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Visualizing The Collapse Of Chicago's Middle Class

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As Daniel Kay Hertz explains, the goal of these maps is not merely to depress you (you’re welcome!), but to suggest just how dramatically the reality of Chicago’s “two cities” has changed over the last few generations, how non-eternal its present state is, and that a happier alternate reality isn’t just possible, but actually existed relatively recently.


Daniel Kay Hertz goes on to note, he feels relatively comfortable telling the story of how Chicago came to be so segregated by race; but is much humbler about his ability to explain this, except inasmuch as the ever-widening ghetto of the affluent could not exist without, yes, radically exclusionary housing laws.


One last piece: the obvious and immediate reaction to these maps is to see them as a direct consequence of rising income inequality. There is some truth to that, but the researchers from which much of this data came have already discovered that income segregation has actually risen faster than inequality. So that’s not the end of the story.

Anyway, here you go: the disappearance of Chicago’s middle-class and mixed-income neighborhoods since 1970, measured by each Census tract’s median family income as a percentage of the median family income for the Chicago metropolitan region as a whole.



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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:32 | 4627117 Ignatius
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Hey, I think I see Oprah's house.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:42 | 4627136 AlaricBalth
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Chicago was such a great town. Once saw Jim McMahon in the mid 80's holding court outside a local pub in Lincoln Park. I used to love traveling there for business. It is a shame that the local pols have destroyed a once mighty city.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:44 | 4627146 markmotive
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The final gasps from a dying empire desparate to retain power.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:47 | 4627386 Four chan
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contraction nation.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:20 | 4627409 Jam Akin
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The areas on the near north and west of downtown that were quite literally Ft Apache country when I was a kid have really made a turn for the much better in the past decade plus.  Too bad too much of the rest has run downhill, accelerated by the dispersal of former public housing residents and other poor policy decisions.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:11 | 4627660 economics9698
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One word…demographics.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:04 | 4627706 GetZeeGold
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Screw this....I'm moving to Detroit, aka progressive of fairy pixiedust and real hope and change.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:31 | 4628073 boogerbently
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The "rich" get blamed because there's less of them.

They are "voted" guilty by the free shit supermajority.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 23:00 | 4629252 DFCtomm
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You couldn't have got that more wrong. The rich purchase the vote of the poor. The 1% buys the vote of the bottom 49% they then steal and plunder the middle. The bottom half get the scraps from the government. I'll put it to you this way. GE doesn't pay any income tax and neither does that welfare single mom.  Who paided for the last bail out? The rich who got the bailout, the poor who don't pay taxes, or the middle class?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:05 | 4631366 Vice
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I'm currently living in Chicago and this map is by far an understatement. It's gotten so bad here that there's certain stops on the L that you just don't go past or you will get mugged, threatened at gunpoint or beaten. If you're a lady, the fate is even worse.

It's such a beautiful town too, but the moments you step outside of it = Haiti. 

Look up the towns of Ford City or Auburn Gresham 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:49 | 4627158 infinity8
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FFOOOOOOOOOODD! and LOTS of music. Haven't been for @8 yrs I think. Got to go regularly for work for 12-15 yrs before that + some fun family-related non-work events. Still talk to several people - not what it used to be. Sad.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:29 | 4627356 0b1knob
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Exactly the same combination of a one party Democrat political machine graft / welfare system that converted Detroit in a bankrupt sh!thole.       

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:00 | 4627485 TBT or not TBT
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Kinda like California, where dem supermajorities are a given and swaths of it are third wold with rich enclaves along the coast, a la Hunger Games.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:55 | 4627171 Redneck Hippy
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The moral here is that lakefront property is a good investment.  Especially 50 years ago.

How is Chicago different from the rest of the country?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:50 | 4627467 Ballin D
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the point is that the same thing is happening all over the US

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:07 | 4627719 Landrew
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When Reagan and Clinton made it profitable to move industry to Mexico, they moved our JOBS! Then when Mexicans asked for a living wage THEY moved to China with even more tax incentive. WE paid them to move our jobs to China! That is why all cities tied to manufacturing are dead.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:48 | 4627851 Pool Shark
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Then, when the Mexican jobs moved to China, the Mexicans moved here...


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:54 | 4627917 Herd Redirectio...
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And now China is outsourcing to Vietnam...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:36 | 4627987 Landrew
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So few people know that! Well done!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:34 | 4628080 boogerbently
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In San Diego, the property that used to be the stinky, marshy, cheap seats, is now Mission Bay.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:17 | 4627224 dexter_morgan
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Unfortunately, he is probably unable to remember that these days. He's one messed up guy. Sad. The punky QB.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:34 | 4627267 LasVegasDave
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Its not that complicated

The more nigs, the worse the area.

Numbers dont lie

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:02 | 4627737 Headbanger
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Just what this country needs.. 

More divisiveness you asshole!

And thanks for the down arrow you shit head!

How about the fact that it was black slaves who harvested the cotton, tobacco, sugar and other crops that helped make early America wealthy enough to expand and become a great nation!?

What about the black labor and troops who helped us win WW II?

Oh, I bet you just hate listening to any Mo Town, black jazz greats, Lionel Richie and hate looking at Beyonce'.   How can you NOT like James Brown!?

And go ahead and tell the next black doctor, nurse, cop, soldier, plumber, bar tender, cook, store owner what you really think of black people and see how that goes over!?

And what are you going to blame Asians for next!? 

Or Native Americans?

So fuck off!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:02 | 4627751 sunnyside
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It may not be nice, but is what LasVegas said/linked  wrong?  That big elephant in the room of black culture isn't going away by pretending it isn't there or isn't a problem.  DeShaun gangbanging, or Laquita on her 6th episode of Maury trying to find her baby daddy in Chicago is just as real a problem to locals as HFT assholes frontrunning (rigging) the market.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:29 | 4627763 Headbanger
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Are you kidding!?

