As the pictures below show, the alderman’s attention to economic development on Touhy has yielded the same results as her business plan for Devon.
Blocks of empty storefronts. Dirty streets. Lack of investment in commercial properties. Buildings for sale.
Get stuck in Touhy traffic and you’ll have a foretaste of what the street scape will bring to Devon: A street so narrow emergency vehicles can’t get through and a single double-parked car can hold up traffic for blocks. I was on a Touhy bus the other day and couldn’t decide which was worse: the horrendous traffic tie-ups or the blocks of vacant storefronts.
Meanwhile Debra counts her endorsements and Rahm spends big-time on her behalf because he needs her unquestioning vote in the City Council. .The recent UIC report on the City’s alderman ranked her as voting with Rahm 98% of the time. Click here for full report.
If she’s re-elected, Touhy Avenue may well disappear as a shopping district. Or it may go the strip mall route, just like Devon, the kind of place one stops for gas and snacks on the way out of town.