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OverVolt

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For some people the cons of heavy traffic and higher crime are more than outweighed by the other amenities the City provides that you would not find in a suburban or rural area.
There is no reason to overwork yourself trying to fit in where you don't belong. Most people in cities are just chumps who aren't really part of the hustle and bustle of the city.

You? I don't know. But most, anyway.
 

pete6032

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Dec 3, 2010
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There is no reason to overwork yourself trying to fit in where you don't belong. Most people in cities are just chumps who aren't really part of the hustle and bustle of the city.

You? I don't know. But most, anyway.
I find Chicago to be a nice city. Everything is within walking distance and I can get downtown to work within 30 minutes day in and day out regardless of weather and traffic. I have a car and drive it occasionally. It's true that there's really bad traffic here, but virtually everything I need is within a 10 minute walk radius of my apartment - multiple grocery stores, liquor store, my bank, library, multiple coffee shops, post office, etc. Once I get older I could see myself moving back to a suburban area, but for now I am happy living in the city.
 

JEDI

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Before anyone says "but that was just one person, let him leave".

Look here -
"For the third consecutive year, Illinois has lost more residents than any other state, losing 37,508 people in 2016, which puts its population at the lowest it has been in nearly a decade, according to U.S. census data released Tuesday."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-illinois-population-decline-met-20161220-story.html
thought NJ lost the most residents?

anyway, doesn't look good for Chicago.
white flight usually means the neighborhood (in this case the entire city) will be in the dumpsters for decades.
look at Detroit.

then there will be anti-blight program put into place where $millions$ will be pumped in for Gentrification.
 

K1052

Lifer
Aug 21, 2003
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anyway, doesn't look good for Chicago.
white flight usually means the neighborhood (in this case the entire city) will be in the dumpsters for decades.
look at Detroit.

then there will be anti-blight program put into place where $millions$ will be pumped in for Gentrification.
It's not "white flight". The city has lost like 200k African Americans in the larger national trend of them leaving the north for the south. Actual population in the city has been more or less stable lately.

Chicago will never be Detroit because it isn't reliant on any single industry.
 

Londo_Jowo

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It's not "white flight". The city has lost like 200k African Americans in the larger national trend of them leaving the north for the south. Actual population in the city has been more or less stable lately.

Chicago will never be Detroit because it isn't reliant on any single industry.
The same is true in the Houston area, most of the minorities that live in the neighborhoods where I live moved from Houston proper to here.
 
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It's not "white flight". The city has lost like 200k African Americans in the larger national trend of them leaving the north for the south. Actual population in the city has been more or less stable lately.

Chicago will never be Detroit because it isn't reliant on any single industry.
I'm pretty sure Detroit thought they were too big to fail as well.
 
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It's not about size, it's about economic diversification. Detroit suffered the fate of the many company towns before it.
Detroit was a failure in leadership at all levels not, the failure of one industry. The car companies don't get a free ride as they eagerly helped that failure along while thanking them for all the fish.
 

Jhhnn

No Lifer
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Detroit was a failure in leadership at all levels not, the failure of one industry. The car companies don't get a free ride as they eagerly helped that failure along while thanking them for all the fish.
You mean pumped & dumped by the Jerb Creators & the rent collectors? Say it ain't so!
 

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