What's wrong is that the same Nazi thinking can be (and was been) applied to any race or culture to demonize them.

How many WHITE immigrants to the US were illiterate, crude, uncultured when they got here??  Many still are!

Yes there's cultural differences amongst all peoples but that doesn't mean we have to use it against each other!

What ever happened to us trying to find the humor in our differences like in the movie "Blazing Saddles" that poked fun at ALL of us!?

This nation is in deep trouble now and we can't be blaming each other for it cause of our racial and cultural differences or we will collapse as a nation.

We need a re-make of "Blazing Saddles"

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:45 | 4627784 sunnyside
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No, I'm not kidding.

We can find humor in cultural differences, but not in a violent, anti-social, low education culture.  There is nothing funny to that, either for those who are in it or those who are subjected to it.  You brougth the word race in where I stayed with the word culture.  Big difference, because the melanin isn't causing the problem, the culture is.  Cultural differences are not bad or a problem, but the culture that permeates black America is.  To say otherwise is dishonest.

I have Asian neighbors who are very different, live differently but don't have these problems.  I have African immigrant neghbors who live differently but don't have the problems of black Americans.  Nobody gives a shit around here if they are yellow, white or black.  They give a shit if they are refusing to be educated, refusing to work, or out committing a disproportionate amount of crimes basesd upon demographics.  Again, denying that elepahnt in the room isn't going to help anyone.

Blazing Saddles is one of my favorite movies.  I wonder if it could get made today.  Two funny scenes are when Waco Kid is asked by Sheriff Bart what he likes to do.  Wilders answers.."Play Chess...and screw".  Bart replies "Let's play chess."  Or earlier when Sheriff Bart asks "Do you need any help?" , and Waco kids replys "Oh, .......all I can get."  Writing in this movie was great. Not a bad or "filler" scene anywhere. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:53 | 4628008 Thorny Xi
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"What the hell is wrong with your American black people?  Don't they understand how good they have it?"  Remark by a Ugandan engineering student at Makarere University made to me as we were watching a CNN newscast - such newscasts there being relatively new - in 1995.  "They were slaves?  There are still slaves here, in the north!"  A discussion of relativism followed, but he and the other locals who joined in refused to accept that explanation. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:13 | 4628159 Totentänzerlied
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Cultural differences may not be a problem, but the fact of cultural difference is.

To the extent any two groups differ, they will, on a long enough timeline, come to blows. The most violent societies in history have not been even remotely as diverse, by any measure, as nearly any existing country (as but one example, outside of certain of the Islamic caliphates for a period of not even 1000 years, religious tolerance as a meaningful concept was not even dreamed of).

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:40 | 4628663 Bankstein Swiss...
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I m sure that in your country there are also people who "have the problems of black americans" but who aren't black. And it s a fact that the same people fill the jails all over the world, not just in USA. Uneducated, lazy, violent criminals.

There was only one black kid in my school, a private school with 150 children.

But the red hair guy in my class did not study, never had a job. A criminal, but still he a nice guy.

The black kid had glasses, he looked like a politician.

Jails are filled with poors, financially, intellectually, morally poors. There is a corelation between wealth and whiteness in western countries.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:20 | 4627822 Government need...
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I believe this nation is collapsing as a union.  When you start to piss on the Constitutional rights that made the USA exceptional, you lose my willingness to help keep it together.  Legal discrimination through government contracts and the 'Just-Us' Dept (hate crimes anyone?) only hasten the fall of this corrupt regime.  

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:53 | 4627915 sunnyside
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I agree, and maybe that should tell us that the States are important, with a loose or limited federal/central gov't, because:



1) people/cultures are different (with different needs/wants) in this large of an area, and

2) local governance is better than central planning.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 23:52 | 4629309 Freddie
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The only thing ever "exceptional" about the USA was the geography where there was water, fertile land and minerals.  The people in the USSA are a fetid group of scum who still love O and drool in front of their TV and Hollywood propaganda. 

I bet 80% of the posters here on ZH still watch TV and support Hollywood.  I bet the normal public is probably 99%.  Idiot serfs.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:58 | 4628139 Totentänzerlied
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"How many WHITE immigrants to the US were illiterate, crude, uncultured when they got here??  Many still are!"

All you need to do is look at the demographics and economics of the places from which they emigrated, but in general, peasantry is peasantry, no matter the time or place. By the not unreasonable standards of others, Americans (being from the [erstwhile] wealthiest country on Earth) remain crude and uncultured, and illiterate in that very very few of them read anything other than entertainment "news" and similar pabulum.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:09 | 4628155 FredFlintstone
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Where is this pinnacle of culture that you hail from?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:27 | 4628186 Totentänzerlied
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I never said I held that view. I merely said it was not an obviously unreasonable view, given the unprecedented opportunities for cultural development that America and Americans has and have enjoyed (given its wealth, immigration, [classical] liberal and democratic tradition, lack of any formal legal caste or class system [unheard of anywhere else in the world] with the exception of black slavery, huge proportion of Protestants [who were more literate, educated, and industrious, historically, than Catholics], lack of a centralized monarchy or church of any sort, and enormous access to literature of all kinds [again unheard of]). You can be dismissive, but it is at your own peril and that of the whole country as well. No one has the luxury of ignoring the consequences of their culture's failures.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 21:52 | 4629163 FredFlintstone
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You make some great observations, but you assumed I was being dismissive. I am here to learn, so do you mind answering my question?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:17 | 4627819 Government need...
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The Negro's competitive advantage includes running fast, jumping high, and physical violence.  Any dataset of sufficient size will also demonstrate the Negro tests 1 (or more) standard deviations below other ethnicities on IQ, and commits violent crime at a rate of of 7-10x of that of Caucasians.  Instead of accepting responsibility for addressing these important deficiencies, Negro leaders (and their whitey apologists) blame others for their problems, and demand incrementally discriminatory practices (in their favor) in terms of hiring and government contracts.  'Dat Waciss' is their rallying cry.  I think China, Germany, and Russia need some 'multiculturalism'.  Oh, wait, Merkel already declared 'Multiculturalism to be dead'. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:15 | 4628417 Kobe Beef
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The low impulse control, low conscientiousness, and high time preference are also very reliable and valid measurements.


