Open Letter to the Honorable Mayor Rahm Emanuel
121 N LaSalle Street
Chicago City Hall 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Dear Honorable Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
Here are some ideas on how to solve your violent crime problems. Bring back community!
Over the last few years, I have been studying biological systems to understand how to build better community. Urban planners do not talk much about biology. But, biology sees community as a living system. Cells are the building blocks of organisms, and groups of organisms make up a community, and communities of organisms make up ecosystems. By studying basic concepts of biology, we can build healthier communities for our families that fit appropriately into our environment, better equipping us to address our growing health, social and environmental issues.
Mayor, first of all, Chicago is not a city, it is a region! With almost 2.8-million people, covering an area of 237-square miles (151,700-acres) it is out of scale to provide community and meaning for its citizens. A healthy urban community should be 5,000 to 10,000-acres in scale, a very walkable comprehensible scale. A circle with a 2-mile radius contains approximately 8,000-acres. Two-miles is the distance of a 9-hole golf course, very walkable.
Chicago needs cell division. It should be divided up into 10 to 20-communities or districts. Each of these communities with a population of 100,000 to 200,000-people, a very manageable city scale. These communities would be in a much better position to care for its citizens as a healthy living system. Each of these communities should be further divided into villages or pods of 10,000-20,000 people each (small town scale).
These new communities should be as compact in shape as possible, not like the existing gerrymandered wards. Each community should have its own town center and community services. These town centers will function as the center of the community’s neural network, connecting and teaching the members of what is important and how to live a good life. Also, the citizens should feel safe in their own community, they should be able to control what flows in and out of them, as all healthy living systems do!
This could be Chicago’s renaissance, creating sustainable communities for Chicagoans to raise healthy families that could serve as a model for building sustainable communities across the country.
To let these violent crimes to continue as a disease in your communal body is a disgrace to humanity! It comes down to the question of do we care enough to solve this environmental inhumanity to man? I think we do and must. The alternative is to continue to put our neighbors through this meat grinder for the foreseeable future! Mayor, we can fix this!
President, Marketplace Advisors, Inc.