Chicago

Daniel Toole

Why Alleys Deserve More Attention

On America's lackluster alleyways and what we can do about them: a conversation with Daniel Toole, author of Tight Urbanism.

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Not Every City Can Be the 'Most Bicycle-Friendly'

A few ideas for less competitive but still worthwhile city superlatives.

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Chicagoans vs. Falling Icicles: A History

The Chicago skyline is gorgeous to look at, but in the winter it rains down icy fingers of death upon the populace.

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Can the Feds Save the Housing Market?

An ambitious new program would transform foreclosed homes into rentals. But will it help the cities that need it most?

Goody Clancy

Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?

Effective height restrictions may be hurting more of our cities than we realize.

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U.S. Cities Are Losing 4 Million Trees a Year

Tree coverage is steadily shrinking in urban America, according to a new study of aerial photos.

Reuters

What the Latest Report on Racial Inequality Doesn't Tell Us

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.

Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Should Cities of the Future Look More to the Past?

A conversation with philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus about the importance of traditional architecture.

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When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?

As Chicago readies to host the G8 and NATO summits, its police force gets ready for what could be a historic gathering of protesters.

A Moveable Chief: A Conversation With Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein

The former D.C. transportation leader reflects on taking his show on the road.

How We Plowed Before Snow Plows Were Invented

A short history of snow removal in America's cities.

Chicago Transit Authority

'I Hate the Blue Line' and Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter

Public transportation riders aren't shy about expressing their displeasure when things go wrong

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Why the Most Environmental Building is the Building We've Already Built

A new report suggests that retrofitting is almost always more energy efficient

Courtesy: Melissa Salvatore

In Chicago, A Store for Bike Snobs (and Coffee Lovers)

A new shop will sell hand-made, locally built bicycles to riders who want to stay a while

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Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance

When it comes to allocating resources to remove snow, cities can often only guess and hope for the best

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Study of the Day: HUD's Housing Legacy

Does moving residents from high-poverty neighborhoods to low-poverty ones work?

Courtesy: Studio Gang Architects

A Green Revolution in Chicago

The city has big plans for its lake front

Courtesy: Matthew Christopher

The Psychology of Ruin Porn

Why we can't take our eyes off images of old buildings and decrepit interiors

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The Problem with Naming Transit Stations

Commercialism is only one of many reasons for cities not to sell out their stops