WBEZ | Evergreen Park http://www.wbez.org/tags/evergreen-park Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Teachers go on strike in Evergreen Park http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-go-strike-evergreen-park-102824 <p><p>Teachers in the south Chicago suburb of Evergreen Park are on the picket line.</p><p>The teachers in Evergreen Park District 124 walked off the job after contract talks broke down late Monday. Representatives from the district and the teachers&#39; union had been meeting for more than five hours but were unable to reach a deal.</p><p>The negotiators differed on issues including salary and efforts to tie teacher pay to student performance.</p><p>The strike is the first for the Evergreen Park district. It leaves nearly 2,000 students in five schools out of class Tuesday.</p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-go-strike-evergreen-park-102824 Neighborhood banks used to be so money--architecturally speaking http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-09-07/neighborhood-banks-used-be-so-money-architecturally-speaking-91586 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-07/Harris Bank branch_WBEZ_Lee Bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-06/untitled shoot-014.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 506px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>A national bank is building a new branch on a commercial intersection not far from where I live. A few lengths of structural steel went up, and the rest seems to be plywood and brick veneer.</p><p>That's why this bank building pictured above caught my attention while I was driving past 100th and Kedzie in Evergreen Park a few days ago. Built 50 years ago as Evergreen Savings &amp; Loan, this Harris Bank branch is a well-preserved example of what neighborhood banks used to be, architecturally. It's substantial, sober, efficient and modern. You know you'd get a desk-set, a calendar, a bronze paperweight--<em>something</em>--for opening an account there, back when. The architecture tells you.</p><p>I like the <a href="http://www.pietmondrian.org/">Mondrianesque</a> curtain wall facing Kedzie:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-06/untitled shoot-019.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 485px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>That bank branch that's under construction? It's not finished, but already you can tell the completed building won't stand out. It won't register visually. And it's not supposed to. The building is only built for speed: just enough architecture to collect the money--collect the fees--lock up for the night and repeat the next day. The architecture is telling us something there as well.</p></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 13:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-09-07/neighborhood-banks-used-be-so-money-architecturally-speaking-91586