5 Politics & Government KONKOL COLUMN: In post-coronavirus Chicago, returning to how the city used to be – starkly divided by class and race — isn’t good enough. Mark Konkol , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Replies CHICAGO — Thanks to the new coronavirus, the rich part of town is a lot more like poor, forgotten neighborhoods like mine — boring with shuttered bars and not a single local joint in walking distance to go for a decent sit-down supper. There aren’t many taxis to hail, and it’s always a long wait for an Uber. You can’t pop into a local grocery confident you’ll have every ingredient to fix a gourmet meal, or find a pack of toilet paper. Storefronts where you could get your teeth cleaned, eyes checked, hair cut and toenails painted are all closed. Out-of-work neighbors worried about paying rent can’t even stop in a tavern for a $4 shot-and-beer to drink their troubles away. Neighborhood schools are shut down. Cops warn packs of people hanging out at parks that they have a choice: Go home or get arrested. And maybe, in a city starkly divided by class and race, some good can come of it. That… Read full this story
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