All around the city of Chicago construction is going on. There is construction going on at school campuses, neighborhoods, and expressways. Normally when something is being constructed it’s a mess but the aftermath is worth it. At construction sites you will also see signs that advertise the building of a new Chicago. In reflection, I thought to myself what is this new Chicago going to to look like , who are the architects and who will benefit ? One could say the “New Chicago” is being built for all of us however that may or may not be true. Sometimes those who are in positions of authority do not have the interest of everyday people in mind. We see the results of the elite planning new construction everyday. Public entities like the tollways, parking meters, and public schools are sold out to the highest corporate bidder with politicians and private sector benefitting. Certain demographics benefit from initiatives that are spearheaded in City Hall and City council. Many times the average citizens have very little say so in what goes on but politicians run with the promise that I am here to serve the people. If a new Chicago is to be built ALL stakeholders must have their say so and everyone must be involved. We can no longer sit by and count on elected officials to govern with ourself interest in line. We can no longer blindly throw our money and sweat equity into religious and community organizations that just sit in communities benefitting from being tax free but refuse to invest in the communities. The days of old are gone forever, tomorrow belongs to those who accept responsibility and take charge of their futures. It’s time to STAND UP and add our 2 cents into what we want this “New Chicago” to look like. That’s my 2 cents!
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