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Silence Isn't Golden for the W***** Tower

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

img_0020(Photo credit: Jeff Reimer | Mode of Expression.)

There are bad branding strategies. There are Macy's-mothballs-Marshall-Field awful branding strategies. And then there's Willis Group's hubris- and hare-brained idea to rename the Sears Tower. What do you get when you glue a new name on an old icon whose existing monicker has worldwide recognition? Judging by local blog discussion, a good laugh--and lots of people who say they just won't bother to say the word W*****.

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Modern Wing Windiness

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

nicholsbridgewayOver the Memorial Day break, I scoured the Chicagosphere for evidence that a balanced opinion of the the Art Institute of Chicago's newly opened Modern Wing might exist somewhere on a website written in a ZIP Code beginning with 606. Fat chance. Given the vociferous praise currently being heaped on starchitect Renzo Piano's new museum wing and connecting Nichols Bridgeway to Millennium Park, you'd think local bloggers were on James Cuno's payroll.

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Marina City Online: Life Inside the Corncobs

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

stevedahlman Steven Dahlman is a professional pain in the ass. It's a skill that serves him well as the scribe of Marina City Online, the de facto community news site of downtown Chicago's famous twin condo towers.

As a four-year resident of the 60-story corncobs, myself, I can vouch for the seemingly unending--yet highly entertaining--drama and silliness that often ensues here. It's a state of affairs the condo board would rather not publicize.

"That pesky board has repeatedly tried to silence my website," says Dahlman. "But that just inspired me to come out with both barrels blazing. Marina City is a fascinating place--and Chicago would be amazed at what goes on here."

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