by Whet Moser
Waguespack didn’t hesitate when asked what Daley would be remembered for.
“The parking meter deal,” he said. “Every time people swipe their credit card, they’ll think, ‘Daley!’”
That's the kind of reductive stump rhetoric that suggests a mayoral run, at least to me.
One thing I've seen in a couple places in regards to Mayor Daley's legacy is those ever-present black decorative fences, which are about as close to a MAYOR DALEY WAS HERE tag as exists. But as one of the Chicago News Coop's earliest investigations pointed out, they come at no small cost to business owners:
Mayor Richard M. Daley’s love of ornamental fencing, born during a trip to Europe in the mid-1990s, led City Hall and other Daley-controlled agencies to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to put up wrought-iron-style fences across Chicago. Then in 1999, the City Council approved a change in the city’s zoning and landscaping ordinances to require business owners to dig into their own pockets to surround their parking lots with the same ornamental fencing that the mayor had wrapped around schools, parks, public housing and city offices.