I’ll be leaving Chicago in upcoming months, precisely when is yet to be determined and based on a range of logistical variables. I’ve come to really disagree with + greatly disdain the city I grew up in, and most Chicagoan’s hate it just as much if not far more than this and for very legit reason. I’ve laid plans within plans for relocating to NC, where my family relocated for some time now and are thriving there.
I get asked why as a knee jerk reaction, as though the very notion of relocation were somehow likened to boarding an interstellar space cruiser and going on a ten year journey into the farthest reaches of the universe, toward a distant habitable class M planet. I’ve wanted to get out of here some time ago but life happened, things transpired which had detracted me. Originally I was heading west down the Oregon trail toward Portland. Fate had other plans, and here I am still lingering.
Being a city boy all my life I realized one thing really, I’ve transcended my requirement of needing to be one. I’m a writer and as such, perhaps it sounds cliché of me but we like seashores, nature, and simplicity. When you’ve been inured all your life to the continual sounds of chaos and the night, to the apathy of urbanites who could hardly care who you were, well a drastic change of scenery is like a dream come true for this city cat. Besides it seems like everybody migrates somewhere other eventually. If I’d had my way I’d have left many years ago already. Should have, and was about to in 2016 when things went south and certain forces had thwarted me from my intended goal.
Chicago is such a horrible town right now to live in, and it’s bound only to intensely worsen as time progresses. It currently has the highest sales tax in the nation just shy of Long Beach, CA. A blaring testament to its unchecked greed and corruption. Look at the top two in the country:
Long Beach ,California 10.250%
Chicago Illinois 10.250%
Very revelatory piece of data here, very telling and a testament to the rampant greed I allude to (it’s not a new thing here, everybody knows it). Amazing that a midwestern city has the same taxation as a place in sunny California. Tells me how broke and mean spirited Chicago really is. It really is Gotham city now.
Add to this brutal winters, horrific driving, crime waves, unprecedented cost of living, and anything that can and does make city life just not worth it is here…well the data only makes sense to get out of this depressing place. I already made up my mind quite awhile ago. It just sickens me that the ruiners of the city were elected in the first place. Hard to blame them when the sheep (their own constituents) elected them. This is what happens when democrats overtake a town and run things to the ground…they make it uninhabitable, intolerable and drive all the good people from it en masse.
I’m neither the first nor the last to make such an exodus it’s just bizarre that a place can steadily downward spiral for the worse, with no improvement in its foreseeable future. Maybe Ra’s al Ghul and the league of shadows ought to have succeeded in cleansing the town, and even they couldn’t because Batman disrupted their fun.