Walk around downtown Aurora and you see all of the Nine Shifts taking place - - here, now. There are 12 passenger trains a day (yes, 12!). There are apartments downtown with only 5-10% vacancy. The downtown is being rennovated, alive, vibrant.
And Waubonsee Community College has a campus right downtown in the middle of it, a building in exactly the right location for the 21st century. So before I gave my all-day presentation for President Sobek and her top 37 administrators, I wondered whether they knew already all these changes, since they were seeing them every day.
The answer, as my co-author Julie Coates predicted, was no. They did not fully understand the Nine Shift changes. No 'bad' on them, it's just the way it happens. 100 years ago Sinclair Lewis wrote Main Street about the transition from the Agrarian Age to the Industrial Age and it came out in 1921, immediately after it all happened. Everyone reading the book had just experienced this transition - - and yet they needed Main Street to give them the full picture.