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There's Diversity and Then There's Diversity 

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This letter is in response to Tom McClurg's letter in the November 25 issue. It is interesting that Tom McClurg cites "diversity" and especially "age diversity" as reasons to allow allegedly ill-behaved children to have the run of Andersonville. Ill-behaved or behaved children aside, I would like to point out that if Mr. McClurg has had such an interest in age diversity in our north and northeast city neighborhoods, he might like to know that, as far as Andersonville, Uptown, and Ravenswood are concerned, only 11 percent of families in the area can afford an average-priced condo, more than 40 percent of the area's seniors make less than $25,000 a year, and the community has lost 3,500 senior families between 1990 and 2000. Thus, Mr. McClurg, the next time you pull the "age diversity" card in defense of well-to-do children, please also express your commitment to maintaining adequate and affordable housing for children of neighborhood families who have been here for several generations and for our neighborhood's seniors. It's great that you want your children to get their lattes and scones along with everyone else, but there seem to be bigger fish to fry than this.

Molly Sturdevant

Ravenswood/Andersonville

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