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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s