Detroit, Is That You? Chicago in Big Trouble

Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, July 30, 2013

It looks like Detroit may yet have competition for the distinction of America’s most poorly run city. The unprecedented triple-drop in Chicago’s bond rating and the city’s shiny new long-term debt figure—$29 billion—should have pols quaking in their boots. The Chicago Sun-Times has published some distressing numbers from Chicago’s recent audits:

  • The number of “physical arrests” by Chicago Police officers declined again—from 152,740 in 2011 to 145,390 in 2012. That continues a six-year trend that coincides with the hiring slowdown that caused a dramatic decline in the number of police officers. Police made 227,576 arrests in 2006. The number of arrests has been dropping like a rock ever since….
  • Emergency responses continued their steady rise—to 472,752. That’s up from 300,971 in 2006.…
  • The 55 percent subsidy to retiree health care that Emanuel wants to phase out and retirees are suing to maintain cost the city $97.5 million in 2012.
  • The condition of Chicago’s four city employee pension funds is growing ever more precarious. The firefighters pension fund has assets to cover just 25 percent of liabilities, followed by: Police (31 percent); Municipal Employees (38 percent) and Laborers (56 percent).

In addition to the pension, law enforcement, and emergency response concerns that remind us of a certain bankrupt city across the lake, the report notes that three of Chicago’s four largest private employers (JP Morgan, Accenture LLP, and Northern Trust) are in finance. It seems like blue cities have a codependent relationship with the one percenters progressives claim to hate.

It hasn’t all hit the fan quite yet, but Chicago seems perilously close to real trouble. The city is all out of money, and with an imploding public education system and harrowing levels of violence, it is losing residents fast. {snip}


Editor’s note: Here are the racial percentages for the population of Chicago:

  • Black alone – 872,286 (32.4%)
  • White alone – 854,717 (31.7%)
  • Hispanic – 778,862 (28.9%)
  • Asian alone – 144,903 (5.4%)

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  • I don’t quite believe this story, because I think it was written in the spirit of “doctrinaire liberalism ruined Detroit,” ergo Chicago simply must be “next.” Chicago’s finances are very troubled, but they’re not out and outright Detroit-style dysfunctional. In fact, Illinois state finances are in worse shape than Chicago’s city finances.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I agree with you, I mean say what you want about Rahm Emmanuel but he’s not black and by default that means he is already 100x more competent than any Detroit mayor of the past 35 years.

      • And Chicago the city proper still has a lot of white people, a luxury Detroit does not have.

        • Dave4088

          31% and falling with every census. If things get worse the last remaining wealthy whites will pack up and leave.

          • Romulus

            That’s right Dave. They will most certainly impose a city wage tax, like the one on phillys suburbs to pay for it. Once most of the whites leave, keep your radar on.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Yep, it’s a real chicken-egg thing. As White voters flee, eventually there will be black rule, then the fun begins.

          • But more blacks are leaving than whites are. So, it’s actually a plus for Chicago.

          • Guess where those fleeing whites are going? That’s right, those Yankees are coming right on over to your state next, and they will be bringing their Democratic Party ways with them.
            Once they are here, they will publicly express how appalled they are that there is not enough diversity in their new towns.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            That’s effin’ depressin’ DB! Why don’t you puff a blount, suck down a forty an’ chill out, LOL?

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m a cynical creepy @$$ cracka and all, but I truly think I’m not solipsistically (yes – that’s how its spelt, puny spellchecker) pollyannish (again) in believing more and more Whites are Awakening to the Truth. There are limits to everything and the Truth cannot be hidden forever. Especially with the presence of the great big crazy webbytubey. (yes spellcheck, I just made that one up).

            Just ribbing you, good boy. Actually in a guardedly good mood in that I may be making headway with a beautiful race realist White woman who has two precious little White girls who desperately need a not idiot adult male figure in their lives and so feeling kinda giddy and…

            I need, we need…HOPE. I know, we all gotta b***h, get it out, and we gotta do it more, but we also need HOPE. I do.