But hey, what's half a billion cortical brain cells less than a caucasian got to do with anything? The (clearly observed, historically undeniable) dysfunction is culture, and education, and poverty, and da terrble legacy of slabery, and White Privilege, and if enough egghead ivory tower types combined with enough government bureaucrat types with enough Hollywood-Madison Avenue types with enough Communist-y Organizin' types are fed enough trillions of your tax dollars, we will lift homo Africanus out of the Stone Age at last. "We are the woooorrrld, we are the chillllldrenn.."


Like everything in the USSA, "Diversity" is a racket.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 21:04 | 4629092 European American
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It's a breath of fresh air when I hear someone honestly and willingly stepping up to the plate to call a spade a spade.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:22 | 4627824 Frostfan1
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If it makes you feel better, Headbanger, if he had Jews rather than the Nword, the up/down score would be +110 -3.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 06:03 | 4629503 DFCtomm
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You really think slaves were responsible for the early economic progress of the U.S.? You also seem to think that blacks played a large role as soldiers in WWII. You've been watching too much TV. Why don't you do some research on those two points, and see what you find.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 19:02 | 4628845 robobbob
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superficially, you are right

but like most issues dealing with TPTB, it is all sleight of hand.

The elites dream of a return of feudalism. To do this they must strip away hundreds of years of progress by the lessor classes and destroy the gains of "enlightenment". Everything from philosophy, culture, and of course money. They are aware of course of the French Revolution, and are extremely careful to hide in the shadows. One favorite front is behind the altruism of marxism and its lighter versions of socialism and progressivism. To acheive their ends, they need a vangard of gulliable and expendable foot soldiers. This is where black culture comes in. Under the guise of helping, blacks have been led straight back into slavery worse then anything from the past, but not only invisible, but convincing the to be willing participants. Entitlements to destroy actual acheivement, welfare to undermine and destroy the family, public education, black society has more freedom on paper, but in fact are worse off as a people then a hundred years ago.

Yes, go ahead and hate blacks. Hate the in your face hypocrisy. Hate the destruction they represent. Hate the violence they permeate. Hate the never ending drain on tax resources they cause. But know the truth. They are a weapon being wielded by the elites in their war on decency and free civilization.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 06:05 | 4629504 DFCtomm
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Then why are African nations, with no Western elites around also violent? Who is duping them?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:43 | 4627287 underman
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"Chicago was such a great town." 

Agreed.  Used to live there myself.  Good to place to rage as a 25yr old.  But its a rotten mess now.  No place to raise a family or grow old in. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:18 | 4627337 Never One Roach
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"Diversity isn't for everyone."


~ Deutschland's  Führer, Ms Merkel

However, I'm pretty lucky. My neighborhood is very diverse ... but mostly with wealthy [and educated] Chinese, Iranian, Sikh and Indian professionals and a couple of African-American doctors.

I don't even have locks on my hubcaps!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:47 | 4627533 Bazza McKenzie
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You've got hubcaps?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:56 | 4627793 GubbermintWorker
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HAHAHA! Methinks he meant wheels but damn, that's funny.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:52 | 4627852 Uncle Remus
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I think he meant subtle.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:28 | 4627441 yogibear
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Be glad you left the place because their broke and need to keep raising property taxes and fees. A slow grind downward.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:44 | 4627529 Tapeworm
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You are now a target of the spelling fanatics. They're going to get their kicks out of booting you over there.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:10 | 4627724 Landrew
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It's just as bad in the suburbs if not worse!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:13 | 4627456 DanDaley
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Kind of funny to watch the old neighborhood (South Shore) deteriorate right before my eyes on the graphic, then realize that it started to change for the worse when Michelle Obama moved in. At the start of the change our house was robbed 3 times in one year, but for many years before those days, we hadn't had a burglary in the neighborhood for decades. Our community "got organized", I guess you could say.


PS - It's not a hate-blacks thing (because I don't), it's that many blacks have been enabled in their dependancy on government by "certain people".

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 18:36 | 4628754 g speed
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I don't know why you don't cause they sure as hell hate you--

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:41 | 4629238 DanDaley
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Maybe some do, but that guy who saved my life...I'm pretty sure he's okay; when somebody saves your life, it's pretty hard to see him as anything but an individual. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:41 | 4627140 Cangaroo.TNT
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Oprah ain't no dummy.  She lives in Indiana.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:57 | 4627796 GubbermintWorker
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The region ain't so great either. Been to Gary lately?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:12 | 4627211 Mr Pink
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:43 | 4627288 oooBooo
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Oprah's house is on Maui now.




Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:02 | 4627320 Mr Pink
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Interesting...the fed's funny money starting to come back?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:42 | 4627459 Boomberg
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and one of her others is in Palm Beach.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:53 | 4627854 Uncle Remus
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@#!$%!#$ - scratch Maui off my list.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:17 | 4627345 BlueStreet
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Been in Chicago all my 43 years but just sold the last of my furniture yesterday and getting the hell out. Writing this from an air mattress on the floor.  When Daley decided that public housing needed to be torn down he spread the problems throughout the city.  Areas which were once reasonably decent (Edgewater is one) are no longer.  Other areas that were starting to turn around (like Rogers Park) are reversing.  It's a mess in every way.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:44 | 4627382 MontgomeryScott
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Damn, it took you long enough!

