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rude & agressive developers, going door-to-door on Richmond Ave

Yesterday two men were walking around our neighborhood asking about homes that might be for sale (for them to flip). One had red shorts, the other carried a clipboard.

They called out to me, while I was out walking with my child. They called to me from a across the street, saying they wanted to "ask me a question" -- something I associate with those infuriating guys who used to ask women if they wanted a free haircut? Anyways, I...

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Yesterday two men were walking around our neighborhood asking about homes that might be for sale (for them to flip). One had red shorts, the other carried a clipboard.

They called out to me, while I was out walking with my child. They called to me from a across the street, saying they wanted to "ask me a question" -- something I associate with those infuriating guys who used to ask women if they wanted a free haircut? Anyways, I was a little suspicious, and we were late to meet with friends, so I replied by asking what, specifically, they wanted to ask (and I slowed down, but kept walking).

Then one of them shouted, very aggressively, "Well, if you'd stop walking, we could f***ing ask you!!" right in front of my 6-year-old. I was horrified, not just at the use of profanity, but at the aggression directed towards me. I said nothing else; just turned and walked away. I have to admit, though it was broad daylight and there were other people out and about... I did not feel particularly safe.

Thanks to an inquisitive friend (accompanied by her large dog), we found out that they were developers, looking for properties to flip.

So, neighbors, just be aware of these guys. I'm not sure what's wrong with the one who shouted at me... so just everyone be careful.

  • Cara Winter Office Manager, Prism Capital

    Thanks, supportive ones!

    As a woman, you do the math almost instantaneously, in your head: Outnumbered? Bigger than you? Daylight? Kid w/ you? There were 3 out of 4 "yes" answers there, that motivated me to just ignore them. I'm happy with my decision, given that.

    In a perfect world,...

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    Thanks, supportive ones!

    As a woman, you do the math almost instantaneously, in your head: Outnumbered? Bigger than you? Daylight? Kid w/ you? There were 3 out of 4 "yes" answers there, that motivated me to just ignore them. I'm happy with my decision, given that.

    In a perfect world, perhaps I could have slowed down and asked them to correct their attitude, and maybe they would have. But ...I still have to wonder, given how aggressive the one was, what real CHANCE was there that they'd have responded favorably? Vs, the chance that they'd have responded even MORE aggressively? Even looking back, I'm thinking there's only a 25% chance they'd have turned it around, vs. escalation. So I stick by my decision to keep walking, have friend w/ large dog investigate... and then report the behavior here. :)

  • TD

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23 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Moving, selling a few things.

Comcast compatible router and modem. Both work great. We would take them with us but we are switching to uverse.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/sop/4591657749.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/sop/4591580258.html

Also selling an Ashley Furniture Table that is in excellent condition.

36 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

  • Joshua Your friendly neighborhood cynic...

    Umm...since when can you report an abandoned vehicle on private property?

  • google sez it's an apartment building. I'm assuming the car was parked in front of it.

  • Joshua Your friendly neighborhood cynic...

    Did you look at the picture? It's clearly parked BEHIND an apartment building, on private property and most likely reported by the same nutjob who calls 311 on that building and/or one or two other ones EVERY DAY.

3 hours ago

Slots Available at an Amazing Home Day Care

Just wanted to share that the home-based childcare provider where I send my son has a couple of slots available. I can't express how kind and wonderful this couple is. Affordable, too. My older son went for three years; now my baby is there. Such a loving environment. Located at Lawndale and Wilson. I was so grateful to have found them that I thought I'd share with other parents out there stressing over childcare options. Send me a message if you want more info.

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Refugees find peace tending global garden in Albany Park

It could be a scene from a faraway land — women in long, colorful skirts harvesting mustard leaves, a man with a weathered face and a traditional salwar kameez beneath his suit jacket squeezing between rows — chopped, fermented daikon spread out to dry.

But it is a scene off Chicago's Lawrence Avenue.

Tucked into a quiet corner of the city's bustling Albany Park neighborhood, the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm — the only refugee farm in Illinois — is...

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It could be a scene from a faraway land — women in long, colorful skirts harvesting mustard leaves, a man with a weathered face and a traditional salwar kameez beneath his suit jacket squeezing between rows — chopped, fermented daikon spread out to dry.

But it is a scene off Chicago's Lawrence Avenue.

Tucked into a quiet corner of the city's bustling Albany Park neighborhood, the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm — the only refugee farm in Illinois — is tended by natives of Congo, Bhutan and Burma.

