October 11, 2006, 1pm PDT
<p>Architecture critic Blair Kamin bemoans the misplaced opulence of the many mansions that have popped up in classic Chicago neighborhoods over the last couple of years.</p>
October 5, 2006, 11am PDT
Give us your strip-clubs, your benzene and dioxin-spewing chemical plants, say Sauget, Illinois officials.
Wall Street Journal via The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 4, 2006, 5am PDT
Developed by a university professor, the CeaseFire campaign addresses violent crime as a public health issue, and uses a neighborhood-wide information and outreach campaign to help curb violent behavior before it occurs.
September 27, 2006, 8am PDT
Chicago area boosters are touting their plan for a "compact games" as they bid for the 2016 Olympics.
September 26, 2006, 8am PDT
The Chicago Transit Authority is to go through final public approval process before announcing the new Circle Line -- a peripheral transit system common in many large transit networks around the world.
September 25, 2006, 8am PDT
An interactive diagram that explains how the world's second largest concrete building is being built with the help of the Putzemeister, a small but integral part of the building's construction.
September 23, 2006, 7am PDT
The Campaign for Sensible Growth, a Chicago-based group, has published a step-by-step guide to writing a comprehensive plan.
Campaign For Sensible Growth
September 16, 2006, 11am PDT
As Chicago aldermen switch votes to back Mayor Daley's move to allow low wage jobs at big box stores, union officials vow to fight to require higher wages at these stores.
September 11, 2006, 8am PDT
A new exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art highlights several new building plans likely to advance the city's vision to become the "greenest city in America."
September 4, 2006, 5am PDT
Nick Gillespie bemoans the loss of urban character in the nation's major cities.
August 31, 2006, 5am PDT
Two Illinois counties make the top 25 in U.S. Census Bureau's latest analysis of commuting times. Chicago's average commuting time of 34.3 minutes was second only to New York's time of 39.1 minutes.
August 18, 2006, 9am PDT
Recent announcements from big box retailers withdrawing or delaying plans to build stores in the city have given pause to supporters of controversial living wage ordinance, with some considering withdrawing their support.
August 15, 2006, 7am PDT
Chicago's walk buttons are connected to traffic signals, but in places like New York, 80% of walk buttons are disconnected.
August 15, 2006, 4am PDT
Mayor Gavin Newsom wants more for the City of San Francisco. After a recent trip to Chicago, the mayor has hopes of bringing some of that city's character out to the West coast. He says Chicago should be the model for what San Francisco could be.
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2006, 12pm PDT
After over a century of being cut off from Lake Michigan, the southeast side is gearing up for the newest, largest development project in years in the sleepy, working-class neighborhood of South Chicago.
August 2, 2006, 11am PDT
In an effort to compete with discount chains that appeal to a more urbane demographic, Wal-Mart may change its store format for a new Chicago area store.
July 31, 2006, 1pm PDT
Chicago's City Council passed a landmark ordinance yesterday that requires big-box stores to pay a minimum wage of $10 per hour by 2010 plus $3 an hour worth of benefits.
July 27, 2006, 7am PDT
Can cities get back in touch with nature? Planners, developers, architects, and policy makers convened in Los Angeles June 7 to face the challenge and develop a plan of action to help bring life onto the rooftops of L.A.'s downtown.
July 20, 2006, 1pm PDT
The state will provide financial incentives to businesses who locate near transit and affordable housing.
July 19, 2006, 1pm PDT
Life in a community of freed slaves is mapped and documented by young descendents.