Why not use those fallow 62 acres to create a Cook County Forest Preserve right in downtown Chicago?

Why not use those fallow 62 acres to create a Cook County Forest Preserve right in downtown Chicago?

What's wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing.  It's green, secluded and easy to get to.  And I propose it remain as nature intended.  As a lovely addition to the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

This is exactly what we need at Clark and Roosevelt in the heart of the South Loop, a stone's throw from the heart of downtown.  Forget driving to hell and gone for a nature preserve.  We have one that's all ready--and it can be walked to, bussed to and trained to very easily.

It's an ecological paradise.  Why throw out a coyote pack and other signs of nature when you don't have to?  Why shouldn't we be able to get down with nature--in between railroad tracks and the Chicago River--on 62 acres of bliss?

The "62 acres" once belonged to crooked Tony Rezko, who bought it, sold it and got it all tied up with liens, making it difficult, if not impossible to develop if the City doesn't pay off the liens.  We taxpayers should not pay Tony Rezko's debts for the sake of developers.  If we pay his debts, let all of us taxpayers enjoy the scenery.  It's a natural paradise.

We don't need anything at all on this land--besides us.  While wearing our hiking boots.  We have more than enough shopping malls and big box stores and dwellings of all kinds in the South Loop now.  Since Grant Park is being used most of the time for rock concerts and food festivals and such, I think we need a peaceful natural paradise to replace it.  Rezkoville!

I suggested this many times over the years.  Just leave the land alone. And once, Chicago Magazine even noted my idea.  And didn't make fun of me or anything.

And if they didn't laugh out loud, neither should you.

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