Let’s start with what I’m not. I’m not a city planner. I’m not a politician. I’m not a government bureaucrat of any kind.

I am, however, a writer and editor with a journalism background. I love cities, villages and neighborhoods. I love walking, biking and observing the thousands of seemingly random details that come together to make a complex, livable place. First and foremost, I’m a resident of Chicago’s beautiful Beverly neighborhood who wants to make this part of the city a stronger, more resilient place.

It is my wholehearted belief that the way our places are built and look is one of the most important factors that impacts our quality of life. Throughout my life and career I’ve seen countless ways both engaged citizens and people in power have shaped our places for better and for worse. And I sincerely think that by engaging in a dialogue with each other, we can ensure that future decisions fall more into the category of “for better.”


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