A new movie about Chicago; an unbelievable road diet in Buenos Aires creates 100 blocks of pedestrian space; and a tour of the vibrant city of Accra. Plus, another idea for solving San Francisco's housing crisis, and everyone's favorite cokehead mayor hits the late night talk show circuit, all in this week's Urban Reads.

  • A new documentary covers Chicago's urban renewal (and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's cursing?) [Chicagoland]
  • "Buses used to run on the narrow and busy downtown streets nearby. Now, those buses have been diverted to the exclusive lanes on 9 de Julio. And the city has turned about 100 blocks of those once noisy and polluted roads into either fully pedestrianized streets or pedestrian-priority zones." An incredible street transformation in Buenos Aires benefits everyone [Citiscope]
  • A tour through the vibrant city of Accra, Ghana from an enthusiastic resident [Guardian Cities]
  • Jimmy Kimmel humiliated Toronto's cokehead Mayor Rob Ford on his show [Gawker]
  • "In short, San Francisco has become perhaps the most gentrified large city in the nation. Districts that a decade ago were blue collar are now ghettos for young urban professionals, who have spawned a consumptive economy in which one highly successful new chain mass markets croissants, sort of a Yuppie version of Winchell's doughnut shops." A story about San Francisco's gentrification—from 1985 [Los Angeles Times]
  • Another solution for San Francisco's housing crisis: Make the other Silicon Valley cities cooler [Co.Exist]
  • New initiatives in Philly, Boston, and D.C. are helping homeowners threatened by rising real estate [New York Times]
  • Guess who has the worst traffic congestion in the world? Brussels, Belgium [Inrix]
  • The latest installment in its "What Works" column takes Politico reporters to L.A., where they explore the city's Skid Row [Politico]

Opening image—an aerial view of Chicago—courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.