Bikesharing is caring: How personal transportation is changing cities

When I moved to Chicago this past September, one of the first things I did was buy a yearlong pass to its recently-installed Divvy Bike program. I’d deemed it too expensive to move my bike out from my parents’ house in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it seemed silly to spend hundreds of dollars on a new bike just because I’d moved. I wasn’t sure how much I would use the system – especially because Chicago’s public transit system, for all its faults, puts San Francisco’s to shame—but I bet that I’d get my $75 worth out of it.


How Can We Build Safe Urban Parks?

The “Radiant City” is back. Two high-profile buildings currently going up in Chicago draw on a park-centric model for development which has proven problematic in the past.

One, an office building in the West Loop, is built into a 1.5-acre park planned for the West bank of the Chicago River. The other, an apartment building in Hyde Park, rises out of a three story retail complex with a fully landscaped green roof. Renderings and rhetoric have presented these parks as beneficent gifts to the City. Yet, reflecting the “Radiant City” idealism, important questions about the safety and utility of these new green spaces have been left unanswered by the architects and developers.


Dapper Disputes: What the %$#! Happened to Comics?

Dapper Disputes is a feature where editors at The Airspace debate the merits and purpose of relevant issues in culture, technology, and scholarship.

From May 18-20, 2012, all eyes were on Chicago, and not just watching NATO protestors. The conference Comics: Philosophy & Practice brought together seventeen of the world’s most famous cartoonists for three days of lectures and panel discussions on the future of the genre. The event, which took place at the University of Chicago’s new Logan Center for the Arts, was called “historic” by the Chicago Tribune and drew an international audience [1]. By hosting cross-disciplinary dialogue between figures like the “grandfather of comics,” Art Spiegelman, and up-and-coming underground comic artists, this conference was to comics what Woodstock ’69 was to rock. Editors Blake J. Graham and Jon Catlin watched the conference via webcast and share their thoughts on the conference below.


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