CPS School Budgets

July 14th, 2015 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released preliminary spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year. Many schools face significant budget cups. We made a simple [news app to let users explore how different school budgets changed](http://apps.chicagotribune.com/news/local/cps_school_budgets/). Additional coverage: * [CPS Budget: Deep Cuts For Neighborhood Schools, Cash Infusion For Charters](http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150713/loop/cps-student-budgeting-holds-steady-but-schools-will-feel-pinch) (DNAinfo Chicago) […]


Tribune analysis: Cops who pile up complaints routinely escape discipline

June 16th, 2015 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is a story that Jeremy Gorner and I wrote from police complaint data that Gorner got from an FOI request. Read the story, Tribune analysis: Cops who pile up complaints routinely escape discipline


My first Divvy ride

April 9th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I was riding to a party at a friends house when I heard a clattering below me. I looked down and realized that three spokes had broken, likely casualties of a winter of moisture and corrosive salts and a springtime of crater-like potholes. I needed to get around the West Side to run a few […]


Baby It’s Cold Inside

February 3rd, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

It feels as if I’ve lived in a lifetime of cold houses. As a child, the thermostat was a battleground between my parents (a battle that, if the warmth of my parents’ house on my last visit was any indicator, has been won by my mother).  While I’m sure there was some genuine concern for […]


About Hoops

November 7th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Hoops is a project that I’m undertaking to find and document, homemade basketball hoops in Chicago. I became interested in these structures when I saw a couple of guys playing in an alley near my house in Humboldt Park. Around the same time, a schoolyard basketball court in the neighborhood had been inexplicably removed and […]


Ad-hoc basketball courts

September 1st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments


“A/B testing” the impact of school closures using crime data

March 21st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This weekend, the Knight Lab is sponsoring a hack day focusing on Chicago Crime Data as made available by the Tribune’s crime data portal and API. I’m a little wary of crime data first because crime data does not equal a resident’s experience of safety.  It’s easy to think of situations where crimes go unreported, or […]


Public schools + artist studios, music practice spaces and startup offices

October 7th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Chicago is filled with grand neighborhood school architecture, but the infrastructure doesn’t always match up with current population demographics.  Schools may be closed due to low enrollment or converted to charter magnets, or if open, have large portions of the building unused. Schools have space and Internet connections and are often only used during school […]


November 3 – Hinged with The Max Levine Ensemble, Boilerman, Like Bats

September 22nd, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

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Chicago Teachers Strike Context

September 11th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m trying to compile articles that describe why the teachers are striking because CPS and the mayor’s talking points tend to collapse those reasons and miss a lot of important reasons. As much as teachers are fighting to be able to make a living practicing their profession, they’re also fighting for a vision of education […]