I’ve long said that people with big dream and ambitions for themselves want to live in a city where the civic aspiration matches their personal aspiration. Of course, this isn’t always true. Many of us have a reservoir of affection for our home towns, our alma mater, etc. that transcends this. And it generally takes something to dislodge someone from where they are.
So as we in America celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought I’d throw it out there to everyone to chip in with what you would like the civic ambition of your city to be.
I will lead off with three cities I have a personal connection to.
For Louisville, I’ll share something tactical. It’s my hope that it will make 8664 happen. This plan to tear down an elevated waterfront freeway would save a huge amount of money and turn Louisville into a true river city once again.
For Indianapolis, it is to find a high aspiration consistent with its character. The city is outperforming most of the rest of the Midwest and is well positioned to be an even greater success story. Yet it seems content to think of itself as the “Diamond of the Rust Belt”, notwithstanding that that’s like being happy to win the loser’s bracket in the JV playoffs again this year.
For Chicago, perhaps again a tactical example, but it is to create a transit system worthy of a great city.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I’ll see you next week.