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Perverted Parkspace

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Would it were that we all dwelled on the lakefront. That's where a quarter of all city parkspace is, after all. Inland, many neighborhoods go wanting. Despite Daley's 'tree-huger' tag (and he did make considerable contributions), Chicago still ranks 14th out of the 19 densest U.S. cities in greenspace per 1,000 residents, according to a survey by the Trust for Public Land. We have the vacant lots and vacating neighborhoods, but instead of putting them to seed, the city builds stadiums and lakefront features. Blair Kamin gives a rundown of the fiscal perversions and other deficiencies plaguing the park system, and options for setting it straight. [Trib]