South Loop development shapes up as hot election issue in Haithcock's 2nd ward

The quality of residential construction and development in the South Loop is gearing up as a hot button issue in the upcoming aldermanic race in the second ward, according to a story today in the Chicago Tribune.

The galloping pace of residential development transforms the South Loop, and Ald Madeline Haithcock tells the Trib that, “the new residents don’t know who I am.” Challengers contend that the 14-year incumbent is snoozing on the job.

The Trib gives a brief overview of some of the candidates and their platforms. Candidate Bob Fioretti, an attorney, seeks law reforms to prevent “the same people from repeatedly constructing problem buildings,” the story says.

Businessman Kenny Johnson wants to bring more prosperity to residents on the West Side portion of the ward.

Larry Doody, who works in finance, would press for city building inspectors to better scrutinize construction projects.

Yo wants to know: what do you think are the hot development issues in the South Loop? Have you experienced shoddy construction work?

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