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Re: “A TIF Under the Microscope

While I couldn't agree with you more on the issues of transparency in government, I just can't warm up the the argument that Millennium Park was a mistake. Last year, the city celebrates 100 years of the Burnham plan of Chicago and I'm really happy that the city has Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Grant Park, the boulevards, etc - I just can't help but think of Chicago's citizens in 2110 and of how happy they'll be to have Millennium Park then. Absolutely we need to clean up the blight in the cities' poorer neighborhoods, but, well....when running a school, I think it's a mistake bringing-up-to-speed the academically challenged students at the expense of challenging the more gifted students; a school needs to be working both ends simultaneously to be most successful. I would argue that same is true in designing a city. If we focus soully on the problems today, blight, education, etc, which are certainly important to today's residents of the city, I don't think we should do so at the expense of having a grand vision for and investing in the cities' future. Making Chicago a wold-class city also has value and if we completely sacrifice making bold moves for the cities' future, I think we do so at the expense of future municipal wealth which can further improve the city for residents of all economic stature. I'm happy that Millennium Park has as many shrubs, native plantings, sculptures and amazing public gathering spaces as it has - and hopefully it inspires the public to approve spending in these areas in the future so that the government doesn't feel the need to hide it's spending from us in the future.

Posted by REM on 07/16/2010 at 3:29 PM

Re: “The Shadow Budget: Who Wins in Daley's TIF Game

I feel like maybe I haven’t been following your TIF stories long enough, because, I don’t get it. It seems like what you’re saying is that there are regular property taxes which are theoretically divided out equally around the city and the TIF money is added taxes on top of that which are local and meant to stay in the same district they’re generated from While I certainly agree that parts of the south and west sides are embarrassingly blighted, shouldn’t they be getting an equal share (in theory) out of the regular, publically budgeted taxes? It seems to me that it’s also important to have wealthy neighborhoods in the city, not just for tourism but also to create a wealthier tax base by keeping all the professionals from moving to Wilmette.

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Posted by REM on 05/20/2010 at 9:50 PM

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