To the Editor:
I attended the aldermanic forum sponsored by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference last Saturday.
Ald. Will Burns (4th) touted his successes on 53rd Street, bragging that people might now come to the South Side “and maybe want to live here.” Huh? So the people who already live here (and vote here) don’t matter? Because that’s the implication of his statement.
I’ve lived in Hyde Park for most of my 60 years. This is extraordinarily offensive — and is exactly why I will not support him this time around. The constituents he cares about are MAC Realty, the University of Chicago and people who might someday “maybe” live here and vote for him.
I would also like to point out that the TIF council he considers a community process is an appointed body and as such there is no community input into who is on the council.