BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
Starting today, carriage drivers will have to clean streets after horses urinate. | Keith Hale~Sun-Times
Chicago’s horse-drawn carriage owners are raising a stink — and predicting a rash of Gold Coast accidents and worse-than-normal traffic jams — over a new city regulation that will force drivers to stop and wash the street whenever a horse urinates.
Carriage horses already are required to wear diapers, a legislative legacy of former downtown Ald. Burton F. Natarus (42nd).
Now, Natarus’ successor, Brendan Reilly (42nd), has pressured the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to crack down on something horse diapers can’t catch: urine — which Reilly claims leaves a lingering stench that impacts the quality of life for Gold Coast residents.
Horse-drawn carriages have no place on busy streets in a modern city like Chicago.