Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Imagination Stirring

"Instead, the city will be part of a super-region competing with areas like China and Brazil."

Tom Hundley, "Chicago Draws Up Plan to Prosper in 2040," The New York Times, July 16, 2010.

So, what's different from right now. I like the "competing with areas like China and Brazil." They are countries, I think. And Chicago going head-to-head with China seems like a big stretch. Why not pick a couple of regions. Even with 2 million more people, Chicago will be, comparatively speaking, a middling-sized region. And I think we'll need more than a new underground commuter station downtown. Yes, it would be good if Chicago maintained its historic role in rail freight --maybe the TIGER grant will help.

I guess I'll just have to read the plan -- there is more swooning over Daniel Burnham than details about how to rev up the Chicago economy and spread the benefits.

I wonder if this plan will "stir any imaginations."

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