A normally perfunctory Finance Committee hearing for creating Special Service Areas became contentious as dozens of Chinatown residents arrived to protest the creation of a new Chinatown SSA along Wentworth Avenue. A second new SSA, #71, in the South Calumet neighborhood that would merge SSAs #40 and #41, was approved without opposition. Opposition to SSAs at this late stage is unusual, as they are required to obtain at least 20% of property owners’ approval before submission to City Council for approval.

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