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Mike Miner, in his November 24 article, should not be rushing to bury Maxwell Street, because it is not dead. But it will be dead if journalists and photographers continue as parasites, picking at the dead pieces while doing nothing to try to save the still live body that remains. Daley continues to destroy authentic Chicago because journalists and the electorate let him. Daley loves citizen apathy and nonresistance.

There are still 37 historic whole buildings remaining, more whole historic buildings than on Maxwell Street's sister streets, Beale Street in Memphis and Rampart Street in New Orleans. Three hot dog stands and a handful of businesses remain. You can still buy a zoot suit and get your clothes altered while you wait. Blues musicians still come down to play outside on the street in good weather. I too bemoan that so much has been destroyed, but there is still something very special down at old Maxwell Street worth saving, the soul of the city. We invite Mike Miner and the readers of the Reader to join this community preservation effort. Visit the Web site of the Maxwell Street Historic Preservation Coalition: www.openair.org/maxwell/preserve.html.

Steve Balkin

Professor of Economics

Roosevelt University

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