DO NOT move to Idaho.

The weather is too hot in the summer, and too cold in the winter. Everyone has guns, so everyone is a terrorist. They still think that food, clothing, and shelter are 'important'. The edumacation system is really bad, and some people still think that freedom is actually 'better' than indentured servitude. Houses are too cheap, and (if you believe it!) they still have some people who use FIREPLACES and PELLET STOVES for heating (the EPA is working hard in this regard, though). SOME of the people actually refer to those long-hairs and pot-smoking people as 'freaks', and actually believe that an honest day's work merits an honest day's pay! Frigging BACKWARDS... bunch of REDNECKS...

SERIOUSLY, Ross Perot actually WON Idaho's vote in '92... and they have gun shows. GUN SHOWS!

Rahm Emmanuel... didn't he turn things around for Chicago?

If you sold all your furniture, what the hell are you going to sleep on when you get to wherever it is you're headed to?

Sweet Home Chicago, by The Blues Brothers:



Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:39 | 4627740 Headbanger
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OMG!!    You mean real WOOD pellet stoves!!??  And I bet more than a few of em even raise chickens for really fresh eggs.  Oh the horror!

I don't think I could take it there in Idaho for more than 30 years or so.

And I'm probably too liberal for Idaho cause I don't own a 50cal BMG (yet) and don't smoke pot cause me likes me scotch and tequila too much!



Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:59 | 4627798 GubbermintWorker
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I alternate between the pot and alcohol.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:04 | 4628143 MeBizarro
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Or Mormon.  Mormon's quietly run just about a lot stuff in Boise too although their presence isn't nearly as pronounced and outfront as it is in Salt Lake City and Utah (or say Meridien in Idaho) nor do they have a blanket share of power where anyone who wants to do anything has to be wary of running afoul of the Mormon Church. 


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:35 | 4627775 Rainman
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Idaho believes that weapons in the hands of law abiding citizens is the best deterrent to crime. Gun Control Nazis are not welcome.

In July , armed persons with concealed weapons carry permits are permitted by law on Idaho college campuses...with a few reasonable exceptions.....just in case some maniac decides it's a good idea to shoot up the skool.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:44 | 4628223 Totentänzerlied
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"an honest day's work merits an honest day's pay!"

An uncoerced contractually agreed upon day's work an and uncoerced contractually agreed upon day's pay at or around the going market rate?

(Yes, even many purported supporters of laissez faire and free markets still cling to a historically conditioned belief in a magical Law of Econodynamics which posits a linear relation between labor time and labor compensation. Ignored is the prevailing market rate for said labor, and thereby the market demand for said labor, as well as the markets ability and prerogative to compensate. Could anything be more absurd?)

Cause otherwise... ... ... it's just more entitlement mentality, like the "don't touch my Medicare!" Tea Party crowd (though obviously not all of them).

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:42 | 4627458 yogibear
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Chicago has been losing people for a while. Besides, Chicago runs Springfield. Illinois is one messed up state because of Chicago.

Escape while you can still get a decent price for your property.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:34 | 4627120 RiverRoad
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You mean the Community Organizer didn't fix that?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:23 | 4627242 wee-weed up
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Chicago is a proxy microcosm of the Obozo Admin.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:36 | 4627126 freeasabee1
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:36 | 4627129 NoDebt
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This is why you don't want to be anywhere near a city when the shit really hits the fan.  Any city, not just Chicago.  Two blocks of separation isn't enough when law & order breaks down.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:41 | 4627141 FredFlintstone
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Like to see the look on Progressive's collective face when the multicultural element goes full retard on their asses.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:56 | 4627167 NoDebt
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Fred, you hit the nail on the head.  I dug a little deeper on this article (see my follow-up post, below).  You have no idea how right you are.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:44 | 4627290 nmewn
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Yeah, you got me goin on Mz.Woods, now there's a real piece of work.

A "highly educated" woman of her time, who became a "central planner" (with the best of intentions, one can only surmise) who wound up building prisons for the very people she thought she was helping.

Such is the paradox of "progressive" central planning, you always hurt the ones you love.

Show me the "progressive central planner" who lives & works within what they design for others to live & work in...and I'll show you the ONLY "progressive" with an honest bone in their body.

Fifty four years and still waiting ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:57 | 4627308 dexter_morgan
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Yep, but they got CC now , not that any progressives will apply

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:03 | 4627316 PrecipiceWatching
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They'll still blame "white Christian rednecks" even as the inner city savages are bludgeoning the last speck of life out of their neurotic, self-hating, spindly carcasses.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:28 | 4627514 Max Cynical
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"Like to see the look on Progressive's collective face when the multicultural element goes full retard on their asses."

They call that diversity.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:41 | 4628338 Kobe Beef
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I thought that was called "Social Justice". It's so hard to keep up with the Deluded White Liberal propaganda these days..

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:39 | 4627134 Cangaroo.TNT
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1970 Chicago had factories.

2014 Chicago has law firms.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:50 | 4627160 john39
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Yeah, and even the law firms are struggling these days.  Most are pyramid schemes themselves. Few at the top make the real money.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:15 | 4627499 oooBooo
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This is why a reasonable interstate speed of 81 mph now faces 6 months in jail.

It's a gift to the lawyers. Not that anyone actually goes to jail for it. Haven't heard of anyone going to jail for it. But they probably have to hire a lawyer.



Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:18 | 4628514 Big Brother
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Oh c'mon now...  There's still a hand-full of factories there.  And they have that awesome IMTS show every other year /sarc off.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:40 | 4627138 dexter_morgan
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Best way to see Chicago is in the rearview mirror. All of the peoples republic of Illinois for that matter,

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:00 | 4627797 Tucson Tom
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Left in 67 and never went back except to stay downtown.The riots around Cook County Hospital and surrounding areas drove me out among other things.Had to miss a day at work when I was forced to turn around and go home.Stop lights were out,fire trucks and cops everywhere,smoke was in the air.No place for a white boy to be driving! Saw first hand why they called the ER at Cook county the "knife and gun club".On Friday afternoon,when the "Eagle Flies",the ambulances were literaly lined up with gun shots and knife victims.Nothing has changed!The next riots will be even more deadly.We are in a downward  spiral and don`t see a fix coming. Watch your six!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:46 | 4627154 nmewn
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Look, if we just separate the people by skin color. Look, if we just separate the people by religion. Look, if we just separate the people by gender. Look, if we just separate the people by wealth.

Look, if we just separate the people.

Social Engineering for Fun & Profit 101.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:48 | 4627157 ebworthen
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(Is toast).

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:54 | 4627164 NoDebt
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You know, I don't think I'm done yet with this article.  I kept scratching my head over this one:

"but is much humbler about his ability to explain this, except inasmuch as the ever-widening ghetto of the affluent could not exist without, yes, radically exclusionary housing laws."

What the fuck does that mean??

So I clicked through into the underlying article, expecting claraification.  Nope.  No help.  No further explanation of what a "radically exclusionary housing law" is.

Then I got to this little gem in the original article:

"Had Elizabeth Wood received any serious support from white residents or their elected representatives – instead of meeting Klan-like violent resistance – the history of racial integration, economic integration, and public housing in this city would be very, very different."

OK, OK, now I got it.  What he meant to say; what he probably WANTED to say in the original article was "RACIALLY exclusionary housing laws".  I'm  guessing his editor asked him to tone that word down so it would be picked up by other news outlets (like ZH on a sleepy Friday night).  So he substitued RADICALLY for RACIALLY.  

Both of the clickable links to the source article go to the same place.  Here:

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:11 | 4627405 MontgomeryScott
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Your point was not lost on me.

It is interesting to note that Chicago, like every other American metropolis, WAS 'racially exclusional' regarding the free will of the different groups to segregate in to ghettos and barrios of THEIR OWN FREE WILL, until that fucking Supreme Court decision (ONE FUCKING JUDGE named SIRICA) in the late 1960's to 'INTEGRATE' the people. People in the different areas were happy to congregate in the workplaces, and go home to what they THOUGHT was 'home'. The Wops, the Micks, the Sheenies, the Blacks, the Catholics, the WASPs, the Messicans, the Chinks, and everyone else not mentioned actually set up their own neighborhoods, where they lived without having to 'meld' with those who didn't want to be LIKE THEM.

Think the famous 'Chinatown', San Fransisco, scenario here. A long-lost 'tourist destination', the people within the area made a good living feeding foreign food and selling foreign goods to whites, blacks, Mexicans, and tourists from ALL OVER THE WORLD.


I watched my neighborhood, as well as the rest of of Pasadena, sink within three years in to a cesspool of crime, violence, and mayhem as the people were forced to 'accept diversity'. They THEN did this shit in greater Los Angeles County, and then they HAD to (HAD TO!) create the first 'SWAT' police team... almost like it was planned as an outcome or something... UM... DUH!!!

The Kikes in Hollywood actually made a T.V. show about this. Do you remember?

"The Missions of L.A. Police Department's Special
Weapons and Tactics Unit"

CHI-TOWN is going DOWN, now, just like the Motor City did. The 'RUST BELT' does, not, now, EXIST, anymore.


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:17 | 4627501 oooBooo
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Look at the map. Watch the rich section on the near north side towards downtown expand while much of the rest of the city generally gets poorer. That's what the article is referring to.



Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:59 | 4627179 Dingleberry
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Another liberal oasis.....what's new?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:01 | 4627182 Seasmoke
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Green for dollar bills. And Red for blood in the streets.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:49 | 4627294 underman
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Green doesn't have guns.  Red does.  Big, big difference for when SHTF.  Green better have bags of cash on hand to buy their lives when they get overrun by the Red.



Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:23 | 4627352 stacking12321
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haha, you're a funny guy - when shtf, it will be because of dollar collapse / hyperinflation. people won't give a crap about scraps of paper (FRN) that are basically IOU notes from an insolvent institution, they'll want something real - gold, ammo, bottles of tide detergent, etc.


Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:48 | 4627387 underman
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Point taken.  But the red has no education (not with the Chicago public school system), and won't be able to reason their way through their needs.  In mad desperation, they'll just want more cash, jewelry or what can be bartered on the street within minutes.  No guns/ammo to be had from the green.  And forget about the "when" shtf, we're already there - it's happening slowly but most certainly.  I lived in the Bay Area too (moved away from there last yr) and everyone I met who live(d) in Oakland was no more than 1 degree of separation from a robbery or knock-out victim.  In the 3 yrs I lived there, crime was spreading like wild-fire - as the red became more and more desperate and emboldened to do their "business" in the green.  UC-Berkeley campus robberies, w/flashing gun, are now standard fare.  All those phones, laptops and wallets being carried around by unsuspecting asian undergrads!  Berkeley is stuck between Oakland and Richmond - the top 2 crime cities in California.  red/green/red.  Not a good place to be.  Same can be said about most US cities.

At the end of the day, green better get armed and trained.       

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:41 | 4627621 stacking12321
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yes, oakland is a colorful place.

but silicon valley is still a bubble of relative prosperity...for now.

i still dress and drive cars below my means, to be prepared for what's coming.

i would not agree that we are at the shtf phase yet...for now just slow gradual decline, economically, morally, socially..

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:16 | 4627638 kareninca
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Well, be careful if you go out to the Palo Alto Baylands (for those who live elsewhere, it's a nature preserve).

