Lessons from the Dill Pickle Food Co-op: Greentailing

April 15, 2010

As I responded to reader/commenter Amy (see Thank you, and…), I have a complaint with the Dill Pickle Food Co-op:ย  that it didn’t locate on Milwaukee Avenue.

Wouldn’t it have looked lovely?

What the Dill Pickle Food Co-opย Might Have
Looked Like on Milwaukee Ave.

But it did do many other things right, and there are lessons to be Read the rest of this entry »

Community Book Exchange: Logan Square Branch

October 11, 2008

Walking by the southeast corner of Logan and Kedzie Boulevards, I was again reminded of one of the things I love about this neighborhood: the Community Book Exchange: Logan Square Branch (though I don’t know of any additional branches yet [Correction:ย  there is also a Wicker Park Branch]).

If you haven’t seen it, it’s a Chicago Reader newspaper box (mis?)- appropriated and converted by Logan Square resident Ryan Duggan to a free book exchange serving readers in the community since 2006. Don’t worry, the Reader thought enough of it to feature a story on “The Littlest Library” shortly after the box surfaced in its current incarnation.

Have books you no longer want? Place them in the box. Looking for a good read? Go peruse the library shelves (all two of them). My recent perusal uncovered the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ray Bradbury’s science Read the rest of this entry »

Mining the library for gold

June 16, 2008


Not the triangulation of mathematics, nor of politics, nor even of marketing; I’m speaking of the triangulation of uses that generate, cross-pollinate, and multiply activity in an area.

I always thought the best location for the Logan Square Library, which was once tucked away in a residential area, would be on Milwaukee Avenue in the midst of commercial activity and “el”/subway stations. Unfortunately, the powers that be decided on a different location, in the middle of the block on a four-lane street. Fullerton Avenue is also a commercial street, but the library is located next to some residential two-flats (another two-flat was even demolished for the library’s construction). The four lanes of traffic make it unlikely that library patrons will brave car traffic to cross the street for shopping, and, while within walking distance and midway between two “el” stations, the library is not visible from either station. Read the rest of this entry »