Bureaucracy stifling at Maxwell Street

Letter to the editor

09/05/2012 10:00 PM

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It is indeed sad that the Maxwell St. market is dying, and an even sadder fact that the city government has proven itself totally incompetent to run a flea market.

In the 50s and 60s the market was run by one person, the market master. It cost all of 17 cents to set up, and was open to all. Now the market has a fancy office, a police force, an army of inspectors, clean up crews, background checks, licensing and permits, large weekly fees, enormous fines for the tiniest infractions and soon vendors will be required to have a million-dollar insurance policy.

If you wonder why the city is running an enormous deficit, take a look at the management of the Maxwell St. market.

Lionel Bottari
Former Maxwell Street Market vendor

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By No more Immigration Fest from Loop
Posted: 11/04/2012 0:51 AM

Lionel, all those resources to support what amouts to a weekly festival for illegal immigration and stolen property? What do you think us normal tax paying citizens feel when BILLIONS of Chicago taxpayer dollars are doled out for sanctuary citizens and illegals, who in turn expect a FREE flea market that allows these same scofflaws to avoid paying income or sales taxes. Shut it down an make them go to a store like the rest of us.

By Gadfly from West Loop
Posted: 09/07/2012 6:09 PM

I certainly agree that the market is a thin shadow of what it was. The City seems to be at fault. The larger question: if the city cannot run a Sunday flea market, why should anyone expect competent management of a school system, a police department, or anything else. As an urban vagabond, I've noticed that cities with one political party do badly. New York needs its Liberal Party, for example. Places where the decisions are made in backrooms do badly.