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Chicago: Neighbors shout, criticize children during Park Ridge community garden debate

Supporters and opponents of a proposed community garden at North Park in Park Ridge.

“The children who are commenting up here are not paying our taxes and are not paying our water bills,” Lind said.

By Jennifer Johnson
Chicago Tribune
Nov 3, 2017

Excerpt:

Wolf said the proposed garden will measure approximately 8,000 square feet. Inside a 5-acre (217,800-square-foot) park, Wolf said the garden is “a small percentage of the park.”

But some neighbors disagreed, shouting “No it’s not,” in response.

Roughly a dozen residents spoke against the proposal, some of them angrily. Concerns about the proposed garden’s impact on drainage after heavy rains, wildlife proliferation, crime, disruption of existing open space and a 1947 land deed that some say prohibits the use of the park for things like community gardens were again voiced. At least two residents called community gardens “eyesores.”

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