            Again not questioning your line of reasoning. Always enjoy your commentary brother man.

          • Irishgirl

            Go get ’em, Neanderthal!

          • MikeofAges

            I call it “their filthy Democratic voting habit”. Many of them actually are still mentally inflamed by the old 1960s idea of building a new society, and see infiltrating the politics of some small state as a pathway to reaching that goal. Think Upper New England, above all. But they’re working on it, in concert with the usual coalition of allies, in the Rocky Mountains. Read their publications, those weekly left wing political-cultural free tabloids with all the escort ads on the back pages. Half the articles showcase alliances either between themselves and traditional elements of society or between themselves and new arrivals from the Third World. Their politics are a recycled version of an old idea, Popular Frontism.

          • Jefferson

            Chicago has a lower percentage of Whites than Atlanta. Chicago is a lost cause.

          • Fiscally Chicago is a lost cause.

          • MBlanc46

            And what do you actually know about it? Have you ever lived here? Have you ever even been here? Or do you just pull smart-alecky remarks out of your nether regions?

          • jeffaral

            It’s less than 31%. Unless you consider jews and Sicilians like Al Capone white.

          • MikeofAges

            “White” means White Anglo. White Anglo means an assimilated, English-speaking person of predominantly continental European or British Isles descent. Potentially, it can mean a person of Latin America Mestizo descent sufficiently assimilated to be not distinguishable from an assimilated European. It also can include some other than Muslim Middle Easterners, such as Lebanese and Assyrians. That’s about it. The barn’s on fire and you’re pissing into a wastebasket.

          • Mike Conrad

            The mestizos are not likely candidates. Look at the list of notable mestizos on wiki. It’s a very short list.

            Sophisticated, european-descended people in Buenos Aires, maybe. Mestizos from Chiapas, not so much.

          • MikeofAges

            This issue has been widely discussed and pored over. The point is, it already has happened in the case of people who have been here for some generations. Whether you are familiar with it or not might depend on where you live. Over these generations people may maintain their Hispanic name but their proportion of white (as defined) ancestry has increased over that time. Others may be of considerable Hispanic descent, but no longer have an Hispanic name.

          • MikeofAges

            This issue has been widely discussed and pored over. It already has happened in the case of some Hispanics who have been here for many generations. Some have over that time increased their portion of white (as defined) ancestry but still have an Hispanic name. Others have considerable Hispanic ancestry but have an “Anglo” name. Ted Williams, the ballplayer, for example, had an Hispanic (Mexican mother). Her actual descent was described (wikipedia) as Basque, Russian and American Indian.

          • Mike Conrad

            Barack Obama is half-black. Not sure what your point is. Yes it’s possible for races to mix, and it happens a lot.

          • MikeofAges

            It’s about what is considered what in a North American context. Many people are part something else, even part black, and are regarded as and treated as white in America and Canada, in fact would be considered such legally in matters where racial classification was an issue, such as employment and school admissions. In the South the legal doctrine that often was applied was not, as imagined, the “one drop” rule, but the doctrine of “having the appearance and reputation of being white”.

          • jeffaral

            White means White, not some olive skinned, black haired, black eyed, hook nosed Sicilian or Lebanese.

        • Chicago will have a lot of white people for a while, but it is far from safe. They are Section 8-ing people in to lots of so called “luxury” high rises in formerly all white areas of the city, so you are now starting see groups of them in places you would have never seen them, like Lakeview.. This will eventually cause some people to eventually move. The places that will stay strong are the places with a lot of small converted older building because the true Gold Coast will never get ghetto pockets again.

          • MBlanc46

            I’m a bit surprised that Rahmulus has failed to deal adequately with the flash/bash mob incidents. You’re absolutely right. If the roving bands of Negroes continue run amok, the whole thing could come apart.

          • ricpic

            That’s the crux of the matter. If going downtown becomes perilous due to roaming bands of black yutes it’s over. And going to the Loop is already perilous for that reason. Frankly I’m amazed that Chicago hasn’t imploded yet.

