“Who is going to attempt change in a city where patronage-i.e., getting yourself, your friends, and your lazy cousins more money and privilege based on their loyalty to the ward boss or mayor-still rules? And who is going to insist on change in a city where officials would rather protect their world-class-city image than take on vested interests? Given these realities, Chicago will continue to rot behind its gleaming veneer.”

via How to Break an American City – Reason.com.