Friday, July 07, 2006

Silicon Valley around here?

Some bloggers and pundits spent May-June discussing ideas of how a region can become a Silicon Somewhere. Could it apply to Elgin? Food for thought:


Blogger skadamo said...

Based on this comment I would say no...

"To attract the young, a town must have an intact center. In most American cities the center has been abandoned, and the growth, if any, is in the suburbs. "

However, maybe in a few decades that could change. Elgin's downtown has a lot of character. If ECC became a 4 year college, Fermi Lab closed it's doors and all the physicists came to work as teachers at ECC maybe it could work out. There is plenty money a train ride away.

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Elginite said...

That's an interesting quote. It goes back to the Creative Class thing. Are we doing enough (or staying out of the way enough) to allow the downtown to become a vital place, not necessarily upscale, but vital, rich with life, busy with people, zipping with commerce?

10:13 PM  

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