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Do tax incentives boost Detroit projects? Skeptics question their use and offer a few tips

Former President Barack Obama used to say he wasn’t against all wars, just dumb wars. That’s how I feel about tax breaks to boost economic …

Detroit

Dry, the beloved country - The Huffington Post

A dispatch from Cape Town by<p>PHOTOGRAPHS BY PIETER HUGO<p>When I moved to South Africa nine years ago, one of the first things some locals told me was to be careful using GPS. The country had rules of navigation, they told me, but ones more complicated and intuitive than a computer could manage. You …

Cape Town

Here's how Rogers Park residents hope to transform Clark Street

A local Rogers Park organization released a new vision for a busy, but “neglected” stretch of Clark Street Thursday.<p>The Vision Clark Street Master …

USDOT

There's a Lot Going on in the Loop's Newest Cocktail Lounge

If the neon glow from this clandestine cocktail lounge doesn't draw you in, the wall of speakers should.<p>Or the nostalgic notes of Mario Bros.<p>Welcome …

New York City

Emanuel to unveil open space plan to bolster 'two-waterfront' city

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is vowing to double — to 11 miles — the “publicly-accessible riverfront space” he has created to bolster Chicago’s unique standing …

Urban Design

Remaking of Detroit's riverfront is a story that started 30 years ago

The vision for Detroit’s west riverfront park unveiled a few days ago was not an isolated event but part of the long-running success story of …

Urbanism

Spectra Developers Will Add 258 Apartments On Prominent Downtown Hartford Corner

Two long vacant but prominently located office buildings in the heart of downtown Hartford were in such bad shape that passersby on the street could …

Real Estate

How the 'Germans' are changing the largest Roma enclave in Europe

The thousands of Roma from Bulgaria's Stolipinovo enclave who commute to Germany to earn an income are referred to as "the Germans." During the …

Europe

Artifacts from 1893 World’s Fair found beneath Obama center site, but report signals construction won’t be blocked

Archaeologists turned up remnants of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the fabled White City that drew millions of visitors to Chicago’s Jackson Park, as they scoured the site of the Obama Presidential Center and nearby parkland as part of the federal review of plans for the proposed …

Archaeology

Egypt's Christians brace for vote & hope for better times

Egypt is home to the largest Christian community in the Middle East and in this presidential election their priorities appear clear.<p>Officially 10 million Egyptians, or 10% of the population, are Christian, and since 2013 they, and especially the Copts, have suffered persecution, with their churches …

Muslim Brotherhood

Rabbi says meat from genetically cloned pigs can be eaten by Jews – including with milk

A prominent Orthodox rabbi in Israel said that meat from a genetically cloned pig would be kosher for consumption by Jews, including when eaten with …

Biotechnology

Meet your new class of Detroit record-label signings, from Bazzi to Greta Van Fleet

Recent times have brought a flurry of record-label action for rising Detroit and Michigan musicians.<p>In an era when hot songs can break on SoundCloud …

Indie Music

Inside the Scottish castle attacked by Cromwell with cannons and fled from by Mary Queen of Scots dressed as a pageboy

In the dead of night, in June 1567, Mary Queen of Scots fled Borthwick Castle through a narrow window in the Great Hall, disguised as a pageboy. The castle was ­surrounded by a 1,000-strong army on horseback. She had been staying there with Lord Bothwell, her lover and the chief suspect in the …

World History

Set In 1950s Morocco, 'Tangerine' Is A Dark Tale Of Twisted Love

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Christine Mangan about her debut novel, "Tangerine." The plot centers around a vulnerable heiress, her ne'er-do-well husband and an old friend with many secrets.<p>Transcript<p>LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:<p>A dark tale of twisted love in a foreign land. The book …

Books

Forget Broken Windows: Think 'Busy Streets'

This theory suggests neighborhoods can fight crime by getting locals to clean up and maintain their own public spaces.<p>Neighborhoods struggling with physical decline and high crime often become safer simply when local residents work together to fix up their neighborhood.<p>My colleagues and I at the …

Urban Design

Ford in talks to buy Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

It’s finally happening<p>Last year, we heard that Ford was moving over 200 employees into Corktown. That was just the beginning.<p>Rumors started flying earlier today and now <i>Crain’s</i> has reported that Ford Motor Company is indeed in talks to buy the long-vacant Michigan Central Station.<p>In an email …

Can this startup reinvent the corner store without killing it?

