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Another Yelp-review headscratcher

This one isn’t about individual Yelp reviews, but rather a question as to how EB decides which Yelp reviews to put in the daily digest. Twice in the past week I’ve clicked on a cited Yelp review, only to find the most recent one having been posted months or even nearly a year ago. I click on these in the digest to see what people are saying about business establishments LATELY, and what the current state of these places are...

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This one isn’t about individual Yelp reviews, but rather a question as to how EB decides which Yelp reviews to put in the daily digest. Twice in the past week I’ve clicked on a cited Yelp review, only to find the most recent one having been posted months or even nearly a year ago. I click on these in the digest to see what people are saying about business establishments LATELY, and what the current state of these places are in order to either try them or avoid them. Is there a particular algorithm the site software uses, and if so, why does it sometimes pick old reviews to list???

(I’m sure some trolls will inevitably seize on this post as a complaint about a first-world problem, declaring it has “racist undertones,” or telling me not to pay attention to Yelp...or just see their comments in print. If you don’t have something pertinent to say.....what the hey, knock yourself out anyway).

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Bad smell in my apartment

This is a weird post. There is a bad smell in my apartment, right inside my door, as soon as I enter. I thought it was my trash, I had made chicken, but I took the trash out and it's still there. I had the window cracked open yesterday but I still smell it.

The hallways are not cleaned or maintained in this building. The management said they were having an exterminator come around last week for maintenance, but I never saw them when I was home.

Any ideas what it could be? How to get rid of a smell? It's been 3 days now.

  • Charles Neighborhood dog owner

    When it comes to rodents, I've found that using a poison containing warfarin works very well.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warfarin#Use_as_a_pesticide

    What it does is leave the corpse of the rodent dry and unable to smell of decay. Of course, this is not possible if you own any pets or have children around that could get into it, but it's great for garages and outdoor spaces that rats/mice like to inhabit during these winter months.

  • A dead animal/fishy smell can actually be bad electrical wiring too. If you notice it is stronger when you flip a certain switch in your house it might be worth looking into.

2 days ago

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Suburbanite in the city!

We are between Hollywood and a Glenwood on Ridge and would love some feedback on the area. We work early hours so are going to the car and walking dogs between 4-5am. We typically walk on Glenwood, Early and Wayne. I'm aware you need to be alert at all times no matter where you are in the city but am just curious about others general vibe with the area. Lease is up soon and we haven't been able to explore like we hoped but love our place.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    “Racial undertone,” Ben? WTF? Just so happened that the reason we got speed bumps and intersection-plantered roundabouts a decade or so ago was because of a rash of speeders within a several-block radius of Senn, and also to prevent drive-bys. I’ve lived in Edgewater/A’ville long enough (since 1979) to learn...

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    “Racial undertone,” Ben? WTF? Just so happened that the reason we got speed bumps and intersection-plantered roundabouts a decade or so ago was because of a rash of speeders within a several-block radius of Senn, and also to prevent drive-bys. I’ve lived in Edgewater/A’ville long enough (since 1979) to learn that gang activity tends to be higher in the immediate vicinity of public high schools and that gangs come in all colors as well (e.g., the Insane Unknowns having been a particularly vicious white one).

    And I didn’t say that there’s no crime--I said that in the immediate area the original poster delineated, vehicular traffic was a more prevalent problem. As to Ridge “(never) going to change," perhaps you missed all the threads about it (including proposals for over-or-underpasses) and alternative pedestrian-friendlier/traffic-jam-reducing streetscape management.

  • I have to agree with Sandy…I don't know how you are able to leave your house and interact with society Ben, if what you think Sandy typed has racial undertones. I'm really just confused as to your reasoning. Please let us know what Sandy typed that was a racial undertone. Oh well…another person quick to point the finger.

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Dog Owner 'Devastated' After Runaway Jeep Kills Dog in Park Amid Gunfire

The incident occurred about 5:10 p.m. on the east side of the 5300 block of North Sheridan Road, behind a commercial strip, police said. According to a police report, a white Jeep exited...

