Dec 06

Updated 8 min ago

New Mariano's Store 3800 S. Dr. King Jr.

The architect Phillip Johnson presented plans, renderings and gave details on the project. They have the renderings.
Highlights
-Breaking ground in March 2015
-Completion December 2015
-The store will be 75,000 sq feet
-38th Street will be reopened
-Rhodes Ave will be reopened
-Inner King Dr. at Pershing Rd will be closed off
-Entrance will be on King Dr.
-Parking for 300+ cars
-landscaping and art displays to hide parking lot
-Exterior to feature roving art gallery
Best,
Jxxxxxx Bxxxx

  • It is the inner city FGFM not Naperville.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Feel free to move to 26th Street if you think that it's so great, but you might not like the reception you get from the locals.

3 days ago

Updated 37 min ago

Turn Tax Money Back into Blighted City Neighborhoods

The 3rd ward could use the tax money. But it looks like we are getting a basketball arena and an EL stop for McCormick Place convention goers instead. Oops!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/31617165-452/turn-tax-money-back-into-blighted-city-neighborhoods.html#.VI8uUyvF_w-

The talk around City Hall is that we’re broke and the sacrifices we have made over the last few years, the increased fines and fees, and the shuttering of schools and mental health clinics are needed. But that narrative ignores what many agree is...

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The 3rd ward could use the tax money. But it looks like we are getting a basketball arena and an EL stop for McCormick Place convention goers instead. Oops!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/31617165-452/turn-tax-money-back-into-blighted-city-neighborhoods.html#.VI8uUyvF_w-

The talk around City Hall is that we’re broke and the sacrifices we have made over the last few years, the increased fines and fees, and the shuttering of schools and mental health clinics are needed. But that narrative ignores what many agree is an area that needs reform: TIFs.

The city has an estimated $1.4 billion in TIFs — a program few voters comprehend in full — just waiting to put our fiscal house in order. This is money stripped from our property taxes in the name of economic development, but at the cost of our most basic and essential city services.

TIFs — Tax Increment Financing districts — were originally designed to improve blighted areas. They have become a slush fund for all manner of private development, enriching some at the cost of many. When a TIF is declared in an area, that means revenue generated for schools, parks, and social services are frozen for at least 23 years, despite inflation or normal wear and tear.

Our central business district is hardly blighted. Yet, the Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side and Near West Side have taken nearly $1.56 billion of the $2.45 billion in TIF dollars spent from 2004 to 2008. Only $4.8 million was spent collectively in Pullman, Riverdale, Roseland and West Pullman, far South Side communities where blight is prevalent and economic development scarce.

Yet, the non-blighted South Loop is to be the home of a new hotel to which $55 million in TIF money will be contributed. This hotel, mind you, is owned by the Marriott Corp., an international company with more than $12 billion in revenue last year.

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Alan has seemed to forget that Fioretti was representing his clients who were wronged. Alan, the Emanuel lover, has forgotten that Rahm has traded millions of dollars in TIF funds in exchange for campaign cash. He has also taken millions from city vendors and developers. He is a total thief...

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    Alan has seemed to forget that Fioretti was representing his clients who were wronged. Alan, the Emanuel lover, has forgotten that Rahm has traded millions of dollars in TIF funds in exchange for campaign cash. He has also taken millions from city vendors and developers. He is a total thief who gets protected by Obama. He is a homophobe and a racist who disingenuously high fives poor black kids while closing their schools and health clinics. Rahm takes credit for the minimum wage but Fioretti was first. Anyone who votes for Rahm is either stupid or painfully misinformed.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Start ignoring you?

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Weekend 2: Pounding the Pavement for Bob Fioretti for Chicago Mayor

Hi all you good people of the 3rd ward! We'll be back at door knocking and spreading the good news about Bob Fioretti being Chicago's next mayor! If you are interested in joining our team, we'd love to have you. Please email me here so that we can get you the details for this weekend!

http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/42111/contact/8d5b07/

1 hour ago

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend

3831 S. Michigan Ave. (Bronzeville)

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

6200 S. Drexel Ave. (Woodlawn)

131 N. Clinton St. (West Loop)

333 S. Halsted St. (Greektown)

5 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Establishing Bronzeville as New African American Base

The more things change the more they remain the same, I wonder in light of the recent killings of our young men and disrespect of the first Black first family, do we need to start that conversation of creating our base again much like the old Bronzeville model. In that we had as close to complete independence as we ever had. Now this concept is not new(China Town, Pilsen, Little Italy, Greek town, etc.,etc.). There is a good argument at least to think about .

