August 25, 2016

A Lot You Got to Holler

November 18, 2016


The Atlantic

“What Computer Games Taught Me About Urban Planning,” February 25, 2016.

“Affordable Housing Would Be Much Fairer If It Were Treated Like Food Stamps,” October 19, 2015.

“American Housing Policy’s Two Basic Ideas Pull Cities in Opposite Directions,” October 14, 2015.

“How Tasteless Suburbs Become Beloved Urban Neighborhoods,” September 30, 2015.


Catalyst Chicago

“‘Market approach’ to high schools has serious drawbacks,” January 10, 2014.


Chicago Newsroom

September 15, 2016

August 22, 2013


Chicago Magazine

“These New Transit Signs Could Save Chicago Billions of Dollars,” January 26, 2017.

“Four Reasons an Express Train to O’Hare Is Still a Terrible Idea,” February 19, 2016.

“What We Don’t Talk About When We Use the Word ‘Riots,'” April 28, 2015.


Chicago Reader

“What does it mean to be midwestern?”, March 2, 2017.

“In Praise of Chicago’s Grid-Defying Diagonals,” June 23, 2016.

“The mythical idea of the American heartland shouldn’t define the midwest,” February 15, 2016.


Chicago Sun-Times

“The ‘take a stand against violence’ slur,” July 16, 2014.



“There’s Basically No Way Not to Be a Gentrifier,” April 23, 2014.

“Blame Overbearing Government for Gentrification, Not Just Neoliberalism,” February 20, 2014.


City Observatory (selected)

“Londonize!”, July 7, 2016.

“The fourth virtue of public transit,” July 5, 2016.

“Why Houston has been special since at least 1999,” June 16, 2016.

“The illegal city of Somerville,” June 15, 2016.

“How many carless workers are there really?”, June 9, 2016.

“USDOT to shut down nation’s roads, citing safety concerns,” May 11, 2016.

“Daytime and nighttime segregation,” April 18, 2016.

“A mystery in the suburbs,” April 11, 2016.

“Here’s your definitive field guide to median rent statistics,” March 24, 2016.

“Finding nuance in the housing supply arguments,” March 14, 2016.

“The problem with how we measure housing affordability,” March 2, 2016.

“Undercounting the transit constituency,” February 23, 2016.

“Inclusionary zoning has a scale problem,” February 11, 2016.

“Houston has something to teach you about public transit,” January 6, 2016.

“About that ‘consensus’ on zoning,” December 22, 2015.

“Where did all the small apartment buildings go?”, December 17, 2015.

“Homevoters v. the growth machine,” December 15, 2015.

“What filtering can and can’t do,” November 10, 2015.

“Why creating meaningful transportation change is so hard,” October 21, 2015.

“When it comes to transit use, destination density matters more than where you live,” September 30, 2015.

“Why are metropolitan areas more ‘equal’ than their central cities?”, September 22, 2015.

“Zoning in everything—even the education gap,” September 21, 2015.

“The prisoner’s dilemma of local-only planning,” September 15, 2015.

“Great neighborhoods don’t have to be illegal—they’re not elsewhere,” September 14, 2015.

“What do we know about neighborhood change, gentrification, and displacement?”, September 9, 2015.

“Are racial ‘tipping points’ overblown?”, August 24, 2015.

“The suburbs: where the rich ride transit,” August 18, 2015.

“Let’s talk about neighborhood stigma,” August 3, 2015.

“Residual income: A better way of measuring housing affordability,” July 21, 2015.

“Urban residents aren’t abandoning buses; buses are abandoning them,” June 6, 2015.


Crain’s Chicago Business

“Who would have guessed that Lincoln Park was seeing population loss?”, March 23, 2015.

“Where Does Chicago’s Black Middle Class Live?”, September 2, 2014.

“Chicago’s zoning laws are just insane,” February 24, 2014.



“No, the Jackie Robinson West Story is Not About Gentrification,” February 16, 2015.


Gaper’s Block

“On the Street With Occupy Chicago,” October 18, 2011.

“‘You Even See White People on 43rd Now’: Income and Segregation in Chicago,” October 27, 2011.


In These Times

“Expanding Housing Assistance to the Poor and Middle Class Is Actually Easier Than You Think,” January 6, 2016.

“Remembering—and Forgetting—the Lessons of Chicago’s 1995 Heat Wave,” October 6, 2015.

“In Flint, Michigan, the Wrecking Ball Has Not Meant Progress,” July 27, 2015.

“Exiling the Poor,” September 2, 2012.

“How Corrupt is Chicago?”, February 23, 2012.


Latin Dispatch

“Mexico’s LGBT Community Faces Violence Despite Major Gains in Civil Rights.”, August 4, 2011.


Next City

“Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing,” December 12, 2014.

“How Metra’s New 30-Year Strategic Plan Could Reshape Chicago Regional Rail,” October 20, 2014.

“Chicago’s Most Promising Educational Reform?”, August 2014.


The New Republic

“Homicide Inequality in Chicago – In Maps,” June 9, 2014.


South Side Weekly

“Food for Thought,” November 2, 2016.

“An Amazing School,” September 6, 2016.

“Under the Radar,” August 19, 2016.

“The South Side’s Strange Train,” July 22, 2016.


Streetsblog Chicago

“Metra Ridership Rising Unevenly; Development Could Maximize Its Potential,” July 28, 2014.

“Lack of Planning Along Orange Line Led to Missed Opportunities,” Streetsblog Chicago. June 16, 2014.


The Washington Post

“Urban neighborhoods are getting more diverse. But what are they losing?”Washington Post. November 20, 2014.

