Archive for November 2017

Should safety experts study occasional drivers?

News stories report that car ownership is on the decline. It’s been more than a decade since I owned a car. Urban car-sharing services like Zipcar make it easy to rent by the hour to run errands, and Turo and conventional rental companies provide longer bookings. Now weeks go by when I’m not behind the... Read more »

Trust your gut when choosing a financial adviser

The first time I met with Whitlee, a certified financial planner at Fidelity Investments, she said that her predecessor had left this note in my file: She doesn’t want to be contacted or see us often. It’s now a couple of years later, and when I saw Whitlee last week for our annual visit, I... Read more »

Biennial needs more clarity for us laypeople

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, executive director Todd Palmer said in a WTTW interview, is “a kind of hands-on, fun, accessible way to get the public thinking about what’s new in the field of architecture.” Accessibility to the public is a laudable goal, but unfortunately, too many of the exhibits are obscure to me — even... Read more »

Demise of DNAinfo leaves a void

DNAinfo will be missed. The local news website, along with sister sites in New York and three other cities, was abruptly shut down by founder and CEO (and Chicago Cubs owner) Joe Ricketts on November 2, a week after the New York office unionized. Ricketts blamed the inability to make a profit quickly enough. Now... Read more »