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    BC with regard to victimhood mentality each individual, community, neighborhood needs to own their own problem(s). Our lot in life can only improve when we stop pointing the finger, stop taking handouts and start taking responsibility for the betterment of our own lives.

    Where the government fails is in it's...

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    BC with regard to victimhood mentality each individual, community, neighborhood needs to own their own problem(s). Our lot in life can only improve when we stop pointing the finger, stop taking handouts and start taking responsibility for the betterment of our own lives.

    Where the government fails is in it's ill conceived placement of incentives. As long as the gov enables/supports kids to have kids on the dole, the cycle of mufti-generational poverty, crime and destruction will continue to exist, persist and grow. Since the voting record continues to show that most of us are still credulously convinced that these policies serve us all the best, the only avenue available in our current state of affairs is to encourage and embrace a buppie-gentrification of our hoods.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    All the gentrification does is push kids further away from downtown where the jobs are.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Neighborhood

How safe is the area around cottage grove...from 39th to 50th---east/west?

  • I walk my dog frequently between 35th and 47th on cottage. I've done it for 3 years and have never had a problem. It's all about personal perception. Bronzeville isn't the best area but I don't feel that its unsafe. Violence and crime can happen anywhere. Those women who got...

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    I walk my dog frequently between 35th and 47th on cottage. I've done it for 3 years and have never had a problem. It's all about personal perception. Bronzeville isn't the best area but I don't feel that its unsafe. Violence and crime can happen anywhere. Those women who got beat up were out past 1am walking alone. Imo, you take your chances when you do things like that. I've walked my dog at 1am occasionally, out of necessity, in Bronzeville and have never had a problem. Decide for yourself. Each person will have a different idea of what is "safe."

  • Cyndie, as others have noted, safety and perception of safety are somehwat subjective and relative...with that said, if you review the Chicago Tribune crime map which shows number and location of shootings throughout Chicago from 1/1/14 through present date you will see that thus far this year there have been...

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    Cyndie, as others have noted, safety and perception of safety are somehwat subjective and relative...with that said, if you review the Chicago Tribune crime map which shows number and location of shootings throughout Chicago from 1/1/14 through present date you will see that thus far this year there have been 9 shootings in Kenwood, and 5 of those occurred in the area of 47th & Cottage Grove Ave.

    This may or may not be an acceptable number to you but for some perspective compare # of shootings in the following areas over the same time frame:

    Bridgeport: 4
    Logan Square: 32
    Lincoln Park: 3
    Rogers Park: 40
    Near South Side: 1
    Near North side:17

5 hours ago

Chicago Beer Gets Even Craftier: Baderbräu to Open Brewery in South Loop

...square-foot brewery with a tasting room. They're shooting to open next year at 2515 S. Wabash Ave., according to the Trib. A 4,000-square-foot taproom on the second floor is...

6 hours ago

Fioretti Proposes Ways to Reduce Crime Before Police Department Budget Hearing

Here's the link and a portion of the content:

http://bobfioretti.com/fioretti-proposes-ways-to-reduce-crime-before-police-department-budget-hearing/

Chicago, IL – Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today proposes three changes to the budget that would help reduce crime.
“I believe we need a holistic approach to making our streets safe. More police are only the start and we should be looking at other ways to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong,” said Fioretti.
1. Funding for after school programs and summer programs ($1 million each) is grossly insufficient....

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Here's the link and a portion of the content:

http://bobfioretti.com/fioretti-proposes-ways-to-reduce-crime-before-police-department-budget-hearing/

Chicago, IL – Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today proposes three changes to the budget that would help reduce crime.
“I believe we need a holistic approach to making our streets safe. More police are only the start and we should be looking at other ways to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong,” said Fioretti.
1. Funding for after school programs and summer programs ($1 million each) is grossly insufficient. Increasing afterschool to $5 million will provide after school programs to another 10,000 youth. Funding summer programs to $15 million will provide programs to another 15,000. This should be a priority.

2. Increasing beat cops will provide more security to communities is possible if the $100 million to be spent on police overtime was reduced to $50 million and the $29 million is received from CHA, CTA and CPD as expected, then at least $21 million can be used to put more officers on the ground in high crime areas. This is a small step to getting the number of officers up so that we are making our streets safe.