Chicago-based Foxtrot, a new spin on the convenience store, looks to go national<p>In the midst of what analysts have called the retail apocalypse, and the accompanying technological changes reshaping the shopping experience, few types of stores are safe. Even the traditional corner store, or bodega, …

eCommerce

Akron's Highland Square: Welcome to the cool part of town

It's probably one of Akron's best-known and most-loved neighborhoods — even if some people's memories of it are, let's say, a little blurry.<p>It's …

Cuba vote marks final chapter of Castro legacy

Cubans head to the polls to select a new parliament, the penultimate step in picking Raul Castro's successor. Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel is …

New Jersey

What’s the World’s Fastest-Growing Economy? Ghana Contends for the Crown

TEMA, Ghana — As recently as the 1980s, the West African nation of Ghana was in crisis, crippled by hunger after a series of military coups. But it has held peaceful elections since 1992, and its economic outlook turned considerably brighter about a decade ago, with the discovery of major offshore …

Africa

Emanuel to cut the ribbon on $16.9M tennis center on Robert Taylor site

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will preside Saturday over a ceremonial “ribbon-cutting” for a city-subsidized project with potential to provide recreational …

Detroit-suburb reversal complicates transit talk

Mike Duggan made a declaration at a Feb. 15 groundbreaking for the redevelopment of a long-abandoned B. Siegel women's clothing department store that …

Massive University of Chicago dorm complex among projects seeking city approval

The Hyde Park project tops the Chicago Plan Commission’s March agenda<p>A decade-long plan from the University of Chicago to construct a 1,300-bed residence hall on the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 61st Street is looking to take a key step forward this month. Known as the Woodlawn Residential …

Chicago’s Wrigley Building expected to fetch $200M in sale

A piece of iconic Windy City architecture may be changing ownership soon.<p>The Wrigley Building, the two-lower structure opened in 1924, is being shopped to sales brokers, the Chicago Tribune reported.<p>The building’s current ownership group is led by BDT Capital Partners.<p>While an asking price hasn’t …

Chicago One Of 'Hardest Working Cities' Nationwide

The Windy City made the top 10, which should be no surprise to its ambitious residents.<p>CHICAGO, IL — Day in, day out, we do it: We go to work to put …

Emanuel says Uber, Lyft fee hikes will pay for better CTA cameras

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday touted a plan to upgrade security cameras and add new ones at CTA stations and bus turnarounds, a project to be paid for using money from fee hikes on Uber and Lyft rides.<p>The work will take a few years. About 3,800 existing Chicago Transit Authority security cameras …

Developer sues over Chicago Spire failure, blames 'sheer spite'

The company that tried to build the Chicago Spire, meant to be the tallest residential building in the world, has filed a federal lawsuit over the …

Obama makes pitch for his center in Jackson Park, says 'too much development' has not been the problem for South Side

Former President Barack Obama came to Chicago on Tuesday to again make the case for building his presidential center in Jackson Park, telling hundreds of people gathered at McCormick Place that he believes his South Side complex will create more jobs, attract businesses and give more opportunities …

Jackson Park tops Chicago preservationists’ most endangered sites of 2018

Here are this year’s eight most threatened buildings and spaces<p>Every year the city’s leading nonprofit preservation group, Preservation Chicago, announces the “Chicago 7”—a list of seven significant buildings, parks, or public artwrorks considered to be the most endangered. This year saw the lineup …