A New Plan for Chicago Fails to Stir Men's Blood

Blair Kamin looks at "Go to 2040", a new regional plan for the Chicago area that he says has few goals to get excited about and "reflects an era of scarce resources."

Kamin suggests that the plan reflects an era of "lowered expectations about what planning can achieve."

The plan includes stabs at smart growth, but seems to place a considerable influence on road maintenance. Kamin says it calls for "a new emphasis on fixing existing roads, raising the state gas tax to fund road maintenance and transit, and increasing the Chicago region's share of the state's road funding pie."

Kamin quips, "the message from Go to 2040 seems to be: 'Make no big plans. We have no money.'"

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