21 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

Urban farming?

I'm starting a veg garden for the first time this year in my back yard. Anyone have experience and willing to give some advice? Someone suggested I test the soil for lead. I think it's overkill, because there has been nothing on the site but a residence for the last 80 years or so?
I'm thinking of planting kale or letuce, persian cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, basil, oregano,chives, cilantro and serrano peppers.

Thanks

  • Can you build a raised garden bed and fill it with fresh soil? The plants will do better and you will know the soil is safe.

  • bricknmortar Humboldt resident since 1990

    I guess I'll test the soil, I did see a kit for under 20. I have a tall fence and a big dog so I hope that deters any theft. I do intend to share with neighbors.

    Thanks for the help.

11 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

  • This is my alley as well and I have to say the rat population has exploded to the point of just being disgusting!

29 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

41 Percent of Humboldt Park Residents Smoke, Survey Finds

When it comes to smoking, Dr. Santina Wheat, the site medical director for Erie Humboldt Park Health Center, 2750 W. North Ave., wasn't surprised by the staggering finding.

    41 Percent of Humboldt Park Residents Smoke, Survey Finds
    HUMBOLDT PARK - About 41 percent of Humboldt Park residents smoke, which is more than double the national rate, according to a health study released Thursday. The measure was one of several alarming findings in the Sinai Community Health Survey, a study comparing health and safety standards across different parts of the city.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Shooting on California and Division in Humboldt Park

Anyone else see or hear the driver of a late model Monte Carlo shooting at a silver Late model oldsmobile in the middle of the street this morning at 0850?

  • Sunday mornings haven't been sacred in decades for these gentleman. No one has a fear of god anymore. I mean, i understand he is a fictitious being and all; But at least the theory once garnered sunday morning respect....

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    That corner will be a hot spot until the gangs are stopped from gathering in the park over there every weekend. The gangs have learned, that area of the park is where to go to be seen and shoot at other gang members. Good luck and stay safe.

  • catlady for the love of cats, lets get along!

    I've also noticed now that the gang bangers and drug dealers were forced away from Division and Pulaski they are moving further east. This may also be a problem as to why the crime is increasing rapidly.

45 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Chalk Symbols on Concrete?

Hey everybody. Not sure where to post this, but here goes:

A few hipster-looking people (maybe 12 of them?) stood outside my apartment building today drinking beer for about 20 minutes. They stood in a big circle. Before they left, they drew these symbols into the concrete (I'm attaching a picture).

Any idea what they mean? My first thought: thieves marking off potential homes. Too paranoid of me?

  • LOL. Definitely "The Hash" - a fun running group... the chalk symbols mark the trail which is discovered by runners as they go. Harmless, fun, and very socially engaging group. Anyone looking to meet people, at least a half dozen marriages have evolved from the group. On on.

  • Sean Humboldt Park Hangeron

    Haha, okay. Thanks, guys! Live and learn; actually sounds like a cool running club.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Did anyone else witness or hear about a cyclist being chased by a vehicle - that tried to run him

On Cortez and Rockwell on Friday I witnessed a cyclist being chased by a vehicle and the vehicle SERIOUSLY TRYING TO RUN HIM OVER!!! Anyone else? I called the cops. The chase went on- hoping the cyclist is ok

Mar 15

Updated 3 days ago

Don't Put Cell Antennas On Our Block, Humboldt Park Residents Demand

HUMBOLDT PARK — Residents around the 1100 block of North Christiana Avenue want to stop T-Mobile from putting cellular antennas on the roof of a low-income housing building. They have health concerns over radio frequency emissions and fear the antennas could hurt property values.

...nine T-Mobile antennas atop Humboldt Park Residence, a single-room occupancy (SRO) building at 1152 N. Christiana Ave., according to a notice sent to neighbors. The construction does not require a zoning change...

    Don't Put Cell Antennas On Our Block, Humboldt Park Residents Demand
    HUMBOLDT PARK - Residents around the 1100 block of North Christiana Avenue want to stop T-Mobile from putting cellular antennas on the roof of a low-income housing building. They have health concerns over radio frequency emissions and fear the antennas could hurt property values.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • MaPaCa Live well in West Humboldt Park.

    Brian, did you see the Alderman's Facebook update, where he states:

    "I have no legal or Aldermanic authority to stop this installation."

  • I did...and according to the city's permit website: The owners of this address received a permit on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Permit issued for new construction

    PROPOSED INSTALLATION IS A NEW TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITY ON ROOFTOP CONSISTING OF NINE (9) NEW ANTENNAS, TWO (2) EQUIPMENT CABINETS AND RELATED ANCILLARY EQUIPMENT, ATTACHED TO THE EXISTING BUILDING. CH91121B

    1152 N. Christiana Ave. Issued March 21, 2017
  • I would move if they put that thing over my head !
    Watch documentary take back your power . It's not safe

  • MaPaCa Live well in West Humboldt Park.

    Todd, unfortunately mobility is pretty much a thing for the wealthy.

    For most of us working class folks we don't have that flexibility to just up and leave.

    Thank you for the suggestion to the Take Back Your Power documentary.

Mar 21

Updated 3 days ago

Dog Friendly Area in Humboldt Park - Application Status

Hi Neighbors,

This post is to notify you all that a steering committee have assembled and filed an application for a Dog Friendly Area (DFA) in Humboldt Park! We have the support of the park manager and the alderman, and there generally seems to be much support from neighbors, but to pull it off we'll need to show a lot of support from dog owners and non-dog owners in the neighborhood.

As some of you may know, we submitted an...

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Hi Neighbors,

This post is to notify you all that a steering committee have assembled and filed an application for a Dog Friendly Area (DFA) in Humboldt Park! We have the support of the park manager and the alderman, and there generally seems to be much support from neighbors, but to pull it off we'll need to show a lot of support from dog owners and non-dog owners in the neighborhood.

As some of you may know, we submitted an application at the end of last year, and it came back a few months later, denied not for lack of support or need, but because we simply asked for more land than the parks department maximum allowed for Dog Friendly Areas. With the huge area available in HP we thought it worth trying to break the rule on the premise that it could result in a vaster play area for dogs, and perhaps serve to attract more people to the park from other neighborhoods. We have resubmitted with a smaller designated area (15000 sq. ft.), and are hopeful.

Thanks to the community-minded trailblazers in other neighborhoods, the Parks Department has a fairly comprehensive website on Dog Friendly Areas. See this link:
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/dog-friendly-areas/

If you scroll down there is another link after a few paragraphs, to procedures for establishing a Dog Friendly Area. Anyone interested should familiarize themselves with the process but in summary:

STEP 1. Assemble a steering committee
STEP 2. Communicate with appropriate authorities and establish a suitable location
STEP 3. File an application
STEP 4. If approved, petition neighbors for signatures (100 needed from both dog-owners and non-dog owners)
STEP 5. Conduct surveys of proposed area to determine potential impact, 4x over 1 year.
STEP 6. Raise $ and commit to at least 3 years of ongoing management.

We're in step 3 now, and looking for your support! Please reply below if you support having a Dog Friendly Area in Humboldt Park!

    Dog Friendly Areas - Facilities | Chicago Park District
    http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
  • I am very interested in supporting this project! A dog park would be a big attraction for the park. and in such a huge park, a small dog area wouldn't hurt anyone else.

  • excellent to see this, is there a way to keep up on progress if we don't have time to be super involved, but want to at least keep track of how it's going?

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