"since the early 50s" ? We might have crossed paths,"
There often weren't many people in the park then. So think hard, Allan. I was the kid buying a Frosty Malt from Irv.
"Any idea how many registered voters there are on Waveland between Sheffield and Clark?"
Less than 30.
LOL!! In 1955, Paddy Bauler, 43rd Ward Alderman, stated, "Chicago ain't ready for reform!" That still holds true, today!!
Don't be surprised when a few well timed lawsuits here and there immediately halt ongoing construction...
"I lived off of Kenmore, 4 houses away from Wrigley. There are MAYBE a dozen apartments with windows facing Wrigley and very few if ANY have a view inside of Wrigley Field.
That being said, the people knew there was a ballpark there when they moved in."
And of course the view of the back of a scoreboard is so much worse than the view of an outer ballpark wall. :)
"Doesn't it make simple business sense? It's very hard to believe it wasn't a main objective even as long back as you have been going."
I think that after the renovations and hotel is up and running... and the revenue is flowing, the Cubs will be in a much better position to expand. It's better to do that with profits rather than just going deeper in debt right now.
The Trib co never really saw the full potential for expanding the Cubs as a business since they were mostly a media company. As a separate business the Ricketts focus is on the Cubs and not all those other things that Trib Co was into.
"It's not going to be delayed. Concessions were made on the video board and the signage. The committee approved it and the Cubs are going to start moving on the project likely this offseason."
It still has to be approved by city council but I think that will go through soon as well. I would expect that the new players facilities get done by spring and the outfield jumbotron, etc will be a high priority because of instant revenue return from them.
"These people owe their enormous property values in the neighborhood to Wrigley Field. And unless some of these mamby pamby obstructionists are over the age of 100, then the ballpark PRECEDED every single one of them."
If you look at old photos from the 40's and 50's most of those buildings are not even there. Most of the old buildings have been torn down an replaced over the years. One in left field was built in 1996. Permanent seating didn't exist on any of the buildings before the late 80's. Most was constructed in the 90's or since.
Rooftop seating doesn't have a long history.