25 hours ago

Updated 22 min ago

Depressed by Traffic Jams?

Is it me, or is every way that one can drive into the city from Humboldt Park is now congested due to all kinds of construction projects. I have been so frustrated lately.

I try to take the train/bus as much as possible, but sometimes I need to drive. If folks have found good solutions for car routes, please share. I had pretty good success taking California to Roosevelt into downtown this morning.

  • Michael Young Father and 13 year resident.

    Come on peeps. I am merely suggesting that cycling is an option. Notice that I also mention carpooling and public trans. To suggest that if you aren't a seasoned cyclist it's not the greatest of ideas, is a bit closed minded. If you look into it you will see that cycling makes it safer for everyone. In any case, if someone were worried about riding into the city I would be happy to meet them in the morning and bring another cyclist with me to enjoy the ride in.

  • Hey Michael - was not intending to throw any negativity into the mix. If it sounded like I was, my apologies. I fully admit I have a true love / hate relationship with bikers. Ones that follow the rules of the road, or at least don't do anything that may...

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    Hey Michael - was not intending to throw any negativity into the mix. If it sounded like I was, my apologies. I fully admit I have a true love / hate relationship with bikers. Ones that follow the rules of the road, or at least don't do anything that may cause harm, I'm all for. I see a lot of bikers, however, that should not be riding on city streets, especially ones without bike lanes. They don't seem to have the appropriate spatial ability to discern how close they are to parked cars vs moving cars. During rush hours, having those types of riders on certain roads can cause a great deal of havoc. And yes, I say the same thing about crappy drivers as well.

29 min ago

Forming a ceramics/pottery co-op!

Hello, we are in the process of forming co-op for ceramicists that need a space to throw and fire their work. The goal is to pool our resources together so that we can get a space where we can work. We can also use this space to have monthly gallery openings so that we can show our work to the neighborhood. We have three people interested so far, anyone on here interested?

Also, does anyone know of potential places where we could set up a kiln? It would have to be a place that we could vent, like somewhere that used to be equipped for a kitchen.

Thanks neighbors!

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

  • Don Shifertz Longtime resident, homeowner & Business Owner

    I just read the thread... it's critical that the city agreement and structure bi-laws/decloration or land conveyance contract say that "only" veterans can live there "indefinitely".... the number 2 oldest trick in politics is to put in the fine print that after "x" amount of time it could be rented...

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    I just read the thread... it's critical that the city agreement and structure bi-laws/decloration or land conveyance contract say that "only" veterans can live there "indefinitely".... the number 2 oldest trick in politics is to put in the fine print that after "x" amount of time it could be rented to anyone else? Perhaps after 5yrs, 10 or even 3?... now while you're still paying your 30 yr mortgage, some units have converted to section 8? And they'll be some new non-veterans loving their new tax payer funded home! It's just another sleezeball trick..... Welcome to my nightmare! If it's only for vets I'm all for it.... but it a vets sister' s son' s ex-wife's uncle's brother's plumber! Will "eventually" qualify? Be careful and trust no one over the phone? Ask to see the contracts...

  • And, "U.S. Military Service Veterans" should be specified. Otherwise, it is a slippery slope.

    If there was an intense and full-scale investigation to verify residents in subsidized housing, the determination would be that the vast majority hold EXTRA occupants. These extras are there for a reason. Usually they have made...

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    And, "U.S. Military Service Veterans" should be specified. Otherwise, it is a slippery slope.

    If there was an intense and full-scale investigation to verify residents in subsidized housing, the determination would be that the vast majority hold EXTRA occupants. These extras are there for a reason. Usually they have made choices that make it hard to get their own housing, and may suffer from addiction and/or mental illness.

    A one-bedroom then becomes a place for 3 people instead of 1 or 2.

    Of course a single family house can get overburdened as well, but a few thousand square feet vs. tens of thousands of square feet. You do the math on risk here.

    And then there are the folks that qualify for subsidized housing but live with their girlfriend, in their parents basement, etc. and they illegally sublet their apartment, just showing up for any housing inspections.

    This is big business, fraud in our neighborhood.

    Most of these huge subsidized housing buildings change hands every 7 years. One non-profit group builds it, at huge expense to the taxpayers, and profits immensely through their for-profit construction arm (i.e. Bickerdike). Then, after they minimally maintain it and it gets run down, they sell it to another group, such as LUCHA or Hispanic Housing, who continue to run it into the ground.

    Many of these buildings don't even have GRASS out front of their main entrance on the parkway between the sidewalk and the street.

    Just when you thought things were getting better around here? Welcome back. To backwards.

    Veterans' housing would best be located closer to a V.A. hospital, not next to a hospital that doesn't participate in their health care program.

