DanInLakeview said:A related question: I wonder if some of Chicago's declining inner suburbs to the south and west will one day reach a point where they will no longer be able to sustain themselves as independent communities, and whether annexation at that point might be their salvation. It's something to think about.
Are you talking about Harlem and Irving? That was a hot shopping destination in the 1950s and early 1960s (when shopping centers themesleves where sort of fresh and new)....unless you want to call the crappy mall on Harlem a "shopping area"
Watch it!!The Urban Politician said:^ PLEASE NO! The last thing Chicago needs is even more dirt-poor and crime-ridden south & west side hoods
Indeed. Absorbing cities against their will is something that happens in Canada, not the US. It's eminent domain, and I oppose it on the municipal level just as strongly as I do on the individual level.DanInLakeview said:Of course, a more pertinent question is whether the residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights want to be annexed to Chicago. Perhaps they don't, and if not, I'm sure they have their reasons.
That's really just too bad. I'm not entitled to annex my neighbor's property just because I want to expand my driveway.Chi_Coruscant said:Nah, they are fine with me. It's Bensenville and Elk Grove Village that I want to be annexed. They are standing in the way of O'Hare modernization/expansion.
:guns1:Quickdraw said:Ill forget you said that shit...
I don't know what the big deal is. It has bothered me since I was a kid; I used to love looking at maps of the city, and then there's a big hole right up in the north side, which still manages to push my buttons.marathon said:^ What's the big deal? Many cities have suburbs wholly within them...Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and many more.
Even whole countires like Lesotho, San Marino, and the Vatican are fully surrounded by other nations.