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    My students need headphones to help incorporate mini lessons for target skills in mathematics.
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Misguided, foolish and dumb

The cowards that did this do not know anything about what makes this neighborhood vibrant. They are a poor representation of Pilsen--if they even live here...

http://chicago.eater.com/2015/1/23/7879503/bow-truss-pilsen-with-signs-gentrification

Bow Truss Pilsen's Windows Covered With Anti-Gentrification Signs

Customers take down paper Friday morning while owner ponders who put them up.

Some folks in Pilsen decided to make an example on Thursday night of Bow Truss Coffee Roasters while sharing their views on gentrification.

Customers and workers at the coffee shop woke up...

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The cowards that did this do not know anything about what makes this neighborhood vibrant. They are a poor representation of Pilsen--if they even live here...

http://chicago.eater.com/2015/1/23/7879503/bow-truss-pilsen-with-signs-gentrification

Bow Truss Pilsen's Windows Covered With Anti-Gentrification Signs

Customers take down paper Friday morning while owner ponders who put them up.

Some folks in Pilsen decided to make an example on Thursday night of Bow Truss Coffee Roasters while sharing their views on gentrification.

Customers and workers at the coffee shop woke up Friday morning to find their windows covered with cardboard construction paper signs. The signs included phrases like: "Wake up & smellllll the gentrification," and "fresh roasted gentrification served here!"

Bow Truss in August opened in Pilsen and owner Phil Tadros runs two other coffee shops and has plans for two more. He said some customers removed the paper Friday morning and has no leads on the vandals responsible. There was no damage to the shop and no need to file a police report, Tadros added.
Pilsen has been subject of gentrification concerns as demographics have shifted in recent years from a primary Mexican immigrant population. Folks have pondered the negative and positive effects on the community.

But what's with picking on coffee shops this week? Albeit it was somewhat canibalistic, on Thursday Homaro Cantu set up shop outside a nearby Starbucks, and now folks target a Bow Truss to vent about gentrification? Yes, there is a South Park episode on coffee shops.

What do you think? Is there truth behind the signs? Are hipster coffee beans culture's Kryptonite though gentrification? Or is this just vandalism masquerading as a political statement? Maybe this is just all dumb?

  • Five years ago I lived in Pilsen for approximately 7 months (Cullerton & Throop). In that time I had two windows broken and the building across from me had "No gentrification" sprayed along the exterior. It's probably due to having a birth defect: I was born white.

    I wonder what the older Czechs thought about the Mexican deluge that took over and ruined Pilsen? Their hypocrisy is staggering.

  • MrHaggis, I don't live in Pilsen and I am not Mexican, although I am married to a Mexican. Your last comment was hurtful, i.e., "the Mexican deluge...ruined Pilsen." You felt you were discriminated for being white; however, you found no problem in insulting a whole race. I would call that a "double standard". By the way, I would welcome a coffee shop in our area (East Garfield).

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LOST DOG

Has anyone seen this dog? If so please contact us. Thank you.

  • Please check Chicago Animal Care and Control. They have tours daily of pets lost and brought to their facility at 2741 S Western. If that sweet dog had a microchip it will be life saver. Mayor Emanuel recently shortened the 'stay time 'for all animals at our KILL shelter.
    I AM HOPING ACHILLES IS FOUND.

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Where to get LOW/COST Spay Neuter

PLEASE help stop the killing of over 20,000 dogs, cats and kitten litters at Chicago Kill shelters like Animal Welfare League ( BOTH LOCATIONS) and Chicago Animal Care and Control , Anti Cruelty Society and near suburban KILL SHELTERS. They are overwhelmed by Chicago residents dumping animals and and Chicagoans dumping puppies and litters at kill shelters.. If you think your surrendered pet will be adopted there is a slim chance at any kill shelter.
Take humane action and give your pet a far healthier life by
having your pet spayed or neutered.
Kittens can be spay/neutered at 8 weeks or 2lbs.
Please do not give kittens away NON SPAY/NEUTERED.
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Richard Williamson's Good Times Waiting Room @ The Honey Hole

The Honey Hole, a temporary art gallery located at 1656 S. Throop St., will be hosting an opening night with works by Zachary Cahill, Great Northern Labs, David Lloyd and DJ Phoenix. The event takes place this evening from 7-10PM. DJ Phoenix begins at 9PM; Free.

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Byron Sigcho challenges Ald. Danny Solis in the 25th Ward

The 25th Ward encompasses a culturally diverse group of neighborhoods: Pilsen, Little Italy, Chinatown and the West Loop. And because its City Council seat is on the ballot in February, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see incumbent Ald. Danny Solis and challengers running against him bumping into each other at community events and meetings, except they’re not. And after repeated attempts to reach Solis over the phone proved unfruitful, EXTRA took to the streets in an attempt at some...

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The 25th Ward encompasses a culturally diverse group of neighborhoods: Pilsen, Little Italy, Chinatown and the West Loop. And because its City Council seat is on the ballot in February, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see incumbent Ald. Danny Solis and challengers running against him bumping into each other at community events and meetings, except they’re not. And after repeated attempts to reach Solis over the phone proved unfruitful, EXTRA took to the streets in an attempt at some face time with the alderman, who has served since 1996 when he was appointed by then Mayor Richard M. Daley. EXTRA also spoke with Byron Sigcho, an outspoken 31-year-old who was recently endorsed by Reclaim Chicago to challenge Solis.

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Time for change in the 25th ward

Sigcho called Solis's campaign contributions from developers a "compromise to the community."

"Even though he has money and resources, he's not popular," Sigcho said. "We have the people. We have the backing of community organizations. We're raising the issues and that's what's important. We're also very careful with who we accept contributions from."

On January 14, Sigcho also filed a formal complaint with the city's inspector general's office, calling for an investigation into the whereabouts of $140,000 in missing 2013 ward money. So far, Solis's office has been unable to offer a direct explanation for the money's disappearance.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/01/21/soliss-top-campaign-contributors-include-developers-real-estate-agencies

  • Michelle Fennessy Twitter @drfennessy

    byron thx for your message. Two big
    things cross my mind with this issue. First,
    elected officials need to be accountable and that means bc they are spending tax dollars, its even more important to keep good accounting records. Maybe someone in his office remembers where they stashed it, either...

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    byron thx for your message. Two big
    things cross my mind with this issue. First,
    elected officials need to be accountable and that means bc they are spending tax dollars, its even more important to keep good accounting records. Maybe someone in his office remembers where they stashed it, either way i consider a failure on his part to simply not know. UNACCEPTABLE. 140k buys a lot folks!! its no small change we are talking about. This money was meant for arts projects in the community. go check out the Morgan mural and you'll find a nice example of how community members all advocated and donated money to a beautification project (same dollars where 140k is missing), but not a penny from solis. Second, look around at the community and you'll see lots of opportunity to make it a safer place for all. I think the 25th ward needs a breath of fresh air and new leadership with good accounting measures!!

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Are You Game for Making a Game? Global Game Jam Comes to Blue1647

If you’re interested in making a game, or know anyone who is, sign up online and come to 1647 S. Blue Island Ave, Chicago IL, 60608 Friday night around 5 p.m.

BLUE1647 is a Tech Innovation Center located on 18th and Blue Island in Pilsen. Our focus is encouraging people to explore technology in ways they’ve never had the chance to do before.

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Dusek's announces Cicchetti veteran as new chef de cuisine

Dusek’s Board & Beer in (1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851) announced Wednesday that chef Phil Rubino has been appointed chef de cuisine.

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