Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Globalness

"The three fundemental components of this program [Richard M. Daley] include promotion of Chicago as a global city, the reorganization of a variety of municipal and independent agency service functions, and social inclusivity at the elite level."

Larry Bennett, The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism

Bennett recognizes that Daley's global goal "is in no way a striking or innovative policy preference." But globalness was his way to woo the academics, the investors, and some of the disenchanted.

"[I]n utopia speak, "a global player" [is} wildly attractive to investors and tourists; in truth, starved of resources for schools, transit, housing, and street-cleaning, bursting at its welfare seams, and prey at the highest levels of public service to multi-million-dollar boondoggles and conflicts of interest."

Deanne Taylor, "Between Utopias," In: What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, edited by Stephen A. goldsmith and Lynne Elizabeth

And that's Toronto

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