Hi, I’m Payton Chung, LEED AP ND. I’ve worked for decades around the various inter-related crafts that build great cities: land use, transportation, finance, impact investing, development, building and urban design, demographics, policy, and politics.

I use this blog to collect and organize my thoughts on various topics, mostly in the realm of urban affairs. I often go back and refine things long after the fact, so feel free to explore further using the category listings at right. Generally, I wrote about cities I’ve:

  • Lived in: Chicago, Raleigh, Washington
  • Have family ties to: Boston, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco
  • Or simply am fond of: Minneapolis, Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto

The name “West North” refers to the gently oxymoronic name of a street I lived on for several years, West North Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The cover photo was taken from the Booth Street Steps, overlooking the Milwaukee River.

Anything you want to know about me can probably be found on one of the many social-networking profiles listed under “Site News” to the right; that includes a CV over on LinkedIn. If you want to drop a line, send an email using the form below. This is a personal blog with no budget, so all marketing emails will be summarily deleted.

On comments: due to spam, first-time commenters here will get moderated; please wait a few hours. Old friends here can post away. My one comment rule, to paraphrase your mother: “if you don’t have something constructive to say, don’t say anything at all.”

You can send me an email using the form below, or schedule a meeting with me.

Now, do what a good urbanite does: go explore.

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  1. Hello,

    I couldn’t find a way to contact you directly, so I decided to indirectly contact you via comment. Please review my latest blog post on protecting historic sites in Chicago. It seems like something that your blog could help showcase the Partners in Preservation effort.

    Warm regards,

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