Logan this is so beautiful.
@Spendat .... did you work on the Hyde Park/Woodlawn border by any chance? Because then we had the same internship. :\
@aetataureate I'm getting ready to be priced out with the organic juice bar (sorry, juice bar/grocer) that opened down the street. I think especially because there's like a thousand taquerias making carrot and orange juice for so cheap. Also: never assume food activist crowd is reasonable, we are, for real, the worst.
@Dana Cruikshank@facebook It is complex because depending on who you are and where you are, your SNAP fluxuates. I worked for an organization that helped pioneer accepting SNAP in farmer's markets, and thus spent a lot of time at the IL-benefits offices around Chicago trying to promote people to go to our market (we had a double value coupon program where people could double their money spent on market purchases, thanks Paul Newman!). I would talk to so many people who were trying to figure out why their benefits were shrinking and how much they would want to spend with us, if it was going to be doubled. The complexities of this system are hard for people doing grant writing and outreach-targeting, and the people who use it are brilliant for trying to make it work.
@Lily Rowan IT IS. Also this totally happens in Chicago (or at least some parts, which may say a lot about how Tejanos and other folks migrate. Someone feel free to write on this as a dissertation).
@stuffisthings thank you for this! It is mind-boggling that people do not understand how food need works.
go Logan! Also new Daft Punk is terrible workout album. Just download 8tracks and go nuts with their free playlists.
@aetataureate It's a great city, for sure. I hope you see my comment below, I'm sorry I came off so rough. It's hard to take off program-voice sometimes.
Wasn't trying to be cruel, sorry, I just like in pushing at questions about big concepts like "resources" and "space" and trying to get us to think about the pragmatic results of them and the real live folks who live there. It is a reflex I'm not super good at toning down.
@aetataureate As someone who is really tired of talking about Detroit in Urban Planning School, I’m just going to ignore that. Also, how is this going to look exactly? Are Oak Park/Berwyn/Cicero just going to shrug and say, hey, yeah, let’s let Austin go to seed, we’re cool with that? How about the remaining industrial folks still making little red wagons out there? (See: Radio Flyer). Also, I’m thinking the U of C/Beverly/Midway folks aren’t going to be so happy with that. As to Nature, she might have to wait a while too, considering how brown/grayfield fixing often moves faster with help from the humans who created those results in the first place. ETA: I'm not trying to be snarky, but my experiences with city planning, etc. has me constantly trying to ask about thinking of the people constantly being left out of the planning + provision of resources process. So I do get where you are coming from, but I'm not sure how close you are to the city of Chicago and how deep these issues are. I don't think anyone would disagree with you about the size of this city, but how we spend our money here is absolutely something that needs to be changed.