Sunday, February 20, 2011

Where Did Everyone Go?

  • Chicago's central core grew increasingly vibrant during the past decade, as young professionals filled new condominiums in the Loop and surrounding neighborhoods, taking advantage of trendy restaurants and nightspots.

    But vast swaths of the city didn't fare as well. Fifty-seven of Chicago's 77 community areas lost population during the decade, according to 2010 U.S. census data released last week.

    Hardest hit were the South and West sides, where thousands of African-Americans abandoned neighborhoods beset by crime, foreclosures, bad schools and economic squalor.

  • Chicago's overall loss of 200,000 people in a decade is "a very, very alarming sign," said Frank H. Beal, executive director of Metropolis 2020, a business-oriented regional planning group.

    Struggling neighborhoods pocked by empty homes and vacant blocks affect the entire region's economic fabric, he said, pointing to cities such as Detroit and Cleveland that have had difficulty attracting reinvestment because of neighborhood blight.

    "It affects whether businesses decide whether they're going to move to this area," Beal said.
Well let's see:
  • highest sales tax in the nation
  • once vibrant neighborhoods gutted by foreclosures
  • top ten finishes in the misery index, commute times, perceived crime, etc
  • $85 billion in Illinois debt, an almost doubling in the income tax, another bond issue/borrowing spree on the horizon and the promise of even more tax hikes to pay for unsustainable social programs
We'd say there aren't many businesses willing to relocate to Chicago, let alone Illinois. And that goes for people as well.

In fact, here's a cool website attached to Forbes.com that shows where people are moving to and from. Be sure you check out the "Chicago," "Los Angeles," and "Detroit" buttons on the lower left side of the map - the red lines mean "Leaving Town." Ouch.

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54 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! SCC are they counting all the thousands upon thousands of illegal mexicans flooding into this "sanctuary city"? Now that "gery cheato"has endorsed little louie the faln terrorist as his friend,and promises to allow more illegals in and to stay sorry my vote is from the heart delvalle no chance but best for the job1

2/20/2011 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

Damn!

We played with that interactive map...

Leaving town is an understatement.

EVERYBODY that can pick up and get the hell out seems to be doing just that.

Leave the democratic voters and their yellow-pinky trotskyite, income redistribution supporting (as long as it's not THEIR income)libtard supporters behind to figure this mess out.

No wonder they get so hot and bothered about the residency issue. The middle class is leaving and the very wealthy will just put up REAL barriers and Real guard shacks. There'll be no middle class left to lend the appearance of caring.

Then the catered to constituents will be eye-balling each other and the soft and tender yellow-pinkies.

It'll be like watching a gazelle being torn apart by hyenas when the yellow-pinkies become a source of food.

"Help! Police!" *echo... crickets*

Playing with the map started us to thinking...

Though it's off the beaten track, the first fall back position out in the High Illinois country might be looking a bit less secure than it was 25 years ago.

Time to search for another sheltered hidey-hole with a source of sweet water outside the democratic utopia of Illinois?

2/20/2011 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There ain't nothing "vibrant" about the South Loop anymore. A lot of these yuppies had their condos forclosed on, just like the homes in the outlying neighborhoods. Not to mention the fact that the builders totally overestimated the growth of the area. They didn't see the housing market crash coming. There's now a shitload of empty buildings in the South Loop and they can't even give away these condominiums, despite cutting the prices by 50 percent.

The only thing thriving these days are the punk-ass "flash mobs" working the 18th district stores and stealing them blind. It's no wonder ShortShanks is bailing out. It's because we're gonna look like Detroit in a few years and there's nothing he can do to stop it. Over 20 years of stealing, rewarding his friends with fat contracts, and all around epic mis-management of our tax dollars has taken it's toll. We are sooooo fucked here. I just thank GOD that I'm a year away from the K.M.A. club and I can get out of this Godforsaken city and state.

2/20/2011 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder what that map would look like if they included the undocumented aliens zones of departure?

2/20/2011 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any where they can get away from Criminals masquerading as mayors & aldermen/councilmen. especially of the Richard J. Daley/Richard M. Daley Mould.

