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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, on discussions he has had with a firm from Spain on leasing the city’s water rights and operating system to them:

It whets your appetite, the things they see that we don’t see.

References: Blog article by Whet Moser (links to report and many related articles) on the report of the City Inspector General on the lease of the city’s parking meter system to a spinoff of Morgan Stanley.

Among other fine points, seems that the lease carried with it a transfer of substantial control over the public right of way and of the parking revenues collected on the streets with meters on them.

Thread music: Link to La Camorra I by Astor Piazzolla, performed from the hara per the composer’s example by a youth ensemble. Keep playing, guys!

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