COVID Diary: Five Weeks

Five weeks ago was the day Chicago’s shelter-in-place order went into effect. I know this because it was also moving day for my…

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Five Things White Urban Planners Should, but Likely Won’t, Do During COVID

The past weeks have already brought on a wave of “listicles” of tips for making sense of the COVID crisis and envisioning its…

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COVID Diary: Sampling Shimo

As society grapples with COVID, I am reminiscing about past travel experiences, starting with a once-in-a-lifetime April 2019 trip to Japan. For the…

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COVID Diary: An Urbanist Goes to Japan

Exactly a year ago, I spent two weeks exploring Japan with my husband. After seven days in Tokyo, we visited Kanazawa, Osaka, Nara,…

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A Night of Social Good Action at the Field Museum

Recently, I was asked to take part in “Night of Ideas,” an event sponsored by the French Consulate at the Field Museum, for…

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Taiwan 101: Urban Planning Lessons from the Beautiful Island

Until recently, Taiwan has been just a distant place I knew little about, that seemed fascinating, but one I never imagined I would…

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2019: Year in Review

Both professionally and personally, 2019 has been an exceptionally productive year. Reflecting on it, I see a window of time filled with new…

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Jane’s Walk Chicago 2019: Twelve Walking Tours in Six Neighborhoods!

For a second year, I was in charge of Jane’s Walk Chicago, the local iteration of a global project that honors the work…

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Teaching Fifth Graders “Social Justice”

For a third year, I took part in a “career week” at Edgewater’s Hayt Elementary, where I got to speak on any subject…

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An Urban Planner Travels to Japan

Throughout most of high school, in the early 2000s, I was enamored with all things involving Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) at…

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