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Chicago One of America's most Miserable Cities
Yahoo Real Estate ^ | 02-06-09 | Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes.com

Posted on 02/09/2009 2:29:23 PM PST by model B

"Lousy weather, long commutes, rising unemployment and the highest sales tax rate in the country are to blame for the Windy City being near the top of our list. High rates of corruption by public officials didn't help either."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; miserablefailure

1 posted on 02/09/2009 2:29:23 PM PST by model B
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To: model B

How was Chicago able to lure Boeing from Seattle over Dallas?


2 posted on 02/09/2009 2:30:36 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: model B

It is also bankrupt. Obama will make America like Chicago and he is helped by gutless RINOs.


3 posted on 02/09/2009 2:32:02 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: model B
High rates of corruption by public officials didn't help either."

High rates? Try over 1,000 IL pols imprisoned for corruption since the 1970's at an estimated cost to the long suffering Illinois taxpayer of 300 MILLION dollars.

Why IL citizens haven't burned the Capitol in Springfield and City Hall in Chicago to the ground yet is absolutely beyond me.

L

4 posted on 02/09/2009 2:32:18 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: model B

Meanwhile, citizens of Philadelphia, New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore, Camden, Newark, etc. and etc. beg to differ.


5 posted on 02/09/2009 2:32:27 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yes - I always understood that Detroit was the armpit of America...yes?


6 posted on 02/09/2009 2:34:35 PM PST by lesko
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To: BillyBoy; Impy

*ping*


7 posted on 02/09/2009 2:35:13 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: model B

Whaddaya mean ‘Chicago One of America’s most Miserable Cities’? Why, next to Detroit and DC, it’s the closest thing to a socialist paradise we have in the USA. And, Chicago is where 0bama learned everything he knows about running anything.


8 posted on 02/09/2009 2:36:15 PM PST by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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To: model B

Yes...
but the summers are great!
and the women...and hot dogs...are lovely.

:)


9 posted on 02/09/2009 2:36:37 PM PST by housedeep
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To: model B
Have the editors of Forbes never been to Newark?
10 posted on 02/09/2009 2:37:32 PM PST by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: model B
Crime rates for Chicago, IL

They didn't mention the out of control crime rate.

All that heavy duty gun control has really paid off

Chicago has a crime index of 9 - 100 is the safest rating.

"This city is safer than 9% of the cities in the US.
11 posted on 02/09/2009 2:37:53 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Incorrigible
How was Chicago able to lure Boeing from Seattle over Dallas?

Agreed to let them have no sales tax for (IIRC) 20 years. This is killing us as it didnt' bring in a huge number of jobs, but it did take a lot of valuable property downtown out of the tax base. Of course the Mayors buddies who owned the property made out like bandits, but that must just be a coincidence.
12 posted on 02/09/2009 2:37:58 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: model B

Chicago can’t be worse than Detroit or New Orleans.


13 posted on 02/09/2009 2:39:56 PM PST by LiberConservative
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To: model B

> Chicago would seem to be on quite a roll these days. The city is a leading contender to host the Summer Olympics in 2016. The hometown Cubs had the most wins of any team in the National League last year and are one of the early favorites to win the 2009 World Series. And, of course, one of its own just became the most powerful person in the world (we’re not talking about Oprah either, but she’s close).

My BS radar is still reeling from the drool of another Obamaton propaganda piece.


14 posted on 02/09/2009 2:40:40 PM PST by max americana
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To: model B

The south side of Chicago is a miserable place and certainly the scariest place that I ever stumbled into.


15 posted on 02/09/2009 2:42:25 PM PST by TexasRepublic (I am inconsolate over the death of our country.)
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To: TexasRepublic
I will second you on that...

My brother-in-law lived on the south side in a crappy apartment (it was cheap, he was going to grad school)--we went to visit him in summer of '07 and I heard a few gunshots and screams... We drove around the area during the day, and it was scary then.... I can't imagine at night. He had his brand new flat screen television stolen right out of his apartment. He's not the brightest bulb...... having the company deliver it and carry it in a huge box with "HDTV" printed on it in the south side of Chicago is the makings of bad things to come....

16 posted on 02/09/2009 2:46:54 PM PST by erikm88
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To: TexasRepublic; housedeep

I live in a Chicago suburb, and I can see why the city is miserable. The city has a high violent crime rate, many high city sales taxes, and many politicians (almost all Democrats) who are being investigated by the U.S. attorney, for accepting bribes.


17 posted on 02/09/2009 2:49:49 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: model B

Gee, I wonder why!


18 posted on 02/09/2009 2:50:25 PM PST by Fudd Fan ("Hope & Change" it's a cookbook! Hey you obamabots, MY Messiah is pro-life!)
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To: lesko; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

They are.

Sadly Chi-Town while it has it’s good points is the ‘taint.


19 posted on 02/09/2009 2:52:49 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: model B

I love L.A., but I hate the taxes.


20 posted on 02/09/2009 3:00:13 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (History repeats itself because human nature is static.)
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To: model B

It should be better since the head moron left.


