Policy Documents

Dreams, Plans, and Reality: A Critique of Chicago Metropolis 2020

Edwin S. Mills –
February 1, 2002

Chicago Metropolis 2020, produced in 1999 by the Commercial Club, attempts to tell us who should do what to make the metropolitan area a more nearly ideal place. It is concerned with the six counties-- Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will--that contain nearly all of the population and jobs in the official nine-county primary metropolitan statistical area. This critique subjects some of the report's important hypotheses to economic analysis.