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Sorry New York, California Is Just Better Now - Eater
So collectively, Los Angeles and the Bay Area project out into the world enlightened multiculturalism, casual confidence, quality born from exceptional farming, freethinking (dishes can taste of a specific village in Mexico or a chef’s tinkerings; if it truly hangs together both are okay!), luxury, and accessibility.
food  california  nyc  chicago  losangeles  sanfrancisco  oakland  cooking  restaurant  immigration 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The 5 Best Places to Live in 2100 – Future Human – Medium
Many Great Lake cities fit a similar mold: Duluth, Chicago, Cleveland. “Anywhere in the Great Lakes should be OK,” says Keenan.
chicago  cities  climate  climatechange  usa  alaska  russia  future  weather  newyork 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities - Curbed
“The response to this overall population loss has been pretty lukewarm,” Loury says. “I don’t think it’s been widely acknowledged by many, at least in the halls of power. They’re indifferent, and I find that troubling.”
cities  chicago  usa  migration  population  black  census  census2020  identity  midwest  SouthernShift 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
“The atomic element is the story”: This American Life navigates a future that goes beyond broadcast » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
“I’ll tweet out a link to our blog,” he said, “and I’ll get responses from people clearly on their phones…saying, ‘The audio is garbled on my random cellphone!’ People are just getting to a point where they expect everything to work on handheld devices.”
radio  technology  mobile  music  story  data  audio  google  audience  chicago 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
New ranking combines print-digital reach of metro papers, reveals surprising winners | Poynter.
The list includes several groups of papers with common ownership and common market geography. Those are MediaNews’s clusters in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles area and the Chicago Sun-Times group, including its suburban papers. Also, in these figures the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are treated as two editions of the same newspaper for purposes of audience measurement.
MediaNews  journalism  media  news  bayarea  lonsangeles  chicago 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Aimee Mann: 19 September 2010 - Chicago < PopMatters
Mann’s witty lyrics hit with a nod and a wink as she sang, “You got a lot of money but you can’t afford the freeway / The road to Orange County leaves an awful lot of leeway / Where everyone’s a doctor or a specialist in retail / They’ll sell you all the speed you want if you can take the blackmail.” Here lies Mann’s charm, her writer’s eye, her literary gift of imagery and metaphor. She has the uncanny ability to craft laconic rhythms and haunting melodies with a storyteller’s keen sense of observation.

Take “Little Bombs” for example, sounding something like a shimmering and luminous ballad but in tone a deadpan, introspective look at the banality of the quotidian where “life just kind of empties out, more a deluge than a drought.” The brutal imagery striking the listener with the tersest of couplets and rhythmic iambs.
music  reviews  songwriting  rock  chicago 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Klein: The Art of Bronzeville
"There are many outstanding African-American artists exhibiting in Bronzeville."
chicago  from twitter
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jim DeRogatis talks about leaving the Chicago Sun-Times - Minneapolis / St. Paul Music - Gimme Noise
"My basic theory about the way our beloved biz is going to shake out is I think there's going to be tweets, and there's going to be those great articles in the New Yorker about an 1856 expedition over the North Pole in a balloon and you say 'I dunno if I'm interested in this', and then 7,000 words later, because that first paragraph was so good and it sucked you in, you wish it hadn't ended. There's going to be great long-form journalism and there's going to be headlines. Those of us in dead-tree newspaper print, we're in the middle, and I don't think the middle is going to be there much longer."
journalism  media  newspapers  futurism  chicago  music  rock 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Esquire: Roger Ebert: The Essential Man
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
writing  identity  reading  cinema  art  culture  film  movies  criticism  chicago  cancer  entertainment 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Pictures: Michael Moore's last words: Capitalism stinks

