Today’s Buzz looks at some “starchitect” Frank Lloyd Wright’ designed homes in the Chicago area. News of the day includes the hidden history of maps by women in North America, President Obama’s trip to Cuba, the history of humans and radiation, and more. Forward!
What I’m watching: Naked and Afraid!
What I’m reading: American Photographs by Walker Evans
What I’m doing: Being miserable dealing with the worst onset of allergy season in years
What I want to know from you: Is this the worst allergy season you can remember too?
The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America: In the 1970s, early in her career as map librarian at the New York Public Library, Alice Hudson started researching women mapmakers throughout history. With few other women in her chosen field, she wondered how many had come before her. “I thought I might find 10,” she tells CityLab.
Democrats to Sanders: Time to wind it down: Democratic senators of all stripes are as impressed as they are surprised by Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign. But the time has come, they say, for Sanders to start winding things down.
Gravity is the Only Glue That Holds These Together: Michael Grab (featured previously here and here) is a master of balancing rocks and stones. The artist and photographer first explored rock balancing in 2008 while exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado.
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- In San Francisco, An Affordable Housing Solution That Helps Millennials: Eighteen- to 24-year-olds are one of the fastest-growing homeless populations in the U.S. For many, public housing is out of reach. Enter a nonprofit that offers subsidized apartments to young adults.
- Obama and Raúl Castro Meet in Cuba, a Pivotal Moment in Relations: In talks at the Palace of the Revolution, the presidents are expected to discuss a path toward normalizing relations, venturing into diplomatic territory that had eluded their predecessors.
Missouri Senate woes dominate first half of session: Despite slowdown, Republican leaders say they are pleased with the way things went heading into spring break
Backyard campfires ‘an American tradition,’ says city leader who wants to lift ban: A petition has collected about 2,000 signatures.
Spring 2016 has arrived; all you need to know about the vernal equinox: The vernal equinox arrived at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Pacific time zone, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.
What Is Placemaking, Really?: It’s a term that gets bandied about by the “creative class” to describe an endless array of projects, from whimsical pop-up art to new uses for century-old buildings. But what does placemaking really mean?
- Life as an Undercover Union Organizer: In the U.S., union membership has fallen significantly in the last 50 years. According todata from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the union-membership rate was 11 percent in 2015—roughly half of the proportion of Americans who belonged to a union in 1983. One of the ways unions organize workers is by salting—when a union organizer gets a job at a company with the intent of organizing workers from within. Salting is legal, but employers tend to not be too fond of people who do it.
- ‘Strange Glow’: The eerie history of radiation and humans
The Next 606? New Bike-Friendly Trail To Connect Pilsen And Little Village: The Paseo rails-to-trail conversion will run from from 16th Street south to 31st Street.
Chicago’s First Cider Bar, The Northman, Is Finally Open: After a series of delays (and the unfortunate departure of Chef Cleetus Friedman), we learned a few weeks back that the Northman (4337 N. Lincoln Ave.) was “coming soon” but there was no opening date. They faked us out! The bar opened, unannounced, last Saturday night and was open this weekend.
What makes Town and Country? A town, some country and now a square: Town and Country has lacked a true Main Street; now it has the luxury of creating a town square gathering spot.
Behind the about-face in Ferguson: After lawsuit was filed over justice system, two new council members worked behind the scenes to get consent decree approved.
Drop in St. Louis County population throws wrench at water company: Missouri-American penalized for St. Louis County coming up shy of a million people.
Ellisville approves microbrewery despite residents’ objections: Despite opposition from nearby residents, the Ellisville City Council has approved the city’s first microbrewery.
Detroit’s Little Caesars announces new pizza for the cheese-lovers: They’re had pizza’s wrapped in bacon, but now they’re cooking pies for the dairy diehards.