          • MBlanc46

            My wife is in the Loop five days a week. Never once has she reported being threatened by roving bands of teens. I’m only there infrequently now, but I’ve not seen such a thing, either. There is no doubt that black thuggery has moved out of the South and West Side into formerly white sanctuaries (BoulMIch and the North Side beaches, e.g.). There’s no doubt that Rahmulus had better get things under control, but we’re no where near implosion yet.

          • NM156

            I have Section 8 beneficiaries in my neighborhood as well, in single-family bungalows bought at bargain prices by investors paying cash. My neighborhood is Cop Land. This arrangement will not end well.

        • borogirl54

          I know Detroit, especially suburban Dearborn, has a high percentage of Muslims. Scary thought isn’t it?

          • Extropico

            I recently spent some time on a job assignment in Chicago. I saw a Muslim woman in a full burka in Aurora, IL, accompanied by her 4 male owners. I was simply aghast.

          • saxonsun

            It really is a wonder that they didn’t have her on a leash…a visible one, that is.

          • The large population of Muslims in Detroit is seriously inhibiting my campaign to have that messy ground meat sandwich delicacy renamed as Sloppy Mohammed.

    • Luca

      So, Detroit is dropping into the abyss at 1,000 mph and Chicago is only dropping at 750 mph. Okay, Chicago is not that bad. But guess what? The end result is the same. As it will be for all Liberal-run cities and all for the same reasons.

      We just don’t know the exact order, but they are all going down the tubes. There is some kind of formula based on the ratio of Liberal politicians x Liberal policies x unionized city workers x pension benefits x minorities x amount of spending = complete chaos and ruin.

      And now you have a Liberal President instituting the same deadly spending policies on a national level, so grab your hats, this is going to be one helluva ride on the way to the bottom..

      • Romulus

        Grow eyes in the back of your head my friend!! Things will be epic. We’ll all need to start watching each others backs.

        • Non Humans

          We already do.

      • Xerxes22

        No, there is no special formula. It’s the percentage of Blacks and nothing else.

      • bob

        It’s not so much liberals, but their weapons of mass destruction, blacks and mestizos. Cities like Portland and Seattle are doing fine.

        • Luca

          Weapons are useless without someone loading them, aiming them and pulling the trigger.

    • Extropico

      The article is painfully PC, rife with pretension that it is all about spending and oblivious to the diversity issue. There are blue cities doing just fine, provided they have sufficient Whites. Most likely, Rahm will try to force Blacks and Hispanics out onto other unfortunate areas, as Bloomberg has done to NYC environs.

    • LudwigvonDrake

      Chicago today has a higher percentage of blacks than Detroit had at the time of the 1967 riot (read revolt ). Within 5 years of the 1967 riot, blacks had reached 50% and elected the first black mayor in 1972 (Colman A. Young).
      Once black numbers reach a tipping point of around 40% of the population, the rate of the white exodus becomes greatly accelerated. For all of the reasons and more, this article raises a valid concern.

      • Except: Chicago’s black population percentage is declining. Mainly because there’s a concerted effort among Chicago’s civic elite and authorities to get blacks out of the city proper and into certain suburbs, mainly in south suburban Cook County, using various carrot and stick mechanisms. Actually, in Chicago’s case, it’s more a matter of there not being a carrot in one place and there being a carrot in another place. If the CPD did SQF, then I would say that sticks are involved, (maybe quite literally), also.

  • Pax Romana

    Born and raised in Detroit. I saw it go from the ‘Paris of the Mid-West’ to the crime ridden rectum of America, thanks to Liberal “Progressives”, corrupt greedy Unions, and Black anti-white racism, hatred and violence. No one here can imaging what a safe and beautiful city Detroit was before the “Progressive” multiculti Liberals decided they were going to make some changes. And it was all down hill from there.

    The first of many Liberal Socialist 3rd world run city bankruptcies to come.

