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The Changing Face of the North Side

Re-purposing Finkl Steel’s site is the latest chapter in a forty-year transformation.  Their now-demolished factory had been a presence on Cortland Street at the Chicago River my entire life.  Driving through you could often catch glimpses of heavy machinery and steel making in action.  I had not been by since before they moved.  So I visited yesterday … Continue reading The Changing Face of the North Side

Chase Removes Coin Counting Machines – It’s Part of a Bigger Process

I read an article in Crain’s today about Chase Bank’s decision to stop counting coins for existing customers.  As you might expect there were many comments about the death of customer service.  Others talked about how only big money matters.  Neither viewpoint is really on the mark. Big banks do actually care about small accounts.  Remember when they … Continue reading Chase Removes Coin Counting Machines – It’s Part of a Bigger Process