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Ben Joravsky oversimplifies the argument of antilandmarking supporters in the East Village battle in "When Is a Landmark Not a Landmark?" [The Works, May 6]. Yes, economic factors play into the issue, but that is not the sole reason so many residents are so irate about the issue in this area.

As Mr. Joravsky points out, the alderman in these issues is essentially god. The residents of East Village who oppose the radical move of landmarking a district (not worthy of such status) object to the lack of due process and input in the decision. Manny Flores argues that the greater public good supersedes property-owner rights, yet when the public objects he turns a deaf ear.

Mr. Flores has proven to be extremely hypocritical on this issue, and his performances at recent public meetings concerning this issue have only caused more and more people to oppose landmarking. Why? Because he chooses to ignore our concerns and cannot give direct answers to questions.

The process for landmarking in Chicago is extremely flawed. Any and all issues regarding this issue in front of the landmark commission should be stopped until a more representative way of dealing with the issue can be constructed. As it is now, the process is unfair and fascist.

Randy Buescher

East Village

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