Archive for the ‘Political Economy’ Category

Immediate CHANGE in Attitude

January 28th, 2009 1 comment

Quick to Engage, Direct, Soft, Smart and Articulate.

Steve Clemons has the stuff.

Categories: International

Straight from Enviromental Economics

March 20th, 2006 No comments

Throwing the Little Ones Back

Throwing the little fish back, a common practice, causes fish to shrink over time since there is selection against the survival of larger fish:

Survival of the Smallest, Ecology, Scientific American: Any commercial fisher or weekend angler knows to “throw the little ones back.” The idea is to give small fish time to grow up… But that strategy may actually be harming fish stocks. Ongoing experiments on captive fish reveal that harvesting only the largest individuals can actually force a species to evolve undesirable characteristics that diminish an overfished stock’s ability to recover, says David O. Conover, director of the Marine Sciences Research Center at Stony Brook University. The results may explain why many of the world’s most depleted stocks do not rebound as quickly as expected. 

Categories: Economics, Environment


February 18th, 2006 No comments

Every so often I come back to this and become frustrated with the undeserved arrogance. I am convinced that E.C. would be a year ahead and finalizing its Comprehensive Plan. With the election of George Pabey to Mayor of East Chicago came a new ruling class and the purging of the intellectual class reminiscent of the great purges in Russia. For the past year this new ruling class, taking on responsibilities they lack qualifications, has been desperate to show progress. They have focused their attention on physical evidence in the built environment for expression their moral superiority over the past regime. This has essentially created a environment where all outside the ruling class laid vulnerable to redevelopment. Throughout the year eminent domain could be heard regularly in the conferences of this small group, while project after project was proposed without the engagement of professionals, authorities or the input from stakeholders such as industry or the public. This ruling class scoffed at their views and recommendation. They even attempted to move forward without a vision. Their first expression came with the teardown of the Historic Bank building for a Walgreen’s. later this first year, in an attempt to move the cities ideas for a Port forward I set up a meeting between the Cities Economic team and JRR and SEH, the planning consultants for the Congressmen’s Marquette Plan. I have never seen such complete disrespect in meeting. They just ignored them and huddled around their own plan. Taking the professionals out of the plan. Fortunately for East Chicago they have had many setbacks and have not had much of a chance for a second act.

Categories: Local

Katrina: Timeline

September 12th, 2005 No comments

For a good timeline on the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina visit Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo.

Categories: National

Open Letter to the City, dated January 10, 2005

August 21st, 2005 No comments

The following is a memo found in the papers left behind by ex-City Councilmen Frank Kollintzas from a resident of his district.

To: Mayor Pabey
CC: East Chicago City Council Members

Subject: Coordinating efforts

I encourage East Chicago to adopt the Marquette Greenway Proposal as a master framework for the redevelopment in East Chicago and from which all future projects and opportunities address. This is a great regional initiative offering vision and opportunities for East Chicago as it enters into a period of transition. This will require amending East Chicago’s Five Year Consolidated Plan, East Chicago’s zoning practices and the coordination of several primary city departments including: The East Chicago Planning Commission, Building and inspection, Housing and Redevelopment, and most importantly Business Development. This is a historic proposal that is infinitely doable and you are in the right place at the right time to prepare the groundwork.

For more than a century East Chicago has benefited from the steel economy and survived its adverse externalities. East Chicago has survived the technological advances that increase productivity but also translated into employment downsizing. It survived globalization that made this industry more competitive but translated into shipping jobs oversees. And it is surviving pollution, poverty, crime and corruption that translated into damaging the quality of life for all who live here. Since the first signs of decline in the steel industry in the early 1970’s East Chicago developed a diet for bottom feeding on the American economy, attracting the nations most undesirable industries in an effort to keep the community viable. It hasn’t worked. What it has brought about are decades of increased levels of pollution, poverty, crime, continued erosion of land for future development, and again lowering the quality of life for those who live here.

