“While Sperry methodically lays out his argument, responds to anticipated criticisms, and is careful to ‘cast no blame on past work,’ his call for support places the focus off-center of the actual issue - the penal policies that create the demand for such facilities. In fact, it can be argued that if architects avail themselves of the moral dillemma of designing execution chambers and supermax prisons without first addressing the policies that determine the need for them, the insidiousness of the penal system’s demands for constrictive spaces could be exacerbated.”
“Elliot and Natalie Bergman, the brother-and-sister Chicago duo behind Wild Belle, successfully employ a grab bag of sounds and influences seemingly culled from tropical coasts—from Afrobeat to dancehall—while wrapping their songs in an electronica-laced pop bubble. At their best, Wild Belle, with the older brother playing most of the instruments and the younger sister doing most of the singing, nearly pull off the Phil Spector-like trick of creating thickly-produced, viscerally catchy songs that contain cleverly deceptive lyrics of youthful romantic blunder.”
“In some respects, Fade feels like a culmination of the many ideas and thoughts expressed throughout YLT’s illustrious career, now fully formed into a whole. Throughout the album’s ten tracks and 46 minutes, one hears the sugar rush and delicate scuzz of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, the majestic experimentation of And Then Everything Turned Itself Inside Out and the smooth and mellow pop of the underrated Summer Sun. Put into context within the band’s catalog, Fade wonderfully bookends 1993′s Painful.”
“The F.H.A.’s mixed-use rules date to its inception and the growth of federal housing initiatives, according to the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism, which promotes pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighborhoods. The rules stemmed from fears that one component of a mixed-use development could fail and place strain on others to maintain the property, a concern revived by the housing crash in 2007.
‘We understand that risk has to be assessed somehow, but associating it with commercial is just not the right way to do it,’ said Ben Schulman, a spokesman for the Congress for the New Urbanism, which led the push for the rule changes.”
Read the whole article, “Regulatory Break for Mixed-Use Projects.”