Embedded in a neighborhood

October 4th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

The Chicago Neighborhood News Bureau features a depth of coverage of many communities and issues that isn’t always accessible. Over the summer I spoke with Gordon Walek and Patrick Barry about the site. Our conversation quickly shifted from online news to the way reporting can be used in service to communities and organizations working with […]

New address, same concerns

September 30th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I contributed a bit of reporting to this story written by Ian Fullerton.  It was originally published in Skyline on September 29, 2010.  I covered the closing of the original location of Pie Hole Pizza Joint for the Medill News Service in May 2010. New address, same concerns Pie Hole Pizza Joint gets chilly welcome […]

New Kid on the Block: Ramsey Beyer

May 24th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Ramsey Beyer is a zine writer, illustrator and all around maker (she took the photos used in the video) who lives in Chicago. She was involved in organizing the Chicago Zine Fest in March and helps compile the monthly Chicago DIY calendar and she works as a nanny. I had crossed paths with Ramsey a […]

DIY spaces and gentrification

April 26th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

About the map This is a map of Chicago community areas, the number of DIY spaces in each area, and the socioeconomic state of the neighborhood based on an index developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The index used statistical changes in factors like median family income, percentage of families below […]


February 25th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

I live in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.  When I tell people where I live, I’m often  asked “why Lakeview?” or given a glum, “oh.  That’s cool.”  My friends in Chicago don’t live in the neighborhood.  People think of it for the college town style bars in Wrigleyville, or going to The Alley when they […]

Social media and neighborhood voice on the web

December 14th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

While those looking to discover neighborhoods across racial blind spots would certainly benefit from a broader set of geographically discoverable neighborhood social media, it is ultimately up to individual neighborhoods to decide if they benefit from voicing neighborhood identity and experience on the web.