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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 03/18/2017 at 5:45 AM

Re: “The Trib's Phil Rosenthal introduces a business column in sports column clothes

"Not cheesy"? Maybe. Funny? Not so much.

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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 02/18/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “What's up with the Chicago Cultural Plan, the radio version

I've found a way to make $1,500 a week confusing squirrels. Ask me how!

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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 11/24/2013 at 3:19 PM

Re: “We shouldn't pretend it's pretty


It may be the size of a block, but not a city block - more like a third.

And in the case of Prentice, that block largely disappears when you're looking at it. Your eye is drawn up to the spectacular forms, not down to the base.

More to the point, should a landmark ordinance be drafted, it always includes contributing and non-contributing spaces. It's quite possible the base could be defined as "non-contributing" and subject to the kind of positive revision you cited at the History Museum. We might get some interesting ideas from the competition being held by the Chicago Architectural Club for ideas on Prentice's reused - winners to be announced in November. It may be preservation heresy, but it could prove interesting to strip out at least part of the base to create a park and expose a greater visual continuity between the podium and the towers. (And if that doesn't work, maybe just plant more, taller trees.)

Even great buildings like Aqua and Marina City can look humdrum from certain perspectives. It doesn't detract from their overall value, nor, as I mentioned in my blog today, does it make the case for Prentice and the reasons for resisting Northwestern's deceptive back-room campaign any less compelling.…

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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 10/16/2012 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Dear Rahm and Rafael: About that sudden groundswell of support for bulldozing Prentice

Good to see Northwestern's trolls are already out in force, pushing the usual lies and deceptions.

Dear troll, you already know the answer, but for everyone else it is this: It is laughable to make the claim that there's some huge paid PR firm behind the effort to save Prentice. What you are describing is exactly how Northwestern operates. I suggest you call on Northwestern to publish how many PR firms they are paying to do their work, and how much they are spending, internally and externally.

The move to save Prentice arose out of grass-roots organizations such as Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois, and it's spread globally. to where a growing list of many of the most accomplished, awarded, and highly regarded architects in the world are adding their voices to the importance of saving Bertrand Goldberg's essential building.

Northwestern's response: buckets of money, PR operatives who will argue for anything because that's their job, misinformation, and closed-door power politics.

Get Northwestern out from the shadows. Bring the discussion where it belongs: put it on the Landmarks Commission agenda for a full public debate.

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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 09/04/2012 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Reader grabbed in multimillion-dollar deal

the gastro-intestinal implications alone would be terrifying.

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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 05/10/2012 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Reader grabbed in multimillion-dollar deal

Wait a second - sliders are $7.50 now?

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Posted by Lynn Becker 1 on 05/10/2012 at 2:53 PM

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