There IS a fence. No arguement there. Actually there's always been a fence (becuase people get all annoyed if they're drunk and fall off the back of the bleachers to the sidewalk) but it's added on.
It's there as part of a rehab/expansion project they're doing, and it's not looked that tall nor all that impossible to see through (it's chain link - though they've put tarps on some of it at times.)
From what I understand, the fence is only temporary as they do what work they're going to do. The actual rehab work they're doing, THAT might permantly cause some problems, as they're going to do things like expand the bleachers to an overhang over the sidewalk and have a few more night games.
The Cubs viewpoint on this is "why should care if your ability to make money off us is hurt?", while the city's viewpoint is "can we make any money of any of this? Probably not? Let's just make some noise to get some TV time then."
The ownership here isn't really all that concerned with preserving things if it keeps them from additional revnue, but are smart enough not to do anything too drastic because of the huge potential for backlash.
That was unduly harsh! You can see what they're planning on doing with these artist renditions.
"Seldom do events converge to create the opportunity that exists to revitalize Soldier Field and to continue bolstering the surrounding lakefront neighborhood. A strong economy and the ability to tap existing funding sources - such as the ISFA and the NFL- make the project possible today. These funding sources will not be available in the future. "
Money=more money to spend on players=they have to cos $800 mil a year or whatever just can't cover their 5th house. Anyway, the neighborhood is trying to block the construction of the fence, or at least make it chainlink, but yeah, they were talking about a big adboard over behind right field.
A buddy of mine used to be a scout for the Cubs in Japan (he still lives there doing translation work). According to him, this would not be a close game, as the Japanese league would not be able to keep up with the heavy bats of the MLB.