Transparent Snow Plowing – ClearStreets

I feel like I’m tempting fate by writing about snowplowing in the middle of November, but here goes! As part of and leveraging the OpenCity initiative in Chicago, some data-hounds pulled together a slick interface for viewing real-time snow plow data, and turning this into an estimate of which streets have been plowed. Each of the city’s […]

Are Green Buildings Worth It?

The scale and speed with which new buildings have been erected in the past decade is astounding, and in the last couple of years, much more attention has been paid to the environmental impacts of the building lifecycle. Unfortunately, now it appears that even these acts are environmentally questionable… Can Green Buildings Pass Payback Tests? […]

Who Will Look After the Workers?

I’m sure there are lots of stories like this one out there: After Layoffs, Workers Stay at a Factory in Protest – NYTimes.com Scores of workers laid off from a factory here [Chicago] that makes windows and doors have refused to leave, deciding to stage a “peaceful occupation” of the plant around the clock this […]