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Chicago trades on ‘Obama effect’

Hal Weitzman 30 November 2008 One Comment

In the weeks since Mr Obama’s election, Chicago – a city used to proclaiming its global status while often measuring up short next to New York and Los Angeles – has been basking in the international spotlight. The president-elect’s victory celebration in Grant Park showcased its handsome skyline, parkland and lakefront to millions all round the world. His transition team is based in the city, attracting a global media circus. Many of his appointments have come from Chicago’s political elite.

Chicago has not lacked promoters. Since he was elected 20 years ago, Mayor Richard Daley has been an energetic salesman for the city and there are several organisations dedicated to raising Chicago’s profile internationally. In the past, that has often involved dispelling its reputation as a gritty, industrial, crime-ridden urban sprawl. Mr Obama’s worldwide popularity has given the publicists a new song to sing.

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  • John Powers (author) said:

    Chicago’s reputation as “crime-ridden” may have been earned because of all the murders here.

    Something about being the murder capital of the USA isn’t just a part of reputation, rather it is an absolute fact that there is a lot of crime in Chicago.

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