The Park Governments of Chicago; An Inquiry Into Their Organization and Methods of Administration

The Park Governments of Chicago; An Inquiry Into Their Organization and Methods of Administration

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...made it possible for the piano to earn $735. Even allowing for rental of the piano, it is evident that Kinsella has made more than enough from that alone to pay the entire $600 annual rental for the two buildings. Although he has the exclusive refreshment privilege and abundant table facilities in the two pavilions, he sells only soda water, ice cream, candy, peanuts and cigars during the summer season. There is no place in the park where the public can obtain lunch or coffee except during the skating season in winter, when Kinsella meets the demand. The concession of the old refectory in Garfield Park, including living rooms, rented for $500 per annum. In November, 1907, the commissioners, desiring to tear down the building, agreed to pay the lessee $1,000 and cancel the lease which had just twelve months yet to run. This $1,000 payment would not have been necessary had the lease originally been let for a one or two year period instead of for-five years. Although the payment of $1,000 to the lessee recognized that a profit was being made by him, the Board itself has since operated two lunch rooms in the same park and one in Douglas Park with resulting losses on all three. The receipts during the year 1910 at Douglas Park were $1,963 and the loss $1,026. At Garfield Park the receipts were $4,968 and the loss $286. The prices charged are practically the same as in the lunch rooms of the South Parks except that ice cream soda is 10 cents and in the South Parks 5 cents. Sandwiches and coffee are each 5 cents. It is apparent, however, that the losses are not caused by the low prices but by the loose methods of management. The manager of each lunch room is practically in independent control thereof. These women buy their own food supplies, more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974271
  • 9781236974273