Monday, November 27, 2006

rethinking recycling

The recent news that the pilot recycling program started in a section of Beverly (separate cans and divided trucks) will be expanded to all of the 19th ward and several other wards is a good start. However, Chicago should really go further. Seattle is offering a tougher example. Some municipalities have started their recycling programs with programs like Seattle's, often with great success.

Chicago should aim higher. For now, we have a new, permanent recycling center for hazardous and electronic items. This city web page lists city recycling centers that can be used by any city resident.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


It's a treat to see flowers still blooming in the neighborhood in spite of many frosts over the last several weeks. Here's to the survivors!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

notice something different?

Look ma, no scaffolding! The facade restoration project is about done. Many deteriorated terra cotta blocks have been repaired or replaced. Good to see this building looking so great again. (FYI, it's on Monroe near State, for those of you who aren't sure.)

Monday, November 20, 2006

less than delighted how some of this guy's neighbors are feeling. Not sure I'd want to live next door to "Vegas in Boston" either.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

chirpy color

I often walk past these berry-filled trees on my way to the train. I've been surprised that most of the neighborhood birds don't seem too interested in them. Yesterday they were full of activity - monk parakeets.

I guess somebody does like those berries after all.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

names of the dead

A homemade memorial to those who have died in Iraq. It grows every day.

Whether or not you agree with the war, please remember our veterans.

Friday, November 10, 2006

alive day

Some positive thoughts in honor of Veterans Day.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

election quote

a gem
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"Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy 2% that get
all the publicity. But then -- we elected them."

-- Lily Tomlin

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

New York's bicycle wars

This New Yorker article puts an interesting spin on the situation. It's a bit more intense than what we face here in Chicago.

a sad waste

How much more of our history and architecture do we have to lose to careless contractors before the city does something to ensure proper training and licensing and supervision of contractors, especially on landmark buildings?

The loss of the Dexter building in the South Loop 2 weeks ago is just a sad waste. Losing the Harvey house less than 2 weeks later just makes it worse.

The images below are of the Dexter building fire, taken at 9 a.m. on the morning after the fire started.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

fall color

A postcard scene from my recent trip to New Hampshire - Chester is a scenic little town that hasn't changed much in the last 20 years and probably won't anytime soon.

playing possum

When I went out yesterday morning to do some gardening, I found an odd visitor in the yard. The possum was scurrying across the yard and scrambled up the fence.

Not what I was expecting to find at 6:30 a.m.