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Music festivals don’t help neighborhoods
Community opposition to big private festivals in Douglass Park has been in the news lately, and rightly so. Please realize how this issue is related to the bigger picture: It exemplifies how less affluent, working class parts of the city are taken advantage of, abused and deceived by those in power — the government and big business interests.
Why do Riot Fest and other festivals choose Douglass Park instead of another part of the city? They, and thousands of attendees, don’t care about the scenic attractions of our park, the wealth of wildlife, the peaceful lagoons, the sports fields. After building their fence to keep the community out, they trample and trash the park.
They bring it here because they can, because so far the community has not been able to make them leave, as Humboldt Park did after three years.
Year after year, they feed us the lie that somehow these festivals will bring prosperity and benefits. Little treats are handed out — free tickets to the concerts if you live on the perimeter, temporary jobs to set up and work at the festivals, gifts of money to local politicians and their chosen token recipients.
Claims of significant benefits have proven false. Even the permit fee paid to the park district does not come back to Douglass Park, but goes to the general parks fund.
Variations of this story of greed and abuse of power are abundant. Who knows how this one will end?
Rebecca Wolfram, Lawndale
Source by chicago.suntimes.com