Ed Zotti


Ed Zotti writes “City at the Crossroads,” a biweekly series about the trends shaping Chicago and the decisions we must make.

The goal can’t merely be to improve the lives of people who already live here, important though that is. It must be to attract talented people from elsewhere — Black people in particular — and keep stoking the downtown jobs machine that will draw them.
Unlike previous generations coming to Chicago, this one typically brings middle-class backgrounds, coming to the United States for college.
Among companies already moving us in that direction: mHUB, a product startup incubator, Azul 3D, with leading 3D printers, and Fusion OEM, with robots that operate alongside humans.
The Canadian metropolis has become a major player on the world stage. In rankings of global urban significance, it vies with and sometimes surpasses Chicago.
The pandemic will accelerate adoption of digital medical technology, and contact tracing might be carried along in that tide.
Block-by-block redevelopment is the surest way to bring in people and businesses to strengthen Chicago’s black communities, which COVID-19 has hit especially hard.
If you’re thinking the coronavirus might mean the end of city living as we know it, an hour beside the river will convince you we’ll figure out a way to make this all work.
A team led by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology technologist has developed a free digital contact tracing app. But it needs an assist from government to be most effective, and Illinois should lead the way