Ed Smith isn’t coming back

…and the West Side might not, either. This week, the city’s longest-serving black alderman submitted his resignation, effective at the end of November.

In February 2007, Smith told YoChicago’s Barry Pearce that the 28th Ward, which covers much of East Garfield Park, was “coming back,” and discussed his efforts to bring more banks, grocery stores, and other businesses and amenities into the neighborhood. Unfortunately, Smith’s successor surely will face every one of the problems he addressed in this conversation.

The first half of Barry’s chat with Smith is embedded above; the second half is below.

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