3. The federal government (Housing and Urban Development) has moved to stop funding supportive services to support long-term housing. This year the federal government cut $3.3 million to agencies in Chicago. The City Budget does replace $500,000 leaving a gap of $2.8 million. Groups have suggested using part of the $5 million being given to the Rainy Day Fund be switched to fill the gap in supportive services and after school programs.

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Baderbrau rebirth culminates with South Loop brewery

The rebirth of Baderbrau continues with Sama's announcement about the new brewery Wednesday. He spent about a year looking at property before settling on a former pumbling supply business at 2515 S. Wabash Ave., which he hopes to open by the end of next summer.

26 hours ago

Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!!

Just text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)
Spread the word!!!

26 hours ago

Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!

text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

WHY?

Why aren't there protests and shirt wearing for the times when a black teenager kills another black teenager. This happens everyday in southside of Chicago, but it a white, latin, Asian, just hurt a black kid it is called racism. Im sick of theses people not knowing all of the story before they go and do shameful acts. Yes it is sad that it happens, but Brown was robbing someone before he got shot and was trying to get a...

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Why aren't there protests and shirt wearing for the times when a black teenager kills another black teenager. This happens everyday in southside of Chicago, but it a white, latin, Asian, just hurt a black kid it is called racism. Im sick of theses people not knowing all of the story before they go and do shameful acts. Yes it is sad that it happens, but Brown was robbing someone before he got shot and was trying to get a gun from the police officer. Why don't people all around Chicago put a hands up shirt and walk around the southside of Chicago to protest on there own families. Someone knows these people doing the shooting but because they are family they don't and when they die, "they were always good kids, right"

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Its not a shot at police in general. We know its a hard job and many do great work. We also know some have issue, like the ones playing "Sweet Home Alabama" at a protest last week.

  • William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee We want to restore mural in Carter Elem. School.

    In agreement with Juan: Regarding this country, a person is innocent until proven
    guilty, remembering even John Wayne Gacy had his day in court. Also it is tragic
    that so many Black men are shooting other young Black men with little respect
    for human life. The African-American community should be...

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    In agreement with Juan: Regarding this country, a person is innocent until proven
    guilty, remembering even John Wayne Gacy had his day in court. Also it is tragic
    that so many Black men are shooting other young Black men with little respect
    for human life. The African-American community should be outraged and vocal
    about putting an end to this madness as the gun violence continues. Only two
    days ago four teenagers were shot on 57th and Michigan which is on the same
    block as William Carter School, the youngest thirteen years old. That is why
    the William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee is working to have the mural
    inside the school restored since it was created by the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs,
    the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Carter School Students only to
    have it HARMed when the new principal had it whitewashed during the summer, 2000.

3 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Safety

What plans are in place to make this city a safer place to live?

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Typical comment by a Rahm supporter . Anything that doesn't go with their agenda is crackpot. Typical left wing cover.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    If you say so.

30 hours ago

Why don't black Chicago neighborhoods gentrify?

“We’re sort of on an upward trajectory because people do see the businesses coming up here at the gallery we opened. The Walmart is here on 47th on Cottage. People know about the Mariano’s that’s coming on 39th and King,” Mitchell said.

31 hours ago

Best Game in Town: Rats as a Political Issue?

Dec 16 - Today in Best Game in Town, the mayoral race gets a bit of the “I told you so” when it comes to a serious issue in Chicago - rats. Alderman Bob Fioretti is running for mayor and as alderman, he had been criticizing the Emanuel administration for not doing enough to curb the growing rat population in some Chicago neighborhoods. He even had ideas, according to a DNA Info article dated last March, Fioretti wanted the mayor...

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Dec 16 - Today in Best Game in Town, the mayoral race gets a bit of the “I told you so” when it comes to a serious issue in Chicago - rats. Alderman Bob Fioretti is running for mayor and as alderman, he had been criticizing the Emanuel administration for not doing enough to curb the growing rat population in some Chicago neighborhoods. He even had ideas, according to a DNA Info article dated last March, Fioretti wanted the mayor to implement a rat birth control method that was being tested in some other cities. Well, this week, the city is doing just that. On the line with us is Alderman Bob Fioretti, who is running to unseat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Take a listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/best-game-in-town-rats-as-a-political-issue?in=afternoonshiftwbez%2Fsets%2Fafternoon-shift-tuesday

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