My response, published Monday, December 12, reads:
The right to quiet
The Sun-Times editorial Dec. 6 [“Whistleblowers, please try to keep it down”] tells me that, as a resident of downtown, I should “wear earplugs” if I am bothered by illegal or painfully loud street drummers and other musicians who play morning, noon and night below my living room and bedroom windows.
Would the Sun-Times seriously consider telling that to anyone else in this city? If I lived in Bridgeport, or Lincoln Park, or Avondale, or Brighton Park, that would be a ludicrous response. So why does the Sun-Times think that my quality of life, in my own home, in my own neighborhood, is suddenly fodder for a flippant response just because my home is downtown?
The east Loop is quickly turning residential. If Mayor Daley wants to keep people living there, along with the real estate and sales tax base we bring with us, don’t treat us like second-class citizens. Downtown dwellers deserve the same quality of life as do all Chicagoans. That includes being able to carry on a conversation — or sleep — comfortably in my own home.
Michael Thaddeus Doyle
I'm a NYC-native, Latino, Jew-by-choice, hardcore WDW fan in Chicago with an Irish last name. I believe in social justice, big cities, and public transit. I do nonprofit development. I've written this blog since 2005. Believe in the world you want to live in.