Category: Urban/suburban

Block 37 is evidence of urban planners' failed utopian vision

Block 37 in the heart of downtown across State St. from Macy’s  (nee Marshall Field’s), for more than a decade was an open sour that has metastasized  into an ugly scab. As Blair Kamin laments in the Chicago Tribune in his superb analysis: “Block 37 represents a painful missed opportunity”: Block 37 gives us ordinary... Read more »

Oh-so-precious Oak Park

An ever-vigilant  gaggle of Oak Park residents showed up to dump on the Illinois Transportation Department’s plans for improving the Eisenhower Expressway where it passes through the western suburb. The sensible improvements, according to the Chicago Tribune, include: …potential widening of the highway, toll car pool lanes, extension of the CTA Blue Line and shifting... Read more »

Suburbia is dying, or so we're told

How amusing it is to see the suburbs getting attacked yet again. It usually comes from leftist elites that look down their noses at anything so middle class and bourgeois as the suburbs. References to the suburbs by such folks range from condescension to outright ridicule. They would have it that  only lower life forms want... Read more »
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