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Place Lab digest • Issue #18 • Friday, November 11, 2016
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The Place Lab digest is a weekly round-up of pertinent news, opinion, investigations, and explorations of the arts, architecture, and city-building in Chicago and beyond.

Happenings @ Place Lab

Pedogical Moments: An Interview with Matt Naimi

Salon Member Matt Naimi recently spoke with Place Lab about this principle through the lens of his experience in Detroit with Recycle Here!, a neighborhood recycling program that also serves as a vehicle for various forms of community engagement and artistic programs.

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Grand Opening
ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen

Sat., Nov. 19 • 4–6pm
411 E 5th Ave, Gary, IN 46402
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Join us for the grand opening celebration of ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, Gary’s newest destination for food, culture, art, meeting, and learning.

Enjoy complimentary confections from local culinary artists, a free hot apple cider station, musical entertainment, marshmallow roasting around communal fire pits, and the official unveiling of our public art installation. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase delicious delectables from local food trucks.

Tours of the shared commercial kitchen space offered, as well as information and applications to Gary residents interested in the Culinary Business Incubator and food programming. The evening’s ceremonies will include remarks by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Theaster Gates, Artistic Director of ArtHouse.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP today.

What Place Lab is digesting

From isolation to interdependence: How Reimagining the Civic Commons is connecting Philadelphia
Christopher Scott, Knight Foundation

That same neighborhood my mother grew up in – the one where I now lead an upstart community development corporation (CDC) – remains isolated. The difference now is that the neighborhood is no longer self-sufficient due to decades of disinvestment that have left the neighborhood devoid of livelihood services, so our residents are more conscious of their isolation and often view that isolation despairingly.  
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Atlanta Women Are Breaking Business Barriers Together
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City

As a metric for success, Washington Smith says the top priority for WEI is to put more women-owned businesses on the path to creating jobs. Seven members have already added at least one employee besides the founder, including Women Do Everything, which had zero employees before the cohort moved into the Flatiron Building this past June.
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What U.S. Transportation Policy Could Look Like Under Trump
Laura Bliss, CityLab

Yesterday, I took a look at the overwhelming success of local transit referenda at the ballots on Tuesday night—and how the dramatic change in the executive office could put a damper on them. But the new president-elect, Donald Trump, has described, repeatedly and proudly, how infrastructure spending, especially on roads, bridges, and America’s “third-world” airports, will create jobs and stimulate the economy...
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Donald Trump and the Future of Education
Emily DeRuy, The Atlantic

Now, what happens education-wise under Donald Trump’s administration is unclear...Looking at the big picture, with Republicans controlling the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, more decision-making power is likely to be transferred back to states and local governments. And Trump is likely to push what he’s called a “market-driven” approach to education. That makes civil-rights groups and many Democrats who see the federal government as something of a safety net for vulnerable low-income students and children of color nervous.
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Miss last Friday's edition of the digest? Read it in the archives here.
Creating Community And Art
Taylor Holloway, New City Design

The history lesson there was that the settlements were founded and staffed by passionate individuals that brought kindergarten, employment services, art, healthcare, English language and citizenship classes to some of the most densely populated and immigrant-rich communities within urban areas. The breadth of crafted, and at times coincidental, programming and interactions designed by Rebuild Foundation, Place Lab and neighbors of Grand Crossing is not a far cry from the activities and resources Jane Addams brought, alongside mothers, union workers and residents, to Chicago a century ago.
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When a City Stops Arguing About Climate Change and Starts Planning
John H. Tibbetts, Next City

Charleston is one of a growing number of coastal cities in red states adapting for climate change — and one that other low-elevation cities should be watching as they navigate the challenges of rising sea levels, record-shattering downpours and increased flooding risk. The system referred to by Cabiness is a $23.2 million stormwater drainage system invested in by the small Southern city (population 132,000) and it is part of a bigger strategy designed to prepare infrastructure for the hotter, wetter and more unpredictable climate of the future.
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How will Donald Trump's presidency affect healthcare? 6 hospital executives & physicians respond
Laura Dyrda, Becker's Hospital Review

Donald Trump became the president-elect on Nov. 9, and executives from the healthcare industry are preparing for his presidency. Mr. Trump ran on a platform to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and transforming Medicare into a block grant to the states, among other policies. Here is how these hospital executives and physicians are planning for the future:
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What effect the Trump administration will have on the housing market
Kathy Orton, The Washington Post

Because home buyers in economically healthy blue states are more likely to be rattled by the election outcome and concerned about the future of the economy, they might put off making a large purchase such as a home, causing a drag on the market. In contrast, home buyers in economically stagnant red states are more apt to be optimistic about a Trump administration’s effect on their economic prospects, creating a surge in their confidence about the future and interest in making a big purchase such as a home.
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UrbanLab is combining water infrastructure with architecture to reimagine how cities work
Matthew Messner, The Architect's Newspaper

With work ranging from houses and storefronts to city-scale master plans, Chicago-based UrbanLab fluidly navigates architecture and urbanism. Regardless of scale, the studio addresses complex social and ecological issues with straightforward yet ambitious proposals—while managing to introduce a hint of levity in every design.
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From our bookshelf:

From Boom to Bubble: How Finance Built the new Chicago
by Rachel Weber

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FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's First 100 Days Action Plan
Staff & Contributors, NPR

In late October, Donald Trump released an action plan for what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. Below, NPR reporters and editors from the politics team and other coverage areas have annotated Trump's plan. We've added context on several of his proposals, including whether he can really repeal Obamacare and what a hiring freeze on the federal workforce would actually look like.
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Tesla’s Future in Trump’s World
Tom Randall, Bloomberg

The mystery hangs over turbine manufacturers like Vestas Wind Systems, which fell 12 percent since the election, and coal companies such as Peabody Energy Corp., which soared 73 percent. In his only major energy speech, Trump, 70, said he would rescind “job-destroying” environmental regulations within 100 days of taking office and revive U.S. coal. It’s terrible news for efforts to slow the pace of climate change, but the impact on the renewable energy revolution may be limited. Here’s what it could mean for America’s clean-energy darling, Tesla Motors Inc.
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Meet Trump's Cabinet-in-waiting
Nancy Cook & Andrew Restuccia, Politico

So far, the Trump campaign and transition teams have been tight-lipped about their picks. (The Trump campaign has declined to confirm cabinet speculation.) But here’s the buzz from POLITICO’s conversations with policy experts, lobbyists, academics, congressional staffers and people close to Trump.
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Place Lab is a team of professionals from the diverse fields of law, urban planning, architecture, design, social work, arts administration, and gender and cultural studies.  A partnership between Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, and the Harris School of Public Policy, Place Lab is a catalyst for mindful urban transformation and creative redevelopment. Led by renowned artist and University of Chicago faculty member Theaster Gates, this joint enterprise merges Chicago Harris’ Cultural Policy Center’s commitment to cultural policy and evidence-based analysis with Place Lab’s work at Arts + Public Life on arts- and culture-led neighborhood transformation.
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