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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:47 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by rgolch View Post
I think your right on many levels.

Of course, Chicagoans don't necessarily look plain compared to most places in the US. But in comparison to certain places (NY, etc), people seem unwilling to use their imaginations or "take risks" in how they dress themselves. It's as if they sort of lack a fashion-self confidence, and therefore decide to be a little more under the radar with their appearance.

And in terms of your comments about being in the realatively conservative midwest, I agree that it affects the city. We have to remember than many of the younger individuals who migrate to this city are from other parts of the midwest. You can't throw a stone without hitting someone who grew up in Iowa. Not that it's a bad thing, but those individual bring there attitudes and interests with them.

^ Well, it appears that the 'hinterlands' are changing as well. So perhaps things will be quite different in 10-20 years
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Old October 18th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ChiPsy View Post
It's worth mentioning that Richard Florida's research on the comparative economic appeal of US cities based on their progressiveness/hipness/ artsiness/urban dynamism has consistently scored Chicago very highly. Florida has built an academic career on this angle, and it has its flaws, but it does hold some explanatory value for the "cutting edge" activity that fuels the economic engines of geographical regions, and it's nice that Chicago shines from this angle too.

I also agree completely with Steely Dan's observation that there's a difference between superficial "progressivism" indexed by (what amounts to) a covertly conformist fashion aesthetic vs. the kind of genuinely progressive mindset (see Michel Foucault's work as just one example) that I've found ubiquitous in the City, if not the suburbs, of Chicago. It's fun for bright-minded people -- of all ages -- to live here.

Thank you Steely and thank you Chypsy!
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