Donnn | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The mayoral race and the color of inequality in Chicago

How much new housing would need to be produced to meaningfully desegregate Chicago by government action? I assume at least tens of thousands of units. Even if money wasn't an issue, how would providing these units change the target neighborhoods? History suggests that more affluent white and minority residents would simply move away.
Look how near west and south suburbs have changed as large number of black families have moved from poor Chicago neighborhoods, presumably seeking safety and better schools.
It's not only impractical to relocate a large number of poor black people. There is not wide spread support to relocate a large number of poor black people.
Do middle class black families feel significantly limited in housing choices? I don't know.
This seems to be a discussion among white people about the situation and experience of black people.

Posted by Donnn on 04/03/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “The mayoral race and the color of inequality in Chicago

I doubt that Chicago segregation is solvable by the direct government action of moving people around.
Consider that few CTU members would ever send their own children to the neighborhood schools they talk so much about. Neither would your typical white Reader "progressive". Neither would many professional-class African Americans.
Desegregation happens with class mobility. We even tolerate the Irish now. But the Irish moved up and then out of the ghetto. Not the other way around.
The core Reader narrative is one of victimization. It's a simple explanation and it feels good to some people. While there is some truth to this view, it's not particularly useful to those actually trying to do better.

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Posted by Donnn on 04/02/2015 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Two mayoral candidates, two Chicagos

It's rather weird to suggest that the affluent in Chicago don't take the bus and train.

Perhaps it is the typical white Reader columnist who is out of touch. How many Reader columnists send their own children to a typical Chicago school: ~90% low income and ~90% minority?

I think Reader staff has been trying to get on the good side of Karen Lewis so you can have your meetings of true, caring progressives at her Hawaiian vacation house.

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Posted by Donnn on 03/27/2015 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Who wins and loses in Rahm's TIF game?

'artificial barrier for distributing tax revenues more evenly throughout the city'

Meaning away from the neighborhoods from where the people who paid the taxes live. That wouldn't be a TIF, now would it.

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Posted by Donnn on 03/26/2015 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Emanuel and Garcia offered weak responses on segregation at Monday's debate

I hate the assumption that a photo of an all black classroom automatically indicates an inferior classroom.

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Posted by Donnn on 03/19/2015 at 6:14 PM

Re: “In releasing squishy financial plan, Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia looks almost mayoral

This special election would have been a lot more interesting if Karen Lewis had run. She would have lost, for many of the same reasons Chuy will lose. But it would have been a more interesting contest.
Voting for "anyone but Rahm" doesn't seem as appealing as it did six months ago, now does it?

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Posted by Donnn on 03/16/2015 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Why aren't progressives ecstatic about the race for mayor?

Rahm's a jerk. Chuy is latino Pat Quinn.

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Posted by Donnn on 03/10/2015 at 10:41 AM

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