Hyde Park, with a big push from the University of Chicago, is transitioning to a more economically dense neighborhood. But how do you develop an area without wandering into gentrifying it? We gathered a few perspectives to talk this one out. In the first clip, you’ll hear Joanna Trotter of the Metropolitan Planning Council detailing how the U of C and the investors in Harper Court worked with residents to design around their desires and concerns. We also heard the darker side of the construction project from Kiley Rusell, owner of Big Girl Make Up Bar and Spa which is right across the street. While there might be big payout 18 months from now, she is struggling to attract people to her newer business. Lastly, Wendy Walker Williams of the Southeast Chicago Commission spoke with us about upcoming community meetings for residents and business owners.
The Illinois Senate recently okayed legislation that would require dating sites to disclose whether they do criminal background checks. The Morning AMp thinks this is a legit idea, but have one problem: you can be creepy without being criminal, and how are they going to check for that? So Brian Babylon tried to set up a deal-breaking scenario for Molly Adams, one that took her into a room full of dolls. And it gets creepier from there.
“When there is nothing left to burn, you must set yourself on fire.”
The Morning AMp will be on WBEZ’s the Afternoon Shift today at 2:40. Tune in to 91.5FM or at wbez.org. We’ll be talking about how the Free Tibet movement could have a social media renaissance and to lighten it up a bit, we’ll be talking about how donuts are the new cupcakes and the new places to get your pastry on.
Teaching comprehensive sex education in public schools can be a challenge. You’re dealing with students from all sorts of backgrounds and families. Parents will opt out if they don’t think the program reflects their personal values, students will be uncomfortable and shut down if they feel out of place. Ayesha Akhtar saw this need for culturally sensitive health education and developed HEART Women & Girls with Nadiah Mohajir. They teach workshops to public school girls primarily with Muslim backgrounds.
In our conversation, Ayesha details some of the rifts between generations of Muslim-Americans when it comes to understanding what problems school aged girls deal with every day and how Muslim tradition is very open to education, specifically about bodies and health.
Team Vocalo brought us a conversation with a model by the name of Koku Gonza. She talked to us about why she believes that the National Bridal Market trade show doesn’t represent the diversity of brides to be.