    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” -Margaret Thatcher

    Looks like the Socialists in Detroit and Chicago ran out of other peoples money.

    For Chicago, like Detroit, to come back, remove the the present violent do nothing Demographic and replace it with the one that built our cities from a wilderness to some of the greatest modern metropolises of Western Civilization, but are now being ethnically cleansed from them.

    • Puggg

      Detroit didn’t as much run out of other people’s money as it ran out of (i.e. drove out) white people.

      • dukem1

        I’d say the problem with modern, urban liberalism is that you eventually run out of white people.

      • Boris_baiter

        …. who were the people who lived their lives such that their labor had value in the marketplace…. i.e. they had money and paid taxes.

    • Romulus

      I have that exact print hanging in my house. If one we’re to visit,you’ll notice that many modern prints are conspicuously absent!

  • din_do_nuffins

    We all know where it goes from here.
    As cries of racism, hatred, extremism, violence and Ku Klux Tea Party grow louder, which they must as blacks become even more dangerous to our neighborhoods, community, economy, lives, and future, we will suffer a harsh “remedial and corrective White flight tax” that reaches out and grabs you wherever you are, just because you are infected by the virulent strain of White privilege that is now criminalized.

    You can’t escape, because the FedGov is at war against your Whiteness. We now have a black “leading” the ATF. Imagine what that means for your future. Bad, all bad.

    With Civil Rights and Diversity, you aren’t allowed to have nice things anymore.
    If you haven’t adjusted your expectations downward about your future prospects of having a nice life, you just aren’t paying attention to what it means to be in Diverse BRA USA.

    “God, it’s awful now, and later, even worse. American democracy is a failed experiment. Whites Only was the best idea we ever had. Losing that means losing everything. ” -RevJeddy

    • sbuffalonative

      Along with tax the rich, a government bail out, deficit spending, and endless borrowing.
      Anything but solve the problem of over spending.

    • Romulus

      I’ve been parroting just that sentiment since I joined amren. Do all you can to secure that one fundamental right of our sacred documents.

    • borogirl54

      I am biracial and I agree with you. When the country was predominately white, we were the best country in the world. Now, I do not know.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Personally I think Philadelphia will be the next big city to go the way of Detroit. Philly enjoys an 11% unemployment rate and has over $9.5 billion in short term debt obligations. Not to mention the insane media that attempts to railroad any White male (Riley Cooper) who so much as utters an unkind word about the Federally Protected North American African.

    • jane johnson

      A Nutter one bites the dust.

    • JackKrak

      The white mayor thing is interesting. I think you make a case that there is a correlation between the ability of a city to elect a white mayor and that city’s prospects for avoiding becoming like Haiti or the Congo.

      And btw – the national Democratic party will not nominate a white male again in your lifetime. Your heard it here first.

  • Erasmus

    It’s not for nothing we call it Chicongo.

    • MBlanc46

      Yeah, you and all the other ignoramuses.

      • John

        What the hell is your problem?

  • Dave4088

    Chicago is not Detroit. Yet. But there are following along that same trajectory and in another 10-15 years they could very well be although given their large and growing mestizo population it will be a mix between Detroit and East Los Angeles.

    Either way, it will not be habitable for white people.

    • Focal Joker

      Our country will not be in a position to have a Chicago in 15 years. This nightmare can not last another 4 years, much less 15. It will collapse into civil war, anarchy and protective enclaves way before that 15 year mark.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I would argue that Chicago is a lot more racially aware than it lets on. Chicago is one of, if not THE most segregated big cities in the nation. True, it flirted with a black mayor in the 80’s, but it’s been content with merely naming a library after him since then, obviously satisfied that it’s established it’s politically correct “street cred.”

