Thursday, July 10, 2014

Capitol Fax: A sign of the times

Earlier today Rich Miller of the Capitol Fax opined on the coming Mariano's store at the former US Steel South Works and current Chicago Lakeside site. I was not certain what his point were but it sure sparked a number of comments in the post. All the same perhaps his "not feeling like jumping up and down with joy" is related to this point:
At its peak, US Steel employed 20,000 people at its South Works plant. Those were very hard, dangerous, “he-man” jobs, but steelworkers gave an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
Redeveloping this massive site that billed as larger than Chicago's Loop certainly requires a long-term plan. Still I wonder how many people lament the loss of those jobs when US Steel shut down operations here more than 20 years ago?

The image to the left is of the Lakeside development click the pic for a larger resolution.

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