A protester is arrested in front of city hall during a Chicago Teachers Union protest in Chicago, March 27, 2013. Chicago will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country's third-largest public school district, a move that union leaders called the largest mass closing in the nation. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)

I remember a time when being arrested at a protest ment you got roughed up

Back in my day, when you were arrested you were handcuffed! Ok, I’ll stop sounding like a grumpy old man. It was kind of funny yesterday covering a school closing protest in downtown Chicago, because the police had taped off an area, which 150 people walked into and sat down and prepared to be arrested. The police then had them stand up, place their hands behind their back and then line up down the street to receive a ticket.

Overton Elementary School is seen in Chicago, Illinois, March 22, 2013. Chicago will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country's third-largest public school district, a move that union leaders called the largest mass closing in the nation. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)

Bronzeville gem slated to close as CPS reduces capacity

When I told a friend I was headed out to take photos of Chicago public schools, he replied, “Thats not sexy.” Unfortunately. everything I get hired to do isn’t glamorous. There was however, a pleasant surprise. Anthony Overton Elementary School, designed by Perkins & Will, is an architectural gem, which I hope is repurposed into something great, like housing or commercial space.