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‘It’s About Time’: City Outlines Comprehensive Plan to Tackle Infrastructure Backlog
WTTW | November 24, 2020
A newly released five-year plan to invest in Chicago’s roads, bridges, bikeways and other infrastructure needs is a welcome shift away from short-term, less comprehensive projects, some analysts and city officials say. ...
“It’s about time,” said Jacky Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. “We’ve been waiting four years for an infrastructure package coming out of Washington and nothing has materialized, so infrastructure has gotten four years’ worth of increased deterioration. The city was wise to go it alone.”
Grimshaw said the investment in infrastructure, the five-year timeframe of the plan and the jobs it will likely create make it a “win-win-win.” While some aldermen last week expressed concern about paying for the plan by issuing new bonds and adding to the city’s debt load, Grimshaw said it’s not an unusual way to pay for projects like this.
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