When we went there last week with our dog for the first time in a year or so (Bixby park side), the first thing we saw driving up was a lady approaching her costly SUV with her two little kids, and seeing that the back window had been totally smashed out.  Bummer.  I told a friend, and he says it is happening constantly up around SLAC.

Then we went back a few days later, to the duck pond side, on a weekday afternoon in the drizzle.  I noticed a pickup truck driving past us fast as we came in and parked.  When we got back from our walk, it pulled up next to us.  Two guys got out and asked us if we had jumper cables.  They did not need jumper cables; it was obvious what was up.  When they saw how badly dressed we were, how crazed our 60 pound dog was (atttacking my husband in fun), and that our car is an ancient wreck (crappier than their truck!), they left.

There is a LOT of crime here, in rich person paradise.  Don't fool yourself.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 00:16 | 4629340 Freddie
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F Silicon Valley.  They make all the spy shit for Uncle Sam.  ALl the spy shit the world hates and it is going to hurt companies there. 

The Berkley campus is like an ATM machine for people to rob.  I like Koreans but a lot of the Asians are dinky do, joy luck club, ching chong, ding dong.  The vote Dems and love Jerry Brown and Hollywood's bullshit.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 17:12 | 4630463 stacking12321
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don't be a moron.

silicon valley is a great place to live and work, one of the few remaining in the US.

and i reject your collective guilt trip, that somehow everyone in silicon valley is responsible for those here that do support the oppressive fed regime.


Sun, 04/06/2014 - 17:24 | 4630484 Skateboarder
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There are a lot of people who raise families here because this is still one of the better places to do so. Yeah, it's gotten watered down over the years and the crime rates have gone up, but fact still remains that bubble after bubble, people keep lining up to give it another shot in Silicon Valley and SF. Lot of good people still live and work here. I'm sorry many of them serve Leviathan, but they are still good people.

Freddie hates on CA in general, and SV specifically with a passion. Deservedly so with regards to the corporate empires, but not so much in the case of individual people. That being said, there are lot of f**king lemmings here.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:43 | 4627461 MontgomeryScott
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Gee, Seasmoke, this sounds a lot like, um, CHRISTMAS!

I'm heading to Walmart, and getting my layaway Chinese shit locked in NOW for the 2014 Black Monday sell-a-bration, before the EBT thing crashes!

I actually flew over Chicago, twice, back in 2009. From 38,000 feet, it looked like a dank cesspool. I can't quite describe it here, but I was glad to NOT be landing there. It was one of those places that gave me a feeling of NOT being from (or going to). The little towers of the emporers of the region were lined up near the lake, and the homes of the minions who slaved for them (and those who wanted to) were streched out towards the west and south, like orcs awaiting their 'high commands'. The smokes rose up, almost eradicating every green thing that struggled to stay alive, and the epicenter appeared to be along 'the miracle mile', as my plane diverted each way, blotting out the horrific and total image of millions of people who were totally enslaved by their chosen masters of destruction.

DAMN. This sounds too 'dark' for even the ZH board and readers. I'll play a tune, now, to try to lift the spirits of those reading.

GREEN, and RED! THE GRINCH (who stole Christmas), and DEBT LEDGER ENTRIES (always with the RED pen):


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:18 | 4628609 Dull Care
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I also flew over Chicago but I had the misfortune of having to land at O'Hare this Christmas and the picture you paint was the exact feeling I got. From the air it looked like at least half the terrain was straight gangland/public housing. 


Of course once in the airport, there was a whole display about how the city council of Chicago and its dual citizen mayor were effectively combatting global warming, er climate change. Given how well it looked like their city was managed I had no doubt that these civil servants, armed with their divine intentions and more importantly the public support of the good citizens of Chicago, would be successful in making a mother nature its bitch 

Oh yeah it was -10 F and snowing. Delusion is too kind of a word.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:02 | 4627183 william114085
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amazing how bad the roads are in the city....totally $hit infrastructure.  Took the L downtown, it was moving at about 15 mph once we passed Division.   What a shame, considering it is only one of a few cities in America with any heartbeat. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:19 | 4627228 dexter_morgan
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yep. like driving on the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 00:29 | 4629351 Freddie
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Ho Chi Minh trail was safer than Chicago.  What a shit hole.  Anyone know if most of Detroit moved to Chicago when Detroit started really falling apart.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:58 | 4627479 MontgomeryScott
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"What a shame, considering it is only one of a few cities in America with any heartbeat."

It WAS, not 'IS'.

March 1, 2012 Mayor Emanuel Announces Chicago Infrastructure Trust to Invest in Transformative Projects

You actually know who this assclown IS, don't you?

The 'good people of Chicago' supposedly VOTED for this bastard dual-citizen communist cocksucking 'human'.

I guess it hasn't worked out quite as well as he promised, has it?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:22 | 4627509 oooBooo
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There's a classic anti-driving movement going on in Chicago and Rahm and his crew are part of it.

They are intentionally trying to remake Chicago into a city where people cannot afford to drive and where all the roads are ruined for any sort of driving throughput.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:04 | 4627189 IridiumRebel
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Shitcago! Shitcago! It's Hell in a town!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:07 | 4627195 homiegot
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It didn't collapse. They just moved.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:18 | 4627226 effendi
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So how long before Chicago becomes comparable to Detroit? When was Detroit at a similar stage in its decline and fall (1960, '68, '77?)

White flight, collapsing home prices, municipal bankruptcy, high illiteracy, no jobs, no future. Have I missed anything?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:51 | 4627299 dexter_morgan
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Nope. Pretty much covered it. One good thing though -

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:04 | 4627324 post turtle saver
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no one is outside shooting anyone when it's -50F wind chill... even murderous scumbags are more concerned with staying warm... wait until summer if you want to see if there's any real effect

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:48 | 4627465 yogibear
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But during those warm summer nights their out gang-banging.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:25 | 4627512 oooBooo
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Chicago won't go the way of Detroit. It will become a 21st century version of a company town as everything is sold off to big international banking interests.

