Morgan designer's next shot

05/30/2012

We’re a fan of the design of the CTA’s new Morgan Station on the Green and Pink lines. It’s a large, iconic structure that somehow still fits the neighborhood without seeming too gaudy. Its exposed steel and glass canopy stands out, and it’ll be a station that stands the test of time.
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Teachers won't take it

Letter to the editor

05/30/2012

More than 7,500 proud members of the Chicago Teachers Union held a rally at the historic Auditorium Theater and marched downtown on Wednesday, May 23. Teachers, paraprofessionals, clerks and clinicians are tired of being scapegoated and disrespected by politicians and business-types who are not educators, many of which refuse to send their own children to our schools despite their clout and connections.
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NATO? No problem

05/23/2012

After all the stress and consternation leading up to the NATO summit, we’ve finally made it through. That wasn’t that bad, now was it? We had a few noisy protestors who made their way through the South and West Loop (and even a little bit of East Pilsen), but none caused any harm to passive bystanders. In fact, we saw locals all up and down the streets of Michigan Avenue watching the parade march by on Sunday, May 20.
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Legislature's decisions have local impact

05/16/2012

The last weeks of the state legislative session hold dire consequences for our neighborhoods. As usual, more decisions are being made in backroom deals than by meaningful debate and votes in public. Legislative decisions that will affect us include university budgets, pensions, and Medicaid cutbacks in addition to shredding the social safety net, closing mental health facilities, cutting funding for the homeless and shutting prisons.
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Columnist vs. the vegetables

05/09/2012

There’s a grungy alley on Green just south of Randolph. If the wind is right, the aroma wafting from the kitchen of Girl & The Goat is pure heaven. I avoided that spot last month. For 30 days, I lived as a vegan. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I was feeling particularly puffy. During a checkup, my internist suggested a diet change after reviewing my elevated blood pressure reading. My neighbor Stella Guererro had just started the vegan challenge as a cleansing experience, so I decided to give it a shot.
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End of a South Loop era

05/09/2012

Columbia College’s president officially announced this week that he’s retiring next year, after what will have been a 13-year term at the school’s helm. Warrick Carter, the institution’s leader since 2000, has led Columbia through a period of massive change. Under his watch, the university has a massive expansion in the South Loop, doubling its footprint to take up more than 2.5 million square feet.
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Reuse the old Jones building

Letter to the editor

05/02/2012

I got involved in education issues for selfish reasons. We faced the same difficult decision every family does. Do we stay or go to the suburbs? If we stay, do we pay tuition at age three to get a private spot or roll the dice on a good public school? We were lucky. Our child tested well, was accepted at Skinner Classical and won the lottery at Andrew Jackson.
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Juicy clarifications on Meatless Mondays

Letter to the editor

05/02/2012

It was great to read Bonnie McGrath’s coverage of our Meatless Mondays in May (MMM!) community campaign. She is right — it is a campaign to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Most of us don’t know that eating less meat ranks in the top 3 things we can do to help mitigate climate change; it’s better for the environment than green habits most of us already have, like recycling. Author Michael Pollan says that if all Americans went meatless once a week it “would be the equivalent of taking 20 million mid-size sedans off the road.”
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About time

05/02/2012

When the story broke last weekend that the United Center was considering turning one of its parking lots into a retail and entertainment complex, we were pleasantly surprised.
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Back to the blocks

04/18/2012

This week, a judge smacked down efforts by Prairie Blocks’ developer to keep control of their property. That’s bad. However, it appears to have simply been a technicality because the suit had been in his court too long, and he encouraged them to refile their suit again soon.
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