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TWO KINDS OF CITY BOOSTING "l'"'Ja!
An eastern city has been crowing loudly because its board of trade has
raised a million dollar fund to bring in new industries.
"More factories, more workers, more wages, more business," is the
slogan, chanted chiefly by those who hope to do the business.
In short, though theScampaign for the million dollar fund created im
mense enthusiasm in the newspapers and many luncheons in the board of
trade, it offered no basis whatever for enthusiasm among the plam folks of
This is a common mistake in city boosting. '
The spirit of boost is almighty fine thing in a city if you realize what
you are boosting and boost in the right place.
But heretofore, in most of our cities, that which has been boosted by
these boosting campaigns has been the wealth and incomes of the privileged
and the cost of living of the poor.
Very rarely has it been the chance of the chap in the ranks for a better '
pursuit of happiness.
The mere addition of factories and of workers in a town doesn't of
itselfmean an advantage to the community. It may mean that or it may
not; generally it does not. - ;
What a city needs more than more workshops and more population is .,
more justice, more fair play, more real, downright working democracy.
It doesn't help a town to bring in a thousand.more people if they are .
simply to add to the congestion of its slums. We have over-emphasized
mere size in our city building and neglected due attention to quality, beauty,
convenience and comfort.
A million dollar fund for better schools, better homes, fairer taxes, finer
and more democratic parks, lower carfares, cheaper light, heat and power,
more clean pleasure for all the people, would be worth boosting for.
We're not afraid that that kind of boosting won't come; it's already ;
well sprouted in spots.
When it does come generally, it will put the old-style form of boosting
CARPENTERS 'QUIT WORK AT
MARSHALL FIELD'S STORE
The carpenters employed at Mar
shall Field's have quit by order of the
Carpenters' District Council as a pro
test against the big concern having
its fixtures, showcases and interior
work done in Grand Rapids, Moline,
Philadelphia and Quincy.
The factories in Chicago are fully
equipped to do this -work and are run
ning half time and hundreds of union
men are idle. Meanwhile Chicago's
big concerns are having this work
done in other towns where a lower
Sixty men are effected by the walk
out in Marshall Field's and strikes
may be called in other places against
firms who are discriminating against
local manufacturers of store fixtures
and interior finishings.
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