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Thursday, January 05, 2012

City of Aurora Promotes 175th Anniversary and the Past...But Why?



The City of Aurora is spending time, resources and effort promoting the chronological fact that it's 175 years old in 2012.

Yay.

Given the recession of the local economy, reverse economic development and not much going on other than public projects, city staff has plenty of time and your taxdollars at their disposal.

However, some of our viewers have been asking "who are they trying to impress?"

The old guard status-quo crowd, which is the cause of most Aurora's chronic problems, is already a fan of the "old" Aurora, so is this campaign directed toward them?

Does this campaign or the anniversary poster appeal to a young, dynamic, innovative, cool crowd?  Are people in Naperville going to say "we wish were in Aurora!" after seeing the poster?

And, if the poster was going to accurately reflect history, how often do you see a woman in a red dress walking the street or a sleek looking train?

Aurora has got to figure out which way it's going...is this a city that will keep clinging to the old past or boldly change for the future?

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I love the river, the expressway, the train, the architecture ,the downtown, the Paramount Theater, the small town big city atmosphere and the people.

Yes I said I would like to move there so, I did.

Al Kohollick said...

If Aurora is such a great place to live then why do most Aurora police officers and firefighters live outside the city?

Anonymous said...

Can I get a Retro Aurora poster with an image of Helen's Cafe on it?

Anonymous said...

Why does it matter where police and firefighters live? Maybe they are from another city or maybe they just don't want to live where they work. Especially police officer, they have to deal with criminal and don't want to live in the same city as someone they may have arrested or pulled over.

Anonymous said...

Who cares where police and fireman live! Should a doctor at Mercy or Copley live in Aurora? Should someone who is a teacher in Aurora live in the CIty? Should someone who is a construction worker who does work in Aurora live within the City? Who cares where they live!!!

Anonymous said...

The picture is horrible who walks round in a evening dress

Anonymous said...

So this bold future includes anonymous political blogs that take shots and then run away?

Anonymous said...

It's a poster designed to impress the old guard. It's ridiculous, the font makes Aurora look stupid. Every time the city promotes this, they take a step backward.

Anonymous said...

I saw in the Beacon that the Beacon was invited to be part of the brainstorming process for this stupid 175th anniversary campaign nonsense. No wonder the design is so backward.

The fact there is a campaign for the 175th anniversary proves how much NO PROGRESS is happening in this city. If we were sailing along and improving, we wouldn't dream of reminding everyone of how old this city is. We have nothing going on except an anniversary. Not 100 or 200, but 175. How absurd.

Anonymous said...

At least we can read OpenlineBlog for free. The Beacon now charges to read articles--but of course, without removing the ads.


Too bad a lot of us have gotten our news elsewhere for awhile now: blogs, CNN, Comcast, etc.

Anonymous said...

Openline charges what it's worth. And Openline does sneakier ads, pushing books, etc. "Oh, if you buy a coffee mug that says Openline on it, I'll give 100% of the profits to charity. Of course, since you don't know who I am, there's no way for you to ever know whether I gave to charity or just pocketed the profits."

Al Kohollick said...

I will point the open-minded towards the reason why most Aurora Police and Aurora Firefighters choose not to live here. Look at the demographics of APD/AFD. Specifically look at the ethnic background, and household income. Based on that it is unlikely that a APD/AFD member would live in a town like Aurora, Elgin, Joliet or West Chicago. The demographics would suggest that a fair amount of APD/AFD probably live in Kendall County or remote areas of Kane County.

Anonymous said...

In the 175th Anniversary posters are they any images of the toxic waste dump at Broadway and North? Are there any images of the "Home of the Kings" Restaraunt/Hangout? Are there any images of a Fox River Island being chemically destroyed? Are their any images of a diesel fuel sheen on the Fox River?

Anonymous said...

What was the name of the bookstore on Stolp Avenue that had this really great selection of candy and chocalate in the front part of the store. It was just north of Downer. As a teen I remember going there and it was a great place to be........and then it went away :(

Al Kohollick said...

