Chicago’s green space: Inequitable for 100 years

By: Carly Graf Medill Reports This July marks 100 years since 17-year-old Eugene Williams drowned in Lake Michigan. The black teenager unknowingly drifted across 29th street while on a raft—crossing the unofficial demarcation between the white and black sides of a South Side beach. White beach-goers threw rocks at him and knocked him unconscious, causing […]

$50 million expansion of Divvy program targets under-served neighborhoods

By Carly Graf Medill Reports Divvy will receive a sizeable direct investment to build dock stations in every city ward, modernize its bicycle fleet and create a job training program for youth and ex-offenders, should the City Council green light the proposal. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommended these programs […]

Chicago bike shops welcome new wave cyclists

By Carly Graf Medill Reports Thanks to 200-miles of bike lanes, the newly renovated Lakefront Trail and more than 130,000 spots to park and lock your bike, Chicago consistently ranks among America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, according to ratings in Bicycle Magazine. But that friendliness wanes if you’re black, Latino or a woman looking to ride. […]