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Entry from August 08, 2016
City That Works (Chicago nickname)

Several cities have been called a “city that works.” The expression can mean that the city has a strong manufacturing base, or that the city efficiently delivers municipal services. Augusta, Georgia was called “A CIty that Works” in 1888. “Toronto: the city that works” was published in The Christian Science Monitor in December 1971.

Newsweek magazine published a profile of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976) called “Chicago’s Daley: How to Run a City” on April 5, 1971. “But it is a demonstrable fact that Chicago is that most wondrous of exceptions— a major American city that actually works,” Newsweek stated. “City The Works” became an unofficial Chicago slogan, but some critics pointed out that the city “worked” for Daley’s political machine.

“The City That Works” was also chosen in 1995 as a slogan for Portland, Oregon.


Wikipedia: Chicago
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/; shi-kah-goh) is the third most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S.

Wikipedia: List of nicknames for Chicago
“The City That Works” – According to former Mayor Richard J. Daley

29 October 1888, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, pg. 12, col. 3:
A City that Works.
Augusta is the chief manufacturing city of the South, being possessed of a magnificent water power, supplied by a canal from the Savannah river.

Google Books
Newsweek
Volume 77, Issues 9-17
5 April 1971
Pg. 3:
Despite the mayor’s often gaudy imperfections, they point out that Chicago under Daley is one major U.S. city that actually works.
Pg. 47:
But it is a demonstrable fact that Chicago is that most wondrous of exceptions— a major American city that actually works.

10 April 1971, The Call and Post (Cleveland, OH), “Chicago’s Mayor Daley Seeking Fifth Term,” pg. 16A, col. 4:
Although Chicago has been lauded by Newsweek as a “major American city that actually works,” it is hardly a model urban example.

22 December 1971, The Christian Science Monitor, pg. 5, col 1:
Toronto: the city that works
By Peter Tonge

9 April 1972, Washington (DC) Post, Potomac sec., pg. 47 ad:
It’s a city that works. Over 350 companies, large and small, have decoded it’s good business to be halfway between Washington and Baltimore, in a market of five million people.
(...)
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND

23 February 1973, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Scores Daley, Dunne: Brunner hits machine” by Peter Negronida, sec. 2, pg. 12, cols. 1-2:
MAYOR DALEY and other local officials have become “blind to the basic requirements of public trust,” J. Terrence Brunner, executive director of the Better Government Association, charged yesterday.
(...)
Brunner said the insurance disclosures were part of “one long lesson in the operation of the city that works.” He said the city “works” for Daley, Dunne, Keane, and a cabal of contractors, bankers, real estate men, and lawyers, while essential public services like the schools and the CTA suffer from recurring financial crises.

11 April 1973, Hyde Park Herald (Chicago, IL), “Politicking” by Tom Connors, pg. 4, cols. 2-3:
But everyone knows that Chicago is not only America’s best run city, it is the only city that works at all. Lots of experts have told us so.

Doesn’t Yorty read Newsweek magazine, which once ran a cover story on Mayor Daley, presenting him as the leader of he country’s most efficiently run city?

11 August 1973, State-Times (Baton Rouge, LA), “Chicago as a City Is Inspiring and Refreshing” by Anthony Harrigan, pg. 4-A, col. 4:
But the wonderful thing about Chicago, the capital of the American heartland, is that it is a city that works.

26 September 1973, Atlanta (GA) Constitution, “School Board” (editorial), pg. 4-A, col. 2:
Atlanta is a city that works.

27 September 1973, Atlanta (GA) Constitution, “City Council” (editorial), pg. 4-A, col. 1:
We say it again, Atlanta is a city that works.

3 January 1974, The Jewish Advocate, “Mayor Daley’s Chicago” by Harry Golden, pg. 2, col. 5:
Liberals protested when a national newsmagazine called Chicago “the city that works. Well, anyway, the machine does.

21 March 1974, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Challenge seen here for tourism,” sec. 1, pg. 22, col. 1:
COOK (Stanton R. Cook, publisher of the Chicago Tribune—ed.) SAID that unlike other cities, Chicago could be described as “the city that works.”

“Chicago functions extremely well as a city and its people work hard in keeping it that way,” he said. The combination makes it a great place to visit, to live in and work in.”

26 May 1974, Washington (DC) Post, “Mayor Daley’s Illness Stirs Chicago Talk on Successor” by Joel Weisman, pg. F1:
CHICAGO—For two decades now Chicago has nurtured the reputation of the last big city that works.

1 December 1974, Harper’s, pg. 14:
A CITY THAT WORKS
By Anthony Astrachan
(...)
Toronto, in short, is a city that works.

23 January 1975, Chicago (IL) Tribune, sec. 2, pg. 2, col. 5:
Michael Kilian
“How the city that works doesn’t really

1 April 1975, New York (NY) Times, :Chicago, ‘a City That Works,’ Faces Some Hard Realities” by William E, Farrell, pg. 74:
CHICAGO, March 31—One of Chicago’s enduring cliches, a catchphrase dear to the city’s boosters and politicians, is that it is “a city that works.”

OCLC WorldCat record
Chicago-The City That Works
Author: Donald Haider
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: PS: Political Science & Politics, v9 n02 (19760902): 172-174

31 December 1976, Christian Science Monitor, “Mirror of opinion Chicago after Daley,” pg. 24:
Chicago is about to find out whether it has a real claim to the title of “the city that works”; whether the honor belongs to the city, or only to the amazing mayor we have lost.

Straight Dope Chicago
What’s the origin of “the city that works”?
September 3, 2009
(...)
The April 5, 1971 issue of Newsweek featured Richard J. Daley on the cover, and inside, spread across two pages, a photo of Daley and his entourage marching eleven abreast on St. Patrick’s Day. Admittedly the headline below this read, “Chicago’s Daley: How to Run a City,” so there my memory had failed me. (It was 38 years ago, sue me.) However, adjacent to the headline, immediately beneath the photo, the text of the article read as follows:

This is not to suggest, reports Newsweek correspondent Frank Maier, that Daley’s Chicago enraptures every resident or inspires every visitor to leave his heart behind. But it is a demonstrable fact that Chicago is that most wondrous of exceptions — a major American city that actually works.

The last bit was repeated in an editor’s note at the front of the magazine. Beyond a doubt this article was the vehicle by which “the city that [actually] works” entered common currency. The phrase began turning up in Chicago newspapers by 1972, first appeared in the Washington Post in 1974 and in the New York Times in 1975, and figured in the lead of obituaries nationwide following Daley’s death in 1976.

Chicago (IL) Tribune
Commentary: Chicago: The city that works — for whom?
By James J. Heckman, Matt Tauzer
MAY 12, 2016, 5:59 PM
The slogan “The city that works” has long been attributed to Chicago’s first Mayor Daley, Richard J. The motto was likely relevant when first uttered, but is less true today. In the light of pressing budgetary problems and the high level of taxes required to meet many unfunded obligations, there is increasing evidence that Chicago no longer works so well.

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