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Chicago magazine May 2017

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Which Chicago Neighborhoods Have the Most “Character”? It’s a hard-to-peg descriptor that’s mostly in the eye of the beholder, but that didn’t stop the Atlas of ReUrbanism, a project from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, from trying. Its “Character Score” grades 200-by- 200-meter squares of cities on three criteria: median age of buildings, diversity of building age, and size of buildings and parcels. Sound arbitrary? Not quite. Urbanists generally agree that areas of high “character” (mixed-use, moderately dense spaces with more buildings on small lots) support a healthy urban fabric. Those areas are more often found in neighborhoods just outside downtown than in the city’s core or outlying areas. Read more atchicagomag.com/character. ON YOUR TABLET Print subscribers can download the magazine’s editions for iPad and Android devices free. Get them at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicagomag.com/android. VIDEO Chicago…

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editor’s note

A CENTURY OF PROGRESS In May, I’ll turn 44. I’ve entered middle age at a time when it’s culturally acceptable to freeze, fill, and pull facial skin and muscles with the hope of defying the aging process. These days, it can be hard to tell if someone is 30 or 60. While I won’t deny that vanity has led me to do some outlandish things (for example, using a microcurrent device at home almost daily to stimulate my jowls with electricity), I also can’t help but adore the centenarians in this month’s photo essay (page 110). Acclaimed portrait photographer Sandro shot seven Chicagoans age 100 or older. They have lived through eras most of us have only read about— World War I, Capone’s murderous reign, the city’s embarrassing legacy of discrimination. But living…

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inside peek

BEHIND THE SCENES For a story on coffee guru Chris Chacko (page 104), deputy design director Emily Johnson arranged a headline out of coffee beans and grounds. “By the time I finished, I felt like I’d chugged a pot of coffee. I was wide awake at 3 a.m.” CONTRIBUTORS Former Reader executive editor Michael Lenehan waded into the $8 trillion business of moving freight for his story on Chicago’s logistics industry (page 98). “The last two things I’ve written were books on college basketball and a Shakespeare play, so this was new territory. But I can get curious about just about anything.” Sandro shot seven Chicago-area centenarians for a photo essay (page 110). “I always felt like I didn’t want to live to be that old. But when you see these beautiful people—how active…

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talk to us

ON A WEST SIDE BOXER’S TRAGIC END Beautifully written in contrast to a hard life [“The Ballad of Ed ‘Bad Boy’ Brown,” April]. Well done, Bryan Smith. Harsh but real. @peggykusinski on Twitter The dialogue, the description of the barfbeige industrial tile and the gun barrels like snake heads. From the first few paragraphs, you know that Brown doesn’t have a chance, but you can’t stop reading. Email from Amy Merrick ON A PRITZKER-KENNEDY GUV RACE I’m sick of filthy rich billionaires like Bruce Rauner controlling this state and selling it off to their corporate buddies. Chris Kennedy is literally part of the oligarchy, and J.B. Pritzker is just about there, too [“Clash of the Titans,” April]. I’m annoyed that the Democrats are backing these corporate tycoons and not a real progressive candidate. I’m backing Ameya…

4 min.
a bee in trump’s bonnet

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month I’m no fan of Rahm Emanuel. I’ve never voted for him. In 2011, while writing a political blog for a local TV station, I gave him the nickname Mayor 1%, which later appeared on protesters’ buttons and the cover of a scathing biography. But now that Chicago is under attack by Donald Trump, who loves to portray it as the poster city for urban dysfunction, I’m glad Emanuel is mayor. Why? Because he’s equipped to fight for us. All the qualities that make him insufferable to so many—his arrogance, his contempt for critics, his willingness to jettison any principle that might interfere with political advantage—are virtues in a battle against a president who is, arguably, cut from the…

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quiz! can you spot the fake tweets?

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump • 30 July 2014 Obama should work on a ceasefire in Chicago as well as Gaza. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump • 5 May 2015 Originally built @TrumpChicago on river of beautiful city, but Chicago now a war zone. Still, tremendous package deals available. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump • 14 Feb 2016 Famous Chicagoans @HHHolmes @JohnWayneGacy @RichardSpeck @AlCapone @RahmEmanuel #BadDudes Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump • 22 Feb 2016 I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide! Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump • 27 Aug 2016 Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP! Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump • 9 Nov 2016 I’ll keep the BLUE STATE…