One of my favorite movies of all time is “Back to the Future.” As we plan our departure from Chicago, I can’t help but notice how over the last few years this city has slowly transformed into Hill Valley. Of course, I’m referring to the alternative 1985 Hill Valley.
The politicians in Illinois are giving me no other choice than to “make like a tree and leave.” Soon, Rahm will get his downtown casino approved and Chicago will be one step closer to resembling Biff’s World. Here’s why:
- Chicago’s credit rating is going in the opposite direction
- Pensions are severely underfunded and taxes will need to be increased to pay for this liability
- 36 shootings – just this past weekend
- Strip mall vacancies are at an all-time high
- Potholes galore – even though every road is constantly under construction
- Schools are being closed
- Flash mob robberies on Michigan Avenue
- One of the highest gas prices in the country
When we return from our RTW trip and visit Chicago, I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot like when Marty McFly ends up in the alternative 1985. I’m envisioning a Chicago filled with garbage, broken down cars, homeless people, and of course casinos. I wonder if I’ll be able to consider myself a time-traveler as I continue to witness the rapid deterioration of the city.
Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Hey? Think, McFly!
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