What Will Chicago Be Like, Post-Daley?

Blair Kamin reflects on the soon-to-be-ex-mayor Richard Daley's legacy, his "passion to build," and how Chicago might be shaped without his influence.

Kamin writes that Daley "...will leave his own indelible mark: A plenitude of projects that stretches into nearly every corner of the city, from the glistening "Bean" in Millennium Park to the miles of shrub-filled median planters that soften Chicago's harsh streets."

"By combining the roles of chief politician and chief planner, Daley became the ultimate shaper of Chicago's cityscape. There was no denying his authority over the cityscape - just as there is no denying the deep anxiety his departure has spawned among the city's architects and builders."

Kamin talks with local leaders about the recession-era climate and how it will dampen (or not) Chicago's growth.

Full Story: Will Chicago think big after Daley?


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