WBEZ | Lee Bey http://www.wbez.org/tags/lee-bey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After four years on the beat, architecture blogger bids adieu http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2014-01/after-four-years-beat-architecture-blogger-bids-adieu-109461 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Capture_2.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>This blog started four years ago this month.&nbsp;</p><p>During that time you&#39;ve been gracious enough to indulge me as I wrote about new buildings, explored abandoned structures, documented lesser-known streetscapes and found obscure movies and video&mdash;all in service of telling stories about Chicago&#39;s built environment.</p><p>Some of these explorations were pure fun, like the time Columbia College&mdash;which owns the former Johnson Publishing Company headquarters on south Michigan Avenue&mdash;let me photograph the building&#39;s perfectly-intact <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-01/soul-survivor-look-intact-and-avant-garde-interiors-ebonyjet-building-104868">1970s mod interiors</a>.</p><p>Others were tougher to swallow, such as the demolition of the former Michael Reese Hospital. Wrecking those buildings compounded an earlier, and greater, civic tragedy: that a world-class medical institution like Reese would be allowed to waste away in the first place. The continual erosion of building and population from the greater South Side was another point of concern.</p><p>And there are more stories: The redevelopment of the city&#39;s neighborhoods; the fate of all those shuttered schools; the midcentury architecture and classic churches at are at risk. But they are stories others will have to tell. This is my last blog post for WBEZ.</p><p>It&#39;s been a good run here and I&#39;ve been treated well. But I&#39;ve just landed a new job at the University of Chicago working with artist and placemaker Theaster Gates that&#39;ll demand my full energies.&nbsp;</p><p>After years of sounding the trumpet about the importance of assisting neighborhoods, I figured it was time to join in and do some work of a different sort.</p><p>So a hearty thanks to WBEZ and executive producer Justin Kaufmann who brought me in four years ago and named the blog &quot;Beyond the Boat Tour&quot; (I wasn&#39;t fond of that name, originally&mdash;and I caught flak from friends at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, as you might imagine). But after a while, the title grew on me. And praise is due to Digital Content Director Tim Akimoff and his team who manage a stable of bloggers of which I was proud to be a member.</p><p>My biggest &quot;thank you&quot; goes out to you readers. You&#39;ve suggested ideas, posed questions, praised what you liked and challenged what you read. All of that made me better, sharper and appreciative. And let&#39;s stay in touch. You can follow me on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/leebey" target="_blank">@leebey</a>, Facebook and <em><a href="http://soulcloset.blogspot.com">Lee Bey&#39;s Soul Closet</a>,&nbsp;</em>a personal blog devoted to 20th Century African-American pop culture, movies, film and ephemera, that will re-debut in a few weeks.</p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2014-01/after-four-years-beat-architecture-blogger-bids-adieu-109461 Morning Shift: Owning the legacy of an artist http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-16/morning-shift-owning-legacy-artist-108439 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Vivian Meier - Flickr - Thomas Leuthard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The late street photographer Vivian Maier found fame when her photos were discovered and were included in exhibitions, a book and a documentary. But who owns the rights to her work?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-45.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-45" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Owning the legacy of an artist" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-16/morning-shift-owning-legacy-artist-108439 Morning Shift: Investigation seeks source of holes at Indiana Dunes http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-15/morning-shift-investigation-seeks-source-holes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Indiana Dunes - Flickr - pepplerchristine.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The EPA and scientists are trying to discover the source of holes at the Indiana Dunes. What is causing them and what&#39;s the solution? Also, Lake Bell, star of &quot;In a World...&quot;, talks about the voice-over community, the topic of her new film.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-44.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-44" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Investigation seeks source of holes at Indiana Dunes" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-15/morning-shift-investigation-seeks-source-holes Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Spike Lee-Flickr- thomas.rome_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Kickstarter originally began as a way to get the average person&#39;s project out of the shadows, but now bigwigs are using it to fund their pet projects. Is this fair? Also, a chat with R&amp;B and blues artist Syleena Johnson.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use Morning Shift: Navy Pier's future facelift has to strike balance http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-13/morning-shift-navy-piers-future-facelift-has-strike <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Navy Pier - Flickr - Bernt Rostad.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With Navy Pier headed toward a re-design in the next couple years, can the design continue to attract so many tourists? And, Matteson, Illinois, officials are closing Lincoln Mall. What does this imply about the future economy of the south suburbs?