Hipster's Dream City!
Burning money trying to become “cooler” ends up looking something like the metropolitan equivalent to a midlife crisis. Joel Kotkin
We had a Leo Alumni meeting at Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 in Mount Greenwood here on the south side last night. It was great. Irish kids from the Classes of 1943, '44 and & and Black Kids from the 70's, 80's and 90's. There were about sixty kids all told -For Light-hearted Boys Make the Best of Old Man, as the Irish song goes.
The Alumni Banquet is upon us and the class captains reported on tables purchased followed by President Dan McGrath's report on the school. Leo High School was represented by Dan, Mike Holmes '76, Coach Noah Cannon '91 and yours truly. Prior to the start of the meeting Mike and Noah spoke of the march of folly by CPS in the closing of neighborhood schools. "Where are the kids from Alonzo Stagg Elementary supposed to go?" Aldermen who support Mayor Rahm in all things are now faced by their constituents and the race card is tossed freely, as in all things necessry to the subject.
(Alderman Carrie) Austin said she had not been told which schools in her far South Side ward are in line to be shut down. But most of the schools targeted by the district are in predominantly black neighborhoods on the South and West sides
"I don't think anything is a done deal in this city. I'm not going to let them do this to us, not again," she said. "Every time the whites get to screaming and hollering, they back off and steamroll over black and brown folks. Not this time."
This time and everytime, Carrie; make book on it. It is not a white and black issue. It is the PLAN. The PLAN is to eliminate neighborhoods by shooing the helots (white,black,brown,and pale) the Hell out of Chicago's City Limits by whatever means necesary ( Ventra Cards, crumby to closed schools, thug comfort zones, idiotic ordinances and the attached fees, property tax increases and garbage grid boondoggles).
The PLAN has a goal of -CHICAGO Urban Center City. This has been brewing from the time that Richie Daley took to hanging around University of Chicago dudes and turned his back on Bridgeport friends. Daley took Frank Krusie -the CTA genius, Forrest Claypool -the job hopper and CTA genius, the Hyde Park Mafia ( John Rogers, Valerie Jarrett, Judson Miner, Allison Davis, Bill Ayers and Arne Duncan) and told the bad boys of the Hamburg Club to stay off his porch.
- Bike Lanes -Good!
- Red Line Safe & On Time -Bad
- Red Light Cameras -Good
- Cops and Firefighters -Bad
- City Services - Bad
- Open Green Spaces -Good
- Churches and the People Who Go to Them-Very Bad
- Hooka Centers -Very, Very Good
- Schools -Who Cares ! We Have Degrees from Columbia! Make Chicago Your Classroom!
- Neighborhoods - Unevolved: Too many Breeders and their damn kids with their Parades; we need Green Spaces and Bike Lanes
See? Progressive, going back to the 1970's.
The idea of the PLAN is that by creating a Creative/Intellectual Demographic as the urban core population, all the other pains-in-the ass folks black, white, brown, or pale could get the Hell out and visit Urban Center Chicago on holidays, the weekends, and when paying traffic, parking and City Ordinance fees.
Urban Centers, a comfort-zone for affluent childless couples, single secular degree'd, Progressive, fitness conscious, trendy urban pioneers, has been the template for city government too lazy, corrupt, or Progressive to make thoughtful investments in time, treasure and talent to provide adequate services to the tax-payers who dwell in neighborhoods.
This template cracked under the weight of its own folly, the Geography of hipness:
The Politics of Hipness -
And as today's Tribune CPS feature displays - RACE - The very people