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.
July 18, 2006, 12pm PDT
Chicago area communities restore brick streets for aesthetics and traffic-calming.
July 14, 2006, 6am PDT
Filling empty Chicago rooftops with plants seemed a little strange six years ago when Mayor Richard Daley installed a garden on the roof of city hall. But now more than 200 buildings in Chicago boast rooftop gardens, and the trend is spreading.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 10, 2006, 12pm PDT
The new website provides information and a forum for residents to give feedback on transportation funding.
July 4, 2006, 11am PDT
As large McMansions move into suburban areas, many of the smaller older houses are being pushed out of the neighborhood by higher taxes, or by demolition to make room for larger homes.
June 12, 2006, 8am PDT
Inspired by European biking models, the "Bike 2015 Plan" envisions a city flooded with bicycle commuters using a well-developed infrastructure within 10 years.
June 7, 2006, 5am PDT
Urban planner Kyle Ezell has developed a course to teach suburbanites the "skills" required for downtown living. It promotes the "ruppie", or "retired urban people" lifestyle.
June 6, 2006, 11am PDT
Modernist park design inspires modernist residential buildings, increasing real estate values in Chicago's East Loop.
June 3, 2006, 5am PDT
Formed with the help of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and legions of African Americans discriminated against during the Civil Rights era, the agency that helped pass the federal Fair Housing Act will close.