Ald. Harry Osterman (left) and neighbors listen to a water management representative describe the excavation process for replacing water lines. Jonathan Ballew/Block Club Chicago

As Other Cities Replace Water Lines Without Tearing Up Streets And Trees, Chicago Refuses To Try It: ‘The Old Chicago Way’ At Work, Critics Say

Cities like Toronto and Evanston are using a cheaper and less invasive replacement technology, cured-in-place pipe, but the city water department rejected it after a "tainted" pilot program.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park Primary category in which blog post is published
Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town Primary category in which blog post is published

Faster Trains Are The Only Hope For Blue Line Riders Packed Into Crowded Trains, CTA Says. Until Then — Try The Bus

Substations will eventually allow the CTA to power faster trains on the Blue Line in the next two to two-and-a-half years, a spokesperson said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town Primary category in which blog post is published

‘She’s A Bother To No One’: Bucktown Neighbors Angry At CTA For Removing A Bus Bench Where Homeless Woman Sleeps

The bus bench, which Maria uses as a bed, was removed over the weekend to the dismay of Bucktown neighbors. One of those neighbors replaced the bench with an old wooden one for now.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop Primary category in which blog post is published

Little Village Parishioners Mourn Church Closings As Archdiocese Plans To Merge 3 Parishes Into 1

From baptisms and confirmations to weddings and funerals, Ricardo Nava's family has celebrated so much at St. Roman's, one of the churches slated to close.