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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Aurora Is On Track To Become Detroit, Why Not Paris?

Aurora, Illinois has a combination of problems above and below the radar screen.

Since 2005, a decade of massive corruption, wild spending, high taxes, skyrocketing debt, increased poverty, poor school performance, new crime epidemic, reverse economic development and incompetent leadership  across the city are putting it on a path of failure.

Aurora is on the way to becoming the Detroit of Illinois, assuming Chicago doesn't do it first.  Aurora says its second to none.

While some of the blame clearly belongs to corrupt Mayor Tom Weisner, political mafia boss Bob Vaughan and their cronies, there are many more also responsible, including those not so obvious like State Rep Linda Chapa-LaVia, Crony Cop Kristen Ziman and more like them.

So, what could save Aurora?

The answer is not much because it would take a serious transformation and voters are too apathetic or too ignorant to realize they need to act urgently.

However, when we think of great cities that should serve as an inspiration to the City of Lights, that would be Paris.

What would it taken for Aurora to follow the path of Paris instead of its current path of Detroit?

Here is how Paris transformed:

Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed.

Slums were razed and converted to bourgeois neighborhoods, and the formerly labyrinthine city became a place of order, full of wide boulevards (think Saint-Germain) and angular avenues (the Champs-Élysées).

Poor Parisians tried to put up a fight but were eventually forced to flee, their homes knocked down with minimal notice and little or no recompense.

The city underwent a full transformation—from working class and medieval to bourgeois and modern—in less than two decades' time.

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