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Saturday, August 8

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Notice a lot more banks in your neighborhood? There's a reason: 488 new bank branches opened in Chicago last year, more than anywhere else in the country. The Wall Street Journal has a story today on the backlash against bank branch proliferation, and, coincidentally, Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin bemoans the plague of bland bank design, with an accompanying slideshow.

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