Category: Zoning

A tale of two cities: Part 5, Very difficult to persuade businesses to set up shop

17 April, 2015 (09:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith “— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” Charles […]

A tale of two cities: Part 4, Either illegal or impossible

16 April, 2015 (09:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith “… we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way …” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities By the end of […]

A tale of two cities: Part 3, Either change the constitution or discover oil

15 April, 2015 (10:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith “… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair …” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities When I started this post by asking the question, Is Chicago too big to survive, or should it break up […]

A tale of two cities: Part 2, Most suburbs looked to Chicago

14 April, 2015 (10:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith “… it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness …” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities As we saw in yesterday’s Part 1, once one takes as a given […]

A tale of two cities: Part 1, The epicenter of America’s transportation system

13 April, 2015 (09:00) | Annexation, Bankruptcy, Chicago, Cities, Detroit, Finance, Housing, Infrastructure, Municipal bankruptcy, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Urbanization, US News, Zoning | No comments

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities By: David A. Smith Within a year, two at the most, Chicago will be the next ‘biggest US municipal bankruptcy ever,’ overtaking Detroit […]