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Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:00 am
 In next week's column, “What do you mean by that?” I ask the perennial question: Big words – what are they good for? One man who has some very good answers to that question is writer
Second Thoughts
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 12:00 am
 More on happiness in, and with cities, a topic I touched on in “Land of mope and worry.” Wages and housing alone don’t predict where people want to live very well. Cities like San Fran
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am

A lot of people are not happy where they live

To borrow a phrase, all happy cities are alike; each unhappy city is unhappy in its own way. To learn a bit about what those unhappy ways are, three economists at Harvard and the University of British
Second Thoughts
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:00 am
A while back, I edited and wrote chapter introductions to a collection of essays on the influence of Daniel Burnham, the architect-turned-city planner whose 1909 Plan of Chicago gave Chicago its fa
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:00 am

Springfield’s oral history tradition

 In “Squabbling over the inheritance” (June 12), I lamented the fact that the Illinois State Historical Library, which has collected and preserved materials on the state’s political, social
Second Thoughts
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 am
 I have railed in print  about our national health care “system” that spends more and gets less for it than more advanced nations do because it buys not good health but “health care
Second Thoughts
Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 am
 Language wonks might recall my January column about the rise in American English of the all-purpose preposition, “All for one – and “for” for all.”  I spotted another instanc
Second Thoughts
Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00 am
This week came sad confirmation of my complaint from 2010 that the State of Illinois’ stewardship of its major buildings amounts to slow-motion vandalism. Crain’s columnist Greg Hinz dropped b
Illinois - James Krohe Jr
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Is a bad tree worse than no tree at all?

 The house came ready-made but the yard didn’t. Thus it was that, in addition to the picket fence and the rose trellis, my parents decided to plant a tree in the front yard. They did this becau

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