 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey northsiders, welcome to my world in the 19th ward. Same shit, just different faces and the stupid keep voting them in office over and over. The sign of insanity, you think.

10/08/2017 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Amazon look we have purple viaducts. Smoke mirrors and purple lights we have it all in Chicago.

10/08/2017 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we REALLY need to eliminate 40 aldermen

10/08/2017 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DISCRETIONARY fund? Blowing money on useless garbage sounds more like INdiscretion to me... But then, I'm one of those guys who tends to forego steak dinners so I can afford to pay my tax bill.

10/08/2017 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arena could take his discretionary fund money and pay the pensioners hospitalization.

10/08/2017 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are we going to Pickett city hall?

10/08/2017 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey rahmie how's BAM working out? Or was that $25000000 wasted?

10/08/2017 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Maybe he can also explain why the city is installing curbed islands in the middle of Milwaukee avenue between central and elston? All the budgetary issues and they spend money on things like this. Fuck you John Arena.

We need them because they are necessary. But then again we didn't have them for over 50years and we survived I wonder how we were able to cross Milwaukee Ave for all those years without the islands. No wonder why my kid was late to school everyday

10/08/2017 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My street still has potholes from the last winter that never gottin patched up...AHOLE!

10/08/2017 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one of the 50 brain children. We are so f--ked. Can someone please tell me why any company would want to come to this shithole?

10/08/2017 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is absolute lunacy. This like going to a doctor when you have malignant melanoma and the doctor suggests a good suntan will cover it up. So what do you in the daytime when you walk through the viaduct, do they give you sun glasses so you dont see the crumbling concrete. Dam get some masons to fix the viaduct before it caves in. And while the alderman is at it spend the money on all the broken sidewalks, gutters, streets instead of bullshit islands and bump outs on Milwaukee ave that will not be used. Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars pissed away. And the same can be said for the bike lanes on Elston you rarely see anyone using them.

10/08/2017 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does he mention how much they spent putting disco lights up?
Seems kind of odd "You will have a chance to vote on how the money is spent. Come look at the purple lights on a rail bridge and then decide if you want to vote for purple lights on a rail bridge."

10/09/2017 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jefferson Park and on the northwest and southwest side of Chicago must add more section 8 housing for residents living in this sanctuary city....

10/09/2017 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is those lights like buying pizzas for the blm protesters?

10/09/2017 04:06:00 PM  

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