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Re: 3 congressmen urge Metra not to OK Englewood Flyover contract due to lack of minorities

Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Mon May 14 13:47:24 2012, in response to Re: 3 congressmen urge Metra not to OK Englewood Flyover contract due to lack of minorities, posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat May 12 21:23:29 2012.

Evidently while Olog-hai is so vocal on everything else including stupid ideas like running the North Shore on the Chicago 'L' again, not to mention the Aurora & Elgin, he can't respond to this simple question. The Black Panther issue is what, 40 years old, yet Olog-hai keeps dredging it up. Of course the NS and the A&E are 40 years old too so maybe Olog-hai just lives his life in the past. But there are some facts that maybe need to be more widely known and by presenting them I am not asking for a debate..just asking that you keep 'em in mind.

First, Chicago is still the most racially segregated city, 90 percent of the population live in areas that are racially identifiable, Black, white, or hispanic and the Englewood Crossover is within a mostly Black area for a radius of four miles in all directions and going straight south, over twenty miles to the south suburbs beyond Interstate 80-294.

On another forum a poster stated that a passenger railroad running through a community should be a community strength, wrong in this case as neither Metra route that will use the crossover serves Englewood. The Rock Island District stopped four miles back at 87th & Halsted (Gresham) and the to-be-relocated Southwest Service hadn't stopped for six miles back 79th & Kedzie (Wrightwood). Neither will stop until the Loop, unless there is a baseball game at 35th Sox Park. True there is a CTA Red line stop nearby.

It is reported elsewhere that the major contractor met the minority participation by granting 25 percent to Hispanics and one percent to Blacks and if that is true, the three Representatives have a job to do to insure more parity in the future. Admittedly, this debate is not one for this forum.
David Harrison


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