An hour and a half to get to work today because #IDOT hired crappy contractors and their form broke when they were pouring the concrete for the new Halsted bridge support, spilling tons of concrete all over the #CTA blue line tracks. #Chicago #YourNewBlue #CircleInterchange #JaneByrneInterchange (at UIC–Halsted)

An hour and a half to get to work today because #IDOT hired crappy contractors and their form broke when they were pouring the concrete for the new Halsted bridge support, spilling tons of concrete all over the #CTA blue line tracks. #Chicago #YourNewBlue #CircleInterchange #JaneByrneInterchange (at UIC–Halsted)

That Fall sunrise in #Chicago… #NoFilter

That Fall sunrise in #Chicago… #NoFilter

"

Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. But the effects of gentrification are complex and contradictory, and its real impact varies.

Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn’t want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalized.

Gentrification has been the cause of painful conflict in many American cities, often along racial and economic fault lines. Neighborhood change is often viewed as a miscarriage of social justice, in which wealthy, usually white, newcomers are congratulated for “improving” a neighborhood whose poor, minority residents are displaced by skyrocketing rents and economic change.

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PBS (via socio-logic)

(Source: mileysratchetasfuck, via socio-logic)

New “historic” railings and light fixtures going up on the refurbished California blue line station. #Chicago #CTA #YourNewBlue (at California (CTA Blue Line station))

New “historic” railings and light fixtures going up on the refurbished California blue line station. #Chicago #CTA #YourNewBlue (at California (CTA Blue Line station))

"I believe in design. One of the major lessons from social science is that we make decisions based on the environment that we are in. This means that given a particular environment, we have less free will than we would hope, but it also means that if we take design seriously, we can design the world in a way that is more compatible with our skills, and more likely to lead to better decisions. Every day I see many examples of human stupidity, but I have hope because our free will is in the design of the world we live in, and if we understand human nature better, and use this as a guiding principle for design, we can do much, much better."

Dan Ariely (via socio-logic)

(Source: mayuri, via socio-logic)

That hazy skyline… (at Western (CTA Blue Line O’Hare branch station))

That hazy skyline… (at Western (CTA Blue Line O’Hare branch station))

Fave buildings. (at Chicago Board of Trade Building)

Fave buildings. (at Chicago Board of Trade Building)

Meetings at city hall. (at Chicago City Hall)

Meetings at city hall. (at Chicago City Hall)

Walking back to my train line after a meeting. #NoFilter #Chicago

Walking back to my train line after a meeting. #NoFilter #Chicago

the-gasoline-station:

House Movers, San Francisco

by Dave Glass

(Source: museumuesum, via goingurban)

Bridges torn. Brutalism prevails. (at UIC–Halsted)

Bridges torn. Brutalism prevails. (at UIC–Halsted)

calumet412:

Detail from an ad for Kelly Tires, looking north on Michigan Ave, 1958, Chicago.

calumet412:

Detail from an ad for Kelly Tires, looking north on Michigan Ave, 1958, Chicago.

thisbigcity:

landscarch:

Wow, is this oldschool or the future?

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, Germany

Good question!

(yes this is real)

(via concepturbanization)

calumet412:

Waiting for a streetcar in the First Ward, 1941, Chicago. John Vachon

calumet412:

Waiting for a streetcar in the First Ward, 1941, Chicago. John Vachon

Exposed brick sewer pipe at the construction site of the new Peoria Street bridge in front of my office. I wonder how old that is? #Chicago #Infrastructure #EverythingIsCrumbling (at UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs)

Exposed brick sewer pipe at the construction site of the new Peoria Street bridge in front of my office. I wonder how old that is? #Chicago #Infrastructure #EverythingIsCrumbling (at UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs)