John Arena, 45th ward alderman, please resign.
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We are respectfully requesting that Alderman Arena resign. John Arena is not listening to his constituents. When the people voted for him, they did not vote for urbanization or public housing complexes. Jefferson Park is beautiful because of its suburban feel. We do not want this neighborhood to become like Rogers Park or Uptown. This is not about racism or classism, as Mr. Arena has alleged. This is about common sense and maintaining the safety of the neighborhood, as well as preventing congestion. The lower income seniors and children of this neighborhood also deserve a voice. Recent shootings and gang activity in our parks will only get worse if public housing goes up. I remember in the early 2000s when the neighborhood was starting to go bad. Most of the gangs were actually white gangs, so this is not about race. There was a problem with drug sales, teenage pregnancies, drop outs, and even vagrancy. In the late 2000s, the neighborhood started to get better. We do not want to go back to the early 2000s. Mr. Arena is not being forward thinking. Furthermore, he is an outsider from the east coast who does not share the goals of the long time residents of this community. We need businesses and single family homes. We do not want our property value to go down. If you are against public or mixed income housing and large multifamily units, please sign this petition.
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