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Radiation Therapy

My profile last week of Debra Shore misstated a point in the debate among commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on purifying Chicago River effluent. The alternative to chlorine is ultraviolet radiation, not infrared, and Shore has made it clear she favors ultraviolet. The error was mine. Christopher Hayes

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Here, Kitty, Kitty

It’s 1 PM on a chilly Tuesday afternoon. I’m shooting baskets in Eckhart Park at Chicago and Noble when I notice three Park District employees, two men and a woman, standing outside the field house and watching a white van marked animal care control roll toward them over the newly planted grass. “I told him […]

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Lecture Notes: new urbanists sing the praises of cities

Chicago’s a long way from Seaside, Florida, the meticulously planned beach community that’s the jewel in the crown of the new urbanist movement, but the ideas behind Seaside are applicable here as well. Beyond the movement’s hallmark waterfront promenades and pedestrian malls, new urbanist principles also inform the planning of regional public transportation networks, the […]

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On Exhibit: sometimes a car is more than just a ride

To a lot of people lowriders–the dropped down, tricked out, chrome plated custom cars that cruise the city’s neighborhoods–are a nuisance or a curiosity. But to Jesus Macarena-Avila, curator of a multimedia exhibit inspired by lowriders that opens this weekend, they’re a vital form of artistic expression. “To me, lowrider culture is like hip-hop,” he […]