Jun 22

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Are public masks against the law?

I've been spending a lot of time in the restaurants, bars in the new 53rd street Hyatt Hotel complex. Lots of nice, new folks from all over.

There was a nice group of soccer fans from Ghana Africa, who were disappointed their team lost to the USA, but everyone was a good sport.

Them I saw something that kind of unnerved me.

A driver in a packed car was in a full Islamic garb with a very distinct face mask...

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I've been spending a lot of time in the restaurants, bars in the new 53rd street Hyatt Hotel complex. Lots of nice, new folks from all over.

There was a nice group of soccer fans from Ghana Africa, who were disappointed their team lost to the USA, but everyone was a good sport.

Them I saw something that kind of unnerved me.

A driver in a packed car was in a full Islamic garb with a very distinct face mask disguise. The person was probably female, but it could just as well have been a smaller man in disguise.

I know the nation of France has banned this type of dress and England has rules that official IDs like Drivers Licenses have to include uncovered faces.

My question is. What are Chicago laws regarding going around in public in masks? I doubt banks allow this. What about just driving a car. Police and witnesses can't describe a suspect in an accident or in a crime.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Yes, Brent - concerned about my, family safety. But, more than that. It's the principle of the matter. What we decide to do with our city . This is after all, our city . I don't tolerate hateful, backwards Christian sects from Indiana coming here and threatening to hurt decent gay people, I don't want to look the other way to Islamic extremists. Again, it's the principle of the matter. Standing up for what I feel is right.

  • First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
    because...

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    First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for the blacks, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a a black;
    Then they came for the Spanish-speakers, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a Spanish-speaker;
    Then they came for the gays, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a gay;
    Then they came for the women wearing burqa, chador or niqab, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a burqa, chador or niqab wearer;
    Then they came for the marathon-winning Kenyans, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a marathon-winning Kenyan;
    Then they came for me--
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    With sincere apologies to Martin Niemoeller.

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Police Activity between 51st and 55th?

Around 6:10pm tonight, I was on a southbound Metra train, stopped at 47th. The conductor announced that we were to remain in the station indefinitely and that all trains were halted, due to what he said was police activity between 51st and 55th Streets. I got off the train and walked from 47th to 53rd and didn't see anything out of the ordinary around the 51st or 53rd Street Metra stations. Anyone have any idea what was going on?

  • There was a robbery at about 54th and Hyde Park and I believe the UCPD chased suspects westbound--I think they were caught a few blocks west of the tracks.

    Robbery 5400 S. Hyde Park (Public Way) 10/27/14 5:44 PM 10/27/14 5:40 PM Three suspects used force to take book bag from a victim walking on the sidewalk off campus / UCPD officers arrested a suspect and recovered the victim's property Arrest D00940

  • Ah, thank you! I had been look at the news to see what happened, but could never find anything.

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One person injured in scaffolding collapse in Hyde Park

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Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

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Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

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It was first housed in the Illinois Central building on 57th Street and Lake Park Avenue, but after two years was told there was no space for it. Between 1909 and 1951 the club was housed in at least 10 different buildings.

In 1951 it opened in its current space at the corner of 55th Street and Kenwood Avenue. Later that decade Nichols Park would grow around it.

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Hyde Park Thank State Representative Curry for Limiting Your Transportation Options

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For rent: Filth

Saw a studio for rent on the UofC marketplace website. It was in the University Park Condos and on the top floor...for $675! Too good to be true, right? I had to check it out.
http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/upc-studio-for-675-month

Went there and walked in, the place was filthy, outdated, there was grease and dust on every air vent cover. The kitchen was a mess. Old food in between vintage cabinets and appliances. Pots and pans, full of crust and yuck, were on display...

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Saw a studio for rent on the UofC marketplace website. It was in the University Park Condos and on the top floor...for $675! Too good to be true, right? I had to check it out.
http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/upc-studio-for-675-month

Went there and walked in, the place was filthy, outdated, there was grease and dust on every air vent cover. The kitchen was a mess. Old food in between vintage cabinets and appliances. Pots and pans, full of crust and yuck, were on display everywhere. The bathroom was just as bad, moldy and crusty.

Still, this could all be fixed, I just need to talk to the landlord...I am sure they could be reasonable enough to help offset the cleaning costs and maybe update the place a little bit while I settle in to a long-term lease...because that would be the right way to do things.

Except, the little UofC turd wanted me to also buy the feces furniture ($670!) he had been suckered into buying from the last guy. At least, that's his story. He wouldn't let me talk to the landlord about anything (lease,deposit,etc) until I bought the scat. Plus, he wanted to leave his personal stuff there for a month or two!

I imagined the landlord as someone who is either too old, too naive or too apathetic to realize what they are letting go on. If I owned a condo in that building, on that floor, I would raise a bigger stink than what is coming out of there already.

But, this guy is just a student. So long-time residents (who aren't property owners) will just have to go with the flow. The flow of being pushed out of the neighborhood, or into less than favorable conditions.

"Unacceptable!" -Brandon Marshall

  • GRD GRD

    As a former property manager of condo associations the fault is with the Board of Directors. Since it seems the board has changed companies, the companies they've hired aren't fulfilling their role. Or, the board may not know how to manage the management company. Mistakes are ether micro-managing or no...

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    As a former property manager of condo associations the fault is with the Board of Directors. Since it seems the board has changed companies, the companies they've hired aren't fulfilling their role. Or, the board may not know how to manage the management company. Mistakes are ether micro-managing or no involvement. If a board does not follow through on their rules, by holding appropriate meetings and fining owners for not following the rules, a building suffers. Associations also must have reasonable rules, if move in fees or deposits are too high, people will try to bypass them.

    In a condo it's not the management companies job to manage the rentals unless they're getting a fee for it. The management company will or should advise the owner of any rule violations, this doesn't matter if it is an owner occupied unit or tenant occupied. There have been times when I've had owners behave worse than tenants. If a tenant is a problem, I always went after the owner to get it right.

    In any event, the board dictates the duties and responsibilities of the management company, bad/lazy boards don't care, some management companies will stay on and do the minimum, others will resign because they don't have the authority and cooperation from the board that they need to do the job well.

  • Is this thread about the toaster buildings in the middle of 55th, Dorchester, etc.? I certainly hope this owner/renter are anomalies given the folks I know who live there.,

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