This has probably been discussed before but I believe it's an issue that the city has to address. Yesterday I cycled through the city. I drove into Chinatown parked and rode my bike from there. I rode up Michigan Avenue to the Lakeshore East and then headed to Wicker Park by way of Milwaukee Avenue. While coasting through WP I realize how vibrant and funky it still is. Although its lost some of its edginess, there is still enough grit and funk to keep it interesting at this time in its history. This is the type of neighborhood that people, especially young affluent types, travel around the country and world to visit. It offer music venues, a varity of great shopping, restaurants and a different kind of cosmopolitan feel that you can't find on the Goldcoast. It is young, unpretentious (i know some of you would disagree), and energetic. All it needs, is to be allowed to grow beyond its current constraints. A child can't fully grow and prosper until the parent allows it to fully realize its potential. I can't help but to wonder what a Wicker Park/Bucktown area that has boutigue hotels and many more buildings of 10 to 15 stories in height would be like. It has great public transportation and could become a major tourist attraction. There are probably other neighborhoods in the city that could also fit into this catagory. Tourist destinations can mean drawing people in from throughout the metro area as well as the world. I believe the city could blossom even more by allowing those neighborhoods to become even more dense that they already are. I know there are all kinds of barriers and impediments (public transportation linking these areas together, residents wanting a so call neighborhood feel and, leaders not willing to risks there jobs) but, the city should be able to reach it full potential.