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Round and round we go. From the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery: "Lip reductions are the prominent procedures requested by Blacks, in contrast to the current demand for collagen injections by Caucasians who want a full-lipped look."

Zoned V-1 for vacuum. "Outer space is the next horizon for urban planners," says Paolo Soleri in Landscape Architecture (September 1989).

A party "to upstage all opening parties," promises the Chicago Committee for Artists Rights in announcing its Halloween party at Prairie Avenue Gallery on October 31: "Come as your favorite censorship victim."

Big Sister is watching you. U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Lynn Martin says she respects freedom of the press, and she's showing it (according to her own press release) by doing her best to suppress a magazine she believes "appear[s] to condone drug use" and "advertises drug paraphernalia." (The latter is not illegal, but it soon will be if she has her way.) In her quest for a political fix, Martin says she has asked "an Illinois company which provides 'High Times' with circulation services to sever its ties with the publication and will ask individual news stands, convenience stores and other firms selling the magazine in Illinois to quit doing so." What would Senator Martin's attitude be toward publications--such as this one--that publish articles advocating legalization?

Chicago is the sixth city, at least when you ask engineers where they would most like to live. According to Illinois Economic Report (August 1989), the 2,600 engineers responding to a Design News poll liked, in order, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

We are very sorry that is no longer a working number. The Jane Addams Answering Service is a community business venture started by Uptown Center Hull House in May 1988, reports Community Matters (August/September 1989). "Many clients unfamiliar with the social activist's name, think that Jane Addams is the owner of the service. They often call and ask for 'Jane.'"

Dept. of pro-life legislation. Average number of handgun murders in Chicago in each of the four years before the current city "handgun freeze" was enacted in 1982: 403. Average number of handgun murders in each of the next six years: 275 (On Target, newsletter of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Summer 1989).

"The term 'learning disabilities' has been invented in the last few years for middle class kids," says Bernardine Dohrn of the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian in Human Rights (Summer 1989). "The only definition of it turns out to be that the child is performing erratically, testing high in some areas, testing way under ability in other areas. Well, that covers a lot of issues and has invented a whole industry around learning disabilities for middle class kids. Now if you're not a middle class kid, if you're a black kid in the United States, then you'll fall into other categories. You're going to be called 'behavior disordered,' or 'educably mentally handicapped.' In these categories, there are no resources. They have not spawned an industry; they are a dead end. They mean you've been sorted out of a learning track, and you're being put aside, shunted away from hope or expectation."

With friends like these, who needs enemies? In honor of National Domestic Violence Month, United Way reminds us that "forty percent of all women murdered annually are killed by their husbands or boyfriends."

"During the seven years that I have been active at Bluff Spring Fen, I have shared in small victories and great hopes," writes Doug Taron in the Fenship Newsletter, reprinted in Natural Area Notes (June 1989). "What keeps me coming back to the fen is all of the evidence that the restoration efforts are actually working. Éthe degraded parts of the preserve [are] healing themselves. It is difficult to convey the sense of accomplishment that I felt the first time I saw bottlebrush grass and Canada wild rye blooming in an overgrown savanna, or while watching the progression of one area from bare gravel to a monoculture of Indian grass to a recovering prairie complete with pale purple coneflower and wild quinine."

The CHA's future must be in every neighborhood, writes Merrill Goozner in Chicago Enterprise (September 1989): "How much difference would it make if the high-rises were replaced tomorrow with low-rise buildings, if the low-rise complexes remain little more than concentration camps for the poor?"

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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