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Old 05-11-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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People who vote straight-ticket ANYTHING are part of the problem.

I do think Chicagoans tend to overstate the inefficiency and waste in the public sector, the private sector is by no means necessarily more efficient nor corruption-free.

I got in an argument recently with someone complaining that graffiti blasters was a waste of money & an inappropriate City service, but it's $19 million a year, for the entire damned city. I told him to go to hell, the idea that people are going to go out and rent sandblasters to take graffiti off of brick is just ludicrous, and gangs can't intimidate City workers the way they can a poor old guy who's garage get tagged.
Agree with you totally albeit I do not reside in Chicago but in the sw burbs
i do hear alot of people overstating the waste and inefficiency.
you live in the area you cant escape the whining

Do they do some things i dont like yes - for example parking
and the layers upon layers of government I agree
it just wears on me and gets me down all the time when people b t ch

hey i am guilty too maybe i am just being optimistic today i dont know.
Its like when i read crains business all they talk about is the negative news for the most part - go to world business chicago and there is so much more positive news its like night and day.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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On a positive note, Groupon just leased an additional 220,000 at 600 W. Chicago.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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On a positive note, Groupon just leased an additional 220,000 at 600 W. Chicago.
Awesome!
now that is some damn good news!

used to work in that bldg
that was back in 06 not sure if groupon was even there at that time
but this is great
THANKS FOR THE GOOD NEWS
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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Was this guy a hard-core conservative? My brother is like that; he believes that the ONLY thing government should provide is roads and minimal infrastructure. The rest, he says, should be handled by citizens or private interests.

That being said, something like Graffiti Blasters needs to be a public service. Especially for the elderly and disabled who, like you say, can't perform those duties.
a bleeding-heart liberal. his opinion/rant was all of that funding should go to the public schools to feed kids. I pointed out that $19 million spread across 400,000 kids is hardly going to accomplish that.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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Agree with you totally albeit I do not reside in Chicago but in the sw burbs
i do hear alot of people overstating the waste and inefficiency.
you live in the area you cant escape the whining

Do they do some things i dont like yes - for example parking
and the layers upon layers of government I agree
it just wears on me and gets me down all the time when people b t ch

hey i am guilty too maybe i am just being optimistic today i dont know.
Its like when i read crains business all they talk about is the negative news for the most part - go to world business chicago and there is so much more positive news its like night and day.
I misread you as well, mea culpa. Too beautiful to be indoors for lunch today, I'm outta here.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Berwyn, IL
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a bleeding-heart liberal. his opinion/rant was all of that funding should go to the public schools to feed kids. I pointed out that $19 million spread across 400,000 kids is hardly going to accomplish that.

You're right. At $47.50 per kid, was this guy even thinking? Or ranting for the hell of it?

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I misread you as well, mea culpa. Too beautiful to be indoors for lunch today, I'm outta here.
Damn you. I get to enjoy my lunch on a shop floor with heat tunnels and no A/C.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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I misread you as well, mea culpa. Too beautiful to be indoors for lunch today, I'm outta here.
all is well
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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interesting:

America’s Biggest (And Least) Gas-Guzzling Cities - Christopher Helman - Fuel - Forbes

always nice to see the CNT get some publicity.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Depends on perspective. Coming from larger coastal cities of similar urban caliber it will seem affordable. However, I don't think the general consensus is that Chicago is a bargain.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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Depends on perspective. Coming from larger coastal cities of similar urban caliber it will seem affordable. However, I don't think the general consensus is that Chicago is a bargain.
But don't you think Chicago should be compared to cities of similar urban caliber? What is the point of comparing COL between Chicago and Tulsa? Chicago can easily match SF, DC, Boston, Seattle on ammenities at a much lower COL.
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