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Added Apr 24 2011

It was suggested at the April 23rd Gladys and Hamlin cleanup that Fillmore and Troy be our next project. I hope everyone is willing to come out again. I prefer the fourteenth, the sooner the better. The lots at Fillmore and Troy look big, so to stick to our "finished at noon" goal we will need more volunteers. Passing out fliers and putting up signs can only help. Can Fillmore Troy count on you?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    What date?

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    The 14th of May.

  • I'm on board!

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Count me in, thanks...

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    would anyone object to my calling the North Lawndale ATC (Adult Transition Center) to see if we can get a crew to assist us? The ATC has detainees who are transitioning from prison back to the community and they must do so many hours of community service before they are released from prison. They will have a member of the ATC staff to supervise them and make sure they do what is required and don't go wandering around.

    Also, I thank Seth for the snacks he provided on Saturday. Should we take up a collection of $5.00 or so to cover water and snacks for volunteers? We can give the money to Seth, or whomever hosts the cleanup.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I unfortunately am taking my 18 month old to see a Sesame Street production at the Allstate Arena that day and can not make the 14th; if we can do it a week earlier I am game other wise the 28 is my next available Saturday. Of course, I would be willing to donate the $5 contribution and as for the ATC, I think that is a good idea for utilizing the resource but, i think we should still try and participate alongside this effort.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Oh, an update to my 3 orphant buildings (represented here in my icon):
    Type: Building Violation
    Number: 11-00764008
    Street Address: 1632 S HOMAN AVE
    Creation Date: April 11, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    Status: Completed
    Completion Date: April 14, 2011
    Current Activity: Assign Inspector
    Most Recent Action: Complaint was transferred to the vacant property bureau for inspection and a new service request number was created.
    Anyone know the most progressive way to follow?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Daniel, I agree with you wholeheartedly that if we started this project we should be out there working. I didn't mean to give the impression that we would not be working on lots every 2 weeks. Someone described these lots as being very large, and I thought it might be helpful to have them work with us. I've done community gardening projects in the past and have found them to be a great resource to work with local volunteers. They help move the process along, and get a chance to interact with "real people" from the community. Some people don't feel comfortable with the notion of working with them, or bringing youth around them, so I thought I'd ask first.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I am willing to work with anyone, in fact I encourage it.

  • Erin & Dave Foster Lawndale Residents

    Glad to hear it went well! We were going to join you but then decided to use our pick-up skills on the vacant lots around our property...the winter snow did a nice job of hiding it :) but spring has exposed the massive collection of trash! It looks so great now - sure wish it would stay that way by itself ;)

  • Valerie, I think your idea of utilizing the assistance of ATC is a good one, especially with a lot this size. I know that my old bones are still sore from our efforts two days ago (ha)! If we can help these fellows, and they can help us, why wouldn't we collaborate?
    @Erin and Dave, it sounds like we're on the same team! Glad to hear about your clean up too. EveryBlock is a great way to stay in touch. Keep up the good work!

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    The cleanup is scheduled for May 14 at 9:30. When returning the tools I will reserve them for the 14th. It seems like we will need more rakes and shovels. Novus, would you say the lot is dirtier than Gladys/Hamlin? Is it more than twice the size? We will definitely need water and snacks, maybe we can get some donations from Subway, Leamington, and McDonald's. I think bringing in North Lawndale ATC is a great idea. I will bring my cart and wheelbarrow. I would recommend everyone to look at this lot on Google maps. It is unbelievable, that cars and city garbage trucks drive through the middle of a block to access an alley. This must stop. Is there access at Albany?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Hey, guys, I spoke with the folks at the ATC, and their crew will not be available to help us on the 14th, but they can do the next clean up on the 28th.

  • Thanks, Valerie

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    It's unfortunate ATC can't make it on the 14th, I'm also recruiting the neighbors around the area. Seth, the lot is bigger maybe twice the size and yes it is dirtier. There's Albany access for the garbage truck, they mainly use it to exit the alley since there's no way out on Kedzie. I think it's only fair to get some donations from the local restaurants, most of the trash come's from their establishments, my wife and I will rattle their cages and see what comes of it.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Just curious, are there basketed garbage cans in the area? In speaking with the past Alderman, it is required that these baskets be on or around the premises of businesses and/or bus stops. I had one placed before and it misteriously disappeared around an establishment near my place (I will reorder) but, I am wondering if this is part of the problem. As for the cleanup date, can we start any earlier? I mentioned I have a previous engagement but, I hate to mis out on contributing to this effort.