Moore asks me if I remember how he started our interview. I do, I say. You started by asserting the death of the American newspaper. Indeed, Moore floats this (to me, premature) notion the day after our interview in Toronto, at the "Capitalism" press conference. He suggests that the imperiled state of the modern U.S. newspaper might make a good documentary. He planned initially to include a section on the subject in "Capitalism" but he couldn't make it fit. So maybe Moore has his next subject after all.
newspapers  film  movies  documentary  capitalism  toronto  chicago  business  economics  media  journalism 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Tribune Interactive Creates Photo Galleries Using Creative Commons Images from Flickr - Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits
"For me, it was just a way of giving back a little," Wright said. "I've been online for years and seen lots of free media that really spoke to me, entertained me and in a few rare cases even moved me. So when I found out about Flickr I felt like to go Creative Commons was a way to pay it forward to the online community so that others could see my work and do what they would with it. Honestly, if I never sold a single work I'd still do it because I love it."
photography  journalism  newspapers  technology  online  media  creativecommons  creativity  flickr  chicago 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sally Duros: State of Pay: A Chicago News-Blog Suspense Story
"I believe that the future of journalism is a whole bunch of little sites," (Andrew Huff) said. "The newspaper isn't being destroyed. It's being exploded."
newspapers  media  journalism  chicago  diy  illinois 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Emily Achenbaum: Reporter turned 'farmer housewife' --
I'm leaving to see how self-sufficient I can be. I'm going to try growing our own vegetables, learn how to can and preserve them, and shop locally for everything else. We're going to see how little we can buy and how much we can reduce our use of electricity. I'll be taking care of our home, working on some personal writing projects and freelance assignments, devoting my extra time to volunteer organizations I care about, and shifting to a slower pace of life I hope to find more satisfying.
journalism  simplicity  economy  writing  volunteering  food  chicago  illinois 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader Blogs: News Bites
Like the Tribune, newspapers everywhere have gone bonkers by trying to think themselves so outside of the box that they lose touch with readers. At first, the idea was to not make the web site just a place to recycle what was in the printed product. Then newspapers started to make the printed product be a place to recycle the online stuff. Then they went a step further by trying to base their printed coverage, play and content in general on the popularity of online stories. What they fail to understand is that they do have traditional newspaper readers, and they need to make the two separate: Give the loyal readers what they want and then get all out of the box with online. I don't think they'll ever get it.
journalism  newspapers  chicago  editing  copyediting  media  news  business 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | What's Black and White and Dead All Over?: Notes on journalism’s past, present, and future prompted by the Chicago Journalism Town Hall | By Whet Moser
Do the math. If you buy the Creative Loafing chain, which owns the Reader, you get Rolodexes, a bunch of dated computers, dated software, and a name. Essentially you’re buying a logo, a URL, some archived content, and a giant fucking IOU.

So, sayeth this smart person: it’s much cheaper to let them die and hire the people, who have the knowledge and the contacts and who actually represent the name. (If you want to be all Web 2.0 about it, call the new thing the Rdr or the Twib, though I guess you won’t have to italicize it. We do not put on airs in the glorious future.)
media  journalism  blogging  ethics  google  blogs  chicago  economy  newspapers 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Journalism Town Hall » Blog Archive » Musings from an erstwhile Town Hall moderator
It’s been two weeks since the Town Hall as I write this. Lots of people have expressed lots of opinions about the future of journalism in Chicago. I thought I’d offer a few observations of my own, in the hope that it might help keep the discussion going. A word of warning, though. It’s almost as long as a Reader cover story circa 1981.

Here goes…
journalism  media  newspapers  chicago  news  reputation 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Former cop draws fire for alleged remarks to college students --
"If there's a news conference going on, I can't get in front of a crowd and say, 'He got exactly what the [expletive] he deserved.' You know the police should have beat him, you know. I used to beat [expletive] when I was in Chicago too. I can't say that," the article quotes a recording of Yarbrough as saying.

