City for sale

Those of you who spend any time along the lakefront know that the stretch near Oak Street Beach can be crowded pretty much any time of day or week. And weekends? A free-for-all.

Between the cyclists, the joggers, the tourists, the skaters, the beachgoers and the homeless people, it’s a busy stew. Imagine it with an 18-wheeler thrown into the mix. That’s what happened to me the other day when I wound up cycling behind a flatbed semi that was driving from North Avenue to Oak Street Beach along the lakefront path to pick up the remains of the big Chicago Open beach volleyball tournament held July 12-13: fencing, bleachers, tents, you name it.

It’s just a hunch, but I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this between now and 2016. Probably after that, too, if the Park District finds there’s enough money in it.

Pity the poor county forest preserve district with no beaches to rent. Money from that might save the disappearing tobaggan slides.

And speaking of those slides, before they’re gone, shouldn’t one of them, or a part of one, be donated to the Children’s Museum? The museum ought to at least hold examples of what public money gets spent on (or not) for kids’ education, entertainment, exercise and leisure. It’s already a good example of that, why not admit it and put it in a glass case?

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