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  • Payne Park was given to the city will the proviso that it would always be a park, not a development.
  • Dan Christian
    Mon 10th Oct 2011
    at 7:51pm
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  • Central and Grant Parks, as both fiscal and community assets, owe their current value to the foresight of those who purchased and chartered the land. In Chicago, attempts by the private sector to encroach on public land have been challenged and upheld by the state's Supreme Court for a century.

    Urban acres, like Payne and Bobby Jones, are valuable because they are public. They grant verdant moments of every variety to everyone. Can we do a better job of sharing these acres? No doubt.

    Still, I rarely drive down School Ave. without seeing someone entering or leaving the park. As a city resident that lives within hearing distance of Payne Park, I can attest that the park occasionally hosts crowds, bands, games and other large community activities. And while the music is not always what I'd choose, it is a joyous noise. It is the sound community members enjoying each other and their shared assets.

    PS - Much like the sound of the rain on my roof, I enjoy and expect the sounds of Payne Park as part of where I've chosen to live. No noise ordinance, please.
  • Moira Toner
    Mon 3rd Oct 2011
    at 12:32pm
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