Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A February election in Chicago as a form of voter suppression

Face it, the Progressive Movement's agenda for cities was to reduce the impact of populism and immigrants on city politics, by making it harder to vote, by moving to at-large voting (which reduces the ability of candidates representing spatially bounded ethnic groups to get elected).

But to schedule a municipal election in February when weather is typically bad, for Chicago'ss Mayor and Council, seems designed to reduce participation, not unlike how DC's April primary can be a form of incumbent protection--albeit not a perfect one.

Although it does seem that regardless, voters are motivated in Chicago, based on early voting results ("Early Voting Ballots Surpass 2011 Election Totals," NBC Chicago).

Even so, Rahm Emanuel is expected to be re-elected ("Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads in election race," USA Today), in the election scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th, although given the number of challengers, it might mean a run off election, which would be held in April, if Emanuel doesn't receive 50% + one of the vote on Tuesday.

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