JMOChicago10 months ago
My apologies for my mistake. Am familiar with Ork, not with Neighborly. Kudos for your success. I also arrived in Chicago with nothing but an undergrad degree in 1988. I believe that Pawar has had much of an effect on the 47th Ward in attracting and keeping the demographic which would support Ork and (now that I've seen the website) Neighborly.
I respect your different point of view. And the people who I work with couldn't afford to live in Lakeview, or Lincoln Square, or much of Ravenswood. They work hard also, many at 2-3 jobs. Their neighborhood schools are being defunded and overcrowded. Police are slow to respond to their neighborhoods when a crime is committed. Now even the relatively successful middle class Chicagoans who have kids in CPS schools are feeling the impact. We have fewer public and low cost health centers. Much of civic engagement and interacting with city government is shifting online, which is wonderful for the tech connected and shuts out the less tech connected. Private corporations and universities are getting facilities funded with tax dollars that are skimmed off from the school and other common good budgets. This is a problem.
Don't misunderstand me. Chicago is a great place for one group of Chicagoans, and is eroding for another group of Chicagoans. The second group is getting larger, unfortunately.