The guy who made it easy to navigate Chicago
Today Chicago has one of the simplest street systems of any big city in the world, but it wasn’t always going to be that way. Edward Paul Brennan, an unsung hero of urban planning, spent much of his life taming Chicago’s navigational chaos. That legacy lives on, even if few people know his name.
+Chicago Public Media, May 2015
+Image: Logan Jaffe / WBEZ
'More Than Just a Steady Hand'
Hand-painted signs are making a comeback—just in time for Ches Perry, who has printed, painted and lettered some of Chicago's best signs for decades. For Chicago Magazine, I look at the father-son team known as Right Way Signs.
+Chicago Magazine, May 2015
+Photo: Ches Perry paints a mural in his live-work studio in Jefferson Park in 2014. The company has since moved to Bucktown.
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