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  • Writer's pictureLeah Jones

Edgewater Community VS the CTA

This morning it was the Edgewater Community Council against the CTA. Or with the CTA. Or with the neighborhood. After reading about it on Gapersblock, I learned that citizens would be storming the Thorndale stop of the redline with windex and paint buckets. I forwarded it on to my Condo Association and this morning, two of us set out to make our neighborhood a little nicer.

We walked up to the train station and saw about 20 people already working, everyone in a red t-shirt. Turns out that Thybony’s donated (or provided cheap) paint, brushes, and red t-shirts. So we signed in, put red shirts over our sweatshirts, donned nametags, and grabbed brushes. We were seperated and set to task. Within 1 1/2 hours, the overpass of the redline was completely repainted at teh Thorndale stop. No injuries, no major paint spills, just a great job.

If you are ever in the area, you can admire a post that we painted and I’m quite proud of. It backs up to a wrought iron fence and I had to “just go cut that in and try not to paint the fence.” I did most of it and then my upstairs neighbor joined me to finish. I said, “See those guys, look at all the paint they got on their fence. Let’s keep this clean.”

We did a fantastic post with very little paint of the fence. Those are my bragging rights. And since we were done so quickly, I didn’t even have to cut out early. I was able to get home, change clothes and go to shabbat services. That’s an awful lot to do before noon.

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