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Thursday, January 21, 2016

20 Years From Now, Which City Will Be Thriving? Aurora or Detroit

We sent a team of OpenlineBlog interns to visit Detroit recently for a conference on urban and economic solutions with experts from across the nation and they came up with some observations worth sharing.

It's no secret Detroit has been devasted economically and forced to boldly change or die.

The problems were not created overnight but there are signs that the younger generation of Detroit is being allowed to experiment with relaxing the clunky ways of the old guard with new ideas and ways.

"Sometimes, you need a near-death experience to stop smoking, change your lifestyle and get life back on track" said one of the economic revitalization experts they met in Detroit.

Our interns met dozens of groups that are working to undo the bad habits of the last and infuse a new, tech-savvy, bold mindset.

Smart minds are being allowed to solve big problems.

What struck our interns is when they returned to Aurora, Illinois.

While there is a glimmer of hope in Detroit, Aurora is depressing.

It's a city dying but unlike Detroit, there isn't a national outcry, no change and the same people that created the mess continue to operate.

And, even worse, some of the next generation are part of the problem.

When Aurora corrupt cop Kristen Ziman was appointed police chief, it represented the ultimate failure of a city.

Not only she is a homegrown product but instead of fighting to stop the political mafia that has exploited the city, she joined it.

Aurora is second to none for corruption, taxes, spending, reverse economic development, declining education, increasing poverty and incompetent public officials.

Even IF all the bad guys and gals from Mayor Tom Weisner to the crooks led by Bob Vaughan at the Dunham Fund to crony cop Kristen Ziman were tossed into prison tomorrow, it may be too late to reverse the sinking ship.


Restaurant Row.

Old Copley.

Killing Hotel Projects.

Failure after Failure.

It would take bold change, a clean slate and attracting smart people from outside to help fix the mess.

Aurora isn't a city that encourages debate from within, let alone anyone from outside.

That combined with being in a fiscally-crippled state with an exodus of taxpayers exploited by decades of Michael and Lisa Madigan.

20 Years from now, Kristen Ziman, Tom Weisner and their cronies will all be enjoying their luxury pensions somewhere else so the good news is they will be gone.

Bad news is you are foolish enough to stay here, you will be paying for them for the rest of their lives on top of the bills for the damage of the last decade of destruction under the regime of Tom Weisner.

Let's hope for the sake of Detroit, they never move there and ruin it.

Because at the rate things are going, 20 years from now, Detroit will be thriving compared to Aurora's slow motion death already underway.


Anonymous said...

You sent people to Detroit? You a liar liar liar pants on fire! This blog is a joke! It is written by a has been and reject! Grow up!

Anonymous said...

Possibly one of the better Openline articles. Aurora is done for because of voter apathy. Over the past few years Aurora had several shots at breaking the status quo, we had Jay Leonardi, Irlanda Gardiakos and Kevin Matthews running, all three ran as outsiders and none could have been bought. And look at what happened. The establishment candidate was voted into office in each case.

Anonymous said...

All three has their heads up Lawrence's ass! That's why they never went anywhere! I know Jay and have for years he is truely a spoiled punk! Without his last name he has nothing! As far as the other two clueless clowns, the voters spoke!

Anonymous said...

Both those clueless clowns are multi-millionaires who made their money the hard way, by starting businesses and working for it, no inherited wealth. I know both of them. Gardiakos is a Burger King and Popeyes owner, Matthews, had the Dominos on Galena and Elmwood, his nephew ran it. I listened to him for years on the radio before he ever ran for office, he is the smartest guy I ever personally met.

The reason they did not get in is because neither could be bought and the establishment knows they could not control them. The tax payers in this community are too detached to pay attention to how the establishment has robbed them blind. You get what you vote for and time and time again the residents of Aurora vote for corruption.

Anonymous said...

20 yrs from now, will Aurora and its clueless wonders in the Development Offices still be looking to fill those spaces on restaurant row?

Anonymous said...

Is it true Weisner fucks nigger women?

Anonymous said...

Is it true Weisner fucks nigger women?

Only when O'Connor has a cold and can't suck his dick