    • Maybe you’re right, maybe there are some factors that prove that theory that exist below the surface. But Cook County, Illinois voted Obama with 76% of the vote in 2008 and 74% in 2012; of course all the blacks and Hispanics helped drive those margins, but this means at the bare bottom minimum, a majority of whites in Cook County and ergo also Chicago proper voted Obama in both instances. I don’t see how some white person could be secretly racially aware then run right out and vote Obama. Unless there were a lot of white people in Chicago who just didn’t vote because the “opponent” didn’t exactly offer an opposing racial paradigm.

      • MikeofAges

        Chicago operates on the “all politics is local theory. One old time Chicago pol once actually said when he was asked about a certain issue, “That’s only national.” Chicago’s socially conservative white “regulars” voted for Barack Obama because it’s a big plum to have a president from your organization. The last last president the big city Democrats considered “theirs” was John F. Kennedy. In the end, politics is political.

        Chicago is Democrat, but there are two kinds — the regulars and the independents. The “regulars” are, as noted, socially conservative. They are the overwhelming majority and all ethnic groups including blacks. The “independents” predominate in those wards where intellectuals, leftists and bohemians form the majority of the population. Of the fifty wards, maybe two or three are “independent”, if that. The “independents” and the “regulars” are contentious in public, but in bed together politically behind the scenes.

        Obama comes from the “independent” side of the ledger. The regular machine has always looked to “independents” to supply candidates with highbrow appeal. Paul Douglas. Adali Stevenson. Abner Mikva. Obama.

    • borogirl54

      Wasn’t Harold Washington the only black mayor Chicago had?

      • MBlanc46

        Yes. Elected the first time because the Dems split three-ways. He was re-elected because he appeared to be a pretty reasonable, moderate guy. He died only a couple of months into his second term.

  • Romulus

    It’s coming!!!! Once the rest of the toilets that are American cities start toppling like dominoes, this country is going to get real INTERESTING!!. Sometimes I hate being right all the time. The regular readers here no exactly why the gun grabbers are going after the big cities. NY, chicongo.

    • Chris Granzow XI

      Chicongo……it’s a hell of lot more descriptive than the preferred “Chiraq.”

      • MBlanc46

        You sure are clever, aren’t you? Did you think that up all by yourself? Gold star for you. And a word to the wise, don’t be coming around here. You might not be safe.

        • Chris Granzow XI


          • MBlanc46

            Is that the best you can do, you smart-mouthed punk?

    • Spartacus

      It would be best to start buying guns and ammo and stockpiling them in hidden caches in remote ares, in case of a gun grab.

      • Romulus

        Self protection and preservation is a must. Never post your assets over the net, however. Here’s some good news! The fatherland has suspended indefinitely the cold war surveillance agreement with the US over the Snowdon debacle.

  • Spartacus

    To any white people who live in Chicago: MOVE OUT ! NOW ! BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE !

  • borogirl54

    I always thought that the difference between Chicago and Detroit was that in Chicago, there are predominately white neighborhoods that consist mostly of young professionals. There were no schools in these neighborhoods that are scheduled for closure.

    • MBlanc46

      That is the case. The tax burden on these people is increasing and services are declining, however, and the day could come when the majority of them decamp for the suburbs.

      • libertarian1234

        On one video news report on the black mobs attacking whites on…I believe it was Michigan Boulevard near Lake Michigan….the reporter interviewed one lady who witnessed several assaults take place said that she wasn’t going to continue paying $12,000 in property taxes and feel it wasn’t safe enough to walk through the area without being assaulted.

        I’m assuming she meant she was moving if things didn’t improve.

        • MBlanc46

          Yes, the black violence on the North Side is a serious concern. rjp addresses it in a post below. I’m rather surprised that Rahmulus has not dealt with it severely. So far, he seems to think that he can just sweep it under the rug. I assume that because he’s basically a thug, that he will address it. But if he doesn’t, there could be real trouble.

          • Why do you think Rahm or maybe Daley before him didn’t broach the idea of SQF? For one, it would work, and for another, it’s not as if Obama’s DOJ would come down on Obama’s own city over it.

