Tanner Howard


Journalist | Historian | Urbanist

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The Gentrifiers' Digest: CityLab

“Southern Exposure” Uncovers the Proud Architectural Legacy of Chicago’s South Side: Metropolis

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, MASS Design Group Proposes a Memorial to Victims of Gun Violence: Metropolis

The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook digs deep into the meaning of home: Curbed

Ezra Furman's "Twelve Nudes" is a "Firehose of Frustration": Bandcamp

'Out of the Closets and Into the Streets': Belt Magazine

'There Aren't Clear Heroes: Eve Ewing on the Chicago Race Riots of 1919: Pacific Standard

Cate Le Bon Shows The Wild Beauty In Being Alone: Nylon

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos Talks Touring, Mental Health, And His Music's Surprising Influence: Nylon

Revisiting America's Little-Known Experimental Suburbs: Metropolis

Priests Takes On American Hypocrisy In Their New Album: Nylon

You Can Never Go Home to GeoCities Again: Slate

Are Planners Partly to Blame for Gentrification?: CityLab

A quick guide to biking in Chicago: Curbed

Fearing Privatization: Public Housing Activists Push Back Against RAD Plans: Shelterforce

A Global, Invisible Empire: Jacobin

Get To Know Bellows, Who Wants Musicians To Unionize: Nylon

Preserving Affordable Housing by Buying, Not Building: Shelterforce

Juan Wauters Went On A Magical Mystery Tour: Nylon

Who Will Benefit From Opportunity Zones? It’s Still Unclear: Shelterforce

'Go Ahead In The Rain' Is A Powerful Homage To The Ultimate '90s Group: Nylon

Chicago’s cultural history, ambitious ideas covered in new book: Curbed

Rent Control's Momentum: Jacobin

Q&A: Andrea Gibbons talks City of Segregation: Curbed

Beloved, historic Davis Theater celebrates its storied past: Curbed

Colin Self Explains The Alternative Queer Kinship Heard On ‘Siblings’: Nylon

Nearly Half a Million U.S. Homes Are About to Become Unaffordable: In These Times

A Template for Displacement Narratives: On Daniel Kay Hertz's The Battle of Lincoln Park: Cleveland Review of Books

New book details Lincoln Park’s gentrification history: Curbed

Bike Lane Uprising empowers cyclists to report blocked bike lanes, make roads safer: Curbed

Jenny Hval Doesn’t Need Her Politics To Translate To Facebook: Nylon

Journalism Still Carries the Mark of 1968: Columbia Journalism Review

Entering the Grey Zone: Rhizome

Chicago Activist Convention Shifts Focus to Community Benefits Campaign: Shelterforce

A Deeper Critical Consciousness: An Interview with Wayne Au: The Progressive

A Year Later, Can the Grenfell Tower Fire Be a Catalyst for Reimagining Housing Policy?: Shelterforce

In Response to ICE Raids and Family Separation, Immigrant Communities Are Fighting Back: In These Times

Homeownership is Dead. The Future Lies in Public Housing.: In These Times

Buying Into Queer Dance-Punk Trio Shopping: Into

Ezra Furman Writes About His Love Of Lou Reed In New 33 1/3 Ode to 'Transformer': Into

It's Time To Build New, Mixed-Income Public Housing: Shelterforce

The Right to Rent Control: Jacobin

The Surprising Reason Why All Google Searches Aren't Created Equal: Colorlines

Ezra Furman and the Fragile Body: The Spark Magazine

In Freezing Chicago Winter, Protesters Stage Camp-In to Protest Unaffordable Rents: In These Times

What Happened When I Let The Shuffle Button Soundtrack My Life: Nylon

The Search For Radical Happiness: On Of Montreal And Queer Masculinity: Nylon

Gentrifier is a positive step forward in the gentrification debate: Chicago Reader

The Chicago Architecture Foundation creates a graphic novel for the city’s future: Chicago Reader

An emotional case for circular time: North By Northwestern

Meritocratic Myths: Jacobin

Do Less, Feel More: North By Northwestern

Twenty-seven years after Straight Outta Compton, can political hip-hop reach white listeners?: Chicago Reader

Does 'objective' reporting distort the truth?: Chicago Reader

Post-marriage equality, disparities persist in the LGBTQ community: Chicago Reader

Native American routes: the ancient trails hidden in Chicago’s grid system


For the Guardian, I wrote about the buried legacy of Chicago's indigenous trails, and how they helped to create the grid system which now exists throughout the city.

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Fifty years ago, 35,000 Chicago students walked out of their classrooms in protest. They changed CPS forever. 


For Chicago Reader, I wrote about high school walkouts in Chicago in 1968, when tens of thousands of Black and Latino students took control of their educational futures.

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Please, My Digital Archive. It's Very Sick


For Lapham's Quarterly, I wrote a deep-dive into the ways in which digital history remains incredibly fragile, and the challenges facing archivists hoping to maintain internet ephemera to remain accessible for future historians.

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How Geocities Suburbanized the Internet


For Citylab, I explored the early internet hosting site Geocities, how it imagined the net spatially using colonialism and suburban sprawl as metaphors, as well as alternative ways of imaging space on the internet.

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Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago


For Chicago Review, I wrote a review of a book on the Wall of Respect, a public mural celebrating Black heroes located on Chicago's South Side.

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SimCity and “possibility spaces”: reshaping how we build the worlds around us


For Glitch, I wrote a piece documenting the ways in which SimCity anticipated the future of urban planning, in tools now being used 30 years after its introduction.

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