“One of the best ways to fight inequality in cities: zoning,” Washington Post. August 13, 2014.

“You’ve probably never heard of one of the worst Supreme Court decisions,” Washington Post. July 28, 2014.


Media Appearances

“A Tale of Two Cities: Why Chuy Garcia Won’t Turn Chicago Into Detroit,” by Edward McClelland. Belt Magazine, March 26, 2015.

“2 Notes of Caution on America’s ‘Record’ Mass Transit Year,” by Eric Jaffe. CityLab, March 10, 2015.

“Why Have Poor Neighborhoods Grown So Much in the Last 40 Years?” by Whet Moser. Chicago Magazine, December 9, 2014.

“Toronto is divided, but not as badly as other major cities,” by Eric Andrew-Gee. The Toronto Star, December 7, 2014.

“Year After Year, These Chicago Neighborhoods Continue To See The Most Homicides,” by Mason Johnson. CBS Chicago, November 26, 2014.

“Chicago City Trends,” by Bill Sander and Bill Testa. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, November 21, 2014.

“Dear METRO: You need to sweeten the ride,” by Christopher Andrews. Houston Chronicle, November 14, 2014.

“David Lynch in Philly, A City He Feared,” by Jake Blumgart. Vice, September 22, 2014.

“Mapping the Shrinking Neighborhoods of Chicago,” James Brasuell. Planetizen, September 9, 2014.

“Business Matters with Andy Shallal,” WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, DC. September 1, 2014.

“Looking At The Good South Side Beyond a Little League Baseballl Team,” by Chuck Sudo. Chicagoist, August 26, 2014.

“Why Crime Is So High in Certain Chicago Neighborhoods,” by Whet Moser. Chicago Magazine, August 6, 2014.

“The big, gaping hole in the liberal policy arsenal,” by Ryan Cooper. The Week, July 28, 2014.

“Student’s maps illuminate urban policy,” by Wen Huang. University of Chicago Magazine, July 28, 2014.

“Those trapped in worst areas don’t realize Chicago’s improved safety,” by Steve Chapman. The Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2014.

“These maps show how the middle class disappeared from New York over the last 40 years,” by Max Ehrenfreund. Know More: The Washington Post, July 10, 2014.

“Emanuel, McCarthy Address Last Weekend’s Violence,” by Chuck Sudo. Chicagoist, July 8, 2014.

“Supply and Demand: Debating the Blame for Gentrification,” by James Brasuell. Planetizen, May 28, 2014.

“How the Gentrification Narrative Gets It Wrong,” by James Brasuell. Planetizen, May 9, 2014.

“Is Brooklyn Getting Poorer?”, by Tyler Cowen. Marginal Revolution, May 6, 2014.

“Ironic Demographics: Brooklyn Is Dying,” by James Russell. Pacific Standard, May 5, 2014.

“Tale of Two Chicagos: Violence Plagues City’s South, West Sides,” by Tony Dokoupil. NBC News, April 21, 2014.

“Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class,” by Aaron Renn. City Journal, April 16, 2014.

“Why Did Chicago’s Middle Class Disappear?”, by Whet Moser. Chicago Magazine, April 7, 2014.

“Amazing Graphic Shows Chicago’s Middle Class Disappear Before Your Eyes,” CBS Chicago. April 3, 2014.

“40 Years of Chicago’s Rising Inequality, in One GIF,” The Atlantic Cities. April 2, 2014.

“Talking Headways Podcast,” Streetsblog USA. March 27, 2014.

The Matt McGill Show, WVON Chicago. March 9, 2014.

“Now It’s Time to Talk About Chicago’s Tale of Two Cities,” by Edward McClelland. The American Prospect, January 27, 2014.

“Daniel Hertz Sets the Record Straight on BRT,” by John Greenfield. Streetsblog Chicago, January 27, 2014.

“Learning from Chicago’s Schools,” by Michael Lewyn. Planetizen, January 24, 2014.

“Урбанизм яппи против эгалитарного урбанизма,” translated by Kirill Medvedev., December 2013. [Repost of “Yuppie Urbanism v. Egalitarian Urbanism.”]

“Chicago: Murder Capital No More?” by Angela Caputo. The Daily Beast, December 13, 2013.

“The Small Social Networks at the Heart of Chicago Violence,” by Whet Moser. Chicago Magazine, December 9, 2013.

“Well-Heeled in the Windy City,” by Aaron Renn. City Journal, October 16, 2013.

“How Chicago Points to a Growing Inequality of Urban Violence,” by Noah Berlatsky. The Atlantic Cities, October 3, 2013.

“Heroin Pushed on Chicago by Cartel Fueling Gang Murders,” by John Lippert, Nacha Cattan and Mario Parker. Bloomberg Markets, September 17, 2013.

“The truths behind the myth of Chicago’s violence,” by Mary Sanchez. Kansas City Star, September 2, 2013.

“Chicago Kids Go Back to School Surrounded by Violence and Cops,” by Jake Malooley. VICE, September 2013.

FOX 32 News Special: Chicago at the Tipping Point. September 10, 2013.

CANTV Chicago Newsroom. August 22, 2013.

FOX Good Day Chicago. August 21, 2013.

“Why is violence down in Rogers Park?” by Mike Flannery. FOX 32 News, August 21, 2013.

“When it comes to murder, Chicago is two cities,” by Greg Hinz. Crain’s Chicago Business, August 14, 2013.



I’ve been asked to speak about housing policy, segregation, and public transit, among other topics, at events with organizations like the Illinois Humanities Council, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Active Transportation Alliance, Open Government Chicago’s Hack Night, Roosevelt University, and the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. I can be reached for requests at danielkayhertz [at] gmail [dot] com.