The financial collapse of 2008 has unleashed the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression. While people are losing their jobs, their homes and their public services, the 1 percent are seizing the opportunity to restructure Chicagoland for the needs of the big corporations. What will the region look like if they have their way? Bruce Katz, director of the Brookings Institution, put it like this: “We must move as quickly as possible to change the mental map of our nation from a constitutional union of 50 states to an economic network of highly connected, hyper-linked, and seamlessly integrated metropolitan areas.”
Grassroots participation, sustainable development and a good life for everyone regardless of age, race, gender, class or physical ability are not on the corporate agenda — unless we the people can derail that agenda, and invent something better.
This website is a place to gather information and share observations, notes, analyses, perspectives and activist proposals. At issue are the plans themselves, the municipal and corporate rhetoric that supports them, and the concrete transformations of schools, health services, universities, transportation and energy infrastructure, policing and prisons, public/private finance schemes, etc.
We aim to map out the changes as they unfold. Above all, we want to offer a completely different vision of how life in this region can be sweeter for all its inhabitants.