Junk food, B-school and the rest of the best business stuff this week

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Here at Grid we spend a lot of time reading what the Internet has to say about business. Or, as journalists like to call it, “working.” Every Friday, we let you benefit from our diligence by collecting the most interesting and entertaining stuff we’ve encountered this week.

Black homeownership is dying where Obama got his start

It’s easy to believe that the housing recovery is happening everywhere, but Businessweek breaks down exactly why the neighborhoods that most need a rebounding economy won’t be getting it anytime soon. Sarah Collins

3 reasons why airlines can’t make fare hikes stick

After trying more than a dozen times over two years, airlines have only been able to make two fare hikes stick this year. Forbes outlines the factors that may be behind the semistable prices. Madeline Skaggs

Part-time America doesn’t exist

At least not any more than it used to. So says The Atlantic, a pub that’s decidedly in favor of paying workers enough to get by. When they say journalists are being alarmist about the trend, they’re probably being alarmist about the trend. Matt Present

Designing Apple

In a multipart series, Fast Co. looks at what made Apple the greatest business story of the past 20 years and how it may not be because of you-know-who, but rather because of the quiet design force that is Sir Jonathan Ive. Rex Chekal

What junk food really means in a world of poverty

The Guardian responds to Jamie Oliver’s pleas for healthier eating among London’s poorest with a beautiful encapsulation of what being poor actually means. “Ninety-nine per cent of life is answered ‘no’. Cinema? No. Night out? No. New shoes? No. Birthday?” In that environment, they argue that those Cheetos aren’t just a snack, but a single chance to say yes. We’ll have to see if Englewood’s new Whole Foods can also turn itself into a yes. Sarah Collins

Starting a company? Skip B-school

Why wannabe entrepreneurs are turning their backs on MBAs. Meg Graham

Untangling TIFs with Sharpies

WBEZ’s Curious City project uses “Draw My Life”-style animation to explain the thorny economic development tool known as tax increment financing. A fitting medium because, as one critic says, “Chicago is the TIF poster child of shame.” Sara White

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