Karachi and Chicago will soon be ìsister citiesî

Efforts to approve Karachi and Chicago as ìsister citesî may soon materialize, as the committee set up to approve the two cities as sister cities has given its consent to the proposal which will soon be signed between the Chicago City Government and Karachi City District Government.

Comparing Karachi to Chicago is more of a joke then an actual reality. What do you have to say on this new development
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12 Comments so far

  1. umar (unregistered) on April 8th, 2005 @ 12:28 pm

    this obviously is a joke. the first thing that comes in mind about chicago, apart from the great architecture, is its kick ass public transport system. With underground trains and buses, every part of the city is accessible and you don’t have to own a car.

    Karachi, on the other hand, has a transport system that causes most traffic problems. The abundance of minibuses and small coaches and van don’t leave any space for smaller cars, causing traffic congestions and countless other problems. If karachi really wants to be like chicago (which it never will, btw), the first thing that needs to be done so make the transport system more organized. The bus routes should be designed in way that minimum buses are required to cover more parts of the city, and small buses should be removed from the streets, replaced by big buses (2 small buses = 1 big bus).

    Once the transport issue is resolved, only then we can think about architecture.

  2. AWK (unregistered) on April 8th, 2005 @ 4:30 pm

    Read this item and was amused, really amused. Guess they are looking at likeing the worse parts of Chicago to the better areas of Karachi.

    And it would justify Local Governments to do some ayyashi on the average taxpayers expense…

    How come only MNA’s and MPA’s get to go to ‘foreign’…

    “He (Naib Nazim Tariq Hasan)observed that with the exchange of delegations in education, health and other sectors, both would have the opportunity of benefiting from each other’s experiences and knowledge.”

    Benefiting is the operative word here.

    LB’s too have egos, itsy bitsy ones that have to be fed to turn into monstrosities later down the line.

  3. Bina (unregistered) on April 8th, 2005 @ 9:44 pm

    This would only work if the relationship is like Cinderella and her Ugly Sister.

  4. abbas halai (unregistered) on April 8th, 2005 @ 10:11 pm

    why are people so critical of advancement? we take two steps forward and eventually red tape brings us one step back, but slowly we are reaching the end game. statements such as “if karachi really wants to be like chicago (which it never will, btw)” really harm us more than help us. the private sector (that’s you) has helped the city of karachi improve in ways that are unbelievable and thats only because people who are educated are willing to give the city a chance by promoting book fairs, film festivals, art exhibitions, musical evenings and the likes. these are the things that put the city of karachi on the map. none of these things are done by the government, the private sector took it upon themselves to entertain themselves. with vision and patience this city has a lot of improvement to go through. and yeah we may not have our frank lloyd wright, who did a lot for the city of chicago, but we do have our fair share of habib fida ali’s and arshad and shahid abdulla’s and noorjehan bilgrami’s and husnain lotia’s who have proved their architectural skills many many times over.

  5. aalahazrat (unregistered) on April 9th, 2005 @ 12:57 am

    Firstly, Karachi has a larger population than Chicago so we are acutally a bigger city than Chicago. Secondly, I dont know if I am more depressed at our lack of confidence and pride in ourselves or at our shock at being compared to something that we consider good.

    Do we find the Hindu Gymkhanas, the Mohatta Palaces, the Clifton Beachs, the Burns Roads, the flower stands at the Teen Hatti bridge, the Paan Wala at PIDC, the Zained Markets, the whole package of absolute and complete madness so prevalent here in Karachi in Chicago? No. Why compary something that has no alternative?

  6. Faraz (unregistered) on April 9th, 2005 @ 5:50 am

    I’m with Abbas Halai on this subject. Setting a clear objective is the first important step in moving towards achieving it. Cultural differences apart, if the only thing we could get out of this relationship is police reforms then it will all be worth it. Imagine how good would you feel if you didnt had to stand in line to pay your bills every month or know that you will never loose a letter or a package in the mail, that there would be no water deposited on the streets after the rain. Simple steps that could improve the quality of life :)

  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on April 9th, 2005 @ 2:25 pm

    Faraz & Abbas = I am fully with you, and remain optimistic for Karachi, but I feel future goals should be made with due thought not just with any tom-dick-n-harry city which is ready to endorse us. I don’t mean to label Chicago as a useless city but other cities, can and should be used as our ideals. These inter-city endorements come after serious thought with much groundwork to ensure the inferior city can actually benfit from the better city.

    If you have a look at our recent spree of developments it is strange that bridges and underpass development is such a hush hush affair that a regular citizen never knows how it will look until its final unveiling and I know for a fact that crucial design changes were made on the last minute which have resulted in poor traffic flow.

    If you look at the Kala-Pul flyover – a big mistake is the acute turn at the tail end of the bridge ending on Sh-e-Faisal which I know will get further congested in 10 yrs as traffic congestion rises, if the plans were open to critique someone might have pointed it out to allow for a more wider turning radius to allow smooth flow. The schon circle big-dig was announced and boom no proper alternate arrangments. I cant comment on how traffic flow after its completion but people tell me its a simple underpass and to make a right you will have to make some wacky U-turns.

    Some how this pact does not seem true to its intentions. Karachi needs development but not like this which looks more like a burst of “Ecstasy” right before the Local bodies ;)

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on April 9th, 2005 @ 9:40 pm


    Karachi has offically been declared as the 27th Sister-city of Chicago. I wish all Karachittes a very happy congrats, and we all hope that this new development leads to some positive change.

  9. hafiz (unregistered) on April 14th, 2005 @ 4:43 pm

    I don’t like or won’t get excited, comparing Induz valley civilization to McDonald’s chain

    I hope u ppl get me

    U ppl are in the land, which is home to the one of the ancient civilizations in the world

    about DEVELOPMENT issues, that’s our lot

    Unless we summon up the courage to say “NO” to the stupid politicians and the war mongers,

    DEVELOPMENT(I am using it in the RIGHT context) is (and it will be )a distant dream.

    “but there is no profit in peace

    so we gotta to fight some more”

  10. nikkos (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 1:27 am

    Yo, Karachians and fellow MetroBloggers! Nikkos from Metroblogging Chicago here; just saw the post that we are now offically sister cities and thought I’d drop a line. Not sure what the standard salutation for becoming one’s sister city is: “congratluations” doesn’t seem quite right (you could just as easily and plausibly congratulate us Chicagoans) so for lack of a better word, I will simply say “welcome!”

  11. Haroon Azam (unregistered) on April 20th, 2005 @ 11:18 pm

    i am slightly shocked to read the comments of most people here. Actually, we are lacking in confidence. We can make karachi better than Chicago, if WE (all of us) are willing to do so. It is our lack of awareness that is harming karachi’s beauty. We don’t care to keep the city clean. Government can’t do anything, if people are against its actions. I assume, that our governments are not working like that of chicago, but we should know that the people of Chicago know it better than us, how to keep the city CLEAN AND GREEN. We are only limited to our shells. So it is true, that KARACHI CAN’T BE LIKE CHICAGO, because we are lacking in abilities to develop this so-called CITY OF LIGHTS.

  12. khurram (unregistered) on May 7th, 2005 @ 3:32 am

    Don’t go anywhere see the difference between chicago and karachi city gov.



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