I visited Milan in early 2002 and aided by friendly interpreter Chiara Pelizzoni undertook to learn about the city’s place in Lombardia, its role in the North Italian and European economy and its gradual transformation. I wrote about Postindustrial Milan.
I visited this estate several times while working in Sâo Paulo during the autumn of 2004, which was spring in Brazil. It’s a big coffee estate that Marcos Croce wants to return to the old organic ways and even improve them with new knowledge. I found the place and the people fascinating and wrote this story.
A guest essay in Illinois Issues, November 2006, appearing shortly after the consolidation of the two regional agencies for Chicago. I argued that the underlying divisions remained, and that regional planning would not become truly effective until internal unification of the whole agency under its board occurred. My opinion caused something of a stir, evoking a couple letters in response. The full essay is here.
A profile of a farmer that appeared in Illinois Issues, April 2003. It portrays a farmer who’s struggle with nature to conserve his soil is much easier than his struggle with commodity markets. The full article is here.
A guest essay appearing in Illinois Issues, October 2000, in which I called for a regional dialogue on farmland, to consider farmland as land, which in those days of booming development was nearly impossible. The full article as published is here.