Covering slightly more than an acre is an exuberantly fertile urban garden. Lush tomato, mustard and cilantro plants jockey for space; sturdy squash vines climb over trellises made of dismantled cribs and baby gates.

The whole story:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-refugee-garden-met-20140729,0,3352748.story

16 hours ago

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Garage Repair

The garage for my building is falling apart and I'm looking for recommendations on someone who will do a good job fixing it. It's a large brick garage. I've been getting a few quotes from different places, but would love to go with someone who has done this type of work before and that has a good reputation doing a good job. Has anyone in the neighborhood had something like this done or can recommend someone?

  • kay abrams hats by kay

    You might try Peoples Home Improvement, the owner Leonard Belsky is very honest and reasonable and a really nice guy. He built a beautiful back porch for us. Do not get Craft Master Construction, they are very dishonest and not a good job.

20 hours ago

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Mayfair Market - Pulaski

What's going on with Mayfair Market? The last year it's been a pretty sad example of a grocery store but the last couple of weeks they aren't even restocking their shelves.

Are they going out of business?

  • I've noticed that too. They seemed to have been doing well with the owner switch. Used to see heavy involvement from the owner checking out all the details. Now I never see the owner at all.

  • LTD AP resident

    Yes empty shelves for the last month and a half and now even empty produce displays. No fresh herbs other than cilantro. They had only a few avocados for sale this weekend and a sorry selection of lemons.

Jul 21

Updated 8 hours ago

Neighborhood Clean up and Peace Rally

Sat, Jul 26, 2014 10am-1pm

Come out and join the clean up effort and peace rally being hosted at Ainslie and Drake on Saturday, July 26th at 10am-1pm. Help improve the neighborhood, and create awareness by joining in this amazing opportunity! Food will be provided.

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Court records: North Mayfair man knocked 12-year-old off bike in theft

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-court-records-north-mayfair-man-knocked-12yearold-off-bike-in-theft-20140727,0,3059545.story

A North Mayfair man was ordered held on $90,000 bail Sunday in Cook County bond court after he allegedly knocked a 12-year-old boy off his bike and stole it.

Robert T. Gonzalez, 29, of the 4500 block of West Carmen Avenue, is charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor battery in Friday afternoon’s incident, according to Cook County court records.

Gonzalez pushed the 12-year-old to the ground around 1:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Edmunds Street in Jefferson...

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-court-records-north-mayfair-man-knocked-12yearold-off-bike-in-theft-20140727,0,3059545.story

A North Mayfair man was ordered held on $90,000 bail Sunday in Cook County bond court after he allegedly knocked a 12-year-old boy off his bike and stole it.

Robert T. Gonzalez, 29, of the 4500 block of West Carmen Avenue, is charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor battery in Friday afternoon’s incident, according to Cook County court records.

Gonzalez pushed the 12-year-old to the ground around 1:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Edmunds Street in Jefferson Park before riding off on the boy’s bike, according to court records.

Another 12-year-old and a 14-year-old witnessed the incident, according to records.

The boy and his father found Gonzalez at Jefferson Memorial Park on Saturday and confronted him, according to court records.

Gonzalez became aggressive and punched at the father, who held Gonzalez until police arrived, according to court records.

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Updated 33 hours ago

  • Joshua Your friendly neighborhood cynic...

    Just wondering...what constitutes a sanitation code violation ? All I see here is a chair and a few cups. Not looking to sound like I don't care about my (or anyone else's) neighborhood, just curious. Some building around 4000 Mozart seems to get a complaint nearly every day.

  • It's apparently an apartment complex.

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Wandering lost dog_White & black : speckles & spots.

🐾7/25&7/26 We've been seeing a fit white & black: speckled,spotted medium sized dog. Has a collar & tag of some sort but unable to coax the dog closer to examine collar. Dog has a flat coated pointer shape. Possibly mixed. Seen near Drake and Wilson area. Hope doggy can be safe & relaxing at home very soon 🙏🐾

  • I'm not 100% sure but I think the city pound watches these sights. Or it happened to be a Qwinki -Dink (coincidence) that after I put this message the dog catcher was driving around looking. I'm still hoping she (doggie)got home safe!

  • Did it have an all black head? If so I may know the owner.

  • No it was 1/2 white. Really interesting markings.

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  • Loads of Love for Literacy

    Mrs. Stern is asking for $509.85:
    My students need a rug, rest mats, comprehension activity centers, book bins, and leveled activities for their literacy area.
    Edison Park Elementary School Comment

2 days ago

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