This winter was hard. Hard on the people and especially hard on the roads here in Chicago. Our Chicago roads were littered with deep treacherous pot holes that were lethal to a car’s alignment.
And like a great many Chicagoans who commuted using Roosevelt Road, I was ecstatic in the Spring when road crews started blocking off a section of Roosevelt Road between Independence Ave and Western Ave. This section of Roosevelt Road, I should tell you is in the heart of the Black Community on the West Side of Chicago. And I was all over myself giving Rahm Emanuel praise for spending some of Chicago’s dwindling revenues in this particular area. Turns out I shouldn’t have.
Well the barricades are down and the road crews are gone and without a doubt a crew of untrained blind and stupid moneys could have done a better job.
Roosevelt Road between Independence and Western is in worst shape now than before the road work began. It is an absolute disaster! There are areas where the pot holes were dug deeper and cover with slaps of irregular concrete making for a bone jarring and tire flatting ride if you dare to drive over twenty miles an hour.
And after driving this monstrosity everyday, I’ve come to the conclusion that that was the point. The road crews weren’t doing road repair, they were doing road disrepair.
The reason I say this, is because stationed along every block of that stretch of road is a Chicago Cop Car. Was this road disrepair and effort at controlling Black folks? I think it was.
Case in point, a little ways down the road, east of Western Avenue is the Medical District, which includes Rush University Medical Center, The University of Chicago, and Stroger Hospital. This area had it’s roads done two years ago and this particular area of Roosevelt Road is as smooth a ride as one can get in Chicago. You can sail right along. But then again, this area is frequented by a lot of White people and people with money and jobs.
Same thing on the other side of Independence and Roosevelt which leads into another White populated area, Cicero, Berwyn, and Oak Park. Smooth road.
Rahm, shame on you for bowing to racist stereotypes.
Fix the damn road!
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth