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What Jackson Park’s living elements are really worth

This simple testimonial to the power of the nature center says more than I ever could about how backward the valuation of Jackson Park that is happening right…

Our South Side crisis in leadership

by Gabriel Piemonte Some people get a kick out of besmirching others in public. Still others like to throw a rock and hide their hand, starting rumors that…

On false equivalences

Anyone who had seen the map of the new Tiger Woods Golf Course knew it was too big to fit in the footprint of the current course, even…

Leslie Hairston’s bad night

by Gabriel Piemonte Actions always reveal priorities. It does not matter what a person says. You have to keep your eye on the ball, so to speak, in…

The disastrous downzone

by Gabriel Piemonte I don’t get to spend enough time in South Shore. When I started Rainbow Market Growers with my friend Lee Bryant, I was in South…

We know who we are by what we do

My concern about the collateral consequences of the city’s big development plans is partly the result of my experience with the city’s largest redevelopment project in a generation, the…

The golden rule or the rule of gold?

by Gabriel Piemonte Twice a week I work with public high school students from all over the South Side. I co-founded Voices and Visions four years ago to…

Mitchell’s folly: More evidence of the need for community control over development

by Gabriel Piemonte When I recently wrote about Leslie Hairston’s proposal to rezone 71st Street to residential from commercial, I got a lot of reactions. Most of them…

Hairston’s blind side, and the urgency of the neighborhood council

by Gabriel Piemonte (Note: A post on this same topic appears on this page, with lots of excellent data and analysis.) Ald. Leslie Hairston has set off a…

Vision from below: Why development must include local control

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