Monthly Archives: August 2016

Immigration, Lows, and Jose Limon

Sunday, August 7 – “An Unfinished Memoir” by Jose Limon On Sunday, I spent the morning at Osmium Coffee Bar (one of my favorites thus far; lots of work space and a great atmosphere) and the afternoon at Bittersweet Cafe (less of a coffee shop and more of a cafe where you’d stop for lunch)…. Read more »

Social Change and Postwar Modern Dance

Friday, August 5 – “How To Do Things With Dance” by Rebekah Kowal On Friday I started off by getting lunch at Mariano’s with the lovely Cami, and then I headed to Stan’s Donuts (in Labriola Chicago) on Michigan Avenue (amazing donuts; maybe not the best spot for doing actual work). Then I headed to… Read more »

Static versus Dynamic Analysis

If I have learned one thing this summer, it’s that having a clean-cut way to evaluate anything is impossible. There are so many factors to consider. It’s also very easy to become separated from the context of your research subject. Public transit is not an isolated system. It is very much a living system that… Read more »

Week 3 Musings

I have come to realize that it’s quite odd to be living in a place for three and half weeks, both trying to accomplish a task and be tourist. I’m not here long enough to really know where I’m going; since moving to the YMCA, I still have to use my offline map to figure out how… Read more »

“The Solution to Pollution is Dilution.”

Once a month, the Moms of West Lake Landfill host a community meeting to give updates about the conditions at the site and to give stakeholders and local officials a chance to interact with each other. It started over four years ago, when Ed Smith from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment met Karen Nickels… Read more »

Africa Wrap-Up

Hello from Dubai! It’s currently Friday afternoon here. I just spent 10 days in Tamale, the capital of the Northern region of Ghana. On Tuesday I traveled to Accra, Ghana, where I spent the night before beginning my travels to Malaysia via Dubai (as someone afraid of flying it was just lovely waking up to… Read more »

Multiple Selves, Isolation, NEA, and Paul Taylor

Wednesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 4 – “Private Domain” by Paul Taylor On Wednesday, I spent the morning at Common Cup (not my favorite atmosphere or coffee, but the people who work there are all super, super kind and it seems to be a really great thing for the community to have) and the… Read more »

Vignettes, Race, NEA, Bill T. Jones, and Alvin Ailey

Wednesday, July 27 – “Story/Time” by Bill T. Jones Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2 – “Revelations” by Alvin Ailey On Wednesday, I helped out with Striding Lion in the morning and spent the afternoon at Bourgeois Pig in Lincoln Park (I love the atmosphere, but the coffee is just eh). On Monday and… Read more »

The Winners, the Losers, and the Meh

I’m getting down to the last few weeks of my research project. So far, I’ve been looking at countless measures of performance and service efficiency. However, looking at all these individual measures can be meaningless unless you have a way to compare across. For example, Phoenix has the highest route miles per service area (which… Read more »