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            City at the Crossroads

            The trends shaping Chicago, the decisions we must make — a biweekly series by journalist Ed Zotti.

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            May the better man (Nick Foles) win in the ‘open competition’ for Bears’ QB job

            The hope is that the duel with incumbent Mitch Trubisky is actually a coronation for Foles.

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            How much longer will we be inside — and then what happens?

            Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-上海11选5走势图 order ends on Tuesday, April 7, but he’s likely to extend it as the coronavirus outbreak continues. Just how long? Read here.

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            Here’s what Woodlawn needs for its middle class to grow and thrive

            Revival began long before the announcement the Obama center would go there. But more investment is needed. And class divisions have to be put aside.

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            Chicago’s affordable housing problems would be helped by higher density

            The city needs more lively neighborhoods. Restrictive zoning, de-conversion and teardowns mean gentrifying communities outside downtown tend to become less dense.

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            Gentrification in Chicago not only isn’t always a problem, often it’s an opportunity

            It can be disruptive. But the problems aren’t severe enough to warrant radical remedies that would end up hurting the people meant to be helped, Ed Zotti writes.

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            Confidence in Chicago’s public schools is up on the North Side, elsewhere not so much

            Public elementary schools are increasingly popular with North Side middle-class families, but parents are abandoning neighborhood schools on the West Side and South Side.

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            Would One Central project help transform the South Side? It might if details can be worked out.

            The multibillion-dollar development proposed just west of Soldier Field is touted as a bold plan to turn an ugly railyard into a lakefront jewel and boost public transit.

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            Chicago zoning is a mess that we need a plan to fix

            We haven’t produced a comprehensive land-use plan since 1966. Without one, Chicago will not grow, City at the Crossroads columnist Ed Zotti writes.

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            Can Chicago grow to 3 million people again? Sure — and here’s how

            Reversing black flight is what has to happen for Mayor Lightfoot’s vision to become reality.

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            Ravenswood family’s move to Evanston shows why Chicago had better grow its middle class

            Raising taxes while cutting back on what people get for their money is a sure way to get them to bail, City at the Crossroads columnist Ed Zotti writes.

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            A Chicago city income tax could be in our future because other alternatives are worse

            Even if a deal could be reached for an amendment to the state constitution to ease the city’s huge pension burden, the impact would be modest. We’d still owe billions we don’t have.

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            Here’s how to quickly boost use of public transit on the South Side and in the south suburbs

            First, cut Metra fares. Then, integrate that agency with the CTA, so riders could use both in a single commute and pay just one full fare.

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            Chicago’s south lakefront is reviving, though the price has been high

            The first phase of redevelopment was a residential boom than began around 2000, ending with the recession. Since, recovery has been slow and uneven. Here’s a breakdown.

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            Chicago is losing its black middle class. Can it get it back?

            Conditions for black Chicagoans have become worse vs. the country上海11选5走势图 overall and also compared to the rest of black America. Yet there are signs of a population turnaround.

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            Climate change in Chicago isn’t playing out exactly as it has been nationwide — not yet

            There are changes, but it’s not just that the city is getting hotter. Summer nights are warmer but summer days not so much — except in super-hot years.

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            Chicago is a tourism mecca? Take a closer look

            Other cities and regions are bigger visitor draws or growing faster. Based on hotel-room demand growth, downtown Chicago has done better than Los Angeles but is well behind New York City.

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            College graduates are transforming Chicago. The danger is that it won’t come fast enough.

            Despite gentrification worries, the recent influx has kept the city from going the way of Detroit. But the exodus of the black middle class is pushing many neighborhoods into poverty.

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            Where the jobs are in Chicago: downtown, and that’s a good thing

            It’s also where most new employment in the city will continue to be. And it isn’t just people with MBAs or law degrees who will be getting hired.

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            Chicago: a tale of seven cities

            Of those distinct parts of the city, five are on the way up, one is treading water, and one remains in steep decline. That’s a big change since 2010.

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            The best — and worst — places to put a Chicago casino

            To help ensure that it helps, rather than hurts, the city, put it right downtown, not in an isolated spot.

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            The growing lure of city living: How far Chicago has come — and needs to go

            More people now live in the city because they like it — a change with big consequences. You can see that shift in the way downtown no longer is a ghost town at night.

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            Chicago’s best future might be a train stop away

            Downtown is going to be the major generator of new jobs for the foreseeable future. For the first time in the modern era, more than half of the city’s jobs are downtown.

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            Everything you think you know about Chicago is wrong

            Chicago is lively, easy to get to and cheap. If it doesn’t stand out in any particular field right now, don’t worry. Something will emerge.