          • MBlanc46

            I’m not so sure that the Chicago police haven’t had an unofficial policy of that sort for a long time. And as the machine depends on the black vote, I’d think it unlikely that they’d ever state explicitly that they would do such a thing.

          • I live in a Northside neighborhood on a street with a lot of bars. After LollaPaLoser lets out tonight, there will be a bunch of attendees down the street and I guarantee there will by thugs roaming, looking for opportunities. I may go down stairs later to go look around but I won’t leave the fence. I do not go out during certain events anymore, Fourth of July for example means I must be on a boat in Monroe Harbor and then having a ride home afterwards.

          • MBlanc46

            I used to spend a lot of time on the North Side, and outside of the Cabrini-Green area and some areas of Uptown, blacks were just not a problem. You never saw them. In retrospect, warehousing them in ht South and West Side projects looks like a very good solution. Everyone cheered when Robert Taylor Homes came down, but they never expected that the residents would be moving into their neighborhoods.

  • 48224

    Black dysfunction always wins over white logic. I know, I’m from Detroit.

  • IKantunderstand

    Chicago is well on the way to becoming a detroit. Perhaps, not the next detroit, but a future detroit, nonetheless. Chicago has managed to escape the fate of Detroit thus far, because it has an economic base that encompasses more than a one trick pony. It managed to transform itself from the “butcher of the world”. Good for them. They have managed to survive the Daleys. All that says to me, is that the Whites who populate this beautiful city on the shores of Lake Michigan, have great resiliency. But, after all the attacks on families, and tourists occurring near the famed seashore, the edifice is beginning to crumble. It will continue to crumble apace. People don’t need to live in Chicago. Not wealthy , educated Whites. People don’t need to travel to Chicago on vacation either. If White people decide Chicago is too dangerous to live in, visit, they will not do so. And, that time is starting. I know of a couple who were going to visit Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend. They decided it might be to dangerous for them, and their young children. We all know that physical beauty trumps many things. But a family who has the choice of vacationing on Lake Michigan, with the prospect of being assaulted, or killed, will prefer the safety of their own backyard with an inflatable pool, and no vibrant diversity in sight.

    • MBlanc46

      I don’t think it’s quite as perilous as you suggest. There are certainly storm clouds on the horizon and our political class is adept at ignoring them while doling out the pork to their elite cronies, but the barbarians aren’t at the gate yet.

      • MikeofAges

        The political class and corporate class is looking far ahead. Beyond their lifetimes, in fact. The redevelopment of Chicago was a project which began in the 1950s. The role of first Daley administration was pivotal, but Richard J. Daley’s cultural oppression began to hold Chicago back. The cultural oppression was not broken down until after his death in 1976.

        One the critical things Daley did was provide city services to all areas of the city. Before Daley, garbage was known to pile up in black neighborhoods. Often streets were not repaired. Daley was popular among black voters because he was the first mayor who paid attention to black neighborhoods.

        The long term plan includes redevelopment of the South Side, a topic I have held forth on in this forum on a number of occasions. But that is long process which still will take generation to complete. At the end of it, in the old South Side, the area from downtown to Hyde Park, in Hyde Park itself, in Woodlawn and in South Shore, the black underclass finally will be removed. I can only imagine that the residents they are hoping for will be whites, South Asians, East Asians, and gentrified Hispanics. The only black who will remain will be gentrified blacks. The idea is, that all of the residents of this swath will be middle class or upper middle class regardless of their stripe.

        All of the demographic and economic trends of American society point in the direction of this eventuality, not only in Chicago but in other places as well. Don’t hold your breath thought. Even a new college graduate of today will not see it in their working lifetime.

  • MBlanc46

    And yet Rahmulus can find millions of dollars to build a new basketball stadium for DePaul University and to subsidize corporate headquarters downtown.

    • Where it is being built is stupid. Literally, a hugely successful DePaul basketball could be played easily on the CBOT financial floor, which will probably be available in a few years.The former CME building has the former Eurodoller pit space which it would probably fit in, and the CBOE could even fit a small basketball arena. And all are more convenient.

