I am dumbfounded by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce's decision to hang these banners and to feature their dull, bureaucratic Special Service Assessment number on them. Did they spend SSA dollars to do it?
What were they thinking? If the money for these banners came from the SSA, I'd say that's pretty preposterous. Let' s tax people to hang banners to advertise the tax!
Lakeview's SSA (aka extra taxes) is supposed to be spent, in part, on beautifying Lakeview. See outline of Lakeview's SSA mandate here.
An SSA is a tax that residents and businesses in a small part of a Chicago neighborhood pay to help promote local business, pay for extra city services, and beautify the surroundings.
Yuck. Plus, it would be a good time to re-examine the banners hanging all over the city. At one time, they were unique and cool. Now, they're too overdone and deteriorate quickly.
They're becoming eyesores.