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Old Posted Oct 31, 2019, 8:10 PM
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I am NOT completely ignoring it. I don't really care if your property has gone up in value. I certainly don't care that you've chosen to live in an expensive home with high taxes instead of a less expensive home with lower taxes. And I care even less that you prefer New York City.

But I don't know why you think that living in New York is going to save you taxes. The city income tax rate there would probably cost you $30,000 a year. And if you want to buy a nice Victorian there in a pleasant neighborhood where you can walk to Michelin starred restaurants and neighborhood theater, your taxes are going to be more than $50,000 a year.

You didn't ask, but personally, the reason I don't live in New York or London or Frankfurt is because I find the quality of life to simply be better in Chicago than it is there. If I had kids I'd have no problem sending them to local public schools, which are better than the average U.S. public school, though this of course depends on the neighborhood. And I also would have no financial problem retreating to a lakefront home in suburban Minneapolis, but I'd rather quit my job and be a bartender someplace with character and people, instead of retreating to something akin to a fortress behind a moat. Now, that's a choice that everyone is free to make for themselves. You, however, are posting on skyscraperpage. Look inward.
I never stated my taxes would go down living in NYC, nor did I even imply that. You made that up. Actually I’m not even sure what the point is you are trying to argue. Happy Halloween fella.
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Old Posted Oct 31, 2019, 10:34 PM
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Can someone help me understand this:

I live in the 47th Ward, and was reviewing the devlepments in the pipeline on the alderman's website. I found that some were subject to ZAC (zoning advisory council) review. From what I can see, this council is an anonymous group appointed by the alderman that meets once a month(?) behind closed doors to approve or deny zoning changes and permits.

Is there any good reason for having an anonymous council appointed by the alderman meeting behind closed doors beyond simple corruption? I e-mailed the alderman's office (which didn't have simple contact info anywhere on the site, I had to dig around online) and am awaiting a response, but I'm sure I won't get a straight answer. I'm giving the benefit of the doubt though and perhaps I'm not thinking of an important detail as to why this would be necessary...
How is this any worse than the alderman making decisions unilaterally?
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Old Posted Oct 31, 2019, 11:59 PM
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How is this any worse than the alderman making decisions unilaterally?
I mean it's exactly the same, these faux community councils are often just a puppet for the alderman to hide behind. It's all theater...
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Old Posted Nov 1, 2019, 4:09 AM
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^ Exactly. For every unelected “community board” made of anti-development NIMBY Napoleons, there’s another “zoning review council” made up of business owners, nonprofits and campaign donors who are pro-development. Carlos Rosa vs Danny Solis, they’re both playing the same tune even if the words are different.

None of it is really democratic, but I’m not sure we want the community making decisions by mob rule on each and every proposed building... that’s why we elect officials to make these decisions for us.
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^ Exactly. For every unelected “community board” made of anti-development NIMBY Napoleons, there’s another “zoning review council” made up of business owners, nonprofits and campaign donors who are pro-development. Carlos Rosa vs Danny Solis, they’re both playing the same tune even if the words are different.

None of it is really democratic, but I’m not sure we want the community making decisions by mob rule on each and every proposed building... that’s why we elect officials to make these decisions for us.
We absolutely don't want the "community" making these decisions. Most people have no understanding of real estate development and markets at all. I see it all the time in my neighborhood, with people constantly lamenting what gets built or what doesn't.

"Ugh, more luxury condos just what the neighborhood needs".

"We need more affordable housing".

"I really wish a cute bakery would take over that long vacant space".

It all comes down to economics. Affordable housing costs the same as market rate housing to build and operate (sometimes more). The reason there is no artesinal bakery is become we don't have enough people with high disposable income. All basic concepts that flies over the head of the vast majority of people.
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Old Posted Nov 1, 2019, 2:53 PM
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How is this any worse than the alderman making decisions unilaterally?
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I mean it's exactly the same, these faux community councils are often just a puppet for the alderman to hide behind. It's all theater...
This. It's a lot easier to hold the alderman accountable, but when he can claim "it was members of the community who said they didn't want this!" it takes some steam out of the case against him. I think this is what happened to the senior living project at Six Corners.
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Old Posted Nov 1, 2019, 5:25 PM
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This. It's a lot easier to hold the alderman accountable, but when he can claim "it was members of the community who said they didn't want this!" it takes some steam out of the case against him. I think this is what happened to the senior living project at Six Corners.
This project got elected out of existence which is EXACTLY why Aldermen should not be in charge of urban planning. Voters should have zero say in zoning and planning decisions. It should be something like building permits which is handled by beauracrats. The Alderman can call downtown and push to speed this up or consider that, but there should be paid professionals who know the mechanics of how cities work that make decisions based on a prescribed set of policies. If the Aldermen want to change the policy, that's fine, but they should have ZERO say over specific decisions or projects. The only interaction Aldermen should have with planning is "we like TOD so let's pass a TOD ordinance" rather than "I like TOD so let me unilaterally use a PD to zone a 20 floor building wherever I want"...
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We absolutely don't want the "community" making these decisions. Most people have no understanding of real estate development and markets at all. I see it all the time in my neighborhood, with people constantly lamenting what gets built or what doesn't.

