Chicago Landmarks misses the mark

9 Jul

Last week several outlets put out stories on how transparent the mayor was in appointing new members of the Chicago Landmark’s commission that failed to meet any type of relevant qualifications for a position that will truly help shape our architectural future.

The Tribune drew the obvious conclusions to the Mayor’s former boss and his ties to the new appointees. But more tragic that blatant political nepotism is the loss the city will feel in the hands of people that likely have no understanding of our architectural history. These days we will destroy anything if it means making jobs and or bringing in future revenue for the city.

It is up to the Landmark’s Commission to put its foot down in certain circumstances in order to preserve our history which will help to develop the future of Chicago. There’s enough vacant land throughout the city to meet demand for new projects. Let’s keep those structures that are significant.

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