  • Evette Coutier

    One good riot like the 68 Detroit riots and white flight will put Chicago on the fast track to the black utopia we know and love as Detroit.

    • Jackryanvb

      We’ve dodged the Black bullet. Chicago will never be an all Black city like Detroit or Memphis. ThevLatino plague is now upon us.

  • Pax Romana

    Them too! Brought them up by the bus loads.

  • It almost sounds as if you lived on La Salle halfway between Division St. and North Ave. Crime is of course under-reported. They don’t take reports like they used to, victims have to go to the police stations for too many of the crimes, which is a major hassle for an action that will result in nothing.

    Crime will get worse. You can’t concentrate all your resources in a few areas and expect nothing to happen in other areas — while Section 8-ing fambilies into those same areas.

  • truthsquid

    the death of Chicago is totally overblown. The black population is actually plummeting, down 200,000 in the last 10 years, whites were down only 50,000 and the core of the city has an exploding white and Asian population. Chicago is evolving into a European style metropolis, with the central core growing wealthier and more vibrant. Over 5000 housing units are under construction and companies are flocking from the suburbs to downtown.

    • MikeofAges

      This process will take literal ages to complete. I was there when it started back in the 1950s, saliently with the decision of the University of Chicago to remain on the South Side. You can bet your life on it if you wish.

      But, since you are interested, I will tell you what I think the key to the whole thing is. South Shore. The South Shore neighborhood. In my youth it was predominantly Irish and Jewish. In the 1960s it became black, and has remained so for 50 years. I suspect, the city fathers would like to see South Shore eventually become a multi-ethnic middle class neighborhood. South Asian. East Asian. Gentrified Hispanics. Whites.

      Maybe a in few generations, a college student will be able to bike from the IIT campus to the University of Chicago without taking his life in his hands. A black kid couldn’t regularly do that today without something eventually happening. Probably sooner rather than later.

      I left Chicago in the mid-1970s. After 1960, the population began to decline. Generally, that seemed to be a good thing. It made the city a little less congested and a little more liveable. But population decline is a bad thing for a city as a corporate entity. It often means less outside public money coming in and a smaller tax base from which to meet obligations contracted for when the population was larger.

      • truthsquid

        well, the latest census estimates say that the city is actually growing again in population. It also grew during the 90’s. And the decline in the previous decade was mostly blacks moving to the suburbs. The central core of the city added more people than any other city in the country. I think a lot of the negativity about Chicago in the national media is driven by Obama and company. I’m personally optimistic about the future for Chicago. Of course, something needs to be done about the unions/pension mess.

        • MikeofAges

          Chicago always lands on its feet. But it’s up to you whether you want to invest your life in the project of Chicago’s redevelopment. Especially when someone else is going reap the ultimate financial benefits of your urban pioneering. Not only that, but you won’t see the results in your own lifetime anyway.

      • Jackryanvb

        I have biked to a music bar just North of IIT from the University of Chicago Hyde Park. The South of McCormick Place Lakefront path is safe, since they tore down Public Housing high rises in Bronzeville. Bronzeville looks very good, but there are no businesses there. south Shore has gone down, lots of HUD project people moved there.

        • MikeofAges

          I was thinking of over the city streets. I can’t help but think that going through a long stretch of lonely park could bear its own hazards. But it has been decades since I lived there. I also was thinking of the possibility of walking over the city streets between the same locations. A good long hike, but students usually are physically able. It will be a long time before that is a possible venture. Your story just shows the degree to which life in Chicago is like being in a war zone. Every activity every person there engages in somehow involved going up and over, underneath or in a wide berth around some mortal hazard. Not metaphorically mortal. Literally mortal.

          South Shore has great physical assets. I can’t imagine the powers that be not harboring hopes of redeeming it as an upscale community. If that occurs, the process will take decades. And the people who live there now would not (no pun intended) cotton to the idea. But it will happen.

