There’s yet another proposed addition to the Wrigley Field renovation plan, and dear lord:
So that’s basically a wrought-iron-looking lit-up advertising sign that would stretch across the whole of Clark Street, serving the purpose of … well, of making Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts money. Previous plans for Clark Street included an ad-festooned pedestrian overpass, but that was shot down for reasons I’m really not clear on by local alderman Tom Tunney.
Leaving just the ads, though, is apparently A-OK with everybody, which makes sense given that this deal is increasingly turning into “I’ll build myself some new clubhouses and concessions stands if the city agrees to let me put ads on everything inside, outside, and within a couple-block radius of the ballpark.” It’s better than giving the Cubs cash, sort of — though it’s worth noting that if Chicago thinks it’s okay to put illuminate ad signage over its streets, it could sell them itself and keep the money for its own purposes — but on the other hand, dear lord:
The Chicago Plan Commission voted in favor of the archway last Thursday; the city council is expected to rubber-stamp it in coming weeks.