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-42.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-42" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Navy Pier's future facelift has to strike balance" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-13/morning-shift-navy-piers-future-facelift-has-strike Worldview: Ireland's corporate tax code, connecting kids to nature and songs to boost the birth rate http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-29/worldview-irelands-corporate-tax-code-connecting-kids-nature-and-songs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/wv_scotlandyard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94530615&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-connecting-kids-to-nature-and-songs-to-b.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-connecting-kids-to-nature-and-songs-to-b" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ireland's corporate tax code, connecting kids to nature and songs to boost the birth rate" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-29/worldview-irelands-corporate-tax-code-connecting-kids-nature-and-songs Old North Side firehouse up for sale: City wants art or commerce there http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-05/old-north-side-firehouse-sale-city-wants-art-or-commerce-there-106965 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P4132356-2_0.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The city this week has begun seeking reuse proposals for a former Chicago firehouse.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Under the city&#39;s request, issued Wednesday, the ornate two-story firehouse, 5720 N. Ridge, could be reused as &quot;a commercial and/or not-for-profit development focusing on arts, recreation or culinary activities that are open to the public.&quot; In other words: A nice place to visit, but you couldn&#39;t want to live there. &quot;Residential uses will not be considered,&quot; a summary of the requests states.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Other forbidden uses include gas stations, payday loan establishments, currency exchanges, liquor stores or pawn shops. The building is also a protected city landmark.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Built in 1929, the building was the home of Chicago Fire Department Engine Company 59, Truck 47. Firefighters there moved to a new facility at 6030 N Clark St in 2008. The retired firehouse is among a cluster of vacant city-owned properties now up for sale including the 88-year-old former Stock Yards National Bank, 4146 S. Halsted; the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-08-22/bridgeports-shuttered-ramova-theater-holds-hoping-hollywood-ending-90854">tattered Ramova Theater</a> near 35th and Halsted <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/eastwood_fire_house.html">and more.</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The target price for the Ridge firehouse is $360,000, although price is not seen as a minimum bid by the city. An open house for prospective bidders will be held May 21. Responses are due August 1. The city&#39;s RFP can be <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/general/Landmarks/RidgeFireHouse/RidgeFireHouseRFP.pdf">read here</a>. The document includes more photos of the building, zoning maps, historic images of the old firehouse in action and an 1928 architectural rendering.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-05/old-north-side-firehouse-sale-city-wants-art-or-commerce-there-106965 Afternoon Shift: Endangered buildings, Milk Carton Kids and housing the American dream http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-04-30/afternoon-shift-endangered-buildings-milk-carton-kids-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/800px-The_Milk_Carton_Kids.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bloggers Veronica Arreola and Lee Bey help us digest the top stories of the day, including subsidized water usage for nonprofits and the gender salary gap. Music from The Milk Carton Kids before they play a sold out show at Lincoln Hall. And real estate expert Mabel Guzman&nbsp;discusses the American dream. <script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-endangered-buildings-milk-carton-k.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-endangered-buildings-milk-carton-k" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Endangered buildings, Milk Carton Kids and housing the American dream" on Storify</a>]<h1>Afternoon Shift: Endangered buildings, Milk Carton Kids and housing the American dream</h1><h2>Bloggers Veronica Arreola and Lee Bey help us digest the top stories of the day, including subsidized water usage for non-profits and the gender salary gap. Then we hear music from Milk Carton Kids before they play a sold out show at Lincoln Hall and discuss the American dream with Mabel Guzman.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Tue, Apr 30 2013 11:28:20</p><div>Don't forget to tune into @WBEZ at 2pm to hear @LEEBEY &amp; me discuss parking meters/public trust, pay gap &amp; garment worker rights.Veronica Arreola</div><div><b>Public versus Private:&nbsp;</b>Niala spends the first hour with two Chicago bloggers. <i><a href="http://www.vivalafeminista.com/" class="">Viva la Feminista's&nbsp;</a></i><b>Veronica</b>&nbsp;<b>Arreola</b>&nbsp;and WBEZ architecture critic&nbsp;<b>Lee Bey&nbsp;</b>look at the privatization of public assets, given changes to Chicago’s agreement with the company that runs parking meters and ongoing talk of selling off Midway Airport. Is it time to reevaluate the role of government in Chicago?</div><div>Emanuel, aldermen reach new compromise on non-profits' water - Chicago Business JournalMayor Rahm Emanuel has offered a compromise to non-profit organizations, including churches and other houses of worship, that objected to...