ameliahcrowley replied to your post “Your comment about Chicago decaying made me think of the Dresden…”
Why is Chicago not known as the Venice of America? This is amazing!
LOL well, we are patently not Venice in any sense other than “near a large body of water” :D I mean, we just have the one river and the lakeshore, so structurally we’re not really like Venice either. But we do have water taxis!
rike-tikki-tavi replied to your photo “Lake south to Monroe- no gates! :D Still not trying to race this…”
I’ve got to grin at the idea of Chicago trains going fast. When I went to visit about 7 years ago, I had to drastically readjust my planning for the days because the trains were soooo much slower than what I’m used to and getting around took forever. There were so many places where the EL was just crawling by, hardly faster than a brisk walk.
Yeah, it depends on where you’re going – the Red Line stops a ton, which is also part of it, but if you were here about seven years ago you were also here at the height of some intense track construction. Usually between stations, depending on distance, the trains get up a pretty good speed, but if there’s construction, even if nobody is on site, they have to go slow by law.
alliterativeaurantia replied to your post “Your comment about Chicago decaying made me think of the Dresden…”
So Chicago is Roundworld Ankh-Morpork?
I’m pretty sure Pterry, though he said that Ankh-Morpork was a conglomeration of every big old city, was basing it most heavily on London; I think also the Ankh-Morport Is Built On Ankh-Morpork refers in part to some experiences he had in Seattle. Ankh-Morpork is the “city built before city planning, based on where the water and good farmland was, and now built up over itself so far that urban planning is a fever dream” which is Chicago certainly, though because of the Great Fire we are a city built both before and after city planning – we have the same weird underground systems and strange overall shape that say, Boston does, but almost the entire city (save for a few diagonals) is a grid because of how we rebuilt after the fire.
I do think Chicago is particularly suited to be a modern-day Ankh-Morpork though, between the forty miles of sealed-off underground tunnels, the river, the crazy crime, and the fact that in Chicago corruption isn’t an issue so much as a sport.
One time the entire downtown flooded because one of the tunnels running under the river sprung a leak, and since the tunnels hadn’t been sealed off properly, they filled up and leaned into the basements of every major high rise in the loop, because all of them used to have access to those tunnels for mail purposes.
That’s right: Chicago flooded from underground, without any rain.