  • concerned mother 3-year North Lawndale resident

    How about we ask residents to donate snacks and water. They can still contribute to the efforts though they are unable to participate. I am going to try and make on the 14th and will share with others.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    We learned at the first cleanup, its hard work and we need water and snacks, how about for now we bring our own , if people want to bring stuff to share, great. I feel it would just be easier, one less thing to pull together. However, when we have help from places like the Lawndale ATC, they will need to be supplied. Greg has volunteered to pick up the tools, thanks Greg. I am going to learn how to make a flier, using the sites Valerie posted.

  • I will be there too.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    @ Daniel - There are no garbage cans at the corners at all, drove past there yesterday and didn't see a single one. No where to place your trash is part of the problem, but I often see people just unwrap and toss, or open the car door and toss out onto the street, I believe the change of mentality along with a clean environment is a start. How early are you thinking? Seth, no problem at all, just doing my part. I spoke with some of the neighbors, still need to visit the businesses.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I'll tell you what I will do: I will pass by the area this week and see if I can get the Department of Sanitation to issue the baskets. Can you tell me how many there are and provide names? As for earlier, I can do the week of the 7th or the 28th or maybe come by at 7AM to help out on the 14th. I know right after typing this time it is too early to consider but, I will come by either way with my $5 donation before going to my family event.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Oh, one more thing. I used to think the can would go unutilized also but, inevitably they do fill up; I guess it is just contageous to use a garbage can if it is there. In either case, every piece that does make it in there is one less to pick up later.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Let's see, quick list of eatery establishments near Roosevelt & Kedzie: McDonalds, Subway, New Life Health Foods, Leamington Foods, Jack's Fish Chicken & More, Chinese Kitchen, plus Liquor & Food store's on every other corner, thanks... 7AM is a bit to early, I would like to take advantage of your offer but at the same time I don't want to over work any early birds, Daniel there will be plenty more opportunities I can almost guarantee that with our needy Lawndale and big hearted EveryBlock following. Every piece that makes it to a trash car is one less for us to pick up - absolutely correct - looking forward to the day there's almost to trash to pick up.....

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Yes, plenty more opportunities. Yes local businesses need to get involved. McDonald's has a reputation for helping out in the community. I would think some establishments will want to offer support. This is great, what is the best way to approach them? Also, on those days when when we don't have a large project, I am interested in revisiting the lots that we have already cleaned. Is anyone available the 7th I have a location in mind. Thanks Daniel, for your attention to the waste basket issue.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    I have a new location in mind.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I drove past the lot and the location today and I think the following is a good course of action:
    1.) This is a strip mall so I am sure I can find a central party responsible for the cans, I will try to contact them first and pressure them through city services second.
    2.) The city also places cans by or near bus stops and Kedzie has many so I will see how I can best get the city to install these, that chould help more in the short term.
    3.) I think what I am going to do sometime here is place a new blog posting for "What did you do for your block today, thei week, this month, this quarter." no matter how small the effort maybe we can get people to share their efforts and get the credit of recognition they richly deserve. THis is not meant as a self serving post but, there are so many quiet activists that everyone thinks what they do is an against the world effort and while close it is not; I've been encouraged by others in their efforts.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Wow, just stopped by this lot, man is it dirty.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Wow, just stopped by this lot, man is it dirty.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Wow, just stopped by this lot, man is it dirty.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Daniel, that sounds great, any extra help with the trash goes a long way. Yes Seth, it's bad... I called 311 & Street & Sanitation to report 3136 W. Fillmore, the entire building is being gutted out and worked on, unfortunately for the last month most of the trash going into this lot is from that entire building. Personally I have not seen any activity from the city at that building with fines or forcing that building to be more responsible for their trash. Any other suggestions? I've also called the City Building permits dept., I don't see any permits on this building for the work, but same here I've not noticed any activity from the city. Does anybody have suggestions?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Do we postpone until we can get the ATC (do a different lot on the 14th), or do we need to recruit a large number of volunteers? Maybe some of these businesses can recruite volunteers as well.

