I grew up in family with three other male siblings and we were encouraged to talk politics, economics and foreign affairs at dinner time. Now I know that two of us would be classified as liberals and two as conservative.
Sometimes discussions got pretty hot. The youngest of us were still developing and solidifying our views. We never held back nor did we have to be too diplomatic. Those early days were days of depression and talk of future war in Europe and and in the Pacific and the days of Father Coughlin, radio politician of the thirties.
I believe the Crown Fountain of Millennium Park was designed in 2003 and its construction completed in July of 2004. Chicagoans followed discussions of its design, its construction and its approved cost overruns as it was being designed for them and to be located there in their Park at that location.
(This is a re-publishing of a posting I did almost a year ago.)