"Ugh, more luxury condos just what the neighborhood needs".

"We need more affordable housing".

"I really wish a cute bakery would take over that long vacant space".

It all comes down to economics. Affordable housing costs the same as market rate housing to build and operate (sometimes more). The reason there is no artesinal bakery is become we don't have enough people with high disposable income. All basic concepts that flies over the head of the vast majority of people.
haha yes.

I see this all over the country. My moms town in Arkansas, Jonesboro, constantly runs stories on the local news talking about this or that new store or restaurant. There are *always* constant complaints by people saying "why aren't we getting something fun for the kids" etc. etc.. They act like this is a communist country or something where there is like one person or board who decides what every parcel of land gets lol
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Old Posted Nov 1, 2019, 8:56 PM
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haha yes.

I see this all over the country. My moms town in Arkansas, Jonesboro, constantly runs stories on the local news talking about this or that new store or restaurant. There are *always* constant complaints by people saying "why aren't we getting something fun for the kids" etc. etc.. They act like this is a communist country or something where there is like one person or board who decides what every parcel of land gets lol
I know it's not Chicago centric, but I hear these things all the time in my area.
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2019, 5:13 PM
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So Eddie Johnson spent the evening getting drunk before falling asleep behind the wheel. He always struck me as a guy not up for the job, but a reliable pigeon for political purposes--which may not be a fair judgement from so far away but hte proof is in the pudding. I do feel a little grossed out with his personal life being hung out there for public shaming beyond just the drinking stuff.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/polit...66y-story.html

I wonder if this Beck guy from LA is going to make any meaningful impact on the department?
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2019, 5:18 PM
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https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/12...litical-rival/

Also I must say Jim Gardiner really seems like a strangely agressive guy. He's combative with media, secretive, etc. He had that restraining order taken out by an ex, and now he's accused of staring down a comitee member in the middle of a meeting:

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Sobor has also accused Gardiner of attempting to intimidate her during a Nov. 21 meeting of the SSA’s commissioners when she objected to the change.

“At one point late in the meeting, he locked eyes with me and tried to stare me down, for several long minutes,” Sobor wrote to city officials. “This was intimidation. His aggressive behavior was intended to tell me that he didn’t like what I said and he had more power than me.”

However, Gardiner said that accusation was “patently false.”
Taken separately I'd be more skeptical of it all, but the combativeness, restraining order, staring... it all starts to paint a weird picture.
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2019, 7:10 PM
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Also I must say Jim Gardiner really seems like a strangely agressive guy. He's combative with media, secretive, etc. He had that restraining order taken out by an ex, and now he's accused of staring down a comitee member in the middle of a meeting:



Taken separately I'd be more skeptical of it all, but the combativeness, restraining order, staring... it all starts to paint a weird picture.
Yea, he sounds like a weird and aggressive guy. Ald Arena seemed pretty on the level by comparison. This is just one more reason why we don't need freaking 50 alderman in Chicago! All these guys on power trips running their tiny petty fiefdom like dictators, the systems just begs for corruption and power hungry people. Please can we just have 10-15 alderman max.
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Yea, he sounds like a weird and aggressive guy. Ald Arena seemed pretty on the level by comparison. This is just one more reason why we don't need freaking 50 alderman in Chicago! All these guys on power trips running their tiny petty fiefdom like dictators, the systems just begs for corruption and power hungry people. Please can we just have 10-15 alderman max.
How much money would Chicago save by getting rid of 40 of these people?
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How much money would Chicago save by getting rid of 40 of these people?
Well just in direct salary Alderman make around $120,000 per year, so $4.8 million per year savings if we got rid of 40 alderman. Plus they each have a staff and office, most of the offices could be merged and reduction in redundant staffing could save millions a year. Many alderman also get $100,000 pensions in retirement, so we could save millions in lifetime pensions for the alderman and staff.

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/15-fo...gure-pensions/
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INVEST Southwest - Incentives?

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg...icagos-economy

What are the incentives being offered to encourage an additional $250M in private and public capital investment in these neighborhoods? Does anyone have any insight beyond what's posted on the city's website?
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What are the incentives being offered to encourage an additional $250M in private and public capital investment in these neighborhoods? Does anyone have any insight beyond what's posted on the city's website?
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The 10 neighborhoods targeted for the unprecedented infusion of city capital are: Auburn Gresham, North Lawndale, Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, Quad Communities, New City, Roseland, South Chicago and South Shore.

Factors analyzed in choosing the neighborhoods included: local business activity; retail and institutional anchors; transportation amenities; historic buildings; recent and pending public improvements; potential community partners.

The $250 million, Lightfoot said, is “re-prioritized money already in the pipeline” from: tax-increment-financing; the moribund $100 million Catalyst Fund; the Small Business Improvement Fund; and the share-the-wealth, Neighborhood Opportunity Fund generated by developers paying a fee for permission to build bigger and taller buildings downtown.
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/10...ides-lightfoot
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