David J Mangefrida Jr | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The Navy Pier Flyover is taking longer to complete than the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge was and is an engineering marvel with its suspension stays. In contrast, what on earth is so complicated about a concrete box bridge that it should cost anything remotely like the same amount? There are no engineering challenges at all in the flyover. I suspect the usual Chicago corruption. Whose pockets were lined with grossly inflated construction contracts? Or is it just plain incompetence?

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Posted by David J Mangefrida Jr on 05/05/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “RIP Wrigleyville. Welcome to Rickettsville.

Still, the Rickettses sought and landed $75 million in federal historic preservation tax credits to restore Wrigley Field after agreeing to satisfy the bare-minimum requirements from the National Park Service.

This is an idiotic statement. Society has decided that historic preservation is important, but that if you try to make the owner bear all the cost of that societal benefit, you wont' get as much historic preservation as we as a society feel necessary. So we put in place certain requirements that ensure that what we are subsidizing with a tax credit is worthwhile. There is no "minimum", there are a certain set of requirements, and if you satisfy them you get it. Do you do more than the "minimum" when you take a person tax deduction? Stupid comment, in keeping with most of the rest of the article. Also, it's way too long. Don't you people have editors any more?

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Posted by David J Mangefrida Jr on 04/06/2017 at 9:19 AM

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