Originally Posted by ardecila
The riverwalk at Kinzie Park is lined with townhomes, so they obviously get exclusive use of the riverfront if/when the gates are locked (which rankles).
KP has 3 times as many condos as townhomes. The more correct statement would be that when the gates are locked all KP owners then have exclusive use. (But, even that is not accurate. The gates may be locked - with Reilly's approval, but the gatehouse staff is instructed to let the public in whenever asked to during daylight hours.)
10 years of on-site experience. The issue is mainly dog poop from non-KP owners who don't confine their dog walking to the Riverwalk area and don't clean up (even though KP provides free doggie bag stations on the Riverwalk), not exclusivity. The Riverwalk is just the 30 feet along the River, not the entire area of residential KP. More like your justification at Boeing.
Perceived threats to personal safety also concern a few KP owners. There had been a few isolated instances of break-ins when the neighborhood was a lot rougher than it is now.
It doesn't make controlled access popular. Controlling access rankles non-KP owners. It's just another case of re-privatization of the Riverwalk by an ownership that is forced to maintain it (and assume responsibility for keeping it safe) with no City presence to help out. Hopefully, that will change as the Riverwalk fills in and becomes a more cohesive and more accessible public amenity on the North Branch.