Has anyone ever wondered what the M stands for in Shortshanks official name ???? MONEY,, MY MONEY .........

2/20/2011 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

I'm going on vacation to Singapore and then to Bali. If I like it there, I'm moving there. Not only is the city ruined. So is the country.

A few years ago, the Europeans told visiting Americans the United States was done. They're right. This country is done. Numbskulls are in charge of both the Republican and Democratic side of the aisles in Congress. They will not save this country.

I'm conservative in my politics. I expected the Republicans to rein in the insane spending proposed by the Democrats. But that Asshole Speaker of the House from Ohio wants to spend six-billion dollars on a F-35 jet engine the Pentagon DOESN'T want. The Asshole wanted this engine because it would be built in Ohio.
Funding for this debacle was denied by a coalition of democrats and Tea Partiers.

There isn't enough fiscally responsible leaders in this country. If you can afford it, it's time to go.

2/20/2011 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there are less people in those communities they should require the least amount of Police & City Services? A crystal ball wasnt required to figure that one out

2/20/2011 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

There's only one way to fix this mess. Go write some more parkers and ANOVs to generate some revenue. You DO want to keep that early/06/truant/curfew/burglary/robbery/school car, don't you?

Have the last of you hold-out chumps seen the big picture yet? Or are you still gonna jump through hoops like a circus animal so you can wear jeans to work?

2/20/2011 03:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate the city
Overturn residency
So I can move out

Signed haiku po po

2/20/2011 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I "beset by...bad schools..." interesting. No one seems to "get" that it's not the teachers' fault and it's not the administrators' fault.

It's GIGO -- garbage in, garbage out. Put kids in there that don't want to learn, they're not going to learn. And they're going to drag the good kids who want to learn down with them.

2/20/2011 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that "gery cheato"has endorsed little louie the faln terrorist as his friend,and promises to allow more illegals in and to stay sorry my vote is from the heart delvalle no chance but best for the job1

2/20/2011 12:06:00 AM



rhambo thanks you for your integrity.

2/20/2011 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to search for another sheltered hidey-hole with a source of sweet water outside the democratic utopia of Illinois?

2/20/2011 12:58:00 AM




buy a houseboat.

2/20/2011 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'It's because we're gonna look like Detroit in a few years and there's nothing he can do to stop it.'




maybe if i cloned myself a few thousand times?




Chalkie

2/20/2011 06:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see lots of those damn liberals are moving from NY and LA to the west coast, making Washington state and Oregon even more loony liberal than they already are. My Dad used to live in Lombard and he used to cuss up a storm about those damn Chicagoans moving to DuPage County with their wanting swimming pools and other nonsense for the school so his taxes could keep going up.

In Chicago, we have red lights everywhere and I'll be damned if you just don't catch plenty of them when you go out. Bumper to bumper traffic that doesn't move with ever-increasing gas prices, city stickers and state plates. These damn liberals want us on bicycles. Shit, they way they are taxing everything that moves, bikes just might be next.

2/20/2011 07:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something doesn't compute here. Who can bitch about the highest taxes in the Country? It keeps the Government functioning. And what's wrong with a Sanctuary City? These people only come here to work and ADD to the tax base. And really what's wrong with a little good old fashioned Government corruption every now and again? You have to take care of your friends, don't you? I might have to go back and look at what I really believe.

2/20/2011 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

last one out turn off the lights....

2/20/2011 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Daley, your garbage continues to blow across the street into our "yard". Could you please put a lid on your garbage can?- Your neighbor Evanston

2/20/2011 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last one to leave Chicago please turn out the lights.

2/20/2011 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chico you lost my vote

2/20/2011 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things are going to get worse and worse as we settle into Obama's Depression.

BHO has got to go!

2/20/2011 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interactive map is interresting. Having relocated a few months back from Chicago to DC area,I have become familiar with some of the East/SE Coast counties that have a large population moving to Chicago. These counties are ones that are cracking down on the illegals-if you look at per capita income, you can figure out the rest of the story.

