Chicago goes the extra mile to prettify its ugly reality.
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“In 2009, Chicago recorded 458 homicides and New York 471 — when New York’s population is nearly three times as large as Chicago’s,” reported the Christian Science Monitor last year.
The murders were on the sorry streets of the city where there are more prostitutes than tulips.
Even so, I doubt if a “Flowers for the downtrodden” or a “Tulips for the Fuming” planting effort would have worked to reverse the city’s escalating murder rate.
In any case, with 500,000 trees already planted and park space in the city expanded to 7,730 acres, the city is spending $10 million a year on new trees, flowers and shrubbery.
With more parks than any other U.S. city, the annual budget for the 550 parks is more than $300 million, the largest parks budget in the nation — nearly a million dollars per day.
The gardens are supposed to pull people back to the city.
In the first decade, the 1990s, the population, especially among yuppies, grew 4 percent, the first decade of growth in 50 years.
New census data, however, show the city’s population down by 6.9 percent since 2000.
What’s sure not to reverse things is the latest hike in the state’s corporate income tax rate, a 49 percent jump from 7.3 percent to 10.9 percent.
That gives Illinois, according to the Tax Foundation, “the highest state corporate income tax rate in America and the highest combined national-local corporate income tax in the industrialized world.”
That sounds like a perfect plan to drive away business, jobs and population — and the money for new tulips.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?