Livability Study: Chicago

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The City of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Midwest that has experienced remarkable growth in the past two hundred years. From prairie to industrialization to sky scrapping buildings, Chicago is known as the center of commerce of a great city that spans 227 square miles. Nestled against Lake Michigan, Chicago plays a major role in business, stock market, manufacturing, academia, and is the major hub of the Midwest transporting supplies and people across the nation. With the transportation industry growth, the city has provided many jobs increasing the population growth and prosperity of many citizens (CPL, 2006).

A livable city consists of a strong economy, top-ranked educations institutions, and solid cultural and recreational venues (Wright, 2005, p. 652). According to an article published by Newsweek International Edition (2006), the University of Chicago is ranked in the top twenty of 100 global education institutions. The citizens of Chicago are comprised of many different ethnic group backgrounds.

The city has almost any type of ethnic food restaurant one could desire. Chicago has many tourist attractions and recreational spots such as museums, cultural events, and night life. Public transportation is available throughout the whole city ranging from trains to buses. A quick twenty minute ride on the train can lead you from the airport to downtown. Depending upon what neighborhood you visit, you can enjoy the different cultures' goods and foods (SSC1, N.D.; SSC2, N.D.; SSC4, N.D.). During the past fifteen years, the mayor of Chicago has been comprehensively reforming the city by improving the quality of life. This program consists of new housing developments, improvements of public schools, more businesses, and an increase of city security with 24-hour surveillance cameras and more police on patrol. The safer the city, the more residents and investors will be...