How much power does the mayor really have over city bureaucracy? It’s an open question with today’s news. In April Mayor Emanuel did a photo-op at Logan Square Kitchen, using the much-inspected-and-jerked-around shared kitchen space as an example of the kind of business that should face a more streamlined process with city departments. Should… but apparently still didn’t, after the cameras stopped. As Monica Eng reports, in a blistering attack on the unaccountable, inconsistent city departments she dealt with, Logan Square Kitchen owner Zina Murray announces that she is closing her shared kitchen space on June 28, in the face of what she sees as ongoing city harassment with no visible end in sight:
LSK is collateral damage from choices that City employees make each day—people that have lost the ability to connect their actions with the consequences they cause. In all the many, many meetings I’ve had in City Hall in the past three years, there’s a question no one ever asks. “Is it good for our City?”
You can read her full message here.