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Dick Simpson's book, "Chicago's Future: An Agenda for Change," is discussed with the author, John Bailey and Robert Tucker, all employees of Chicago universities. The group discusses housing and transportation issues that many working class citizens face. The group discusses possible ways to fix the issues including government help and re-zoning.
Interviewing Gale Cincotta, a co-author of the book "Urban Disinvestment: New Implications for Community Organization, Research, and Public Policy." Cincotta is an expert on discrimination in mortgage loans and its effects in Chicago and other cities.
The song "America the Beautiful" always reminded Gale Cincotta about how great it was to live in America, the land with great schools and great jobs. It wasn't until Cincoltta became a community organizer that she realized all schools and all jobs are not great for everyone. Cincotta's hope was to give people the power to make their lives better, not solely by pointing out problems but by doing something about them.
Dick Simpson, alderman of Chicago, discusses neighborhood governments. He describes the history, explains the uses of wards, and shows how the system can work in light of a recent election in Chicago. Studs reads an article about the recent election by Mike Royko.
Alderman Dick Simpson discusses his book, "Strategies for Change: How to Make the American Political Dream Work," and his work as the 44th Ward Alderman. He explains the assembly system that now runs the 44th Ward, where members are able to bind him to a vote if the majority decides. He also discusses how the assembly has already changed redlining, the school system, truck load limits, and high rise development within their neighborhood.