Six Stories on a Dog’s Parallelogram
Apr11

Six Stories on a Dog’s Parallelogram

The nighttime view of Chicago from either the observation decks at either the John Hancock Center or the Willis Tower   reveals Chicagoland to be a grid of twinkling pearls stretching out into the Illinois prairie.  But then every once in a while this logical perfection is disturbed by streetlights that insist on going all diagonal. Whether it’s politics (Kennedy Expressway), or greed (Ogden Avenue), or history (Clark Street)...

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NIMBYs in Neutral as Trio of West Town Buildings Get Neighborly Reception
Sep25

NIMBYs in Neutral as Trio of West Town Buildings Get Neighborly Reception

Music wafts from every nook and cranny of the Merit School of Music at 38 South Peoria Street. The building is filled with good vibrations. The exception may be the main floor auditorium when it plays host to community meetings where developers and architects propose new buildings. I’ve witnessed a half dozen such meetings at Merit over the past year. At some point in the proceedings, tension builds to a crescendo. Usually, the issue...

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