3 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

So, who went to the meeting last night? I did!

In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope...

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In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope the general public understand that this will be strictly for veterans and has nothing to do, for the most part, with single mothers or affordable housing for the general public. This is for veterans, which is admirable. My understanding is it will NOT be available for the general public to apply for housing. I hope the general public will understand this. I took notes at the meeting and recorded it, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this is supposed to be 100 percent veteran housing.

  • Heaven help Humboldt Park if the powers that be intend on building a Llórens Torres housing development.

  • Lets Torres 45 year native Chicago Logan Square Wicker Park

    Hope it goes through yea Torres .

30 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

What was that?

About 11:20PM my wife and I heard a weird far off noise, like wind howling, and the house shook. I checked all the newspapers, there's nothing on the U.S. Geological Survey site about an earthquake. I just looked at my basement in case it was the foundation shifting, and nothing there. Maybe one of the trains near Grand Ave. made an emergency stop?

  • Location?

  • skdz in hp cats, coffee & cf97

    I heard it too. I had the tv on and by the time I turned the volume down, it had stopped. It lasted about just about 10 seconds? Sometimes we can hear the trains up here by California & Division so I just assumed it had to do with the Metra yard. It was a strange noise (sharp, metallic) but I didn't give it too much thought then. Now I'm interested to know what it was!

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

The HHDC / veteran's building meeting before the planning commission

I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating...

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I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating this was absolutely not the case, and Maldonado knew this as well.

Then a group of 5 or 6 people opposed to the zoning change were allowed 3 minutes each. One gentleman, who also spoke at the community meeting, presented a very compelling argument simply asking that various questions about the project be answered before a vote was held. In fact, that is essentially what all opposed asked for – time to get answers to fair questions.
After this, a group of 5 or 6 people spoke on behalf of the project. The rather large gentleman at the community meeting who had his military uniform on and spoke repeatedly about “la familia” and “Hua”ing the crowd to get boisterous, spoke on behalf of veterans. He indicated that any delay in the vote would be a "life or death" issue for veterans. The rest of the speakers appeared to me either connected to a piece of this project or to the HHDC in general, or were simply against gentrification in terms of “more affordable housing” needed in Humboldt Park.

Alderman Burnett then stated how valuable our veterans are and how needed this is, as well as how the one in his ward is a great addition. Again, this all appeared planned in advance.

A vote was then taken which appeared to be unanimous. Despite receipt of the brief of the housing association, NOT ONE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF MR. ROLDAN, ALDERMAN MALDONADO OR THE ATTORNEY MS. MICHAS. Not. One. Single. Question.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long....

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    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long. His direct quote was " If I get elected I will represent the community, and that means consulting with the community. The current Alderman has forgotten who elected him and has put too much attention into his own personal interest and the interest of private developers. I would put policy before politics, because that's what this community needs"

  • Interesting Roldan is Moreno's father in law. It's known Moreno and Maldonado can't stand each other and Moreno is behind Corona's candidacy. Ah, Chicago politics.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman

If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward on February 24, 2015 make your vote count. Your voice, your choice, your vote!
Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman.

  • Never !!!!!!!!!

  • He has my vote. Maldonado is a hypocrite. He proposes affordable housing but yet he is building fancy town homes on his own property. Why doesn't he build affordable housing on his own land? Oh thats right, he wants to make a profit.

  • A vote for Corona is a vote against not only Maldonado, but the whole apparatus that has been in charge of keeping Humboldt Parkers down. A Kickstarter to fund Adam Corona would be a great idea!

Nov 15

Updated 43 hours ago

Local Handyman

Looking to hire a local handyman for our 8 unit condo building. Light cleaning and general maintenance. Looking for recommendations from other small condo associations please.

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    Sounds good, Deb.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Hi Deb - I am one of your neighbors, live off the 55th street point, do a lot of activism regarding crime, garbage, quality of life issues.

    I would like to introduce my company's tub and tile restoration services to your Condo Association. We use state of the art equipment...

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    Hi Deb - I am one of your neighbors, live off the 55th street point, do a lot of activism regarding crime, garbage, quality of life issues.

    I would like to introduce my company's tub and tile restoration services to your Condo Association. We use state of the art equipment and highly trained workers to restore tub and tiles - make them look, function as new for less than 25% of the cost of even low end new tubs and tiles.

    Our service is perfect for Condo owners looking to rent or sell - as they need new looking tubs and tiles, new pain jobs, jew appliances etc.

    Could I make a presentation to your Condo Association?
    We are based in Hyde Park and use local HP/South Side workers.

    Regards,

    Sean
    Kiney Refinishing
    www.Chicagotubtile.com

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Tribune study: Chicago red light cameras provide few safety benefits

A red light camera monitors the intersection at Pulaski Road and North Avenue on Dec. 8 in Chicago's Humboldt Park area.

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Caption Red light camera at Roosevelt and Canal

A red light camera monitors the intersection at Madison Street and Ashland Avenue on Dec. 7 on Chicago's Near West Side.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Typically just a few tickets will bring crime under control. Setting up massive collections through cameras...seems clearly about casting a wide net to get as much $$ as possible.

    If law enforcement and city hall cared enough to enforce laws through typical ways instead of ways that increase revenue and entrap people...ALL Chicagoans would be better off.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

lost dog

Missing near Chicago n Pulaski. If seen email me @ galehethcoat@yahoo.com.com

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Questions re Veterans Housing

1. Is this a done deal?
2. When is the facility projected be open for business?
3. Will February's alderman elections affect this project?
4. What can the citizenry do to impact this project?

  • Gently place your head between your legs.

    Fold your hands over your head.

    Kiss your sself.

    Emerge for the February 24th 2015 Aldermanic election and vote for different leadership.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

New Art Materials Reuse Center on California and Walton

Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

We're also running a crowdfunding campaign right...

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Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

We're also running a crowdfunding campaign right now to kickstart our workshop and educational programming, so we can support local schools and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get creative. We're a very shoestring enterprise, and even small donations are very much appreciated! Here's the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-wasteshed-a-creative-reuse-art-center

We are open to the public 11-6, Wednesday-Saturday. Hope you can stop by!

  • I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or...

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    I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or if it even was a storefront.. perhaps investing in some "come on in!" signage or something like that, may help your cause? Although, I drive past early in the morning before you're open, so perhaps it looks a little different during the day.

    Regardless, sounds like a very cool endeavor and I wish you guys luck!

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