    @Greg, we can do a media press conference the day we clean up and shame the people who should be cleaning. I'm writing off the top of mjy head, but I think the 14th coincides with Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel's day of service connected with his inauguration.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    If we get ten people I think we can do it.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    I have sent an email to Operation 24 asking for their help.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    The 14th does coincide with Chicago Together - Valerie, media press would be plus, do you an inside connection? Neighbors around here are pretty psyched about cleaning up that lot, the response has been positive and they are on board to join. If things turn out the way it's sounding I think we can accomplish and supersede 10 people.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Another thing, riding my bicycle home today I noticed a bunch of pilled up garbage bags and discarded tires along Harrison between California & Sacramento, looks like other clean-up crews where busy over the weekend, the 24th ward is looking good....

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Glad to hear that neighbors are into cleaning their own space. I want to flier around Gladys and Hamlin to see if I can get any neighbors to join in.

  • Whew!, this lot is filthy. I hope we have a few more volunteers this time. Let's do it, folks!

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    @ Daniel are you interested in revisiting the Hamlin Gladys lot this Saturday.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Sure, I can probably stop by for a little while, I wouldn't imagine it could have gotten too bad by now :p Wjat's theh plan? I still have a wedding planned for later that day so it will need to be early if possible.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    How about nine. I want to mow and pick up.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I can only stay until about 10:30 - 11 at the latest because of a wedding (I am part of the wedding party). I can make it earlier - maybe 8 - 8:30 if that works for you?

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Daniel, I mowed the grass this evening and there is not enough litter to make a special trip. We get Saturday off, have a great time at the wedding.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    You guys are awesome!!!

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    seth, at $4.50 per gallon for gas, I will pitch in $10 for the troy clean up, thanks.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    I have talked with the ward office and 311 to reserve tools. I asked for extra rakes, seven to be exact. Greg has volunteered to pick them up. When do you think you will do that Greg? Mike donated one dozen pair of gloves.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Daniel donated gas money.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I'll chip in $10.00 towards refreshments, do an e-mail blast and help Seth getting the press release out. Do we want to leave sunflower seeds on this lot, and every lot we do from now on?

  • I like that, Valerie. Like the mark of Zorro!

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    We just made the citywide staff pick.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Day Of Service Project : Chicago's Lawndale and Garfield Park neighborhoods will be hosting their second volunteer clean up. Saturday May 14th at 9:30, at 3132 West Fillmore, the corner of Fillmore and Troy. Everyone is welcome. Coinciding with Mayor Elect Emanuel's Day Of Service, and using tools on loan from the 24th Ward Streets and Sanitation Office, we will clean a trash filled empty lot. Starting with nine volunteers organized through the website EveryBlock and word of mouth, this second event on May 14th at 3132 West Fillmore starts at 9:30. Bring some gloves and meet your neighbors.

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    URBAN ART RETREAT would like to pledge at least one volunteer to help with cleaning up that lot. If we have more
    that day, we will send them. Please keep us on your list
    for info. pertaining to this activity on May 14.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Press or no press, Chicago Together 2011 or not, there is no denying we have great neighbors and we continue to have great days of service regardless of what day it is!! I'm glad to live in the 24th Ward.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Seth - I have to pickup the tools on Friday 6AM -1PM.

  • Interfaith House non-profit org

    this project of yours is awesome. We wish u success with it

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Talked to Streets and San today, they are expecting you.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Seth, I didn't hear back from you regarding the press release. Let me know if you want to do a media alert, which usually goes out the day before an event. If so, e-mail me at valeriefleonard@msn.com. I'm doing an e-mail blast now.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Here is a copy of the e-mail message that I am sending out to some of my neighbors. I will also post this on Facebook.

    Hello, everyone. I am part of a group of 24th Ward residents who met on the Every Block Chicago bulletin board. We have decided to help one another by cleaning a vacant lot in the Ward every two weeks. Our first project was cleaning a lot on the corner of Hamlin and Gladys. Our next project will be this Saturday. To find out more about how this project got started click onto http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/apr24-fillmore-and-troy-neighborhood-cleanup-we-need-you-3895806/ The description of this project is found below. If you are interested in having your neighbors help you clean a vacant lot in your area, in the 24th Ward, come out and join the crew, and get onto the cleaning schedule. First priority will be given to people who actively participate in cleaning other lots.