21 posted on 02/09/2009 3:00:24 PM PST by boomop1
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To: model B
Not to mention, slums, dirty filthy sidewalks, streets, downtown bums laying in doorways, bums begging for money for booze, crime rampant.

I have lived 50 miles south my entire life & rarely go to Chicago for anything!!! It's a PIT!

22 posted on 02/09/2009 3:01:29 PM PST by blondee123 (Barack O'Lenin says "Not a time for profit for companies"!!! HUH???)
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To: Impy

Don’t you mean “the gooch” ? =8-0


23 posted on 02/09/2009 3:01:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Incorrigible
How was Chicago able to lure Boeing from Seattle over Dallas?

Maybe they had something special to offer.

Or perhaps it was the windy blow.

Better still, the yummy pizza,

That many feel too rich in dough.

Illinois, the Land of Lincoln,

Endless towers, toddlin' town

Safeguard always thy renown.

24 posted on 02/09/2009 3:08:20 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: model B

How can this be? This is where The Messiah is from!


25 posted on 02/09/2009 3:20:23 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (May Obama go the way of my ex-governor Blagojevich.-- and soon!)
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Well, thought I'd jump in and say personally, I loved Chicago back when we would visit our daughter during the four years she attended the U. of C.. I do realize that Hyde Park is especially well patrolled, due in part to the presence of the university; I never felt endangered as an older woman while we were out and about in the city (at least when we were not flying down a highway in an airport shuttle van), although of course I always worried and prayed about my daughter's safety. She was fine, it turned out; she has a lot of common sense, and she spent most of her time studying (The unofficial motto of her school was something like “The University of Chicago: the place where fun comes to die”) - the students traditionally work very hard there. There are wealthy areas in Hyde Park, but there are also many modest apartments and highrises, and there is a real mix of people. I loved being able to walk everywhere in Hyde Park down tree lined streets and being able to catch a bus and ride on down a few blocks further or go on across the city. I loved the great Chicago area museums, especially the Institute of Art downtown, the small restaurants, the whole rich, rough-edged urban flavor, and the park running along the lake shore. We are not wealthy people, especially after seeing our two children graduate from college - we are just a family from Oklahoma - but I just didn't want all of the posts to be uniformly negative about Chicago. It is a great city with a distinct, rough and tumble personality all of its own. And you can visit Chicago and stay in Hyde Park without spending a vast fortune, too (unless you just want to). Just go when it is warm.
26 posted on 02/09/2009 4:15:37 PM PST by Coyote Choir
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To: model B

Chicago was a great place to grow up in the 50s & 60s. It was a wonderful town. But success and prosperity brought it liberal yuppiedom: the neighborhoods gentrified, the families moved, the DINK folk came in. It went Blue, Blue, Blue. Prosperity also, on a miniature scale, destroyed Green Bay the same way.


27 posted on 02/09/2009 4:23:25 PM PST by jobim
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To: model B

I dunno I liked Chicagoland. I’d still be there but other family matters drew me away.


28 posted on 02/09/2009 5:57:54 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Meanwhile, citizens of Philadelphia, New Orleans, Detroit, Baltimore, Camden, Newark, etc. and etc. beg to differ.

New York City...Manhattan especially.......Sh*thole capital of all the world; makes Bombay (er, Mumbai) look clean by comparison.

(Just give a half hour to viewing "Cash Cab", and you'll agree with me....if you can turn down the quiz show and just look out the taxi's window)

29 posted on 02/09/2009 6:01:43 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Here's hoping the Kennedy family trust is in deep....with Madoff)
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To: BlessedBeGod; blondee123

I live in a Chicago suburb, and I can see why the city is miserable. The city has a high violent crime rate, many high city sales taxes, and many politicians (almost all Democrats) who are being investigated by the U.S. attorney, for accepting bribes.


30 posted on 02/10/2009 8:31:57 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Former White Sox player Tadahito Iguchi was called Gooch. Given how he played at the end of his tenure here.......lol.


31 posted on 02/10/2009 3:21:55 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: model B
People live in cities because they like the opportunities there.

You can look back over pretty much the whole history of Chicago and find the same problems -- corrupt politicians, crime, mobsters, slums, labor violence, unrest, bad smells, and eyesores -- but people go on living there and moving there because they like the energy and variety. Unfortunately for the city, a lot of them move on to New York or the West Coast, but I doubt Chicago's on the verge of collapse now.

I was leafing through a recent book, The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age. If you're from the city, you'd like the book, but it's less interesting than I thought it would be. The Chicagoan was basically an imitation New Yorker put out in Chi-town during the 1920s.

Still, it does convey the excitement of that time and place. There was a certain romance about those days, when "everyone who was anyone" changed trains in Chicago and maybe stayed around for a while. What Chicago was able to do in one century starting from open swamp and prairie was certainly impressive, and I wouldn't count Chicago -- or urban America -- out now.


32 posted on 02/10/2009 3:43:32 PM PST by x
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