Before we get to the game thread, let’s take a moment to talk, once again, about how completely obnoxious and rage-inducing the people who live in Wrigleyville are.
Will DeMille, president of the Lake View Citizens’ Council, said it was his understanding the Cubs want to turn the signs on outside the ballpark from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year round. He wasn’t sure whether the community would accept that. “That’s where you really get the Times Square effect,” he said.
DeMille also is concerned about the effects of the signs at the southeast corner of the hotel.
“Are we lighting up the residential areas?” DeMille said. “We are trying to work to make sure most of the signs are pointing toward Clark and Addison or the triangle property, not the residents.”
Ricketts family spokesman Dennis Culloton said the organization is “about to enter a process of community meetings and public hearings and we’ll able to hear a lot of comments. There’s been great effort that’s been made to do something that’s great for the community.”
Look jerks, if you moved into the neighborhood any time after 1914, I’m going to assume you knew there was an existing ballpark there. If you moved into the neighborhood any time after 1988, you had to know that the times, they were a-changing. I’m not sure I completely understand the desire to create 1950′s Mayberry from people who choose to live in the third largest city in America, but it’s getting hella annoying.
If you don’t want bright lights, big city, perhaps Chicago isn’t the place for you. I would suggest trying Springfield (although I’m pretty sure they have LED signs from Cracker Barrell and such there), or maybe even my hometown of Roscoe, Illinois. Although, ever since the McDonald’s moved in, that town has gone to hell in a hand basket. For crying out loud, I lived across the street from the Wiener Circle for a year in law school. If I survived, so will you.
Let’s take a second to think about what your community will be like if the Cubs move out of Wrigleyville. Specifically, think about what will happen to your schools when the Cubs and all the other high-income grossing businesses that depend on Wrigley Field move out or close down. That’s a lot of lost tax revenue. I wouldn’t chance it. In fact, I’d get used to a brighter Wrigley Field or I’d find someplace else to live. And next time, maybe don’t move into a neighborhood with a destination ballpark down the street.
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