The City File | City File | Chicago Reader

News & Politics » City File

The City File

by

comment

As others see us. Terry Jill Lassar in Urban Land (October 1990): "Like the Hancock Center, Marina City is a beloved Chicago landmark that is not yet old enough to have earned protection under the city's historic preservation laws."

Priorities for suburbia. Headline from the newsletter of Bloomingdale's Pet Rescue, Inc.: "Please Have a Heart for the Homeless. Hunger & Injuries Don't Wait!"

Priorities for suburbia. Headline from the newsletter of Bloomingdale's Pet Rescue, Inc.: "Please Have a Heart for the Homeless. Hunger and Injuries Don't Wait!"

"One of the first trends to emerge from school reform in Chicago," according to Lorraine V. Forte in Catalyst (December 1990): "Lessons are becoming more multicultural....On a recent Thursday morning, students at Albany Park Multicultural Academy compared accounts of creation written by Mayan Indians, the Cupeno Indians of California, the Ainus of Japan, the Negritos of the Malay Peninsula and the ancient Egyptians. At Alexander Hamilton Elementary School in Lakeview, parents and community residents will speak to children about their own cultural heritage. And at Mayo Elementary School on the South Side, teachers and parents are learning about African civilization and culture as the first step toward bringing an Afrocentric curriculum to their children."

Raise your hand if you know who is the mayor of Kuala Lumpur. Chicago Youth Centers executive director Delbert Arsenault, on his August trip to Malaysia: "People in Malaysia had not heard of Richard Daley. People in Malaysia had not heard of Chicago. I told them it was in the middle of the USA" (CYC News, Fall 1990).

"More information on native biota exists for Illinois than for any other state," according to the Illinois Natural History Survey's Annual Report 1989-1990. But comparing the list of native species with the species now living here is not encouraging. "Unless this trend [of threatened and endangered species being eliminated from the state] is halted, Illinois will have lost about one-fifth of its native plants, one-fourth of its mammals, one-fifth of its birds, one-eighth of its amphibians and reptiles, one-fifth of its fishes, and a staggering two-thirds of its freshwater mussels."

"In Britain, as in the United States, the sky is now dark with chickens coming home to roost," writes Alexander Cockburn in an essay on the failure of the right-wing government's programs (Isthmus, November 23). "The Thatcher years have brought a 43% increase in the income of the top 10%, whereas the bottom 40% have suffered a decline in income of up to 8%. The country is now a net importer of manufactured goods and is running an enormous deficit." Sound familiar?

Thinking the Chicago Public Library could use more of. Hegewisch branch librarian Paul Bollheimer, responding to David Fremon's query about the reasonableness of building a new 12,200-square-foot branch library in the path of the projected Lake Calumet airport: "A library building is just that--bricks and mortar. But the library is really the books and materials, and we'll have those materials no matter what happens with the airport" (Illinois Issues, December 1990).

Still a difference. The Chicago Urban League's analysis of state legislators' roll-call voting records on poor and minority interests reveals that "Democrats in the House, with a collective score of 86, were three times more supportive of poor and minority interests than Republicans, whose combined score was 27."

Eucharists "R" Us. "Feminists are creating feminist eucharists using a variety of breads and drinks to express the diversity of our communities," writes Diane Neu in the Chicago-based Daughters of Sarah (November/December 1990)."We bless unleavened bread to recall refugees and exiles, grape juice to be in solidarity with those freeing themselves from dependence on alcohol, tortillas to symbolize Latin American people." (Gee, isn't that the kind of symbolism that got Mike Sneed into trouble not too long ago?) "We bless red wine to recall the blood of martyrs, nutbread to signify dreamers and prophets, champagne to celebrate festivity. We bless cornbread to represent Black people locally and internationally; apple juice to reclaim all women as holy, beginning with Eve; rice cakes to remind us of Asian people. We bless milk to signify nursing mothers, shortbread to remember children, water to celebrate women's life-giving powers, saltines to represent the 'salty' elderly." Let's see: sand for Arabs, dried-up heels of Wonder Bread for white males, and a little toxic glass of printer's ink for journalists...

Now that's education. Most visible book in a recent publicity photograph of books being donated by Continental Bank employees to the Nobel Elementary School library: Jackie Collins's Hollywood Husbands.

Ooh, those liberal media! Number of U.S. guests opposing U.S. military intervention in the Middle East who appeared on Nightline during August: 0.

Percentage of Nightline guests during August who were white: 98.

Percentage of Nightline guests during August who were male: 89. (In These Times, December 5-11).

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

Add a comment