    Day Of Service Project : Chicago's Lawndale and Garfield Park neighborhoods will be hosting their second volunteer clean up. Saturday May 14th at 9:30, at 3132 West Fillmore, the corner of Fillmore and Troy. Everyone is welcome. Coinciding with Mayor Elect Emanuel's Day Of Service, and using tools on loan from the 24th Ward Streets and Sanitation Office, we will clean a trash filled empty lot. Starting with nine volunteers organized through the website EveryBlock and word of mouth, this second event on May 14th at 3132 West Fillmore starts at 9:30. Bring some gloves and meet your neighbors.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Picked up the tools today - 60% chance of rain tomorrow, I really hope the rain can hold off until after 12 o'clock.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    In the landscaping business we find that most times we are not rained out. Lets see what happens. Bring your raincoat.

  • Thanks Greg, for picking up the equipment. I can't wait to see you folks again.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    SUCCESS!!!!

  • EveryBlock Becca Director of Community Management

    It was great meeting you guys this morning! I'm sorry I missed all of you who came later.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Go, TEAM!!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I'm sorry I missed you, Becca. Perhaps we'll meet in person another time. Thanks for the Donut holes!

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Awesome job, it was great to see everybody again, great day and great turn out. We filled over 40 bags of trash, wow!!!

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Looking forward to the next cleanup....

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Thirteen was our lucky number. Thirteen people decided to come out today and show what can be done when residents work together. Our Fillmore, Troy clean up is a great success. With over 45 contractor bags jammed full and a four foot pile of debris, the clean up was a major undertaking. My thanks to Greg, Loraine, Remel, Valerie N., Melissa, Stanley, Jim, Pete, Rose, Mike, Valerie L., and Liam for pulling together and making a difference. And to top it off, Greg and Loraine's BBQ hit the spot. Great to meet you in person Becca, thanks for the donuts. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barneys_snapshots/

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks, Seth,for leading the charge!!! The pics are priceless.

  • I agree with Valerie, Seth, you are a blessing!
    What a great time I had at the clean up! It;s so rewarding to see a positive difference made, and to know that we did it together with all these awesome people. Greg and Lorraine were so gracious, sharing their home with us and providing burgers and dogs And Greg rounding up the tools, and donating from his own supply.
    There are so many to thank! Let me just say, I am extremely proud of our group. Great going everyone!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Followup on e-mail blasts to neighbors and media: We didn't get media coverage, and we kinda knew that, given the activities surrounding the new Mayor's inaugural activities. However, I got someone from Univision asking me to add her name to my list of media contacts. This suggests to me that she liked what we're doing and there may be an opportunity for coverage in the future. I got a call from someone at a City agency indicating that she knows of a program that our cleaning crew might be interested in. I called her back late Friday, and hope to hear from her by Monday.

    Seth, I concur with Mike that you are a blessing. So are you, Mike, and Greg, Loraine, Valerie, Remel, Melissa, Stanley, Jim,Rose, Jose and Liam.

    Go, Team!!!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Daniel, I forgot to call you out for your role in the development of this project. You weren't able to make it yesterday, but you have been there from the beginning, mind spirit, body and finances. You also have been a blessing, and I thank you. I won't speak for Seth, as he is perfectly able to do so on his own as project leader.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Haha, thanks Valerie, I tried to pass by the site yesterday before the Sesame Street thing but, I was unable to locate it before I had to cut and run; either way I still have my $10 contribution I want to give Seth for gas and misc. Still I appreciate your mention and I will monitor to see where I can contribute time, effort, ect... It sounds as if things went well and I am happy to be associated.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Concerned Mother would you like to suggest a location? Daniel you were there in spirit, would you like to suggest a date?

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I can do either or both of the next two Saturday mornings (21th & 28th) After that my weekends get pretty busy for about 3 weeks.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    I like the 28th, a great start to Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    If we have the 28th locked in, I'll call the North Lawndale ATC and see if they will be available to help out as well. We just need a place.

  • concerned mother 3-year North Lawndale resident

    I would like to suggest 1443/41 s Springfield. There is plenty of trash that are already in piles that I would like to see cleaned up.

  • Pete and Rose S. are willing and able to help on the 28th. Let us know the time and place. :-)

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    @ Concerned Mother, what about the lot to the north? Does someone take care of it?

