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  •  The most powerful word was missing from this (4+ / 0-)
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    highly informative post, and that word is GENTRIFICATION. Wikipedia defines Gentrification as "the dynamic that emerges in poor urban areas when residential shifts, urban planning and other phenomena affest the composition of a neighborhood". Unfortunately local residents are not privy to the more subtle objectives of city planning boards until plans that affect them the most are already in motion.

    If the long term goal of city government of certain gang infested areas is to turn these respctive locations into new candidates for gentrification, then it is obvious that the initial steps involve displacing the populations residing in these areas. One method of "Urban Removal" is to bring gang activity to a boiling pitch, with such activity so sever that it becomes very dangerous to even venture out of one's house for fear of being shot. One method to increase gang violence is to FORCE MIX gang members by COMBINING schools located on adjacent turf. The aftermath of such community disruption will be widespread flight from these areas simply as a means of survival.

    Once social conditions calm down it will likely be that these areas will have become virtual ghost towns with many empty buildings in various states of severe disrepair, At this time such areas will be primed and ready for the next phase which will be the actual gentrification rehabing and new construction to house and provide shops for the new incoming upper class residents moving into the former old urban neghborhoods.

    Make no mistake in the aftermath of the depression of 2008 most America urban centers are destined to experience some degree of gentrification. Whether it involves wholesale displacement of poor minority families or not will depend on just how politically astute the present resident prove to be each gentrification plan moves forward.  

    •  Are you suggesting that CPS is intentionally (6+ / 0-)

      stoking gang warfare in order to...speed up the process of gentrification?  That's some conspiracy theory BS right there if I've ever heard it.  

      •  There are many in Chicago... (7+ / 0-)

        ...who would disagree with you that encouraging  violence to drive people out  is "conspiracy theory BS". For example, in the past, gentrification has meant literally burning people out of their homes. A wave of mysterious arson fires preceded the gentrification of the former working class Lakeview community in the mid 1970's. A similar thing happened in parts of Uptown.

        In the case of Manierre, developers have long coveted that neighborhood. All around it has long been gentrified. CPS knows exactly what the consequences of forcing Manierre students across Division means: violence that will cause some residents to consider moving.

        Closing Manierre and allowing the students to attend one of the largely white schools in the neighborhood is not an option according to CPS. You may draw your own conclusions

        Gentrification is the polite term. In the article I called it "ethnic cleansing for a whiter more affluent Chicago."

        "Don't believe everything you think."

        by BobboSphere on Tue May 07, 2013 at 03:32:24 PM PDT

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        •  Same thing happened South of Hyde Park in (2+ / 0-)
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          the late 1960's.  The University of Chicago  -- in many ways an admirable institution-- wanted to expand south of 59th St which was effectively a border with the neighboring area -- largely Afro-American.  Hyde Park in those days ( the surroundings of the University) was comparatively integrated -- a rarity at that time in Chi-town, where nations and races kept largely to themselves.

          The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

          by magnetics on Wed May 08, 2013 at 12:19:42 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think you know the area. (4+ / 0-)

      One of the reasons there are fewer school age children in the area is because they tore down the Cabrini Green high rises.

      There's some mixed income housing there but most of the residents just got Section 8 vouchers and were sent on their way.

      So, no, it's a populated area they're trying to empty. Much of it has already been emptied.

      And, you know, they could have handled the transition better, but you can never convince me that Cabrini shouldn't have been torn down.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:55:47 PM PDT

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    •  OK, you do know the area. (1+ / 0-)
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      I just disagree.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:00:51 PM PDT

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