Why is the Sears Tower, which is in Chicago, included in a poster of Aurora?

Anonymous said...

That's not the Sears Tower, that's the downtown hotel (Leland?) with the lighted star on top of it this time of year. On Stolp.

Anonymous said...

The Sears/Willis Tower is shown in the background, as part of the distant Chicago skyline--probably to emphasize the fact that Aurora is within commuting distance from Chicago.

For a lot of people (myself included), our proximity to Chicago is a big selling point when deciding to live in Aurora. We're close enough to access the benefits, but far enough away to avoid some of the disadvantages of the big city.

And Naperville has a reputation as a nanny city--that, along with exorbitant housing prices, are reasons I wouldn't want to live there.

Anonymous said...

Okay, NOW I see it. Your "way in the background" is what clued me in. I thought he was talking about the buildings right behind the train. The Chicago skyline in the background is so faint I completely missed it.

Anonymous said...

I actually like some of the "retro" Aurora artwork, like the one of the building at Broadway/New York on the north side of the building. It's about the nicest looking thing downtown.

Anonymous said...

They are promoting the past because Aurora's best period was in the past and this city has no future in terms of being desirable community.

The reality is Aurora will become a totally dependent welfare city with a 70%-80% Latino population, 8-11% black and 8-13% white. Simple as that. It will become Cicero, which if you recall in the not to distant past was primarily a white working class community. Now look at it.

Any chance Aurora had ended when the Latinos crossed Highland and started moving west. They have marched almost over to Edgelawn, when they cross Edgelawn it will be the death knell for the city.

The far east side killed itself when it allowed high density housing just west of the mall. IN a few more years those will be ethnic HUD housing ghettos.

You can expect the areas east of Frnsworth around Sheffer rd to petition to break away from Aurora and become part of Naperville over the next 20 years. There is one group over there that is already working to document spending and insure that they are not a net plus for the city (by demanding services) so the can make the case fro breakaway and not held by the logic that the city would be financially compromised if they left.

So Aurora has to look tot he past, its future is simply the Calcutta of the Fox Valley.

Al Kohollick said...

My experience with Aurora's Mexican community is that they the vast majority of them work very hard. Yes, with a Latino community there is always the problem of youth gangs. But I think it would unfair to characterize the Aurora Mexican community as a "welfare state" since they do work hard.

Anonymous said...

9:49 you misunderstood what I was trying to say. The Democrats like Weisner and the State of IL have vested interest in turning those hard working Hispanics into wards of the state. The want to convert everyone into a victim and they are doing a very good job of doing it to the Hispanic community. Hispanic birth rates of high school student sis on the rise and that and illegitimate birth are the two tools they are using to convert the Hispanics into a welfare class. the strong work ethic you speak of accrues to those newly immigrated and first generation sons, by the first generation their daughters are already looking for the easy life and Uncle Sugar is there for them. And that is the plan of Weisner and his ilk, to create a power base off of dependency.

Anonymous said...

I must be missing it, what exactly is the benefit of creating a "welfare class"?

Anonymous said...

It benefits people like Irvin, Garza, Weisner, Kifowit, Saville, Quinn, Madigan by creating a class of voters who have to rely on them redistributive policies of politicians for their sustenance.

In other words it keeps them in office and thus gives them power.

Anonymous said...

The background is very art deco and good looking. It's the cartoon in the forground that is so out of place and really dumb looking.

If I get a poster, I will cut out the lady in red.

Who is the artist ? Who approved it ?

Anonymous said...

The reason the police do no live in Aurora is because it is not safe.

Go figure !
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Anonymous said...

9:10 am that is ridiculous. Naperville wouldn't take them, anyway.

Al Kohollick said...

