The [Monday] Papers
The geniuses at the Sun-Times wonder why so many folks have left Chicago over the last decade - you know, given our beach volleyball and great theater.
Well, let's turn to the Chicago Reporter's Megan Cottrell for some help:
"Okay, so we're not the Big Apple, and we don't have the sun-tanned allure of L.A., but Chicago's pretty great, right? Most of us, whether we were born here or have made it our home, would agree.
"How justified is our city pride? Beyond the skyscrapers and sparkling store windows of Michigan Avenue, Chicago has a pretty seedy underbelly. We may not like to admit it. Heck, we may not even know. But when we look at the Second City in comparison to its rivals - the top 10 largest cities around the U.S. - we might be a little astounded."
* "In Chicago, the unemployment rate for African Americans is almost three times higher than it is for whites. The city's 21.4 percent black unemployment rate is the highest rate of any race or ethnic group examined for the nation's 10 largest cities."
* "Black people living in Chicago make 45 cents for every dollar that a white Chicagoan makes."
* "In Chicago, nearly one third of African Americans live in poverty - more than three times the rate for white Chicagoans. Only Latinos in Philadelphia and Phoenix are experiencing poverty at higher rates than black Chicagoans among any race or ethnic group examined among the nation's 10 largest cities."
* "Chicago is the only city among the nation's 10 largest cities where a higher percentage of white residents have a graduate degree or higher than the percentage of black residents with a college degree of any kind. Also in Chicago, the percentage of Latinos with at least a high school diploma is about the same as the percentage of whites with at least a bachelor's degree."
* "In Chicago, nearly 56 percent of African Americans at least 16 years old are without a job (either unemployed or not in the labor force) - the highest percentage of any race or ethnic group examined among the nation's 10 largest cities."
Of course, folks working for a newspaper couldn't be expected to know all of this. They're too busy selling a book about Daley's legacy. (link unavailable)
"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," the Tribune reported last month.
"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."
I guess the lure of great theater wasn't enough for those folks.
But He Wants One Of His Own
What, JP Morgan Chase HQ wasn't available?
In real life or the one on The Chicago Code?
You can learn all about the Code version tonight because I think Fox is re-airing the pilot. So maybe we'll watch it at the Beachwood tonight or maybe not - customers' choice.
Either way, I'm on duty behind the bar from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
"Coors Light is close to dethroning Budweiser as the nation's best-selling brew behind Bud Light," Ad Age reports.
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Posted on March 28, 2011
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