2/20/2011 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/20/2011 12:06:00 AM

Go ahead and throw your vote away so that little rahmbo can take your pension, milque toast!

2/20/2011 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Oink-a-licious said...

Westside, that last comment made me have to go out and get a new keyboard. Coffee all over the place, through the schozze...

I don't know why the word "chump" makes me laugh so hard.

You did forget the beat officers on the souf side of the district, whose daddy makes sure their "ducks" are in a row...(Sometimes they have a head before the rest of us mere mortals are to our cars...)

And really, Westside, jeans are the "bomb-diggity" cool...your just jealous cause you can't wear em.....hahahahahahaha....

O.K., sarcasm off....

2/20/2011 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The flash mobs will chase shoppers and merchants from North Michigan Avenue. That will be more tax revenue lost. Every part of this city will be perceived as ghetto soon. The perception will cause it to come to fruition.

2/20/2011 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, your analysis hit the nail right on head!
I can only add that those responsible for this sad state of affairs are those who voted for Quinn in Springfield, Daley in Chicago & MacDaddy in Washington ...yes the VOTERS & more importantly, those that don’t vote.
Get out this TUE. and vote, it can make a difference.
Nuff' said.

2/20/2011 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Schitz here said...

I'm going on vacation to Singapore and then to Bali. If I like it there, I'm moving there. Not only is the city ruined. So is the country.

---------------------------------------

You're absolutely correct. My parents generation and their ancestors wouldn't have fought for the America of today. This country has went to hell in two generations and I fear for the children coming up.

My destination may be in South America. Argentina is known as the "Paris of South America." Bali had the terrorist attacks, so be careful.

2/20/2011 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! WHAT A SHOCKER!

The criminal element loses free homes and handouts and VOILA! Now there is less crime. J-Fled is a magician! Abracadabra bitches!!

2/20/2011 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detroit Rock City

2/20/2011 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me think thousands of unemployable non tax paying citizens leave Chicago's south and west sides, and this is bad? Sounds like the way Urban Renewal was supposed to work.

2/20/2011 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As people bail, they leave the tax burned at the feet of those who can't leave (us)....

2/20/2011 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And 017 is flooded with illegals from 50 different countries who pack 'em in 3 families in a house, no English, no licenses, no IDs. Alcohol, domestics, identity theft, and child molesting. Albany Park ghetto.

2/20/2011 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Soylent Green"

2/20/2011 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said..

. Wow! SCC are they counting all the thousands upon thousands of illegal mexicans flooding into this "sanctuary city"? Now that "gery cheato"has endorsed little louie the faln terrorist as his friend,and promises to allow more illegals in and to stay sorry my vote is from the heart delvalle no chance but best for the job1

2/20/2011 12:06:00 AM


Hey little louie and faln have nothing to do with mexicans. Louie and faln are peurto rican terrorists, get your hispanics straight

2/20/2011 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't comment much on the north side, as I have spent little time up there. But, I have seen what has happened to the 008 district, on how it has turned to trash and gangbangers. The value of homes there has fallen through the floor. garfield Ridge is now considered a depressed area by real estate brokers. You would have to live west of Harlem. I would not blame the illegals all that much. If not for them, Pilson and Little Village would have been ghetto and abandones years ago when the Cheks moved out. It sure can be a dangerous place to live with the gangs, but at least the people there keep up their buildings and pay taxes ( not much). What is hurting the city in the way of immigrants are the education and health care costs.Now that the black middle class is moving out, I fear for the economic future of the black areas of the city. The east end of 006 used to be a fine place to live as well as south of 87th st.This is not about race, but about economics , jobs and transportation. Decent people want the same thing for their families, no matter their race or ethnic background. Corrupt alderman did not help in this matter and they tried to cover up their own ineptness by using and blaming the police.

2/20/2011 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Schitz here said...
/...I'm conservative in my politics. I expected the Republicans to rein in the insane spending proposed by the Democrats. But that Asshole Speaker of the House from Ohio wants to spend six-billion dollars on a F-35 jet engine the Pentagon DOESN'T want. The Asshole wanted this engine because it would be built in Ohio.
Funding for this debacle was denied by a coalition of democrats and Tea Partiers.

