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Ed Zotti writes "City at the Crossroads," a biweekly series about the trends shaping Chicago and the decisions we must make.

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Chicago’s post-pandemic recovery plan won’t fix its problems. Here’s an idea that will

The goal can’t merely be to improve the lives of people who already live here, important though that is. It must be to attract talented people from elsewhere — Black people in particular — and keep stoking the downtown jobs machine that will draw them.

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To get out of this mess, we need bold thinking. Here’s what city leaders should do

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East Asian immigrant entrepreneurs playing a big part in remaking Chicago

Unlike previous generations coming to Chicago, this one typically brings middle-class backgrounds, coming to the United States for college.

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Pandemic shows the need for an American manufacturing revival that Chicago could lead

Among companies already moving us in that direction: mHUB, a product startup incubator, Azul 3D, with leading 3D printers, and Fusion OEM, with robots that operate alongside humans.

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Toronto is close to topping Chicago as North America’s second city for skyscrapers. Here’s why.

The Canadian metropolis has become a major player on the world stage. In rankings of global urban significance, it vies with and sometimes surpasses Chicago.

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We know how to help control COVID-19’s spread once we leave home; we just have to do it

The pandemic will accelerate adoption of digital medical technology, and contact tracing might be carried along in that tide.

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Rebuilding Bronzeville: Black Chicago’s post-pandemic future starts on the south lakefront

Block-by-block redevelopment is the surest way to bring in people and businesses to strengthen Chicago’s black communities, which COVID-19 has hit especially hard.

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Got the COVID-19 blues? Take a bike ride along the Chicago River

If you’re thinking the coronavirus might mean the end of city living as we know it, an hour beside the river will convince you we’ll figure out a way to make this all work.

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Stop the spread of COVID-19? Gov. Pritzker, there’s an app for that

A team led by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology technologist has developed a free digital contact tracing app. But it needs an assist from government to be most effective, and Illinois should lead the way

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What we must do to beat COVID-19 now and forever, with a big boost from technology

The U.S. is not doing enough to harness smartphone apps and other technology to defeat the pandemic.