• Trudging: A Photo Shoot

    January 21, 2014, Washington, DC: We went trudging today before sunset. Authentic, bundled, Chicago-style trudging. We went trudging to reestablish some sort of connection to the outside world. We went trudging because a glorious long weekend with today’s snow day tacked on for good measure was starting to feel like a waste with coughs, colds and

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  • Lincoln Park, Early December

    December 8, 2013, Washington, DC: Apparently I have a thing for places called Lincoln Park. I lived in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago as a graduate student several years ago and spent many wonderful days before and after the temperatures dropped biking through the park itself to reach the path along the lake. These

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  • The Trick or Treat Test

    October 31, 2011, Washington, DC: Maybe it’s actually quite simple. Maybe you can size up a neighborhood with a high degree of accuracy just by observing what happens there on Halloween. Good neighborhoods, after all, make for great Halloweens. We value these places tonight for the same reasons we value them every other day of the

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  • Sweet Home Chicago

    September 30, 2011, Washington, DC: I’m heading back to Chicago today, back to one of my former hometowns. Like the photo taken in my old Chicago apartment pictured above, my recollections of this city are bright and welcoming and familiar and textured. The Chicago I know includes that one-of-a-kind second story apartment off Armitage St.

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  • Map of Mornings: Eastern Market

    July 30, 2011, Washington, DC: Mornings are my time. I’m more creative in the morning. It pains me to spend five mornings a week in the car commuting. By the time I get there, my energy is zapped. Good ideas have come and gone. Weekend mornings, you can imagine, are heaven. During DC summers, they’re also

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