Our future depends on how we manage our way through this transition, including how we remember and forget the past. Before all else we need a coordinated plan and we need to work in concert to ensure that no one governing entity trades against this shared vision – knowingly or unknowingly. This also means that East Chicago involves itself more aggressively in regional initiative such as the Marquette Greenway Proposal, and the Gary/Chicago Airport. I worry that the lack of East Chicago evolvement of in the Gary/Chicago Airport will not only leave East Chicago out of opportunities but also bring the main runway up against Prairie Park. This would destroy any future plans we would have for the neighborhoods in the Harbor. Along with planning we need to be vigilant.

East Chicago has several great assets to build on as we manage our way through this transition. We still have a viable steel economy, although contracting as it may. We have our location on Lake Michigan. We have the reason this region was first exploited by industry – our juxtaposition to Chicago. We have a truly diverse culture. And we have our place in the historic heritage of the Calumet Region. A good start.

Thank you,

Categories: East Chicago, Local

Issue Post 4: Relationship of Property Taxes to the Local Tax Levy

August 21st, 2005 No comments

Place Holder for information relating to property taxes and the local tax levy.

– From Marcia J. Oddi’s “Indiana Law Blog”
– A times article by Ruthann Robinson, Finance study fosters ‘world-class government’
– A link to the Lake County Government Finance Study

PDF of the East Chicago Section of the Lake County Government Finance Study 

Categories: Local

Issue Post 2: Abrade Technologies inc.

August 21st, 2005 No comments

Place Holder for information on the issues surrounding Abrade Technologies inc.

A times article by jim Masters

Categories: Local

Issue Post 1: The CDF and the Dredging of the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal

August 21st, 2005 No comments

I decided to set up categories of issues. This area will house information on the CDF and the dredging of the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal.

Useful Links:
IDEM hazadous Waste Sites

Categories: Local

Link Between Economic Performance and Quality of Life

August 21st, 2005 2 comments

The title is a place holder. Thoughts to come at a future time.

Categories: Economics, Environment

Brownfield Redevelopment

August 20th, 2005 No comments

Despite the fact that East Chicago is now the home of Mittal Steel, the worlds largest steel manufacturer, it still needs to grapple with the reality that steel production is quickly contracting and will very soon disappear from this region of the world. Below are three case studies of what can be done with the fallow brownfields left behind by steel producers. For many reasons East Chicago is fortunate to have survived as long as it has in the production of steel. This has provided the economic leaders of East Chicago with a wealth of case studies from which to learn. Although, East Chicago needs to work out a strategy tailored to its needs (to take advantage of unique opportunities), it has the strategies other municipalities have formulated from which to glean. In each case, the municipality had to retread its regional economy while adopting various reuse strategies.

Case Studies:
1) South Side Works, Pittsburgh LTV Property: What makes this example enticing is the fact that much of the land in need of redevelopment in East Chicago was also owned by LTV steel. Like the South Side Works East Chicago is located with in 20 minutes from a major city center. In the case of East Chicago, it is 20 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Project Profile

2) The Sloss Furnaces

The Sloss story rests on becoming a National Historic Landmark. Proponents of preservation organized the Sloss Furnace Association to lobby for saving the site for historical and cultural importance to the City and its role as a symbol of the technology that once made Birmingham the foremost industrial center of the South.

3) Emscher Park Germany (for PDF)

Emscher Park, opened in 1989, is a bold attempt to re-use one of the largest industrial wastelands in the world. Built on ecological principles, the park offers a range of high quality recreation facilities for local people and tourists, as well as housing and offices. “The idea was born in the 1999 regional economic strategy, which identified the need to take forward large-scale environmental projects that would benefit recreation and regeneration and have a good effect on the region’s image.”

Urban Growth Indicators

August 20th, 2005 No comments

I just came across the Mathew Kahn’s the Environmental and Urban Economics blog and his post on What is the key to urban growth? is it gays? – a turn on Prof. Florida’s “Creative Class.”

Categories: Economics

Overlay #3: Redevelopment of the Marktown Historic District

August 20th, 2005 No comments

Redeveloping the Marktown Historic District to attract Latino Yuppies from Chicago is another redevelopment project the Administration has revisited on several occasions.

Categories: East Chicago, Economics