Author: Joe Zekas

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Hey, how about your own gap?

Minding the Gap, An Assessment of Racial Disparity In Metropolitan Chicago (PDF file) is a 2003 study from the Jane Addams Hull House Association. Th [...]
A segregated restroom?

A segregated restroom?

One has to wonder whether use of this portable facility is limited to the Irish construction workers who build much of Lake View's new housing. [...]
The message from Central Lake View

The message from Central Lake View

I'm puzzled by the Central Lake View Merchants Association's street banners along Belmont and Sheffield. They're the only ones I've ever seen in Ch [...]
West Lakeview drive-by drive-thru?

West Lakeview drive-by drive-thru?

I don't know about you, but I've never seen a drive-thru florist before this one. The sign (above) in the window of Floral Bazaar, 2960 W. Belmont, [...]

Tough love for Rogers Park

In Chicago, we love our neighborhoods. Some of us show it in the form of "tough love." Check out the "Broken Heart" of Rogers Park. [...]

New-home sales slip, fall, spring leaks, slump, weaken, erode

Your head will spin from a dizzying array of metaphors as Crain's Chicago Business surveys the state of the new construction market in Chicago. The t [...]

Browsing the neighborhoods

If you're in the mood (and who isn't?) to browse photos of Chicago neighborhoods, head on over to This thread features some reall [...]

Second-hand air

According to an Associated Press study of Environmental Protection Agency data, reported by the Chicago Tribune, 280 Illinois neighborhoods are among [...]

For flipped flippers only

In 1989, recently divorced and completely broke, I moved into an amenity-free mid-rise building on the edge of the Gold Coast. My fellow tenants were [...]

Carl Sandburg Memorial Village?

The Chicago Architects Oral History Project, at the Art Institute of Chicago site, is a must for anyone with more than a passing curiosity about Chica [...]

Quote of the day: walkable neighborhood a luxury good for rich people

... a walkable neighborhood, or an entirely walkable city like Manhattan, is a luxury good for rich people ... and not an affordable alternative for r [...]
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