3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

EHPNA Earth Day Clean-Up

The East Humboldt Park Neighborhood Association will be participating in the citywide Earth Day clean-up by joining other groups and cleaning up at Humboldt Park AND our neighborhood blocks. For those of you within the boundaries of EHPNA, please sign up at the EHPNA Facebook page so we can assign blocks; we will also be working at the park so looking forward to meeting others from other parts of HP!

  • It is my mother's 60th this weekend, so I cannot help, but I do want to point out that a group of moms and kids cleaned up some of the playground on Kedzie and Division (it was filthy!!!). It would be great if there are some folks available to finish what they started.

  • Thanks for the shout-out Morgan! We filled 3 full-sized trash bags- just from garbage within the playground fence...so there is plenty left around there.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Meeting to protest re-zoning request on 1600 Block of N. Richmond St.

Thu, Apr 24, 2014 6:30pm

There are two empty lots on the 1600 block of N. Richmond (just north of the park) that have just been purchased. The block is zoned for single family homes and in the lot where the community garden used to be (which was just moved due to the purchase), the developer is applying to have that lot re-zoned for an 8 unit apartment building.

It's unlikely that those units will be affordable rentals (under $800 for one-bedrooms). With two apartment...

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There are two empty lots on the 1600 block of N. Richmond (just north of the park) that have just been purchased. The block is zoned for single family homes and in the lot where the community garden used to be (which was just moved due to the purchase), the developer is applying to have that lot re-zoned for an 8 unit apartment building.

It's unlikely that those units will be affordable rentals (under $800 for one-bedrooms). With two apartment buildings on the corner of North and Richmond, we already have an excess inhabitants on the block. This will bring more difficulty with parking and create a behemoth of a building.

Neighbors impacted by the re-zoning are encouraged to attend a community meeting on Thursday the 24th at 6:30pm.

Location: Humboldt Vocational Building which is that large building on California, on the east side of the street, just north of North Ave.

If enough people protest it, the alderman will not grant the zoning change. We have the fortune of having a very progessive alderman.

  • Is there a reason why the "extra" 16 x 120 can't be split between the two single family-zoned lots?

  • Greetings Snoocher.

    You raise a valid point. The 'extra' part of the lot can be split and that would be great for a future homeowner to have a generous, by Chicago standards, yard. But that only benefits the buyer. The seller will see little return for selling a wider than...

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    Greetings Snoocher.

    You raise a valid point. The 'extra' part of the lot can be split and that would be great for a future homeowner to have a generous, by Chicago standards, yard. But that only benefits the buyer. The seller will see little return for selling a wider than normal lot compared to selling 8 units (full disclosure: I have a real estate business so I get this stuff, even if I'm not your typical selfish slimeball).

    The only logical thing for a developer to do within current law is to make three slimmer than normal homes. But if they have a sense of philanthropy, and perhaps forward thinking marketing, a small parcel donation for a community space would be wonderful, but yes, probably very unlikely.

4 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Changes coming to California Clipper, cinema will be added.

Here's something you might not know: the owner of The California Clipper, the historic bar and music venue in Humboldt Park, is the one and only Brendan Sodikoff. It's unclear when he added the Clipper to his portfolio, but Sodikoff is planning a change to the place that harkens back to its roots.
The Clipper was originally a movie theater between 1912 and 1918, and Sodikoff says he's remaking the back room into a 40-seat cinema. He also says he'll update the throwback cocktail program while keeping the rest, 40s-era decor, live honky tonk et al, status quo

http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2014/04/24/sodikoffclipper.php

  • Assuming he's going to do something similar as his Electric Cinema project in England. This should be cool!

6 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Advice for getting needed city services?

Over two years ago, our block organized a petition to request new street-lights on our block. 50 people who live on the block signed it. We submitted the petition with a detailed explanatory letter and request, including drawings, to our Alderman, Roberto Maldonado.

I have personally checked on the status of this request well over a dozen times since then, by email, telephone, and in-person. The Alderman's office did agree to have the light bulbs increased to a larger wattage,...

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Over two years ago, our block organized a petition to request new street-lights on our block. 50 people who live on the block signed it. We submitted the petition with a detailed explanatory letter and request, including drawings, to our Alderman, Roberto Maldonado.

I have personally checked on the status of this request well over a dozen times since then, by email, telephone, and in-person. The Alderman's office did agree to have the light bulbs increased to a larger wattage, but there has been no answer to the actual request, and I think that the high-watt bulbs were already in place.

