Because the actor who played him was just in Kansas City for Planet Comicon, today’s Buzz pays homage to the baddest bounty hunter in any galaxy, Boba Fett!

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Reading: Black Science Vol. 4: Godworld by Rick Remender

What I’m Watching: The Final Episode of Mr. Selfridge

What I’m Doing: Keeping myself from being impatient about the 3 day weekend!


Baltimore officer acquitted on all counts in Freddie Gray case: Baltimore police officer Edward M. Nero was acquitted of all four charges filed against him in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody last year. Nero was among six officers charged in the case, which sparked riots.

The New Health Care: Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast: Don’t feel bad if you’d rather skip it. Studies have not proved its importance.

In Support of the Right to Cross the Street: Benjamin Ross argues that the walk signal is a fundamentally flawed approach to creating walkable streets and shareable roadways—making walking slower, less convenient, and more dangerous.


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Upcoming ELGL Events

May 25 – Bang the Table: Community Engagement With Matt Crozier at anymeeting.com/elglwebinar

June 1 – 10 Rules for Great City Websites With Luke Fretwell at anymeeting.com/elglwebinar

June 15 & 16 – GOVERNING Summit on Leadership & Innovation at Seelbach Hotel, Louisville KY

June 16 – Technology Efficiency Series: Trello  at anymeeting.com/elglwebinar

June 21 to 24 – Association of Washington Cities Conference  at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett WA

June 22 to 24 – WCMA & ILCMA Summer Conference at The Abbey, Fontana WI

50 Nifty

Naperville Is The Richest City In The Midwest, Study Says: The median income in Naperville is $104K.

The Willis Tower And Hancock Center Could Be Getting New Names: Naming-rights negotiations for two of Chicago’s most well-known skyscrapers are underway, according to one Sun-Times columnist.

Bringing By-Right Affordable Housing to California: Reviewing Governor Jerry Brown’s recent proposed legislation to permit projects that provide affordable housing to be approved as-of-right.

Black Flight From Gun Violence: Chicago’s Loss Is Suburbia’s Gain: Middle class African-Americans are fleeing Chicago due to crime, not due to being priced out, as is common elsewhere. “On average more than 10,000 African-Americans leave the city every,” reports Brandis Friedman of WTTW for the PBS NewsHour.

Life in an Almost-Ghost Town in the California Desert: In the 35-person town of Darwin, California, life is literally what you make it.  No stores, schools, churches, paved roads, street lights, or sewers exist in this high-desert community, profiled in a new short doc by the multimedia artist Kim Stringfellow as part of a larger project about the Mojave Desert. (CityLab has featured some of Stringfellow’sprevious work.) Just outside Death Valley, the hottest place on earth, travel trailers and hand-built houses sit among creosote bushes and old mining equipment, which harkens back to the town’s silver-boom origins in the 1870s. Today, artists, retirees, expats and exiles call Darwin home, relying on a single mountain spring for water and themselves for nearly everything else. Striking modern sculptures punctuate many properties.

As Their Anchors Sink, Malls Try To Present Retail ‘Experience’: With more department stores closing, some owners are trying to make malls “more experiential,” adding gyms and theaters. One developer is targeting Hispanics with regular concerts and festivities.

5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed: Researchers discovered ancient “beer-making tool kits” in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.

Lawyers shower campaign money on congressional candidate who is the son of chief judge: Majority of congressional candidate’s donations come from lawyers who operate in his father’s court circuit.

Local Gov Confidential

Taxi commission to ticket UberX drivers: Legislature wrapped up this month without passing statewide regulations for ride-hailing services, or a gas tax hike.

Affton refashioning itself through upgrades to shopping plaza, Gravois Road: A new look for a city that isn’t technically a city.

When World War II was fought off the coast of Chicago: Forgive Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan—an hourlong documentary that will premiere Thursday—for the melodramatic note on which it begins: narrator Bill Kurtis intones that “this film contains rare footage of a U.S. Navy operation, just off Chicago’s shoreline, that changed the course of World War II.”

‘On Tinder, the messages I get are a level grosser than the ones white women get’Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week’s Chicagoan is Subi Shah, maker, Gossip Girl fan, and podcaster.