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Television Sat Sep 19 2009

Thanks Oprah

Oprah (aka Opie to some folks) promptly paid back the city for closing down Michigan Avenue to kick off her 24th season. (Why she wouldn't wait for "25" to make it really special, I have no idea. Which makes me wonder what she has planned for next year.) That was fast. And responsible. Thanks.

I don't worship at the Temple of O, and I'm not a buddy of Da Mayor either, but I had no problem with her closing down Michigan Avenue to throw her party. It might not be a hip opinion, since it seems that a lot of people wanted to complain about how she pushed her way onto the most prestigious section of street in the city, but it's only helped. Chicago got exposure not just on TV, but in all the residuals that surrounded the event, and businesses made money.

I had difficulty getting down the street, but I got a clear view from a high floor in the 333 building, and sure, there were a lot of people, but it was organized and festive and they cleaned up real nice, too. We didn't hear about any crime or freak-outs, so let's just be happy a TV powerhouse chose Chicago to celebrate success, and let's hope that gets more visitors here.

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LaShawn Williams / September 20, 2009 1:53 PM

I didn't get why folks were complaining about the Oprah/Mag Mile thing in the first place. Chicago is "all that", and is home to three of the most famous folks (you know who they are) in the world--in my opinion, THAT is a GOOD thing.

Clayton / September 21, 2009 11:44 AM

A level-headed piece. Nice!

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

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