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Northerly Island Park: Beguiling lakefront landscape justifies Daley raid

Northerly Island Park: Beguiling lakefront landscape justifies Daley raid

A dozen years after Mayor Richard M. Daley carried out the infamous “midnight raid” that shut down the small lakefront airport called Meigs Field, the question lingers: Did the end justify the means? A beguiling landscape that opens to the public Friday at the southern end of the former airport provides a persuasive answer. As Mayor Rahm Emanuel led a tour Tuesday, great blue herons alighted on a newly created pond, man-made hills screened out the rush of traffic on Lake Shore Drive, and Chicago’s skyline unfurled in the distance in all its majesty. See ya later, airport for politicians and the privileged class. This land is now your land, Chicagoans. And you got it...

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