Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Chicago vs. The World: Why we're the Second City

While our city leaders can't decide whether or not they want to vote on a smoking ban in public spaces, whether or not they even want to compromise on the matter, our neighbors to the north in Evanston are not afraid to take a stand when it comes to public health concerns. They are not afraid to stand up to an industry that's destroying the lives of so many people. They are not afraid that residents might move south of Howard Avenue to enjoy their sick little hobby. They have banned the use of leaf blowers.

From today's Trib:

Saying they got an earful from residents about leaf blowers, Evanston lawmakers soundly rejected a proposal to allow year-round use of the machines.

"I've heard from the 7th Ward loud and clear," Ald. Elizabeth Tisdahl said Monday. "When leaf-blower technology gets as quiet as rakes, we'll consider it."

The City Council voted 8-1 against the proposal after hearing from about a dozen people who opposed it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ald. Tisdahl apparantly has never heard a rake against a chalkboard.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is that all about. I bet if you performed a sound reading you would find Lawn mowers, jack hammers, and chain saws to be louder. I hate selective laws. It's similar to charging more for car stickers for SUV (andy I know you'll like that) and Dog Bans for Pit Bulls (Of course I believe people convicted of dog fighting should be executed)

8:53 AM  
Blogger ap said...

I do like the idea of charging SUV drivers more for city stickers. Sticker prices should be determined by the vehicle's physical size and weight. The bigger the car or truck, the more space it takes, the more damage it does to the roads, the more pollution it causes; therefore, the owners should pay for their choices.

11:54 AM  

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