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What A Difference A Mayor Makes

image credit- Gapers Block, March 2010

— written by Garrett Chado
When Nelson Algren’s book Chicago: City on the Make was first published in 1951 it received harsh criticism from the Chicago Daily News, who called it a ‘case for ra(n)t control.’ Perhaps they were justified in their outcries; Algren casts a light into the darkest streets and corners of Chicago and her history, in a way that only a malevolent lover can. Yet here we are today – the Chicago Daily News has been silent for 34 years and Algren’s work continues to live on with the publication of the 50th and 60th anniversary editions of Chicago: City on the Make.
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