A stray bullet shattered a glass panel on the patio section behind Breakers, an independent senior living center at 5333 N. Sheridan Road, police said. No one was reported injured inside the building. A representative did not return a phone call seeking comment on the incident.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    From the reports the dog was not shot but was targeted by the driver and run over. This is from what was published.
    That is why I was wondering if anyone witnessed the attack.
    I disagree with leash laws.
    other societies do not require leash laws and Chicago never writes a law for safety. Chicago laws are written to fleece the public of money.

  • d3 NOH

    the problem w/ leash laws is there is a lack of infrastructure for off leash dog parks throughout the city. there are some, but very often not enough and not one that someone can walk to easily, daily.

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Andersonville Ranks In 2015 Top Ten Hottest Neighborhoods Nationwide

Andersonville got big news this past week as it was named in the top ten hottest neighborhoods in the nation for 2015 by Redfin. Specifically, it ranked #7 nationwide and #1 for the the entire Chicago area which includes the suburbs. Redfin is one of the top five real estate search engines with an estimated […]

11 hours ago

Best Doughnuts in Chicago: Check Out the Winners and Photos from Donut Fest

...staff and this was their hands-down choice to compete at Donut Fest. Swedish Bakery, 5348 N. Clark St.

This article has 5 other Chicago locations (Show)

...s afternoon session, offering up its fritter and old-fashioned as a consolation prize. Firecakes, 68 W. Hubbard St.

...and sliced almonds as the pastries were pulled from a warmer. West Town Bakery & Diner, 1916 W. Chicago Ave.

...five years now and has also planted roots at the French Market. Beavers Coffee & Donuts, 131 N. Clinton St.

...Said Gres, "We wanted to do something true to our roots as Italians." Scafuri Bakery, 1337 W. Taylor St.

...Stan's simple yeast version held its own against more elaborate competitors. Stan's Donuts, 1560 N. Damen Ave.

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12 hours ago

Thanks to those who have shoveled and salted.

My geriatric bones thank you. Lots of ice out there today.

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Healthcare

Hi, I am a student journalist.

I'm writing a story on healthcare, specifically on how the Affordable Care Act has made the system more efficient or less efficient (for you). Obama has mandated a streamlined medical health records system using technology.

So, I'm looking specifically for a patient who HAS had difficulty or has NOT had difficulty with needing medical documents transferred from one hospital (for many reasons) to another hospital.

It this applies to you, I'd love to speak with you and share your story.

If your interview is used, it would be published on a Chicago news website.

Please contact me for more information.

Thank you!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    EMR has put more pressure on healthcare providers, and added many more working hours to their days

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2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Haunted Edgewater Locations

Hi all! I'm a paranormal investigator by profession and I'm looking to hear of any reports of haunted sites (aside from St. Andrews, Edgewater lounge, Edgewater athletic club and the old Armory). Just interested in any cool stories or sites I should check out. Thanks!!

4 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Shooting

Heard shots lots of police activity. 6000 n kenmore

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    There is a world of difference between the dirty doings of politics and gangbanging,though I see your point. Also,lay off the Southside.I'm from the south side!(go Sox) There are gangs all over the city. Very nasty and inconvenient truth until some yuppy wants to get his high on. Not all of them want to get their Priusi dirty driving to the nearest ghetto. Convenience shopping and abetting of the worst kind.

  • Alikat: If you believe someone has called you a racist never say "My best friends are black and educated"....you sort of prove their point.

    My point was the language. Casual racism exist and your "joke" was just one example found on Everyblock everyday.

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5 days ago

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stopping yellow book drop offs

any one have any idea how to stop getting these phone books? my entire building is on the opt out list for the last 10 years but every year they drop the books in front. i know some people want them, but we don't!

i have called every year to say stop, but it hasn't... any insight would be appreciated.

  • Mei

    I feel all these unsolicited mailers should be illegal. If you don't want it and didn't ask for it, they're littering! Their company taglines should be, "Here, you throw this out."

    I do use the newspaper adds to line my students' desks when we paint or do something messy, and phone books become paper mache. Also good for drying flowers. However, I will now try opting out. There's never a shortage of paper for student crafts if you pay attention

  • Our package delivery guys and mailman use the phone books to hide our packages. So far (5 years) no thefts.

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