Aurora's future will be symbolized by the growing rift between the rich and the working poor. Once upon a time in the 1950's and 1960's a working man could support his family with a good standard of living and a decent house in Aurora thanks to the multitude of good paying factory jobs in the industrial town of Aurora. The factory jobs are long gone. The outskirts of Aurora are well-to-do and quite suburban like. The center of Aurora is largely immigrant-working class people who are willing to work for low wages and not bitch about it. The center of Aurora has old properties that are largely eroding due to time and lack of income to fix them. There was once a strong working class/middle class in Aurora. I was a part of that community and culture. That culture is largely gone in Aurora. Most of the people that I grew up with moved out of Aurora to places like Kendall County and DeKalb County. They realized that the town they grew up in was gone and not coming back. Nowadays, being working-class in Aurora means that you ain't making much money but you are working long and hard. It means like you might be living in a house with many other people just like you. Basically, there's too many rich people and too many poor people and not much in between. There will alot of mistrust and disrespect between the factions as Aurora goes forth in the 2010's and the 2020's.

Anonymous said...

One thing the poor can always improve their plight by fighting for a reduction in immigration levels, sealing the borders and practicing birth control.

You can solve almost all economic woes simply by reducing the supply of labor. Historically the only time you see growth in the middle class is during times of labor shortages.

The simplest long term solution is to keep population growth at the replacement rate or slightly below. But no one ever wants to examine the real problem.

Anonymous said...

Reducing family size is definitely something that is in the middle classes' best interests in a non-agrarian society. When children are financial liabilities instead of assets, it makes sense to have fewer of them.

And another thing people can do to improve their lot in life: education. Yes, college is expensive--but it's still possible to earn a degree over several years of part-time work and/or online study.

Al Kohollick said...

Couldn't they have put an image of one of the two Foremost Liquor stores on the 175th Anniversary Poster. Those stores have been in Aurora longer than I have.

Anonymous said...

I used to live in Aurora but not anymore. I feel like I am in Mexico when I drive thru there. Yuck.

So sad to see Aurora as such a dump. What the hell happened to that city??

Anonymous said...

3L22 - the answer is Mexicans!

Anonymous said...

Probably the same thing the Native Americans and Mexicans thought about whitey moving in, but that didn't stop it. Maybe this is evolution, the Native Americans and Mexicans could not hold off the whitey invasion, now whitey can't hold off the Mexican invasion. Maybe the Mexicans will be nice enough to set up reservations for the white people. Payback is a bitch.

Al Kohollick said...

All white people should be rounded up and made to march to the Great White North(Canada)......if the weak white people die along the way then so be it. Evoloution is survial of the fittest.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but with the superior white man gone you beaners will be back to shitting in the hole your draw your water from, raping your daughters and sodomizing your dog. The reason Mexico is a shithole is because of the Mexicans. Everywhere Mexicans go turns into shithole. Hell even Mexicans don't want to live in Mexico. And you have to be pretty bad to get a Puerto Rican to look down on you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 8:52 p.m.--you must know different Mexicans than I do!

The Mexican people I know personally are almost all hard-working, family-oriented people. They value education (as did my own immigrant grandparents), and aspire to achieve a better life for themselves and their families.

The people you're describing don't sound at all like any Mexicans I know; they sound like trailer-trash bigoted white folks to me.

Anonymous said...

Nope they are Mexicans from Aurora. I bet eh Mexicans you know are descended from the Spanish and come from Mexico city. Historically (20 years plus) those were the ones who came to Aurora and they ended up lending in fairly well, they were bright, hard working, and valued education.

Now days we have flood from the countryside, they descend from the Aztec and various indigenous groups. You can recognize many by the iron shape they have to their face. they do not value eduction, are stepped in superstitious culture, value machismo, abuse women, children, the mentally disadvantageous and animals.

If you see what is going on those from Mexico city are the ones leading the political class in the U.S. and are using those from the country side to gin a populace advantage. the are used for defecto canon fodder by people like Roy Renterri and Gabriel Wyatt in Aurora.

Anonymous said...

10:51, that is an awesome theory, not! It is amazing that wherever you gained your vast education on Mexican geneology from never taught you how to spell. Maybe if you start walking now, you can be the first on the new "Trail of Tears". Good one Al, I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

10:51 is right.

Anonymous said...

10:51 agrees with himself.