</div><div>Charges for Services - Eliminate Subsidized Water and Sewer Usage for Non-profit Organizations | City of Chicago Office of Inspector GeneralUnder the City's Municipal Code, the City has the option to not charge water usage fees to properties that are owned by non-profit, relig...</div><div>Chicago soon will have the nation's most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year's Day, meters there will charge $6.50 an hour.CNBC</div><div>6 Aldermen speak against MRE's water fees for nonprofits &quot;most vulnerable bearing this burden&quot; #Chicago #RahmChicago http://pic.twitter.com/D3TjPQUTMsMary Ann Ahern</div><div>Parking meter settlement: Free Sundays, extended night hours - Chicago Sun-TimesBut, aldermen who must approve the changes say Emanuel may have made a lemon of a deal even more sour - by swapping three extra hours of ...</div><div><b>Endangered Buildings:&nbsp;</b>The<b>&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.landmarks.org/" class="">Landmark Preservation of Illinois</a>’ list of Endangered Buildings comes out today.&nbsp;<i>Viva la Feminista</i>’s&nbsp;<b>Veronica</b>&nbsp;<b>Arreola</b>&nbsp;and WBEZ architecture critic&nbsp;<b>Lee Bey&nbsp;</b>look at the surprises.</div><div>Landmarks Illinois Ten MostLandmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI) is the only statewide not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservat...</div><div>Preservation group places Allstate HQ, Lathrop Homes on its most-endangered buildings listA preservation group says the former Allstate Insurance building, a public housing development and two vacant downtown skyscrapers are at...</div><div><b>The Headlines:&nbsp;</b><i>Viva la Feminista</i>’s&nbsp;<b>Veronica</b>&nbsp;<b>Arreola</b>&nbsp;and WBEZ architecture critic&nbsp;<b>Lee Bey&nbsp;</b>stick around for a look at a Careerbuilder study that finds women still struggle to close the salary gap. They also&nbsp; tackle President Obama’s speech earlier today reiterating his continued commitment to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. &nbsp;</div><div>Feminist Foreign Service ~ Viva la FeministaDuring the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence , I was offered an interview with Carla Koppell, USAID Senior Coordinator for Gend...</div><div>Women underpaid and under-represented in highest-paying jobs: Careerbuilder - Chicago Business JournalA new report from Chicago-based Careerbuilder.com and its Economic Modeling Specialists unit indicates women have not yet managed to clos...</div><div>US President Barack Obama: Guantanamo Bay is 'contrary to who we are' - TelegraphUS President Barack Obama has pledged to make a new push to close the Guantanamo detention camp, saying his administration would re-engag...</div><div><b>The Milk Carton Kids:&nbsp;</b>The Milk Carton Kids, a.k.a. singer songwriters&nbsp;<b>Kenneth Pattengale</b>&nbsp;and<b>Joey Ryan</b>, stop by the Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio for a chat and to perform songs from their new album&nbsp;<i>The Ash &amp; Clay.&nbsp;</i>They play to a sold out crowd tonight at Lincoln Hall.</div><div>Tonight at Lincoln Hall: @MilkCartonKids with @odonovanaoife - 8:00 PM - 18+ bit.ly/Y0mZNxLincoln Hall</div><div>The Milk Carton Kids &quot;Honey Honey&quot; 03/27/13 - CONAN on TBSteamcoco</div><div><b>The American Dream House:&nbsp;</b>As the Chicago housing market begins to rise from the ashes of the crash,&nbsp;<b>Mabel Guzman</b>,&nbsp;an agent with <a href="http://www.atproperties.com/" class="">@properties</a> and a former president of Chicago Association of Realtors, examines what the American dream house looks like in 2013. What’s your dream house?</div></noscript></p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-04-30/afternoon-shift-endangered-buildings-milk-carton-kids-and Richard H. Driehaus Prize to be awarded to Chicago architect http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/richard-h-driehaus-prize-be-awarded-chicago-architect-106239 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS7156_hwashington-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Oak Park native Thomas H. Beeby will receive the Richard H. Driehaus Prize Saturday.</p><p>Beeby is the architect behind buildings including the Harold Washington Library and the Harris Theater at Millennium Park. It&#39;s the first time a Chicago area architect is taking home the international award.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s architecture blogger Lee Bey said Beeby&rsquo;s style is very important to the city.</p><p>&ldquo;The genius of Tom&rsquo;s work is that he incorporates these elements in a way that references the past but doesn&rsquo;t somehow replicate the past,&quot; Bey said. &quot;It&rsquo;s a really fine line and he is able to master it.&rdquo;</p><p>Beeby is known for designs of large and sturdy public buildings that fully embrace classical columns and arches.</p><p>The $200,000 prize is given out to living architects whose work embodies ideals of traditional and classical architecture.</p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/richard-h-driehaus-prize-be-awarded-chicago-architect-106239 Mod Squad Chicago - Chicago at Midcentury: Images by Lee Bey http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/mod-squad-chicago-chicago-midcentury-images-lee-bey-106961 <p><p><strong>Lee Bey</strong> has had a distinguished career in the built environment as an architecture critic, mayoral advisor, adjunct professor and civic leader. But he is also a published and exhibited architectural photographer who has documented the city&#39;s mid-century modernist architecture. Bey shared his photography of the city&#39;s modernist architecture and discussed the importance of documenting this unique architectural style. The program was part of Lunch Talks @ CAF, a weekly lecture series that takes place every Wednesday at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CAF-webstory_5.jpg" title="" /></p><p>Recorded live March 20, 2013 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/mod-squad-chicago-chicago-midcentury-images-lee-bey-106961