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The New Chicago Ward Map Passes

Chicago gets sliced and diced again, especially the Second Ward, where Alderman Fioretti is a “remamp victim of Euclidean geometry as much as politics.”

The new ward map, below, passed City Council today by a vote of 41-8, a melding of the “Map For a Better Chicago” and the “Taxpayer Protection Map.”

* WBEZ has an excellent interactive that’s much clearer than the ordinance map.

* The Sun-Times explains the parliamentary back-and-forth that brought the map to a vote today, and how the makeup of different wards shifts as a result.

* The first thing many will notice is the skinnier, more elaborate Second Ward. The Trib explains in part how it came to be:

Both dismissed the notion that a wholesale shifting of the 2nd Ward, which was north of Lincoln Park in the plan presented to voters, was a significant change from what was presented at public hearings.

The 2nd Ward change kept most of the 43rd Ward intact - as residents from Lincoln Park had demanded at a contentious hearing last week.

* Chicago Journal has a report from that contentious hearing.

* On Twitter, Derek Eder makes a good point: with the city’s increasing desire to make government data not just accessible but available in useful digital forms, a KML or shapefile version would be a good start.

* Speaking of data, I thought this was a good point:

new Chicago ward map


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