Monday, May 17, 2010

North Side Playgrounds getting a better deal?

Chicago Breaking News has this article. regarding disparity between North Side and South Side parks

Alderman Lyle is prominently featured with a few quotes
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, 6th, whose ward contains the decrepit Memorial Playlot, said she was not surprised by conditions there.

"Every year, I go through this war with the Park District," Lyle said. "I will go through and show them all the programs available in other communities and meet with them, and they will give you 9,000 reasons why the programs are not available here."

"Our wards are so much larger geographically, so I have to spend my (discretionary) money every year on sidewalks and streets. And I have less money to spend on parks," Lyle said
Another resident has a quote.
On sunny afternoons, Snow, a single mother in Englewood, gathers up her children, and they'll ride the bus a half-hour south to Tuley Park, 90th Street and King Drive, a place she calls a "real playground."

"Having five kids, I can't take them to places that will cost me every time," Snow said. "I do know (that) playing for kids is what makes them learn and grow. I grew up in this area, and years ago (Memorial Park) was OK. Now it's a hangout for drug dealers."
There are several comments critical of the South Side, essentially saying that the South Side doesn't deserve the same improvements the North Siders receive.

Any truth to those comments?

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