Dec 14 2012

Updated 9 hours ago

Roberto Maldonado

Is this guy any good? I have been wondering what he does for HP and I can't figure it out...does anyone know his email address? It's not on his website..which is weird.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    It's unfortunate to see so many vocal members of a constituency dissatisfied with the level and quality of service that is currently being provided. But where ever there is someone dissatisfied with the conditions they face there is also the potential for change. For those of you interested in a potential change of pace candidate, who has experience as a Union member, a Business owner and a city services worker and aims to unite the entirety of the 26th ward take a look at Adam Corona.
    http://www.coronafor26.com/

  • @Robert Terra - Thank you for making me aware of an alternative to Maldonado, but definitely NOT interested in a Union member.

Oct 03

Updated 13 hours ago

Donations Needed for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
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Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
- dog or cat beds
- towels, blankets, anything clean, warm and fuzzy they can lay on
- treats of any kind
- dog and cat food (for the pet food pantry so people in need can keep their beloved animals and those animals stay out of these kinds of kill shelters)
- toys: chew toys (like nyla bones or kongs) and non-stimulant stuffed toys (no squeekers please - gets them too riled up in their cages)
- puppy potty training pads (there's a huge shortage of workers/volunteers, so they don't get walked often. If they have these, it means they don't have to sit in their pee/feces and it helps reduce the spread of disease.
- cleaning products of any kind to help keep the place disinfected
- heating pads (for kittens, bunnies or even the little squirrels they help nurse back to health)
- leftover dog or cat medicines or vitamins

I was just there on Monday and would love to get them stocked up on towels/beds etc so all the animals have somewhere warm and comfortable to lay (it really helps reduce stress for them).

I've attached some pictures from the last run I did for donations from you great folks! You can see the animals really love the blankets and beds! :)

And if you're thinking of adopting or want to foster some of these sweet babies, hit me up! More foster homes = we can get more of these animals out of kill shelters!

Thanks so much folks!

  • meg

    Thanks Kitkat! Yeah, Humblebar is super cool!

  • meg

    You guys are super awesome! I am AGAIN BLOWN AWAY by your generosity!!! I miswrote drop offs at Humblebar - you can drop off there until Friday afternoon around 5 or so. I'll be doing the pickup then. Sat the donations will be delivered. Thank you folks! Super cool of you!!! And thanks to Humblebar - they're animal lovers too and so nice to host the drop offs!

5 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Housing development

Does anyone know anything about the proposed 4 story (60ft)/49 unit Hispanic Housing Development building going up between Sacramento & Francisco by Norwegian Hospital?

38 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Purse snatched on 1300 block of N. Campbell

Hey all - my purse was grabbed earlier this evening (Sunday 10/19), probably around 8:45 PM, on the 1300 block of N. Campbell - about the middle of the block. A couple of teenagers ran up behind me, knocked me to the ground (I wasn't hurt) and took my bag. Luckily I did not really have anything in it of value other than my debit card which has already been cancelled - but just a heads up to others in the neighborhood. (I am female and was walking by myself.)

  • Rakarwowski - I wish I could. It was dark and they came up behind me. I'm fairly sure they were guys and had the distinct impression (mainly from their size) that they were youngish teenagers, probably 16 or under, but I didn't really see their faces. I heard them walking...

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    Rakarwowski - I wish I could. It was dark and they came up behind me. I'm fairly sure they were guys and had the distinct impression (mainly from their size) that they were youngish teenagers, probably 16 or under, but I didn't really see their faces. I heard them walking behind me but didn't think that was necessarily weird. Then I heard them start running which I did think was weird but I didn't react quickly enough to run myself as I didn't fully process what was going on. It happened very fast of course. Wish I would have looked over my shoulder to scope them out when I first heard footsteps. Will definitely be more vigilant in the future!

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    Elizabeth K., so glad to read you were not injured and thanks for the heads up. On the bright side, less than a decade ago this was common place and shootings were an every day fact of HP but now life is coming back big time and very fast. The incident you had is becoming less and less with every gang banger and criminal that moves out and soon it will be history. I love the way things are changing in HP!

Oct 09

Updated 25 hours ago

Halloween Decorations 2014

Hello neighbors! Just wanted to say, it is great to see more seasonal décor going up. If you have never thought about doing so, remember that it helps the overall look/appearance of the neighborhood. It may seem like a small thing, but it makes the n'hood look more inviting. Please rake leaves, pickup trash, put up some lights, Halloween or autumnal décor(if you're into that sort of thing). Tend to shrubbery, trees and gardens. And if you have a porch light, please use it. Lights can deter a lot of mischief. Let's keep the neighborhood on track of looking great, as we have been doing!!

  • Betzaida Live 6 blocks from Humboldt Park

    I put up some Halloween decorations at my home and the kids just love it! I'm so glad I did it.

  • That is awesome. Another way to make memories with them!

Sep 30

Updated 38 hours ago

  • That would make sense Mccoy...why spend that kind of dough in October/November when you can really spruce it up in Spring. Hopefully that's their plan.

  • Being Fall and especially with all the rain we've had recently, it wouldn't make much sense to repair the area now. Just be sure that the money is in the pipeline for Spring. A committee sounds like a wonderful idea (inviting all opinions) to sort out 2015 plans. Run the idea through your Alderman's office and invite the CAPS Beat representative as well. Organize!

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