50 Wards in 50 Weekdays: 46th Ward’s Kurt Page disillusioned by political ‘runaround’

May 15, 2012

(WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)
Kurt Page, a Lakeview dogwalker, sounds more political than he claims to be.

Kurt Page resides in the North Side's 46th Ward, which runs from Graceland Cemetery and St. Boniface Cemetery on the west, and from Belmont Harbor to Montrose Harbor on the east. Page enjoys the neighborhood mostly because of the proximity to the lake and the Red Line. Still, this 27-year-old sounds like he's not entirely comfortable with how his community got so nice in the first place.

 

You can't really see it from the photo, but Page is wearing a St. Louis Cardinals hat. Until a couple years ago, he lived in Southern Indiana and the Cards were his team. Fair enough, but he might want to leave the hat at home if he visits a Wrigleyville town hall meeting to talk about the redevelopment ideas being tossed around. Here are Page’s thoughts on the issue.

 

Don’t let all this talk of development and gentrification fool you. Page says he doesn't have much to say about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first year in office, because he doesn't follow politics. In fact, he makes the topic sound gluttonous, kind of like a super-sized combo meal. Or a dangerously high-proof adult beverage.

“I try to stay away from that stuff. It can be a little much,” Page says. “Politics in general can be just kind of a big runaround.”

We ran into Page as he was killing some time before starting his shift as a dogwalker for The Houndry. His team, Page tells me, walks 25 dogs a day. A job like that helps you know a neighborhood a whole lot better.

Correction: One sentence in a previous version of this post incorrectly identified Page's ward. He lives in the 46th.