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Author Archives: Ed Zotti
Lincoln Square & North Center: The Heart of the Hood
Ravenswood, the community that unites two
north-side “community areas.”
Living For the City
Why am I here? Where else is there?
Truth or Cleverness
To the editors: With all respect to my friend Jim Krohe, I take exception to some of his remarks about Michigan Avenue [September 27]. 1. Krohe writes, “had [Eliel] Saarinen and [Frank Lloyd] Wright been allowed to build on the avenue, it might today deserve to be called ‘the Magnificent Mile.’” There are several problems […]
Cityscape: Checking Out the Library
It’s a throwback, as one visitor was heard to comment, but then so is reading.
Cityscape: Planning for Daley
For the past six years civic and community groups have enjoyed an extraordinary amount of influence over city planning decisions. Can they work with the new mayor?
Local Color: The Irish Problem
You can’t go anywhere in Chicago without running into someone who went to Notre Dame. The social life of our city is being taken over by people who call themselves Domers.
The Sexes: Man vs. Vacuum Cleaner
Being a Husband was bad enough. Being an Inept Husband is more than a man should have to bear.
Cityscape: Watch Out for River North
There’s reason to fear that its humanly scaled buildings and quiet side streets will give way to a forest of skyscrapers.
Fourth of July, Out by Circle
I had a feeling the neighborhood Fourth of July celebration would be a little, shall we say, exuberant. The people in our area are not shy, retiring types. But nothing prepared me for the reality. We moved into our town house about two months ago. Its biggest attraction, to be honest, was a rooftop deck […]
Cityscape: This Is Your Library
It is Thomas Beeby’s achievement to show that architectural irony can be elevated above the level of the one-liner.
One for the Books
What should the new library look like? How should it relate to its users and the city around it? Five prominent architects have addressed the question. Next week judges will decide the answer.
Burnham Park: It’s Not a Neighborhood, It’s a State of Mind
To the editors: I must rise to the defense of my friend Dennis McClendon, unjustly maligned in these columns recently by Barbara Lynne of the Burnham Park Planning Board [Letters, March 4]. Ms. Lynne feels Dennis is a deluded soul who is conducting some sort of nutty campaign to convince the world that the neighborhood […]
How Warm Was Our Winter