Chicago's urgent push to attract tourists - farfetched or feasible?

There are 9 comments on the Feb 22, 2013, Business Journal story titled Chicago's urgent push to attract tourists - farfetched or feasible?. In it, Business Journal reports that:

An air of desperation is starting to settle over Chicago. Perhaps it's because Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying so hard to deflect focus from the ugly gang violence problem the city has yet to solve.

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AntiMelting

United States

#3 Feb 23, 2013
Or, offer bulletproof bus tours so people can see the animals.
Not happy

Cicero, IL

#4 Feb 23, 2013
It is WAAAY beyond farfetched!

Chicago is not safe for tourists at all. Years and years of corruption, law enforcement sloth, and such, has really caused Chicago to become literally an endless ghetto all east of Cicero Avenue from Lawrence Avenue (4800 north) all the way down to the Will County border. Of course, between Ogden and Lawrence, the ghetto in fact extends west to Austin Blvd. Whatever is not covered by gangs within the ghetto is covered by the more lethal Flash Mob gangs, which attack like packs of hungry wolves. Even the CTA is no longer safe due to the vicious mobs. The Loop is no longer a good area to be in anymore, neither is downtown Chicago, neither is the Museum Campus area, nor Grant Park, and neither is even the lakefront from Lawrence Avenue all the way south; in fact, the Lakefront is also endless nonstop ghetto from Lawrence Avenue all the way south and east to the western edge of the Indiana Dunes National Lakesore area. In fact, chances are, you would likely be a lot safer tent camping overnight in New York City's Central Park, or even in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, than you would be visiting Chicago's Grant Park in broad daylight!
Not happy

Cicero, IL

#5 Feb 23, 2013
In fact, I think you'd even be more likely to survive tent camping overnight in New York City's Times Square (in one of the picnic or sidewalk median areas near 45th and Broadway) than you would be visiting downtown Chicago in broad daylight!
Cat74

Palatine, IL

#6 Feb 23, 2013
Oh, yeah, we will go visit Chicago as soon as our bullet proof vests, and AR-15s arrive. I want what Rham is smoking if he thinks people will visit the city with the highest murder rate in the country. As Granny always says, We might have been born in the morning but it wasn't yesterday morning!!
Not happy

Cicero, IL

#9 Feb 24, 2013
bensleys view wrote:
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so why do you put up with this dysfunctional crap?
vote for new people new parties get change in motion or the once great city on the lake will be lost.
The State of Illinois, including Chicago, is politically destroyed and beyond repair!

Neither Democrats nor Republicans are capable of fixing the mess anymore. All forseeable future elections for the State of Illinois or any part of the State of Illinois, including Chicago, are therefore officially deemed a lose-lose scenario.

The once great city on the lake is allready lost. It is exactly as beyond hope of saving as the fictional S.S. Poseidon after it was struck and capsized by a rogue wave.

Even now, west suburban Cicero is still under a gangsterous bureaucracy in which even the Town President can not overthrow. The lazy Cicero Police only sit on their lead rears as Cicero becomes a carbon copy of the Fort Staunton neighborhood of Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto III).
Not happy

Cicero, IL

#10 Feb 24, 2013
In fact, former Cicero president Betty Loren-Maltese tried to get rid of the gangs and gangsters, and she got 8 years in prison as a payback!
Not happy

Cicero, IL

#11 Feb 24, 2013
When the time is finally ripe, I am out of this gangster's paradise. And I am moving to Southwest Florida, where cops NEVER play around and lay around and let criminals run amok on the streets, they ALWAYS track down suspects, and they dust for fingerprints at crime scenes! In Fort Myers especially, practically nobody commits a violent crime and gets away with it! And the Fort Myers Police Department is even attempting to weave itself into the heart of the community and welcome/encourage citizens to alert them to suspicious or criminal activity immediately.
Cat74

Carpentersville, IL

#12 Feb 25, 2013
If you had the choice of being a tourist anywhere, and Chicago why would you choose to go to the murder capital of the world? They need to civilze their jungle areas before they think people will spend money to come to the City
clarity of reality

Nashua, NH

#13 Feb 25, 2013
Cat74 wrote:
If you had the choice of being a tourist anywhere, and Chicago why would you choose to go to the murder capital of the world? They need to civilze their jungle areas before they think people will spend money to come to the City
to buy drugs, watch black people get shot killed by black people, watch neighborhoods fall into decay overnight as black people ruin more neighborhoods

watch city bulldoze once nice homes business building cause they been ruined by blacks,

watch city police sit in coffee shops scribbling up new contract demands even though they are overpaid based on results now,

see black kids stealing stuff from stores by wilding.

plenty to do and see in da city.

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