More Rogue Ads on Chicago Streets

Sony learned its lesson.  So did IBM.  But Zipcars… not so much. The vehicle sharing service which promotes itself as an environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car appears to be guilty of visual pollution. A number of big companies have done similar things — putting graffiti on city sidewalks in order to push their products.  IBM did it with Linux.  Sony did it with the PSP.  In both...

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Slice of Life: Flowers Versus Fisk

The Fisk Generating Station pushes who-knows-what out of its smokestack in Pilsen while wildflowers along Chicago’s infamous Bubbly Creek clean the air. If you’re the sort of person who believe what’s written in Wikipedia, the coal and kerosene burning plant at 1111 West Cermak Road is not obligated to follow air quality standards outlined in the Clean Air Act because of its...

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We’re Breathing What?

Chicago has far more beautiful blue sky days than any city in which I’ve ever lived.  Especially in the spring and autumn, it can seem like an enchanted place. But Chicago is far from pristine when it comes to its air.  Much of the time it looks beautiful because we’re standing on the ground, looking up into the blue sky.  But the air around us is filthy. Here’s a web site which shows the air quality...

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