Annie Howard

Annie Howard

Annie Howard is a freelance journalist and master's student in urban policy and planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They write about housing issues, queer culture, and Chicago history, with clips in the Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, and elsewhere.

N.K. Jemisin Confronts the City We’re Becoming

The science fiction and fantasy author talks to CityLab about the parallels between fiction and reality in her new book, “The City We Became.”

What One Chicago Magazine Reveals About Gentrification

North is an expensively produced lifestyle magazine along the lines of Kinfolk or Monocle. Except it’s published by a Chicago real-estate developer.

Construction of new skyscrapers on the New York skyline.

Are Planners Partly to Blame for Gentrification?

In his new book Capital City, Samuel Stein contends that real-estate interests have co-opted urban planning and made planners complicit in gentrification.  

An archived Geocities family homepage showing a green cottage against a background of fall leaves.

How Geocities Suburbanized the Internet

In the 1990s, AOL and Netscape got Americans onto the web, but it was Geocities—with its suburban-style “neighborhoods”—that made them feel at home.