The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago:
Flooded Basements

Aug 2, 2010

The heavy rain, with 7 inches falling in Chicago in just a few hours, flooded many basements. The underground sewer system overflowed, causing the water to back up. And the city dumped vast amounts of sewage into Lake Michigan, closing the beaches just when people wanted to go there to cool off.

For more than 30 years, local government has been digging the Deep Tunnel under the city, spending more than three billion dollars. But the job won’t be finished until 2019. Until then, we’ll continue to suffer from flooded basements.

This project could be finished in a year or two. Vast numbers of construction workers are out of work. The equipment stands idle. But the politicians prefer to give billions to the banks, which does nothing to solve the unemployment ... or stop the flooding.