  • You folks are beautiful!
    Thank you so much for all the support. What a wonderful opportunity to serve the community and make new friends. Some of you, I feel, I have known for years, after just a few encounters.
    If you are following this thread, and you have not yet joined us, I encourage you to be a part. It is a great effort, that brings immediate rewards, and lifts the body and soul!
    Thank you, Seth for initiating this worthy project. It has brought some awesome people together, and, without question, has made a difference! A big difference. Although our efforts only effect a small microcosm of our great city, they have impacted our community in a very positive way. Each corner of our neighborhood that we work on tells the people who live, work, and play there that our surroundings, and our quality of life can be raised. We are worth it! We deserve it! Taking pride in our home is a primary step in raising community values.
    Keep it up, gang! We are doing a great thing! See you on the 28th..............................

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Seth, I echo Mike's sentiments. After months of talking on the boards we are now at the point of action and momentum.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    1443/41 S. Springfield consist of two new construction foreclosures.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Just throwing this out there from reading some of these posts but, what do you guys think about acid washing of graystones in North Lawndale? Seth, you are in the landscaping business so maybe you can add some insights into this industry and Valerie, I think this would be a great project for Breaking Ground if we could get interest maybe spurred on by a little bit of TIF money. However, what I was thinking is North Lawndale's grandest accolade boasts on having the largest concentration of graystones. these buildings are really old and would probably do a great job of brightening communities if they were acid washed and brought to life. What do you guys think?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Paul Norrington is the resident Greystone Initiative expert. He, and Charles Leeks with NHS can provide more details about how TIF funding for the Historic Greystone Initiative works. At a gut level, this is a great idea, Seth. I believe the money is given out as a result of a lottery. The things that have been drawbacks in the past include the fact the City inspectors must inspect the property before money is given out; the fact that you cannot be indebted to the City in any way if you are to receive money from them; and the fact that you applied for public funds becomes a matter of public record. If there is a way to finance the project with alternatives to public funding, you may get more interest. That's my 2 pennies worth. Paul works closely with the Historic Greystone Initiative and he could share some of his experiences.

  • I got the impression there was a income limitation when it came to getting money through NHS for the greystones. I could be wrong but that's the impression I was giving when I checked into funds from NHS. I was also wondering how well acid wash works for greystones. I saw them "power washing" a building on Ogden but I'm not sure if they were just power washing or performing an acid wash. What ever they did wasn't that impressive. I'm curious about this process

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Yeah, pressure washing does little in the way of making much of a difference, acid washing can wear away the actual material. Basically, I need to do a little more research on the types of stone used and I will get back to this post. Here is a site which discribes a study of those efforts in Scotland -

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www4.rgu.ac.uk/graphics/ProvansLordship.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.sandstonerepairs.com/feedback.aspx&usg=___jHU_EzGx61vp4kDuFAqoUyeItY=&h=279&w=400&sz=49&hl=en&start=79&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Lu76HNrTuyW0BM:&tbnh=86&tbnw=124&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmuric%2Bacid%2Bwash%2Bbuilding%2Bexamples%26start%3D60%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D20%26biw%3D1251%26bih%3D590%26tbm%3Disch&ei=-ZXVTeywI4jk0QHS2aSeBw

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    The above link is for sandstone which is very fragile compared to limestone. Some people sand blast, however, I believe you can get fined in Chicago. I think sandblasting is illegal in the city. Acid washing is the way to go, there are two buildings on my block one was sandblasted the other acid washed. The acid washed one is much nicer.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I would be interested in looking at this comparison, also it would be nice to find out whom did the acid washing and for how much. I really think this could make a difference if we could get it done in an effective, efficient, and modified cost kind of way. Afterall, there are a ton of these buildings which have lost their luster and the exploritory effort is worth while in my opinion.

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Crew, just want to let everybody know, the collection of tree debris we collected at this location was finally picked up this week. No sure exactly who picked it up or when but it's gone and this lot is finally completely clean. Thanks crew, it looks great......

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    That's awesome! Have the sunflower seeds sprouted yet?

  • Greg & Loraine B. "8-year Lawndale Resident"

    Our sunflower seeds have not yet sprouted. Soon, very soon....

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    The youth who planted seeds May 1 as part of Guerilla Gardening project (URBAN ART RETREAT) now see the plants coming up. They are around 18 inches tall. Soon sunflowers will be sprouting!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    That's great, Dianna! Hopefully, we will begin to see results on Troy.

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