Chicago Inside Out

To understand the geography of inequality, you have to peel apart the jurisdictional layers. Cook County officials don’t make decisions about Chicago’s housing, schools, or police; but they are the ones who enforce the evictions, process the criminal cases, and count the dead bodies. Despite its fiscal woes, the county has become one of the best places in the nation for thinking creatively about the role of government in people’s lives.

Forget the flashiness of city politics. Cook County has quietly become one of the best places in the nation for thinking creatively about the role of government in people’s lives.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of Architecture at Monash University.

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places.She is Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is a columnist for Places. A monograph of his artwork, Signal Noise, is forthcoming from Radius Books.

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