There isn't enough fiscally responsible leaders in this country. If you can afford it, it's time to go.

2/20/2011 02:06:00 AM

You might want to check again. He has given up on that for the sake of Republican unity.

2/20/2011 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a FYI , if you go to CNN.com and click on mycnn there is a link about " SCC , Where did everyone go?" way to go international!

2/20/2011 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

It makes me angry as hell and also sad because I used to love this city. Perhaps part of me still does.

I think the worst part that really makes me feel the anger though is seeing our people suffer on a daily basis. Many people in my neighborhood commute a long way - almost 4 hours per day to their jobs because this city is the minimum wage mecca. WE have to live over here because it's affordable and somewhat safe. That goes for other people in other neighborhoods as well...

How bad is it when a civilian has to ask our Mayor to hold a city-wide 9/11 training exercise for our city and emergency personnel?

Chicago USED to be about us working hard at our jobs then coming home and being able to spend time with family, friends, church, etc We had a pretty much well-rounded life and the stress was very low because we were able to have that balance.

Now the stress is too much because of the lack of vision, communication and understanding the needs of our people as a whole that has set our city up for failure...

2/20/2011 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hardest hit were the South and West sides, where thousands of African-Americans abandoned neighborhoods beset by crime, foreclosures, bad schools and economic squalor."

Finally, the real truth! Destroy everything in sight and then abandon it...

Coming to a neighborhood near you real soon.

2/20/2011 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The State of Minnesota just proposed a 10.5 % state income tax that goes up to 13.5% on a sliding income scale. You can see what is coming down the pike for many states. Just look at Wisconsin and Minnesota and you can predict the future for Illinois and many other states that the Democrats drove into the financial ground. Wisconsin taxes pensions at a very high rate. I know former city employees that use their city address to keep from paying such high taxes. But the states are catching on to this. People have commented that they will not vote for Rahm because he will screw with their pensions. The fact of the matter is that he might want to, but he cannot, nor can the aldermen. Only the state legislatures can pass a law effecting any govt. pensions. And, expect that this WILL happen in the next two years.

2/20/2011 05:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 4 famly members that moved out of chicago in the last two years and into the burbs. Two of them also left cook county. Just more productive people leaving.

2/20/2011 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Eric Blair said...

Residency rule repealed.

Chicago renamed West Detroit or West Flint Michugan.

City unable to afford to file bankruptcy.

2/20/2011 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comrade they may be fleeing the city, but they are still registered to vote in the Peoples Republic of Chicago. Comrade Chairman Rahm will ensure it.

2/20/2011 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a lakeshore business in Harbour Country. I was scouting locations in Chicago for a small branch location to pick up winter revenue, this knowing of your high sales tax, etc. However that last tax hike on EVERYTHING!!!!! Nice to see ya, wouldn't wanna be ya. I love ya Chicago but I don't want to marry you.

2/20/2011 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hey Mr. Daley, your garbage continues to blow across the street into our "yard". Could you please put a lid on your garbage can?- Your neighbor Evanston."

--2/20/2011 08:02:00 AM

I understand -- you have 'way more than enough of your own up there to deal with. The last time I visited a friend up there, we couldn't sit down for five minutes for coffee without we had to grab two trying to get in the basement window and hold 'em for EPD.

2/20/2011 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People have commented that they will not vote for Rahm because he will screw with their pensions. The fact of the matter is that he might want to, but he cannot, nor can the aldermen. Only the state legislatures can pass a law effecting any govt. pensions. And, expect that this WILL happen in the next two years.

2/20/2011 05:32:00 PM





jeez, can't anyone follow the threads anymore?

2/21/2011 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, the real truth! Destroy everything in sight and then abandon it...

Coming to a neighborhood near you real soon.

2/20/2011 04:46:00 PM




investment opportunities abound.

2/21/2011 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey little louie and faln have nothing to do with mexicans. Louie and faln are peurto rican terrorists, get your hispanics straight

2/20/2011 12:30:00 PM


Little Louie has been pandering to the illegal crowd for years. Chico, for some unknown reason, has embraced this turd. That is the nexus you weren't aware of?

