Chicago’s bike share program has been around for 10 days and 10,000 rides. As I’m responsible for more than .1% of them, I thought I’d share some thoughts about bike sharing and what it means for Chicago. In short, the big blue bikes are changing the way I think about my city. Despite a couple […]Read more "On 10 days of sharing bikes in Chicago"
Maybe it’s the spring weather or the fact that my daughter asked me her The Robot and the Bluebird twice this morning but Roger Ebert’s death hit me harder this afternoon than I would have expected. According to Twitter and Facebook, this sadness is shared by many other Chicagoans of my generation. Perhaps our sadness […]Read more "Chicago’s Last Lion"
Last week the NY Times ran a piece on the House’s “Couch Caucus,” the 4 dozen or so members of Congress who choose to bunk in their Hill offices rather than pay DC rents. It’s not a new meme: Politico and ABC reported similar stories in 2008, the Wall Street Journal talked about it last […]Read more "Bipartisanship and the Couch Caucus"
In The Bridge, David Remnick’s central concern is the Obama story as part of the African American experience. Though a fan of his stewardship of the New Yorker, I’ve never cared much for his writing. Happily, The Bridge is not only the best book I’ve read on Obama et al, but also the most detailed […]Read more "On David Remnick’s Obama and Chicago"
Joe Germuska and his Tribune Interactive colleagues built Election Center as a catch-all for election stories and info. The most interesting part is the Ballot Builder, which allows you to sketch out your vote and share it over Twitter or Facebook, if you dare. Not many have: I count 6 mentions on Twitter. (Kind of […]Read more "My Illinois Primary Ballot"
Item: Obama meets with Lisa Madigan re the Senate seat. Response: So much for the notion that Obama (and Jarrett and Emanuel, who were also reported to be in on the meeting) would stay above the fray of Prairie State politics. Apparently Barack isn’t as down with his basketball buddy as he was back in ’06 […]Read more "Obama eyes Lisa Madigan"
The Clarovista is the (re-branded) culmination of the largest construction project in my Chicago neighborhood of Edgewater in a couple of decades. I didn’t oppose the development, enjoyed watching the construction unfold over the last few years, and have looked forward to the business my new neighbors could might bring to some of my favorite […]Read more "The Clarovista’s soggy mattress"