|Dan's photograph of Wayne Street. |
Perhaps the last two way brick paved
patch of street in existence in Chicago.
Fellow neighbor Dan on the village message board is absolutely correct about the state of Wayne's brick paved road. We need to enlist the aid of our richest neighbor Colonel James Pritzker. He is the only one who could single handedly bankroll this. Of course having the alderman make it a priority before the city council would help. This street is almost more patch than brick at this point and its getting sad. Watching this street deteriorate over the past five years has not been fun. Whenever the street is worked with the bricks are carefully placed and stacked on the side and then its just patched with asphalt. And the bricks are either taken by whomever or thrown out. (This blogger has a couple that are used as door stops) This is a very special patch of street that needs to be restored! More pictures in the following weeks will follow. This brick paved street makes the Mayne Stage all the more picturesque. And its a part of our heritage. How many stretches of street in Chicago are still brick paved? This is one of the few that have survived. There is also a few stretches on the west side of Glenwood, namely that between Lunt and Morse. Is it more expensive than a road replacement? Perhaps. We don't have many roads like this anymore though especially on the Northside.
To read Dan's written statement in total click below.
Dan's written statement verbatim
"Once again this public utility has done work in our neighborhood and left behind slipshod repairs after opening up large holes in our street. It is disgraceful how this company comes into our neighborhood; does the work they need to do; and leaves it looking more run down. I am sure the executives at People's Gas would be the first to complain if their own streets were left they way their workers leave ours. It is especially infuriating that this company keeps raising rates and gives second rate service.
As I have noted in a past posting, the brick streets are the most economical surface because they have never needed resurfacing since they time they were first in over 100 years ago. Here in the 6900 block they have opened up a series of holes to work on gas lines, removed the bricks, hauled them off, and replaced them with asphalt. The City Water Department, Streets and Sanitation, and now the public utilities such as People's Gas, consistently come into the neighbor and leave an ugly mess behind.
What is most frustrating is that our elected officials (the mayor and the alderman) have been unresponsive on this issue. Our elected representatives do not hold city departments and the public utilities accountable and they do not require them to restore our streets and and lawns to the same condition they were in before work was started."