mark (slithead) wrote,

Weird to come back home from vacation to find that the biggest local news story of my time in Chicago happened while I was away.

Unlike just about everyone who lives here, I don't have a strong positive or negative opinion of Daley. When he has come up in conversation at work, I'm just an outsider, having lived in this city for such little time. I listen, while the people that grew up here debate back and forth about how he has always favored the connected and upper class vs. how he kept Chicago desirable as a place to live in a time when every other city with industrial roots in the Midwest suffered terrible times. If anything, him being out will mean one less person for people to blame for their problems- a good thing.

Portland was a neat place. I can understand why so many people who lived in Bloomington, IN (or from what I've read, similar college towns across the US) want to live there (other than my crackpot theory about a generation growing up playing Oregon Trail where moving there was winning the game). Tt seemed like most of its streets consisted of the kinds of places that people liked about Bloomington. Sensibly sized houses and yards. Small-scale commercial districts spread out to be within biking distance of everywhere, from what I could tell. Drivers that actually stop at crosswalks for pedestrians. If a block turns into a high-priced new construction condo development, my impression is that there's somewhere else in the area for the former residents to go.I could be talking out of my ass here because I only visited there for a few days, but it doesn't seem like a place where people feel trapped, with an enemy approaching from all sides, unlike so many other places.
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