Chicago includes Pullman, the planned town of the Pullman rail car company. The future will look much like the past, just bigger, meaner, more difficult to escape and much more expensive for everyone.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:10 | 4636372 fallout11
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Chicago today is roughtly where Detroit was in 1970.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:30 | 4627251 I Write Code
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Hmm.  There's a lot more green, too, and the 200% may really be 2000%.  So I wonder if this picture (the sequence in the link) is a bit of a mathematical artifact - they compute the "average" as mean, it's too high, and the picture displays the mode.


Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:30 | 4627253 Head_Shots_Work
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Only a fucking idiot would live in a city these days, on non-arable land, in a state that restricts fire arm ownership like the socialist state of Illinois. When what will happen, happens, that going to be one nastly dangerous place to be. It will make New Orleans look like Disneyworld. Disneyworld - hadn't really considered that - that would be a surreal place to be when the collapse comes.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:50 | 4627298 IridiumRebel
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"Attention Park Goers.....the Magic Kingdom is fucked."

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:40 | 4627277 dutchTender
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this problem is real, but the solution isn't prolonging the indentured servant status of the general public by giving them a few more dollars, but to create high quality jobs and reforming the education system so the general population can take on the well paying jobs that are created by innovation ... NOT low interest rate, or high stock prices or fake high home prices ...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:16 | 4627423 MrPalladium
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You forgot a eugenics program where unlike the one in China which aims to get their population average up to about 120 IQ in two generations, we cannot even opt for something much less ambitious - merely stop paying 75 and 80 IQ girls to have babies.

The U.S. fedgov is sponsoring its own collapse and even the brave folks on ZH are afraid to speak truth to power.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:29 | 4628068 Bloodstock
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Globalist destruction by design.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:40 | 4627278 dutchTender
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this problem is real, but the solution isn't prolonging the indentured servant status of the general public by giving them a few more dollars, but to create high quality jobs and reforming the education system so the general population can take on the well paying jobs that are created by innovation ... NOT low interest rate, or high stock prices or fake high home prices ...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:50 | 4627392 underman
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Nice dream. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:42 | 4627283 Goatboy
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You are all overly pessimistic. Cant you see that everyone is slowly getting rich?

Just wait and see. Explosion (of wealth) is imminent.


Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:47 | 4627292 DarthVaderMentor
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No wonder the locals call their town "CHIBERIA"!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:58 | 4627310 401K of Dooom
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Has anyone noticed that as the median wealth of the lakefront residents has gone up, the median value of the average Chicagoan has gone down.  As a matter of fact, the neighborhoods with poorer people are beginning to encirle the lakefront.  Coincidence?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:28 | 4627354 kchrisc
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"One last piece: the obvious and immediate reaction to these maps is to see them as a direct consequence of rising income inequality."

There is no such thing as "income enequility" only theft of wealth and opportunities.

A person cannot consume more than they produce except where subsidized by another (living with mom and dad) or theft. Taxes are theft. "Loan money" uttered from the fraudulaent-reserve banks are theft. Addtionally, laws and regulations that interfere with commerce and one's right to free assciation are theft.

Income and wealth are being stolen and transfered to those closest to the vortex of power, DC, and the fountain of fiat that is the Federal Resereve bank.


"Why yes officer, that is a guillotine on my trailer. Would you like to take a closer look?!"

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:59 | 4627483 yogibear
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"Why yes officer, that is a guillotine on my trailer. Would you like to take a closer look?!"

Or I'm taking it to Washington DC to demo it.


Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:58 | 4627400 q99x2
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Didn't the worst president in US history come from there.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:53 | 4627473 yogibear
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Barry's home is there. When his term is up  they can build the Obongo library, stock it with books and in just a matter of time the place will be looted.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:18 | 4627608 Sandmann
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Obongo Library will be online and compulsory for every iPad user to use its Cloud facilities........

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:52 | 4628364 Kobe Beef
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The handheld electronics go first, then the bigger electronics, then sundries like toilet paper and cleaning supplies. The walls will be tagged, the copper will be stripped, any appliance not nailed down gone, ones nailed down burned for fun..

..but the books will still be there.

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 01:26 | 4629398 kchrisc
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The library will have three displays: An empty case where his birth certificate should be, a replica drone and an empty case with his Columbia U. records.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:55 | 4627478 Loanman26
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Pot holes from the winter will soon be replaced by the bullet holes of the spring and summer.

More illegal guns than ever before. The police really dont have a chance to stop it, only

slow the momentum.

Most of the 400-to 500 murders that will happen in the city will be black against black.

That fact is assumed by the locals but not really reported by our libtard media.

When a white kills a black it is big news. When a black kills a white they always seem to say

that nobody is yet in custody. When a black kills a black its very much a daily routine.

Sad , so sad. 

We also now lead the nation in speed cameras on light poles. Most of them installed on the north side

where most speeding tickets will be paid. Last but not least the size of the rat population when it gets warmer.

Some of them are the size of house cats. Its a freakin jungle down there.

Not the place to be when the whip comes down. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:05 | 4627491 yogibear
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"We also now lead the nation in speed cameras on light poles. Most of them installed on the north side"

Really? That's a clear sign for people to stay out of the rat infested place. They sold off the meters, Chicago skyway. The place is bankrupt. 

