(Ald. Ted Matlak [32nd]) said he had supported the tear-down because the development project proposed for the site would add parking, reduce density and eliminate space for a corner tavern.
Jan. 5, 2006, Chicago Journal story on the planned demolition of the 1899 Artful Dodger building
Things I would do if I were an alderman and wanted to make my neighborhood suck, and the order in which I would do them:
- Add parking, so there could be more cars, thus more congestion, noise and pollution. Also, less safety!
Reduce density, because people shouldn't have to live in the suburbs in order to be isolated from friends and services.
Eliminate spaces for corner taverns, so that drinking and socializing is ghettoized into loud clubs and sports bars.