West Loop becoming a 'Bigot Neighborhood,' Alderman suggests in rent fight

July 08, 2015
After fielding complaints about new rental developments in the West Loop for months, one alderman has a new word to describe neighbors' opposition to renters: "discrimination."
     At a Tuesday night meeting to consider a proposed 80-unit apartment building near the Morgan 'L' station, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said that renters have just as much of a right to live in the West Loop as condo owners and homeowners do.
     "Quite frankly, the [opposition to rentals] in this neighborhood is a bunch of bunk," Burnett said. "Most people in this neighborhood have been renting out their condos for a long time."
     From now on, the alderman said all developers who want to build in the West Loop neighborhood located in the 27th Ward will be required to dedicate 10 percent of units built on site for affordable housing.