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    TAG : Chicago

    Bus Rapid Transit

    Cutting carbon emissions and reducing traffic congestion.According to a recent study by sustainable transport advocate EMBARQ, the use of high-quality bus rapid transit systems can positively affect the lives of people living in big cities. Bus Rapid Transit or BRT is a system of bus only ...

    The Plant: Harnessing Waste and Closing Loops

    An abandoned meatpacking warehouse becomes a model for sustainable food production.The work of vertical farming pioneer and 2012 Utne Visionary John Edel continues at the The Plant, his 93,500-square foot vertical farm and business incubator on Chicago's South Side. Operating out of a ...

    Street Art Shamans

     In Arizona, an African American doctor creates street art to heal the Navajo Nation. In São Paulo, a graffiti artist documents the lives of the homeless and working-class. In New Orleans and Chicago, an artist creates a space for people to share dreams. There’s plenty of cool street art ...

    How Racial Segregation Shatters a City

    Racial segregation literally breaks a city into separate, isolated chunks. In the worst cases, neighborhoods are wholly delimited by the descent of its denizens, rather than its topography or history. This is how a metro area comes to resemble an archipelago—a series of homogeneous islands ...

    UtneCast: Voices from Grant Park on Election Night

    On Nov. 4, news outlets from around the world beamed images from Chicago’s Grant Park to captivated audiences awaiting the U.S. election results. Thousands of excited Chicagoans packed the park to hear Barack Obama deliver his first speech as president-elect. Afterward, they spilled out into ...

    Hipster Rap: The Latest Hater Battleground

    Every aesthetic movement has its rivalries, its schisms, its heated battles over who’s keeping it real and who’s already sold out. Hip-hop is, famously, no exception: East Coast vs. West Coast, Tupac vs. Biggie, old school vs. new school—we’re all too familiar with these contentions. ...

    Urban Pioneers

    Shortly after I moved to Chicago’s far north side, I came home to a sign warning me of gangs of African American kids in white T-shirts and black do-rags who had recently been throwing rocks and bricks at random passersby. This apparently was happening in broad daylight and in busy areas of ...

    Industry Fights Chicago's Bottled Water Tax

    Five cents a bottle doesn’t seem like much, but the bottled water tax that hit Chicago at the beginning of the new year has left the bottled water industry feeling all wet, reports Sustainablog’s Jason Phillip. Bottled water is an environmentalist’s worst nightmare, ballooning landfills ...

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