Try to keep up. It's your city "former' terrorist Little Louie is trying to ruin.

2/21/2011 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

East Garfield Park and Lawndale look just like war zones. They are completely desolate areas of the city that lost thousands of people in the last decade. If the economy was not down the yuppies and working professionals would be taking back those areas already.

In 2020 the riff raff will lose garfield park and devlopers will retake that once rich area. The population in Chicago will increase when this happens.

2/21/2011 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There ain't nothing 'vibrant' about the South Loop anymore. A lot of these yuppies had their condos foreclosed on, just like the homes in the outlying neighborhoods. Not to mention the fact that the builders totally overestimated the growth of the area. They didn't see the housing market crash coming. There's now a shitload of empty buildings in the South Loop and they can't even give away these condominiums, despite cutting the prices by 50 percent."

2/20/2011 01:07:00 AM

Daley's "master plan" was to rip out the St. Charles Air Line railroad tracks so that swath of condos could extend unbroken all the way to Chinatown. Easy on the artist's conception. Pictures of trees, pictures of happy children playing...

Pictures.

Aside from Dearborn Station, that area used to be a tremendously busy printing district. Smell of ink, paper trucks coming and going night and day, all kinds of supportive businesses like shops to do the related photographic work -- big "process cameras" with the film end in a darkroom, the lens end in a light room. You could smell the photo chemicals when you walked in the lobby and know what was up there. There was the "Continental Paper Grading Company" for the waste paper generated. Lots of "binderies" to cut, fold, assemble the finished books. There were at least three firms that kept very busy and made a lot of people a good living simply specializing in sharpening the "knives," the long, heavy blades for the big paper cutters the printers used -- 36" long, 48", 56", etc. Guys had a full-time job just running around all day picking up dull ones and delivering sharp ones. Just very quick off the top of my head.

"The only thing thriving these days are the punk-ass 'flash mobs' working the 18th district stores and stealing them blind."

That's Daley's "progress" for you.

Sanctuary City!

It sounds like the name of one of those horrible slums in Port au Prince or Rio de Janeiro.

We're getting there.

2/21/2011 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hardest hit were the South and West sides"

?????????????

I don't believe it one bit. They are obviously not counting all the bust outs, parolees, wanted offenders and the usual population of shitheads who choose not to participate in the census. Because what I see is more and more savages. The real shame is they are now spreading into all parts of the city. Turning nice areas into the sewers that they came from. To hell with this liberal entitlement crap. Make everyone work.

2/21/2011 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate to break this to you but illegals ARE a problem. They are net tax takers not givers. They use public schools and hospitals free of charge. They pay NO property taxes. If the black pols could only speak their minds. Stroger threatened to drop the Sanctuary status of cook county to get support for his sales tax. FLAN Louie and Comm. Maldonado (yes both PRs) flipped out. Stroger backed down. See, when in a race war, you can't divide between shades of brown.

2/21/2011 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"See, when in a race war, you can't divide between shades of brown."

--2/21/2011 07:58:00 PM

Danny Davis didn't tonight; he was interpreting the Bible in racial terms -- "He who will not support his own house is no better than an infidel," and saying that he would vote for Carol Mostly Gone because she was black, and urged others to do the same.

Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.

Take a hint from Danny Davis...

2/22/2011 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think that call that area "Printers Row"? I use to love visiting those great printing co.s on field trips as a kid. No two were alike. I remember being completely surprised that the copper printing blocks had the words backwards.

2/22/2011 03:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They use hospitals" They don't use hospitals they destroy them. When they destroyed St. Francis through non-payment of bills, (it went bankrupt because it's HUGE influx of illegal alien customers used up it's services without compensation), they very nearly destroyed all of Blue Island with it. Hundreds and hundreds of residents lost their jobs, business's closed that survived on hosp. personnel, and the town came very close to losing it's biggest employer. Of course they hurt people. In that case they hurt thousands of LEGAL hispanic citizens.

2/22/2011 04:46:00 PM  

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