I’m not sure which category of ethical transgression the Reader committed in its front-page photo for the January 12 cover story on East Garfield Park, but whatever the case, it looks like someone over there got incredibly lazy.

The photo does a swell job of capturing the neighborhood idyll sure to be trampled by the county’s new courthouse, but one detail nags: the Department of Public Works sign in the lower right-hand corner of the picture clearly reads “Harold Washington, Mayor.”

Either the city has developed a new brand of indestructible sign that shines brightest white after 15 years in the elements, or you’re foisting a 1980s file photo on us.

This is mind-blowingly disingenuous. Even if the block looks exactly the same today as it did when you snapped this picture a decade and a half ago, slapping an old photo on the front page without identification is inexcusable. How did this happen?

Marc Doussard

Wicker Park

Marc PoKempner replies:

I made the photo in question on Sunday, January 7, 2001. The sign, with Mayor Washington’s name prominently displayed, caught my attention–maybe it also caught the attention of those planning to tear the block down?