COMMUNITY

Rebuilding a Chicago Neighborhood

History professor turned small-scale affordable housing developer Jovita Baber believes everyone deserves to live in a beautiful environment. Her company, Historic Homes is reviving some of Chicago’s great buildings in neglected neighborhoods.

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A Lifeboat in Uncertain Times

What to do when the news is too much to bear? This summer ended with two mass shootings in a single day. These events left Americans feeling lost and helpless, wondering what we could to do to set things right. Here’s how home can be a lifeboat in uncertain times, providing comfort and serenity — and a place to gather strength.

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Restoring Things, Renewing Lives

My interest in R & R (restoring and repurposing) along with my prior experience as an executive coach, led me to volunteer at the Restoration Project, a retail shop and vocational rehabilitation program for adolescents and adults with emotional and neurological challenges.

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Knowing Where You Live

Wendell Berry says, “Part of manners used to be to say to somebody you just met, Where are you from?” I quit asking because so many people say… everywhere and nowhere.”

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Houses are Ephemeral

No one captures America’s transition from homesteading to rootlessness better than the heartland writer Marilynne Robinson. In her luminous novel, Housekeeping, she asks: Are some of us natural nesters and others born vagabonds?

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