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Lesson of Meigs Field and mayoral power resonates today

Aug 30, 2016

Recent stories about Chicago parks and airports spark a memory with a message.

Maria Saldana got blindsided on the morning of March 31, 2003, when she turned on the news and saw the same pictures that stunned viewers around the world:

Giant X’s gouged across the runways at Meigs Field, the city’s lakefront airstrip, grounding commercial flights, stranding private planes and flabbergasting Saldana, who knew nothing about the overnight demolition plan, even though she was president of the board that managed Meigs.

Only in Chicago.

Meigs, you may recall, was a small airfield built on park district land that’s now Northerly Island.

I used…

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