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Chicago is, in fact, the middle of everywhere

Carolyn Sams

On a recent Freakonomics podcast, they talk to Thomas Dyja who wrote a book called "The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream."

One of the best takeaways during the 30-minute podcast is how Chicago is so inclusive, a distinct quality from hustlin' cities like New York and LA.

How can other big cities learn from Chi and create an environment where everyone is on an equal playing field? Co-working spaces? Cross-community events like Ciclavia? Any other ideas?

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  • Nicole Cardoza

    I'm not sure I necessary agree with it; the analysis seems to have a very narrow focus and Chicago has severe issues, especially in public schools, because of initiatives such as these instated over the past decade that its future might not live up to this. However, I agree with the efforts that need to be made here and just as badly in other cities, and I don't know who has the answer.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Less division among neighborhoods? Saying no to gentrification? I am sure there's some of that there, but the diversity is what makes Chi amazing.

    • Carolyn Sams

      Oh interesting, that makes sense. I've actually never been to Chicago (I know!), are the neighborhoods pretty fluid from one to the other?

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Some parts! There's definitely a suburbia out there though! The heart of the city is the melting pot!