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Chicago magazine April 2016

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full circle

Ever hear of Kenesaw Terrace, a two-block-long street in Buena Park on the North Side? My father, whose family moved there in 1929, when he was 3, tells of a near-magical place with large houses and large families. He spent his childhood running in and out of the homes of gregarious neighbors. A few doors away lived the boy who my father’s sister would end up marrying. When a Kenesaw dad went down with the Hindenburg, the whole block mourned.* Around World War II, some of those tight-knit families, including the Fenners, moved north. (By then, Kenesaw Terrace had been renamed Hutchinson Street.) Fast-forward to the ’60s: “Flight from the city sent the area into a severe decline,” said The New York Times in 1988, calling Buena Park “blighted.” But it has…

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Chicago scored a coup landing renowned portraitist Dawoud Bey to photograph Kerry James Marshall (page 94). “He almost never does magazine work,” says senior editor Elly Fishman, who knows Bey from growing up in Hyde Park. “But when I told him we were featuring Kerry, he wanted to shoot his old pal.” BEHIND THE SHOOT Helming this month’s At Work (page 116) came with a perk for deputy design director Emily Johnson: She got to see the Empire empire—that is, the Fox show’s interior sets at Cinespace. What struck her most? “They had all these fakes by the masters hung in fancy gold frames, but they were all low-resolution.” That’s a faux Van Gogh peeking out in our shot. NEW HIRE Matt Pollock recently joined Chicago as an assistant editor after covering music for…

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talk to us

ON THE NEW BLACK ACTIVISTS It’s about time that young black leadership speaks up [“The New Black Power,” March]. I’m white and 81, and I could never understand how Jesse [Jackson] was allowed to claim leadership; there are qualified young men and women who need to step up. Ellena Linsky on Chicagomag.com Kudos to the new leaders in Chicago. Please keep working hard to remove Rahm, Rush, Davis, Rauner. Vincent Morgan on Facebook It’s interesting to see this group grow, but my hope is they learn to be inclusive. There is a vacuum in African American leadership and how future leaders are developed. This [group] is just raw talent from young people that will be molded into a political force once they get educated. They will be fine. Jerome Thornton on Facebook ON CHICAGO’S CEO SHAKEUP Waiting for…

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in 2016, the cubs will …

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Send email to letters@chicagomag.com. Write to Letters, Chicago magazine, 777 W. Chicago Ave., FC-3 Atrium, Chicago, IL 60654. Correspondents must identify themselves; names may be withheld on request. Please include a daytime telephone number for verification. Chicago may edit or condense letters. PHOTOGRAPHY: (MAGAZINE) RATKO RADOJCIC; (CUBS) NUCCIO DINUZZO/CHICAGO TRIBUNE…

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spin city

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Let’s face it: Chicago doesn’t have the best image these days. Ongoing budget woes. Accusations of police brutality. A skyrocketing murder rate. Making matters worse, the head of Choose Chicago, the tourism board charged with putting the best face on the city, recently announced he was leaving. Policy changes are in order to really fix Chicago, of course. Newcity editor and publisher Brian Hieggelke, for one, thinks the city could take a cue from Colombia. (Yes, that Colombia.) A concerted effort to control crime there and invest in blighted areas has flipped perceptions and helped woo tourists. The same could work here, says Hieggelke: “Create hyperincentives for economic development on the South Side by tying corporate relocation incentive…

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how cancer happens

Your recent research on fruit flies focused on the moment when cells switch states. What does that mean? It’s when a developing cell stops dividing and starts specializing—when it becomes, for example, a liver or brain cell. What makes that possible? What’s going on inside the cell? That’s what we wanted to find out. What did you discover that relates to cancer? During this transition, the cell fluctuates uncontrollably. It’s like if a person wants to go from one valley to another, he’ll have to go over a ridge. [With cancer], we think the cell climbs up the ridge but stays there—in this very unstable, out-of-control state. In this zone, it doesn’t behave normally. Why do certain cells stay in this in-between state? [We found that] normally, a signal mediated by a…