    • willbest

      If they ever get serious about that commuter tax they floated several months back you will watch businesses flee.

  • Yale2001

    One by one we watch them fall. Simply look at the population of blacks and percentage of blacks running each city and you can determine the next ones that will go. Diversity=The death of America.

    • Luca

      Detroit, Philly, Atlanta, Baltimore, Indianapolis, St. Louis. Chicago, Camden, LA. etc. But not necessarily in that order.

  • Jackryanvb

    Chicago ain’t Detroit. Here in Chicago we have some private institutions that function as private governments The University of Chicago being a great example of Vatican City type entity with their own police force, trash pick- up, some schools, always looking to get more. It’s like the East India Company that governed Indian before formal absorption into British Colonial rule.

  • jeffaral

    Chicago, like New York, has a tradition of attracting gangsters and terrorists. Rahm Emanuel’s father was a member ot the notoriously bloodthirsty Irgun terrorist gang in israel.

  • HamletsGhost

    They do all those things and worse. Genital mutilation, for example. Even blacks aren’t that depraved.

    They’ll also kill you for more ridiculous reasons. Blacks will murder you for your money. Muslims will murder you for drawing a picture of their prophet.

  • bob

    Can we lock it from the outside? LOL

    Actually, the wall is to keep blacks out, so I don’t blame them

  • YourMOMA

    Every metropolitan city in the U.S. has a black problem. Black government workers are incompetent, corrupt, and useless. They are in the game for power and money. Blacks ran Detroit into the ground and they’ll do the same in every other city they control. As long as whites are paying the bill, blacks are going to party until money runs out.

  • Luca

    Chicago is 33% black. Detroit is 83% black. Comparing the two is pointless. You may as well compare Nigeria to Liberia; I wouldn’t want to live in either one.

  • Jackryanvb

    Want to join a Chicago based racial realist activist group?

  • Jackryanvb

    Downtown Chicago, RiverNorth, Lakefront Chicago is the most beautiful modern city in the world.

    • RiverNorth has become an over developed corporate mess.

  • Jackryanvb

    Agree. Want to join a Chicago Amren race realist group?

  • Focal Joker

    That’s what most people don’t understand. Quality of life has absolutely nothing to do with being Capitalist, socialist or some hybrid version of the two – it has everything to do with Demographics. PERIOD.

    Capitalism will lead to as much black crime and corruption as liberalism. If people really hired the best person for the job, then you have 75% black unemployment instead of 20%. this will lead to even more crime among the lesser feral creatures.

    In liberal societies they use mandates and quotas to feed the black’s natural violent tendencies. To some extent it does work, but eventually it attracts other blacks to a core place to breed and run rampant with benefits, chasing good blacks into white enclaves, while some of “they cousins” follow behind – white flight takes place again.

    Doesn’t matter who you vote for or what their policies are as long as there are blacks, mezzies or muzzies around, you might as well be an anarchist. Because that is what the outcome of the regions politics will be anyway.

  • willbest

    I lived south of Ravenswood in a heavily Hispanic area for 7 years. I didn’t notice them being particularly loud and disrespectful. They did have several parties celebrating various cultural holidays/events but those weren’t excessive and they cleaned up the following day. They did like to pack 15-20 people into a house though, which made finding street parking a pain if you didn’t have a parking space.

  • Luca

    Al Capone was born in Brooklyn. Almost all the Italian Mafia -types were American born.

  • John Smith

    Los Angeles is on track to go under too though it will be farther out.

    • Luca

      The dominoes are in place. We just don’t know the exact order in which they will fall.

  • Mike Conrad

    Yes they’ll crave more diversity.

    Because they haven’t learned a thing from the mess they’ve made.

  • MikeofAges

    In Chicago, as long as the ethnic groups can maintain their own neighborhoods, they will stay. That’s what they care about. Work, family, community, God and country.

  • Ed_NY

    I retired after 25 years working for the State of New York. I have a whole bunch of similar stories to tell with the same common theme.