Taming the great layer of jelly in Chicago's cake
WBEZ's Curious City tells how engineers built a forest of skyscrapers on soil so soggy they compared it to jelly cake.
+Chicago Public Media, March 2015
+Photo: The Chicago Architecture Foundation's Jen Masengarb, my collaborator on this, inspects the basement of the Monadnock Building.
The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.
+Photo: Inside Gary's abandoned City Methodist Church. (Grace Trivino via Flickr)
+CityLab, February 2015
Can Boomers Make Cohousing Mainstream?
Popular in northern Europe, cohousing is still a fringe option in the U.S. But the number of cohousing communities here is set to climb, thanks to Baby Boomers. +CityLab, January 2015.
+Photo: Residents outside a home in Mosaic Commons, a cohousing community in Berlin, Massachusetts. (Tim Pierce/Flickr)
+I discussed this story as a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Kathleen Dunn Show. Listen to and download the audio here.