To: Eric in the Ozarks
Can you elaborate, please? I’m not familiar with Blue Island.
posted on 08/23/2011 6:15:51 AM PDT
("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
Blue Island once was a working class industrial community with foundries, manufacturing and a big old Clark Refinery. Confiscatory taxes led to an abandonment of this base and the jobs that employed thousands. In the 1970s, a friend who took a job as a math teacher in BI schools told me he needed a police escort coming and going inside the school. The working class Poles, Germans and Irish abandoned BI and others moved in.
In the 1990s, the Clark Refinery was a run down hulk that suffered a fire nearly every week. The owners couldn't afford reasonable maintenance so it was sold to new owners.
Within a year of the sale, a major fire burned into a control system which dumped tons of catalyst fines into the atmosphere. The cat fines still cover the neighborhoods and roof tops on Blue island.
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