A bankrupt city produced a bankrupt president.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 06:45 | 4627704 deerhunter
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When you need a cop in seconds they are only 20 minutes away.  I was down in the city on Thursday night for a sales call in a high rise.  I grew up the son of a machinist and mom,  a 60's woman ahead of her time washed dishes in a nursing home for 40 years.  7 kids in the family in three bedroom house with one bathroom.  4 sisters and mom in the bathroom while we got ready for school. Kid brothers and I washed up and brushed teeth in the basement in the laundry sink.  I wouldn't change my childhood for the world.  Back to downtown Chicago.  I missed a pothole in the foggy streets Thurday that would have blown both right side tires and dented both rims.  I had room to go around.  It was so deep that the traffic cone that at one time marked its location had just the tip sticking up.  Yes,  deep enough for a traffic cone to be upright with just the tip visible.  In my weekly travels all over the suburbs and downtown into hell,  I remember clearly just this week punching the gas to avoid the 100 fine if you are caught on camera with the red light.  I am 35 miles NW of downtown.  Happiness will be being able to unload this house and Illinois in my rear view mirror.  I came here via job transfer in 98.  Home I bought then for 168K might not bring 168 now.  6500 a year in property taxes.  Everything is smoke and mirrors now.  There are so many closed stores, shops and factories the entire area is becoming third world.  I think people just whistle past the graveyards now and don't even admit the 6 county 10 million dollar area is completely broken.  The streets and san guys who apparently have forgotten how to fix potholes however may go on strike when the next conract comes up.  Average wages per year 110K with bennies for life,  welcome to union owned and run Chicommyago,,,,  party on.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:13 | 4627726 22winmag
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Funny you mention that. One of the "news" snippets on my a.m. radio station was the "worst ever" pothole conditions in Chicago and that the city paid out around 2,000 damage claims to individuals whose cars suffered serious damage.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:21 | 4627823 mofreedom
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Did you boys all pee in that laundry sink as well?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:26 | 4627884 yogibear
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"Happiness will be being able to unload this house and Illinois in my rear view mirror."

Have a relative that owns property in the suburbs and their always complaining  about having the highest taxes around. Gasoline is probably one of the highest in the country (maybe except for Hawaii). 

The relative pays about $6500 for an 1000 sq ft house worth about $170,000 in the suburbs.

And the taxes will just keep going up to pay for the public pensions.  The unions own the state. If they lose enough people and really go bankrupt maybe things will change. Until then it's higher taxes. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:47 | 4628230 Accounting101
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Right, the unions own all those city parking meters too. Oh wait, that's not true. Those meters are owned by a massive sovereign wealth fund. A controlling majority of said fund being controlled by Abu Dhabi. I wonder if the unions handled that financial transaction or a big bank like Morgan

Yeah, those unions are sure powerful. You're a fucking idiot Yogi.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:07 | 4627720 FredFlintstone
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Maternal and paternal grandparents both finished up their working lives in Chicagoland retiring in the mid to late 1970's and then high tailing it out of there. I recall one of them telling me about the "projects". New construction where the "residents" were using the bathtubs as BBQ pits. Just trashing their new Government gifts. That was 40 years ago. Nice museums though.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:23 | 4627733 22winmag
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The graphic may as well America at large from the Civil War to present day.


Lincoln's war ended chattel slavery for some and replaced it with wage slavery for all. Permanent underclass, trickle down poverty, you know the drill.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:34 | 4627772 Infinite QE
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The PTB have plans for Chicago. They didn't put Rahm Israel First in power for nothing.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:35 | 4627773 KenShabby
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Bottom line - Daley, at the end of his reign, and Rahm want to make Chicago into New York City.

I turned 50 this past February. I lived on the northside two blocks from Wrigley Field as a kid and in various northside locations until 1999 when I moved to Berwyn.

When I moved to Berwyn, it was still as white as white could be with quite a few Mexicanos, which is fine by me. If you are as old as me, you probably remember the Nazis marching in Cicero/Berwyn. 

Sometime around 2003-2004 all these black families started moving in and the north side of Berwyn went to the fucking dogs quick.

Come to find out that the city of Berwyn, along with a lot of suburbs around Chicago, took up the Section 8 torch because the powers that be have forced everyone out of the northside into the western suburbs basically. 

Fuck - even Pilsen is a "paradise" now.




Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:52 | 4627791 IndianaJohn
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I lived in Lakeview/Lincoln Ave. Chicago for most of my working years, 1962-98.  Saw the city go from a first-class manufacturing city to a third world slum. Though with a spectacular Lakefront, then and now.

I'm living rural now. With little money, a producing chicken coop, a calf in the barn, a pig in the sty, and a garden. Life is good enough, but I am sorry that few of my friends have made it out alive.


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:14 | 4627811 Jumbotron
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"I'm living rural now.  With little money, a producing chicken coop, a calf in the barn, a pig in the sty, and a garden.  Life is good enough....."

You are a blessed man indeed.  Most of modern day life's ills stem from human beings not knowing when "life is good enough".  It's always MOAR MOAR MOAR.....


Sat, 04/05/2014 - 09:17 | 4627818 Seize Mars
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         HOG Butcher for the World,
         Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
         Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
         Stormy, husky, brawling,
         City of the Big Shoulders:

    They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
         have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
         luring the farm boys.
    And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
         is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
         kill again.
    And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
         faces of women and children I have seen the marks
         of wanton hunger.
    And having answered so I turn once more to those who
         sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
         and say to them:
    Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
         so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
    Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
         job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
         little soft cities;

    Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
         as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
              Building, breaking, rebuilding,
    Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
         white teeth,
    Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
         man laughs,
    Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
         never lost a battle,
    Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.
         and under his ribs the heart of the people,
    Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
         Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
         Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
         Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:53 | 4628123 Jumbotron
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Ahhhh.....Sandburg.  He and Frost help keep me sane.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:44 | 4627908 SmilinJoeFizzion
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I can assure you that those green spots on the map have some of the best restaurants, bars, shops, and chicks on the planet. I can also assure you that those red spots resemble Beirut in the 80's.

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