More and more people are taking advantage of storage facilities in the US.  In total, Americans store about 2.3 billion square feet of stuff, which is more than 78 square miles–three times the size of Manhattan. That’s an average of 7.3 square feet of self storage space for every person in the...

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by Natalie Shoemaker with big think: Some disability-access points across America are getting a makeover. The signs no longer feature a stick figure sitting mechanically still, but a dynamic image of a person in motion. This person is leaning forward — engaged and independent.  "An icon, a...

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From Laura Peters, Sign of the Times, January 2017 The first thing I reach for in the morning is a steaming hot cup of coffee. I’m not choosy about the brand, but it has to be fresh and it has to be hot. And maybe a nice muffin and orange juice to go with it. This is the sort of thing one might pi...

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From ISA Industry News May 4 Distracted driving: it’s a strategy that some opposed to electronic message centers frequently cite as a reason to prevent installation of these signs. Yet research published by the Signage Foundation shows there is no statistical correlation between the installation of...

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From Crain's Chicago: After sitting empty for years, the historic former Chicago Defender building in Motor Row has a new owner and a new tenant. Ventures led by Chicago developer Alexander Pearsall paid $6 million for the newspaper's former headquarters at 2400 S. Michigan Ave., an adjacent land...

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- BY Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Chicago Tribune Shortly after Jenny Niemann launched her office furniture dealership last year, a branding consultant asked her a question that put her back on her heels. Is the brand male or female? "That one really caught me by surprise," said Niemann, CEO of Chicago...

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