Some of you may recall when the bar near my home decided to build an "outdoor dining patio," (a.k.a. smoking patio). I shared my concerns with Mayor Devine and Alderman Narlock. My impression was that I couldn't do anything to stop the construction and that the City would make sure to impose restrictions and rules under which the bar could conduct activities on the patio.
Since it didn't seem I had any say in the matter (not my single voice alone, anyway), I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe this really wouldn't be the quality of life issue I was convinced it would become. Maybe I was over-reacting.