"I'd have to say, 'Well, you know we're going to have to look into this matter seriously . . . all of our officers, we like to think that they operate with the utmost integrity and ethics' . . . All of that [expletive] sounds good. That [expletive] sounds real good, but in the back of my mind, damn. He got popped. If he would have done it the way we used to do it in Chi-town, man, none of this [expletive] would have happened."
police  chicago  law  justice  college  illinois 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | Hot Type | Chicago Needs a New News Model : And here are a couple ideas—just add cash.
"The big evolutionary hurdle is the one between one or two people fiddling around with some cheap, ubiquitous software and the next step—producing credibly sourced, professional journalism and attracting some audience. You can do it with few people and a small budget, but you’ll remain in some kind of political newsletter zone. Moving from quixotic start-up to serious organization—that’s not easy.”
journalism  media  newspapers  seattle  vancouver  britishcolumbia  chicago 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Keeping calm about a possible Tribune bankruptcy | Steve Chapman
I'm glad to see that no one in this industry has had the gall to ask Washington for a bailout. True, journalism provides a valuable service to the public. But if the public isn't willing to pay for that service, we have no grounds to demand a rescue. It's our job as journalists to provide something people want in a form that they want and are willing to pay for. If we can't, we deserve our fate. But I hold out hope that we can.
journalism  media  newspapers  chicago  corporations  business 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cyberstar --
"In Chicago, we've got 14 types of information. We're creating an ordered view of chaos. That's what journalists do, right?"
journalism  mapping  information  media  chicago  illinois  data  crime  newspapers  citites  urban 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bay's Petraeus Interview, Ehrenhalt's Demographic Inversion, and Kotkin's Look at Gentrification of American Cities - Michael Barone (
"We are living at a moment when the massive outward migration of the affluent that characterized the second half of the twentieth century is coming to an end."
cities  urban  chicago  sanfrancisco  suburbia  demographics  sociology  washington 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jennifer Nix: Resurrecting Literature: Sustenance for the Progressive Soul
"When people ask me why I put photos in The Lazarus Project, I say it is in the hope President Bush would flip through my book. Its main character is not a pet goat, but there is a picture of boobs in it."
bush  literature  history  creativity  writing  fiction  public  social  chicago  war  europe  iraq  police 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Austin Contrarian: Density calculations for U.S. urbanized areas, weighted by census tract
"Austin and Tampa are not really denser than Boston (as the standard density figures suggest), and the sprawling suburbs of Riverside County are not actually denser than Chicago. Note that Portland's urbanized area is less dense than Houston's. [...]"
cities  austin  tampa  boston  california  riverside  chicago  illinois  nyc  portland  houston  urban  population  census 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Richard Florida and The Creative Class Exchange: Who's Your Chi-Pitts?
"Here's an excerpt of an interview where I discuss some of my favorite Midwest cities - from Dayton to Pittsburgh by Tracy Certo of Pop City and Soapbox [...]"
chicago  pittsburgh  pennsylvania  illinois  usa  creative  citites  urban 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | Hot Type | The Rust Belt Reader: Could a regional newspaper improve the midwest’s prospects?
"Today’s newspaper racks offer a mix of national newspapers that the elites read and hyperlocal papers strong on obituaries and chicken dinners. The trouble is, those national newspapers don’t focus on the special problems of the midwest."
midwest  newspapers  media  journalism  publishing  location  chicago  iowa  illinois  michigan  minnesota 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
To Zell and Back: Handbook Hypocrisy At Tribune -- In Wake of O'Shea Firing
"Even the dullest 'employee owner' at any Tribune property around the nation will see what happened when Jim O'Shea questioned authority, and conclude that asking tough questions and pushing back won't really earn the respect of the boss. It'll just speed
work  jobs  journalism  chicago  newspapers  labor 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Real Chicago Blues, an interview with David Grazian
"The search for authenticity is more often based on what we think places and people ought to be like, instead of what they actually are like."
blues  books  music  society  chicago  illinois  aesthetics  identity  race 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Readers' online postings enliven site, merit caution --
"At one time, I believed should reflect the same anything-goes reality of the Internet. [...]"
newspapers  journalism  media  internet  blogging  chicago  illinois 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
eMusic Spotlight - Comfort Music for Restless Ears: Kranky Records
"Another way to describe Kranky, I suppose, would simply be as "psychedelic" — not in the sense of lava lamps and amoebic projections, of course, but as music that has uncanny ways of opening up the mind."
music  criticism  chicago  writing  reviews  online 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Speech | Articles | Archives | Chicago magazine
"I knew he was eloquent. I knew he had passionate beliefs. But I had no idea that he was a magician, rhetorically."
obama  theater  politics  chicago  democrats  elections  2008  writing  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A life out of the newsroom – and into the news |
"On a wickedly cold Chicago day eight years ago, I walked to work, made my way through the newsroom cubicles, entered my editor's office, gave her three weeks' notice, and then sat down at my desk."
writing  work  jobs  europe  travel  chicago  asia  africa  identity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Lisa Gabriele's "Pretty in Penury"
"Class and all its implications really sets in in high school, when teenagers become aware that, indeed, they are held hostage by their family's socioeconomic status. After all, you live with these people. What they are, you are."
class  poverty  education  cinema  1980s  family  parenting  money  work  jobs  school  illinois  chicago  fashion 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge News | How Obama learned to be a natural
"Barack is a competitor, and being a competitor, you don't like to lose. When he came back, he really immersed himself in the process. He learned he had to get an agenda, to get issues he felt passionately about. [...]"
obama  2008  democrats  elections  illinois  chicago 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters' Mixtape Confessions: "Black and Blue"
"The whole point of negotiating with music in a live environment is confronting the unexpected, engaging in the delight of something that has never quite happened before and may never happen again."
music  rock  hiphop  blues  aesthetics  race  chicago 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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