Trade off for recycling
One of the threads that bubbled up Monday in city hall as aldermen batted around verbal proclamations of support for the cityís stillborn Blue Cart recycling program was whether or not recycling is a basic public service (like fire protection or street repaving) or a luxury that taxpayers canít afford.
Time will tell if a new Costco will be a net gain for local jobs
Back in January, our sister paper Austin Weekly News published an article on a study carried out by University of Illinois-Chicago and Loyola University researchers about the impact Chicagoís sole Wal-Mart has had on the West Side.
Cancer Survivors Garden needs a fresh start
During a recent walk around north Grant Park, a Chicago Journal reporter came across the following scene in Cancer Survivors Garden, just east of Daley Bicentennial Plaza: a woman was using one of the stakes in the gardenís Positive Mental Attitude Walk as a brace for her exercise routine.
Our story this week about Chicago's proposed bus rapid transit pilot program is one of those citywide stories with a very local potential impact. One of the streets slated for bus rapid transit is Halsted, which cuts through Greektown and University Village.
West Loop scores with HQ relocation
The West Loop just got a major shot in the arm. On Monday, the popular T-shirt company Threadless announced theyíd like to move their headquarters from Ravenswood to 1260 W. Madison.
Red Bull blew it, but reaction overblown
Why Red Bull approached the set-up to the BMX competition they wanted to hold at Harrison and Wells the way they did we donít know. It sure didnít help their cause.
Let's not be so fast to nix this
In last week's Chicago Journal, we reported on a story thatís rarer than an endangered mink: the contentious community meeting about a proposed development. In this case, the story sussed out some of the tensions generated by the Taxman Corporationís proposed Gateway Project, eyed for the southwest corner of Madison and Halsted.
Also in last week's paper was freelance writer Michael Nagrant's take on which is the finest of three very-fine Near South and Near West corned beef emporiums - Manny's, Moonís or Eleven City Diner.
Individual environmentalism isnít enough