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Let the Gangs win

I think this is a message worth noting. This past weekend, our 14th Annual Block Party was abruptly cancelled due to a shooting that occurred the previous night. The incident involved three "reputable" gang members; in other words, they were the intended targets. The fact that these gang members are proud to make that admission is enough to prosecute them for organized crime and terrorism. I have lived in this neighborhood for over 25 years and have never seen a...

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I think this is a message worth noting. This past weekend, our 14th Annual Block Party was abruptly cancelled due to a shooting that occurred the previous night. The incident involved three "reputable" gang members; in other words, they were the intended targets. The fact that these gang members are proud to make that admission is enough to prosecute them for organized crime and terrorism. I have lived in this neighborhood for over 25 years and have never seen a block party cancelled over similar incidents. There are shootings across the city every night. However, my issue is the mentality of our police who ask the peace makers to hide inside because they will arrive after a crime is committed. As far as I can see, the police are enabling the gang activity by allowing them to intimidate us and disregard our right to peace. Has anyone else experienced a similar occurrence?

  • S@23rd&Washtenaw New to Little Village and Chicago

    I live just on the other end of the block from you, Neighborino23. (In fact, I live in the same building where the gangbanger funeral/wake was held last Thursday).

    I'm new to the neighborhood and to Chicago in general. I'm working on getting my landlord to understand what a problem the residents in 2700 are, and hopefully he will not renew their lease when it expires. Any details you can provide would be helpful. Thanks!

  • Neighborino23 30 yr resident of 23rd/California Ave

    I can tell you that these individuals openly sell drugs and use minors to prevent long prison sentences. Just last week, I was walking back from Walmart with my kids and saw the same group relaxing on their stoop opening smoking weed at 6 pm. We are always hearing them...

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    I can tell you that these individuals openly sell drugs and use minors to prevent long prison sentences. Just last week, I was walking back from Walmart with my kids and saw the same group relaxing on their stoop opening smoking weed at 6 pm. We are always hearing them yelling gang slurs at cars passing. There are several children under the age of ten that they expose to this type of behavior which in my opinion is child neglect/abuse.

    If your landlord is unaware that criminal activity is taking place in his building, he should know that the cops are there almost daily now. His tenants are causing his property value to decrease regardless of how much he has to pay the city in taxes. The building was spray painted along the side by his own tenants showing their "territory" which initiated the violence that occurred that weekend the 16 year old was killed. That 16 year old was known by the police to be a proud gang member living in his building.

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City of Chicago Building Inspectors Not Doing Their Job.

I reported over a month ago a two-building whereas mexicans had been rehabbing this two -flat without a building permit and without a dumpster. They were throwing the drywall, the old electric box and ports and old plumming into the back yard and the debris from the dust and pieces of drywall and garbage is flying all over the neighborhood and into my own yard. I put this complaint into the 311 system as an emergency and spoke on the...

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I reported over a month ago a two-building whereas mexicans had been rehabbing this two -flat without a building permit and without a dumpster. They were throwing the drywall, the old electric box and ports and old plumming into the back yard and the debris from the dust and pieces of drywall and garbage is flying all over the neighborhood and into my own yard. I put this complaint into the 311 system as an emergency and spoke on the telephone with an Inspector within the building department, to the current date July 15, 2014 no inspector, no violation given for rehabbing w/o permit. The new owner of this building obvious has ties with the building inspector because I even report this to Alderman Michelle Harris but of course we dont expect any results from her office, which is a joke to the south side 8 ward. This is why neighborhoods and blocks within the communities go down in property value. She and the city allows these people to come in and work without permits and they destroy these homes from which they are not licensed contracted and make a mess of the valued properties in the black neighborhoods. This whole City of Chicago Building department should be shut down. This is why those firefighters were killed in 2010 because the building should have been torn down and the inspectors of course took money under the table and didnt do their jobs in inspecting that building, now those men lives have been destroyed because of their negligence and "Don't give a dam attitudes". There is about to be a media report on this building and we need the neighborhood support because if you bought a house or building, they would shut you down if you didn't have a permit to add a deck, enhance your property and will shut you down. Therefore we expect the same from those who do not live in the neighborhood and are buying these properties to fall under the same rules and guidelines.

  • You are incorrectly assuming that because the activity is ongoing, building inspectors have not visited.

    The City takes this very seriously because they/we aren't getting paid. My experience is that this stuff is looked in to with 24 hours.

    It's cheaper to pay a fine than to pay an architect/engineer. (BTW - People of all ethnicities know this fact.). If it really bothers you, keep calling and putting in new tickets with the building department. If they visit enough, it will stop.

  • Wow..there are some ignorant uneducated people in the neighborhood such as Frank also known as Joel V. If you are going to leave a nasty comment, at least go get your GED first so you can learn how to spell...DUMB RAT!!!! LMAO

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will50 building imspectors

Sent me a very nasty message I muted him and am discontinuing subscribing to this service

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will50 building imspectors

Here is a fellow that replied to me that he doesn't care what I think. That was obvious from his first post and ok with me as well. We defeat the ignorant by living well . Has will50 really done his research ? Is he aware that the building in question was in court. Further is he aware the city did want that building demolished. The inspectors do not have that power. That power comes from a judge and if...

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Here is a fellow that replied to me that he doesn't care what I think. That was obvious from his first post and ok with me as well. We defeat the ignorant by living well . Has will50 really done his research ? Is he aware that the building in question was in court. Further is he aware the city did want that building demolished. The inspectors do not have that power. That power comes from a judge and if the judge doesn't issue the order it doesn't happen. Throwing around comments about people Taking money was not well researched either. Chicago probably has one of the most watched by federal government agencies in the nation keeping them honest whether by choice or forces to be that way that's the way it is. So negative. Hope your life gets better will50. I'm sure you will have something Ryde to say to me. Have at it make yourself feel good. I have talked way more than I have cared to you will get no more responses from me

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Recommendations for Concrete Work?

We're looking to get our concrete front steps redone and wondering if anyone had recommendations for people they've used? We have a sunken front patio, common Pilsen/Bridgeport, and a few places we've called have acted like they had no idea what we were talking about.

Thanks!

  • Pilsen Restoration did a great cement job for me. 312-403-1324. I hear this guy does good work, too. He's done things for me, but I haven't tried him for cement yet. Eleno 773-899-7214. Good luck!

  • I had a new concrete basement slab done by Navarro's Concrete, based out of Cicero.
    I thought they did a good job and their quote was less than most of the other concrete contractors I received quotes from.

    You can find their site here: http://www.navarrosconcrete.com/

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