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Tensions and torches after the Great Fire
Oct. 7, 2014
The collective myth is that the blaze of 1871 brought together Chicago’s rich and poor. It did, but it also drew dividing lines following what one resident called an ‘awful democracy of the hour.’
Green housing built by and for ex-offenders
Sep. 29, 2014
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network is providing training and housing for formerly incarcerated men.
SRO owners call proposed ordinance ‘hostile’
Sep. 9, 2014
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office wants to preserve affordable housing in single-room occupancy and residential hotels by levying hefty fines on building owners who don’t comply.
The tale of the two-flat
Aug. 20, 2014
Skip the skyscraper! The most interesting building in Chicago is tied to its neighborhoods and its working class.
Flooding basements could make the Great Lakes healthier
Aug. 12, 2014
Basement flooding from storms may be leveraged to help the Great Lakes in Milwaukee. Will other cities try it?
Neighborhoods that are 'too black' don't gentrify
Aug. 8, 2014
A new study suggests that there's a racial ceiling to how Chicago neighborhoods gentrify.
Neighborhood value a challenge for housing recovery
Jul. 21, 2014
Lending practices that make it easier for families to buy a more expensive home in a pricier neighborhood has left Chicago with an uneven housing recovery.
Housing group wants CHA to slow down Altgeld redevelopment
Jul. 16, 2014
Chicago Housing Authority officials, residents want rehabbed units at the South Side public housing project.
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