Carbon Fee and Dividend Policies Would be a Boon for McKinley Park

Published May 15, 2018

By Noah Paulson

Climate change might seem like too big and far away an issue for the McKinley Park neighborhood, but addressing it would realize immediate local benefits. Although dramatic events like Chicago's 1995 heat wave may come to mind first, the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas has other less obvious, but still deadly effects like increasing our risk for asthma, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. This is in addition to problems from ongoing climate change caused by release of carbon into the air. We live in the middle of a hot spot: The American Lung Association's 2018 State of the Air report ranks Chicago as the 22nd most ozone-polluted American city.

A nationally enacted policy called Carbon Fee and Dividend would slow climate change, improve our local air quality and deliver significant boosts to the McKinley Park neighborhood economy. Here's how it could work.

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Our Neighborhood Deserves Advance Notice of Major New Development

Published April 25, 2018

By Kate Moser

Kate MoserKate Moser The McKinley Park neighborhood deserves better notice of major new developments like the new MAT Asphalt plant about to start operations at 4010 S. Damen Ave. I personally knew nothing about it until coming across a Facebook post in late March. Few in the neighborhood seem to have known about it either: The development was a surprise to the McKinley Park Development Council, the McKinley Park Civic Association and the McKinley Park Advisory Council.

Like many neighbors, I was concerned to see the plant going up, as I live nearby with my family. The plant lies a block south of Pershing Road across the street from the park, including the brand new site of the McKinley Park Community Garden. 

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End Gender Segregation at the McKinley Park Pool

Kate Moser and baby Lucy Moser enjoy a summer swim at the McKinley Park pool.
Kate Moser and baby Lucy Moser enjoy a summer swim at the McKinley Park pool.
Published March 27, 2018

By Kate Moser

I have been a proud resident of the McKinley Park neighborhood since 2005. In the summer of 2007, I discovered what I believe to be McKinley Park's greatest summer amenity: the outdoor pool.

It is an amazing space, Olympic-sized with an attached kiddie pool and water playground. It is also on the southern side of the park, so it gets a lot of sun. Best of all, it is free. But here's the caveat: Many families can't make use of it.

Most of the summer, the times that the sun is high in the sky are reserved for day camp, which is reasonable. Although the pool opens "to the public" at 2 p.m., this is reserved for male-only swimmers until 2:45 p.m. and then female-only swimmers from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Males and females can only swim together from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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What is the Future of Our Neighborhood?

Published February 23, 2018

Alma Anaya photoAlma AnayaBy Alma Anaya, candidate for 7th District Cook County Commissioner

Off I-55 and a few minutes away from the bustle of downtown Chicago, we find McKinley Park, a quaint, diverse, working-class neighborhood that boasts being the geographic center of our city. I have worked for Cook County 7th District Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for the past six years; the last three have been in our office in McKinley Park. It’s a great neighborhood for our office as it is conveniently positioned as the gateway to the broader Southwest Side, easily accessible by public transit and a hop away from the neighborhoods in the 7th District north of the river.

Chicago is undergoing a housing crisis as property values increase and residents are being displaced from communities that were once affordable and a refuge for working-class families. McKinley Park is no exception to this, and as new developments come to the community, it is crucial that residents define a vision for what McKinley Park seeks to become in the future.

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