The blind spot in Chicago's recycling program
WBEZ's Curious City finds the trash is piling up while city politics, landfill economics and a toothless ordinance hold sway.
+Chicago Public Media, April 2015
+Gordon Magill, seen here outside a Rogers Park apartment building his family has owned since 1933, is a building owner who happily provides recycling to his tenants. Many other landlords do not.
Daley 3.0? Not so fast—handicapping Patrick D. Thompson
For Chicago Magazine, I look at Patrick Daley Thompson—part of the third generation of a powerful political dynasty in Chicago who, despite his middle name, faces a checkered path to the mayor's office should he choose to run in 2019.
+Chicago Magazine, March 2015
+Photo: Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune
Taming the great layer of jelly in Chicago's cake
WBEZ's Curious City tells how engineers built a forest of skyscrapers on soil so soggy they compared it to jelly cake.
+Chicago Public Media, March 2015
+Photo: The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Jen Masengarb, my collaborator on this, inspects the basement of the Monadnock Building.
The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.
+Photo: Inside Gary's abandoned City Methodist Church. (Grace Trivino via Flickr)
+CityLab, February 2015