If many Chicago residents are getting the feeling that the City of Chicago; like those in Washington; don’t know what their doing, they just might be right.
This year is almost over and residents see no improvement of city services yet are told they have to pay more. The length of time to put a call into 311 can be 5 minutes or most times more, call 911 and the line is dropped or you are told they can not hear you more times then not, if you do get the call done to request a tree be trimmed, a pot hole get filled or rat poison be put down in your alley you more then likely will have to wait, what seems like, till next year to get it done.
City says crime is down but the headlines don’t say that with people being robbed as they walk down the street, stabbed/shot as they wait for a bus or sit in their yard, car or house, garages being broken into and property being stolen. One day they say we don’t need any more police then the next they say we do, we have a city council trying to pass or passing ordinances that can’t be enforced, open/vacant buildings that look the same way they did seven years ago or more; not boarded up, garbage everywhere and weeds almost to the roof.
Today, even in the safe neighborhoods residents are saying they are afraid to walk around day or night. Many are asking where are the police we do have, some neighborhood areas never see the police except the occasional quick drive through on a few blocks. Residents wonder what good are their Alderman when they have a closed door policy, calls are never returned and issues are never solved, let alone talked about.
Chicago residents understand that there is a transitional period that needs to be gone through when everything changes hands in our government but the need for basic services is still there and should not be affected. With winter just around the corner and Chicagoan being told that this winter will be bad, many wonder if our hardly seen city workers will be around to keep our streets clean and safe.
Bottom line; as a week of walk and talk with the residents revealed; is that many resident in the neighborhood feel that no matter how they try to work with the city, most requests to make it better falls on deaf ears yet they are expected to pay higher taxes and fees with nothing to show for it.