Would You Stay or Would You Go?

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Yesterday, I had brunch with an Evanstonian couple that has moved here from New Orleans. They evacuated and never came back. I’ve been fascinated lately with Katrina. I don’t know why, but I’ve been renting Spike Lee’s movies and paying attention to the blog-o-sphere chronicling the struggle to rebuild. I keep asking myself:: if Chicago was hit by a natural disaster and my place was destroyed, would I stay and rebuild? Or would I find a new community? Our friends at brunch said New Orleans wasn’t a great city. There were tremendous gaps in class/money, very unreliable city services and the job market wasn’t great. They said when they came here, they realized how a city should be run, making their decision to stay an easy one. Interesting ey? They must have told the same thing to the Mayor, because the Civic Federation came out today saying that the city is ramping up to tax the shit out of you come fall. If they take the big asshole route (probably won’t), your property taxes could go up 43% percent. Anywhere from 5 grand to 60 grand. That’s sort of like a flood, no? Back to the disaster convo (your relationship with Lee is sort of like a car crash), If a natural disaster wiped you out, would you stay or would you go?

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Yesterday, I had brunch with an Evanstonian couple that has moved here from New Orleans. They evacuated and never came back. I’ve been fascinated lately with Katrina. I don’t know why, but I’ve been renting Spike Lee’s movies and paying attention to the blog-o-sphere chronicling the struggle to rebuild. I keep asking myself:: if Chicago was hit by a natural disaster and my place was destroyed, would I stay and rebuild? Or would I find a new community? Our friends at brunch said New Orleans wasn’t a great city. There were tremendous gaps in class/money, very unreliable city services and the job market wasn’t great. They said when they came here, they realized how a city should be run, making their decision to stay an easy one. Interesting ey? They must have told the same thing to the Mayor, because the Civic Federation came out today saying that the city is ramping up to tax the shit out of you come fall. If they take the big asshole route (probably won’t), your property taxes could go up 43% percent. Anywhere from 5 grand to 60 grand. That’s sort of like a flood, no? Back to the disaster convo (your relationship with Lee is sort of like a car crash), If a natural disaster wiped you out, would you stay or would you go?

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