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Chicago And Big City Challenges

Rahm Emanuel is Chicago’s next mayor. We’ll look at big city challenges right now through the eyes of the Windy City.

Mayor-elect, and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel speaks at his election night party Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Chicago. (AP)

Mayor-elect, and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel speaks at his election night party Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Chicago. (AP)

Rahm Emanuel will be the next mayor of Chicago. That’s a long way from the White House, but right in the middle of what American cities are up against in 2011.

What works and what doesn’t? In his 22 years as mayor, Richard M. Daley turned the upfront face of Chicago into a vibrant showplace of public amenities and glossy urban zest. Back in the neighborhoods, it’s a different story.

And now, recession has left this city – like others – with a huge deficit.

This hour On Point: the American city – Chicago. Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Larry Bennett, professor of political science at DePaul University. He is the author of “The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism.”

Laura Washington, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also a political analyst for ABC 7-Chicago and contributing editor for In These Times.

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Read an excerpt from Bennett’s “The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism” here, or in PDF.

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