Our block is an above standard size due to Grand Ave. being on the south end of it. We encompass addresses from the 1000's through the 1150's.

We only have 5 streetlights on our block to illuminate the sidewalks and street in front of 30 city lots, and the two on the end are located on the alley. This leaves only 3 lights to enhance security and safety and act as a preventive measure. They are 125-175 feet apart, leaving large swaths of sidewalk under the cover of darkness.

We have the old light poles with only one high lamp.

And, all of the lights are located on the west side of the street. There isn't a single light pole on the east side of the street!

I checked with the city and filed a request directly with CDOT last year and got a service request number, which I have on file.

We have had great success in stopping other types of crime, but in part due to the darkness, my neighbors still suffer catalytic converter theft, broken car windows, scratched paint and dents, etc. and we believe that our safety and quality of life would quickly and effectively be preserved and enhanced by getting proper illumination through an adequate number of properly placed streetlights.

If you have any helpful suggestions I would appreciate it.

  • Kurt Gippert Long-time Humboldt Park resident

    I forgot to answer one of your questions, and yes, I did consider crime statistics before I moved here, but I didn't even come close to fully understanding them. I have to add that thankfully, in a decade nothing really bad has happened to me or my family. The things...

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    I forgot to answer one of your questions, and yes, I did consider crime statistics before I moved here, but I didn't even come close to fully understanding them. I have to add that thankfully, in a decade nothing really bad has happened to me or my family. The things that could be done to improve public safety in the area I have done. The security of my own home and property is fine and I don't really think about it so much.

    There are about 70 households on the block, and some of them have been much less successful than me with regard to protecting their family and possessions.

  • Kurt Gippert Long-time Humboldt Park resident

    I made a mistake. The street lights are all spaced 175 feet apart, not the 125-175 feet apart I previously reported.

    It looks like the city just forgot to install lights on one side of the street. If they did install lights on the east side of the street, it...

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    I made a mistake. The street lights are all spaced 175 feet apart, not the 125-175 feet apart I previously reported.

    It looks like the city just forgot to install lights on one side of the street. If they did install lights on the east side of the street, it would comply exactly with the standard number of lights on area blocks.

    By the way, even though I left my name, address and phone number in my 2013 CDOT request, with a citizen comment requesting that they contact me, no such contact was made. The CDOT response (learned through calling 311 and referencing my old service request number): "No broken equipment".

    Kind of hard to break what was never installed.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Burglaries Reported

Just wanted everyone to know the cops have been patrolling the neighborhood today looking for a person or persons who were breaking into houses. My neighbor told us a patrol car stopped to let him know. It sounds like it's just homes, but make sure your garages are secured as well.

  • There were two burglaries in our building, within a week of each other, while we were living on the 1400 block of Talman. We moved out because it clearly was not improving and our building had been a target. We think it was some teenagers from the area because of...

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    There were two burglaries in our building, within a week of each other, while we were living on the 1400 block of Talman. We moved out because it clearly was not improving and our building had been a target. We think it was some teenagers from the area because of the items they took and the size of the footprints left. We lock our gates and doors but they pried them open and kicked the interior doors in. We have two dogs that they were scared of and they used a fire extinguisher to spray our dogs to get them to stop barking (one of them was in a crate already anyways). This happened in daylight, between 2 and 7pm on a weekday. We are pretty sure they had been keeping their eye on us because it was the first time both our cars were gone at that time of day.

    We moved out of the neighborhood but hope things improve.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    There is a misguided concept that police presence makes a neighborhood safer. All it does is cause crooks to move away until the presence is gone. The best way to be sure that criminals stay away is to lock them up for years. Get them out of the neighborhood and...

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    There is a misguided concept that police presence makes a neighborhood safer. All it does is cause crooks to move away until the presence is gone. The best way to be sure that criminals stay away is to lock them up for years. Get them out of the neighborhood and off the streets.

    With Illinois a bankrupt state it can no longer afford this very expensive lock up. That is probably why more are not arrested....

    Getting criminals off the street for a number of years by arrest and conviction is the best for us. Providing opportunity for youth so they have alternatives is another good way to deter/stop crime. We don't have much success in that area.

    Glad you think a patrol car will help. Figure out if it is just a band aid...that costs alot of $$. If it doesn't produce long term success....ask for something more than a drive by.

Mar 28

Updated 33 hours ago

Old Sheets, Pillow Cases, Towels, etc to Donate to Dogs/Cats at a Cold Shelter?

