3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Odd activity at 2429 W Cortland?

I've noticed a lot of comings and goings at this address and money exchanged as people leave. There is also a girl sitting on the front porch--it may be different girls or the same one--at almost all hours. It feels sketchy, but I can't put my finger on it. Brothel? Drug den? Nothing to worry about? Any ideas are appreciated.

  • How about calling the police????

  • You need to call the police and go to CAPS meetings and report it. You will meet your beat officers and can get cell their phone numbers. You will also meet other concerned neighbors. There was a home on the 2400 block of Moffat that was recently condemned. There was...

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    You need to call the police and go to CAPS meetings and report it. You will meet your beat officers and can get cell their phone numbers. You will also meet other concerned neighbors. There was a home on the 2400 block of Moffat that was recently condemned. There was prostitution and drug dealing going on, especially in the back alley side. Is the house in disrepair? The Building Department can start writing tickets. Once more people start to call for the same offenses, the police will target the suspected criminal activity and goings on in the building.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Popup, Local, Handmade Bridal Show today and tomorrow!

Dresses, veils, wooden rings, vintage jewelry and more. 2423 W North. 10-6 both days. Rumor has it there is also free champagne!

  • Lynne McDaniel An Orange Moon

    I attended today and will return tomorrow! Ladies don't miss this opportunity to purchase your custom wedding gown and accessories.They have a vintage lace maxi skirt that is KILLER! #WOW

  • Are there any shoes, by chance? I just purchased my dress last week!

  • Any chance of a repeat? Or a different neighborhood that this will pop up in? I'm getting married next fall and am seeking the perfect dress and would love to support local and handmade!

Sep 17

Updated Sep 18

How to Acquire Roof Rights?

I live in a 3 flat building where the undeveloped roof is deeded as a common element to all three unit owners in the building in the bylaws. I'm interested in acquiring the roof rights to install a deck, however, I am unsure how to approach the situation. Will the other unit owners require compensation? If so, how much? An attorney would have to amend bylaws..I would have to get permits/appraisal for roof development, which I also do not know the cost. Just curious if anyone else has undertaken this process and had an idea of what's involved and what the typical return on investment is for a roof deck buildout

  • LD

    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're...

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    The insurance liability costs will be substantial, and you'd need to figure out how much more your HOA contributions would increase to cover the add'l insurance 100%. Seems like it would be a better idea for the entire building for the roof to be shared across all units. If you're on the 3rd floor and don't want to deal with people above you, I have a feeling this is going to cost much more than the value it will bring to the unit. You'd also be responsible for maintenance and snow removal and likely any roof issues could be blamed on the decking and then you're 100% responsible for those too. I think you're looking at a 6-figure deck over the course of a few years.

  • fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you...

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    fwiw I would approach this situation by seeing if the other two owners would like to develop the roof. If they say yes, great and you are off the hook for being the only one responsible for whatever liability is incurred for damage/maintenance caused by the deck. If not, you have an easier argument for why they should agree to have the bylaws amended to sign the roof rights over to you.

    Approaching the other owners to buy the roof rights carries the likelihood that one agrees and the other holds out for top dollar

Aug 16

Updated Aug 21

What do we do to get our streets fixed?

It's been many months since winter and streets still have 6" deep potholes. It's dangerous for bikers and damages cars. I've called 311 for the deep holes I've found within a few blocks of my house with no results. Guess they only care about new speed cameras, red light and street cleaning tickets.

  • J. Theo Bucktown resident

    I suggest getting some neighbors together, taking up a collection, buy some fill @ Home Depot and fill the holes yourselves. Calling in the local news media to get some footage is a good idea too. Sometimes, we need to make some public noise to garner exposure to these simple problems that our taxes are supposed to cover.You could make a block party out of it, and meet your neighbors too!

  • Aislin

    Love that idea, J. Theo!

Aug 14

California ave traffic noise compounded...

The construction next to the trail at appx 1800N has added a few poorly placed pieces of large metal in the road that compound the traffic noise, day and night.

Asking for help to report to 311, as I already have, and get it fixed - we'd like the young ones to sleep this weekend!!

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