To the Editor:
The trucks just keep on rolling down Kimbark Avenue and 52nd Street. This continues even though there is a sign clearly marked at the corner of 51st Street and Kimbark Avenue stating a no truck weight limit. I have reached out to the rising star Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) office, and his chief of staff Ms. Tripplet is harder to get to than the president of a major company. I have left several messages, and she refuses to meet with me or even return a phone call. I consider this a total lack of public service. Triplet referred me to the South East Chicago Commission and another hard-to-contact person, Wendy Williams, who after several attempts did contact me and basically said, “We do not write tickets, so why did they send you to me?”
I really do believe that if this traffic flow of 18 wheel trucks were taking place in the 42nd Ward at Dearborn and Schiller, the alderman there would have a massive police presence to enforce the weight ban on trucks, and it would stop. I moved to Chicago in 1980 and always heard about the non-equity of South Side to North Side and always tried to tell people that is not true, but after living in Hyde Park for more than a year, I now must say that it is true. The main issue is that the trucks are tearing up the streets.
The street is sinking and no one seems to care. I am asking for help on this and if the rising star cannot help us maybe the community needs to start looking to find someone that we can elect as an alderman — for all the people.
Larry A. Green