A Few Thougths About Millenium Park

A. Does it not seem strange that the same week Millenium Park openned, three other Chicago landmarks suffered reverses.
1. Soldiers Field lost its Landmark Status
2. Wrigley Field started to fall piece by piece.
3. McDonald’s decided to knock down the Rock & Roll McDonald.
The timing for this is eery.
B. Millenium Park is a money machine. I imagine that the planning committee got together and said, “we need to find a way to spend the people’s money in a way that they would be happy about it.” The Millenium Park was a genuis decision. There is something for everybody. Once you get into the park the usual thought of, “This is how they spend my tax money,” disappears. One could argue we only paid for part of it, since private corporations contributed to the building fund. However, when have you seen any company doing anything for selfless reasons. At a minumum they are getting free advertising. And, who knows what type of tax-cut or subsidy they are geting for their “donation.” Their donation, by the way, comes from the profits they make out of what we pay them for their services or products. Let’s not forget the money that will be made in the different activities and events held there. In summary, we paid, are paying and will be paying for this park. Let’s enjoy it!

1 Comment so far

  1. morgen (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 2:43 am

    The Rock and Roll McD was not a landmark. Plus, they’re putting up a bigger 50th anniversary McD in its place:
    http://mcdonalds.com/corp/news/corppr/cpr_07122004/photo.html
    Also, after Millennium Park went $325M over budget, the city was forced to go get a bunch of corporate sponsors, so now every square inch is named for some lame business.
    The Gehry thing is cool, the video tower things are cool. I think it’s nice to have a fine looking park right there, but it cost half a billion dollars. I don’t know. It just doesn’t sit well with me.



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