* At its peak, US Steel employed 20,000 people at its South Works plant. Those were very hard, dangerous, “he-man” jobs, but steelworkers gave an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
* And now? Well, we have a grocery store opening with state help…
The former U.S. Steel South Works site in Chicago will be the home of a new Mariano’s grocery store, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. John Pope (10th) and supermarket company Roundy’s Inc. announced Wednesday.
The new South Side Mariano’s will be located at the intersection of 87th Street and South Lake Shore Drive and is expected to open in 2016. The “Mariano’s Lakeside” store will be 70,000 square feet and employ up to 400 full- and part-time workers. […]
The new Mariano’s will be built in part with some of the $5 million in state bond proceeds committed by Gov. Pat Quinn to help the grocery chain construct five stores. Four of those Mariano’s stores will be located in Chicago food desert neighborhoods. The fifth Mariano’s suburban site has not yet been decided.
Don’t get me wrong. The long-term redevelopment plan for the South Works site is quite impressive. Practically a whole new city could be built there. And food deserts are, indeed, a very real problem.
I’m just not feeling like jumping up and down with joy, though.