Hi! If anyone has old sheets, pillow cases, rugs, towels, clothing (to stuff the pillow cases with), blankets, etc. I would be happy to collect. I have a car and can pick up anywhere.

They can be a little worn, just need them to be washed and clean.

We will use them to make beds for cats and dogs that are stuck on the cold hard ground of their cages while they're waiting for their (hopefully) forever home at a...

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Hi! If anyone has old sheets, pillow cases, rugs, towels, clothing (to stuff the pillow cases with), blankets, etc. I would be happy to collect. I have a car and can pick up anywhere.

They can be a little worn, just need them to be washed and clean.

We will use them to make beds for cats and dogs that are stuck on the cold hard ground of their cages while they're waiting for their (hopefully) forever home at a local open-access shelter.

The beds make a big difference to these dogs and cats. Shelter life is stressful. A warm bed helps reduce stress.

I would be thrilled to pick up any donated dog/cat supplies too. Unopened dog and cat food, litter, treats and calming toys are always appreciated.

I am planning on going to the shelter on Tuesday and would love to bring a carful of donations if you have anything laying around! Thank you! The dogs and cats thank you!

  • meg

    Hi Emily, looks like you don't have the setting live where people can email you privately. I can pick up today ~5:40 or Friday all day (I work from home -so anytime) or most anytime this weekend. If you can turn on your email settings (go to your settings), then I can send you my phone and you can lmk your address. Thanks again! The animals will be much more comfortable thanks to your donations!

  • Try again Meg, I think I've got it. I'm around today until 2pm if you can come by?!

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Small dog found

Small dog found today near Humboldt Park. If you think it is yours please describe him and tell me his/her name and I'll have my friend see if he/she responds to it. (She found him/her and the dog is at her house)

  • Ev

    If your friend hasn't already you might want to check the facebook page Lost Dogs Illinois. So many missing, it breaks my heart. The only way I found my girl was someone posted a picture of her and a friend of mine saw the picture and knew she was my...

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    If your friend hasn't already you might want to check the facebook page Lost Dogs Illinois. So many missing, it breaks my heart. The only way I found my girl was someone posted a picture of her and a friend of mine saw the picture and knew she was my girl. My girl was found over 17 miles away and I would never have found her if it wasn't for the picture and my friend seeing it. I would of never thought my girl could of traveled that far. Here is the link to the facebook page: Lost Dogs Illinois: https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois They also have a website lostdogsillinois.org but it is not as up to the minute like their page.

  • Jen

    Thanks she posted the dog there already

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

What's Happening To The Paseo?

I walked down the Paseo the other day and noticed that CO-CO'S had went out of business. I then noticed about 90% for all the privately owned businesses on Division St. from California to Rockwell were also closed. Even Bank O Popular failed and has been vacant ever since. A good friend told me even the old polish sausage factory sale has fallen apart. Does anyone know what is happening that all of these businesses have failed? Is there any hope of new places opening, maybe a wider range of stores would attract all the new people of the neighborhood to shop there. Any suggestions?

  • Amazing that it's in business anywhere. I think the Better Business Bureau "F" rating speaks volumes about Tipsy Cake, insensitive interview remarks or not. Frankly, I don't really care about Tipsy Cake, especially since it is not and will not likely be another storefront business on the Paseo any time soon.

    To get the convo back on track, I contacted the Division Street Business Development Association yesterday. I haven't heard anything yet on plans and/or businesses interested in the area but will update when I do.

  • Last I checked Tipsy Cake was still running their bakery full-tilt in the original location in Humboldt Park; they just closed the retail aspect.

    My partner had shopped in the HP location before they closed the retail aspect, and I agree that theirs was not the best customer service.

    However...

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    Last I checked Tipsy Cake was still running their bakery full-tilt in the original location in Humboldt Park; they just closed the retail aspect.

    My partner had shopped in the HP location before they closed the retail aspect, and I agree that theirs was not the best customer service.

    However it appears that Tipsy Cake is doing very well in Bucktown, so I don't really think it is accurate to link the word "demise" with that business.

    Here is the link, and while some think that tarring, feathering, and running someone out of the area on rails is the best response to ignorance; I don't. One doesn't have to look around to see that there are many kinds of ignorance at play here emanating from various sources.

    Maldonado is always looking for a scapegoat.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/tipsycake-chicago-bakery-_n_1299859.html

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