Perspective: Chicago can build more than skyscrapers

By Robert Reed, for Chicago Tribune

Jun 27, 2017

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Try walking, bicycling, driving or parking around downtown and it's clear we're in the midst of a high-rise construction bonanza.

At the same time, however, the stage is being set for another type of economic boom: A neighborhood manufacturing revival.

It's as vital to the commercial and employment well-being of the city as the rush of attention-grabbing, $1 billion-plus office and upper-end residential developments being built.

Chicago business and political leaders would be smart to capitalize on this impending manufacturing opportunity, which can jump-start neighborhood employment and spawn other related area businesses.

"We have good competitive advantages but it's sort of at a starting point," says David Reifman, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, referring to city efforts to address the manufacturing segment's new needs.

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