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    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
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    Zoning corruption in Chicago

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,6618274.story

    Chicago Alderman acting as neighborhood planners? Apparently not such a good idea

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    And that city council has *50* of them, too!



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    This is nothing new at all; this has been happening as long as I can remember here in Chicago.

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    Quote Originally posted by pete-rock View post
    This is nothing new at all; this has been happening as long as I can remember here in Chicago.
    Do you know if any of the projects have been challenged on the grounds of spot zoning?

    I can only imagine how this goes over with the Planning Dept.

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Do you know if any of the projects have been challenged on the grounds of spot zoning?

    I can only imagine how this goes over with the Planning Dept.
    There have been challenges, and successful ones at that. But there has never been much of a political or popular will for changing this system. Trust me, there is a certain amount of corruption or cronyism that is forgiven in Chicago by its residents as long as the streets are clean, the garbage picked up, etc.

    What's really unfortunate about this system is that the look and feel of a given ward depends to a HUGE extent on the alderman. If an alderman understands the residential and commercial markets, knows what builders want to build and what retailers want to be in his/her ward, they are the masters of their domain. However, if they are clueless (and there are many), and they don't understand neighborhood dynamics, their wards wither away.

    And no, this does not go over well with planners at DPD.

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