ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4189 times:
After 9/11 and the fears of aircraft being used to attack urban areas, I would suspect that Megis Field will never be reopened.
Those were not the real reasons the airport was closed...Mayor Daley has wanted a park on that land for years, and he found a convenient excuse by hiding behind 9/11. The FAA and Homeland Security departments reamed Daley for his actions...he never contacted any security experts for analysis, it was just his cover story. He even admitted it a few months after the demolition was complete.
That being said, I see no way of the airport ever being reopened. The costs to recover the airport now would be enormous, and unfortunately outside of the aviation community there is not enough public interest to get a reopening movement started.
Ordflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4097 times:
I thought the park was just the coverup behind the coverup. Didn't he have an ulterior motive of building a Casino there?
Glad you brought that up, I wasn't thinking about that before. There are some media theories in Chicago and elsewhere that the land will eventually be used for a casino. He has made his desire known that he wants a casino in the city, especially to help attract conventions which are heading to Vegas more and more. The former Meigs land is very close to the McCormick Place convention center, so I would't rule out the possibility of a casino/hotel complex going up there.
IntruderPC From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3889 times:
Unfortunately Meigs will never be reopened. I doubt if there will ever be enough interest by any group powerful enough to change "hizzoner - jr."'s
actions as regareds to Meigs. The most prevelant thinking is that all of the smokescreens where puts up so when the smoke cleared he could get the legislature to approve a casino an the lakefront. That (and I don't KNOW for sure) has probably been his thinking since casinos popped up all around the Chicago area. It was a great tragedy and a really underhanded way to demolish a great civil airport.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24308 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3842 times:
That (and I don't KNOW for sure) has probably been his thinking since casinos popped up all around the Chicago area. It was a great tragedy and a really underhanded way to demolish a great civil airport.
Are you implying that the legislature is going to give the city an 11th casino license? I think the chances of that happenning are about as great as the chances of the (White) Sox winning the series next year.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
JumboJet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
I would love to see someone fly over Meigs Field towing a banner reading "Re-open Meigs Field airport". Would this be allowed or is there some sort of no-fly-zone imposed down there now? I don't think the authorities would be too happy if someone did that, even if they weren't breaking any laws.
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2249 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3521 times:
Yes, Of course their is a way to get Meigs back.
After midnight, take a wrecking crew down to Herr Mayors office, gut the place and pile the furniture (after impounding the files) into barricades. Erect giant X's at all entrances to the parking lot and block anyone from coming to work. Then declare Daley a danger to and interference with interstate commerce. Fine him and him alone the full costs discussed in the Government investigation. Make him pay restitution to return the airport to it's prior condition before he broke any laws.
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
SLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3306 times:
As a Chicagoan, I am Democrat, but do you think I will ever vote for the mayor again? HA!
The city may have used airport improvement funds for O'Hare to help demolish Meigs. The FAA is investigating and may hit the city for something like $4.5 mil to repay the money and fine the city. I say hit them for all they can (and yea, I know it is coming out of my tax money) and maybe it will show the mayor he cannot do anything he wants.
I was lucky enough to land at Meigs twice before it got closed. Both times we went just to say that we did it. Who knows how many others went for that same reason. I hope everyone reading this thread had the chance to land there and my condolences to those who did not get to land there. It was neat.