Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Open access vs. donors' influence |

Open access vs. donors' influence | "Open access vs. donors' influence

Private dollars procure amenities - and influence - in public parks.

By Kelly Kleiman | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

CHICAGO � Soon after a great fire had gutted much of Chicago's lakefront property, city fathers decreed it should be 'forever open, clear, and free.'
But more than a century later, visitors walking downtown might be a little perplexed by Millennium Park, this summer's addition to the city's lakefront. For on its 'open, clear, and free' space sit the Harris Theater, the Pritzker Pavilion, the Crown Fountain, and the SBC Sculpture and Plaza - not to mention the Bank One Promenade, Wrigley Square, and McCormick Tribune Plaza."

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