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Mayor, Alderman Burns, Fioretti, Dowell, what are your plans for dealing with all this Crime

It seems that this is getting way out of hand and what's scary is you seem to have no plan in place or one that you are considering. This is getting bad, real bad. I do not want to be a prisoner in my home. This past Saturday there was a running gun battle on the 3600 block and 3500 block of Giles at 3:00p with all type of people milling about, are the gangs running the city, are we helpless in our response to this? Your number one responsibility is the safety of your constituents. I want to thank you in advance for your response to these concerns.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    American cities are also becoming increasingly segregated in terms of level of education due to gentrification according to Stanford economist Rebecca Diamond. As the cost of living has started to dramatically vary in ways that have not been historically true, cities with higher costs of living have become affordable only...

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    American cities are also becoming increasingly segregated in terms of level of education due to gentrification according to Stanford economist Rebecca Diamond. As the cost of living has started to dramatically vary in ways that have not been historically true, cities with higher costs of living have become affordable only to those with college degrees and less educated residents are pushed out by an inability to afford housing and services. Diamond attributes this not just to the wage gap between high school and college graduates, which increased by 50 percent between 1980 and 2000, but also to the larger increase in the economic well-being gap.

    As many policymakers and academics have focused the national conversation on helping those who are displaced by gentrification, the bigger issue of increasing racial, academic and socioeconomic segregation has become the elephant in the room that few are acknowledging. Those who are paying attention are realizing that the national trend toward gentrification is in fact a new, multi-pronged form of segregation. The solution to equality and shared upward mobility across race and class may not be simply in ending gentrification but in understanding the factors that are perpetuating and increasing the segregation of American neighborhoods and cities.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Hey African American political neophytes, who are symbiotically tied to the Democratic party, do you now better understand what racial deconcentration is all about....'Spatial Deconcentration' by Yolanda Ward - ABC No Rio ...
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    Spatial Deconcentration was first published as part of a collection of notes for a national housing activists' conference held in Washington, D.C. No more than ...
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Updated 23 hours ago

Kenyan Wins Chicago Marathon.... Again!

Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
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I thought we were supposed to have some type of home court, Chicago advantage as the race conditions were wet and rather cool/cold. Surely these mountain, warm weather Black African runners from Kenya shouldn't be able to do so well on a...

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Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
:-)
I thought we were supposed to have some type of home court, Chicago advantage as the race conditions were wet and rather cool/cold. Surely these mountain, warm weather Black African runners from Kenya shouldn't be able to do so well on a cold, wet Chicago October Sunday. But what happens....

Kenyans win again!

Did anyone in Bronzeville see any of the race when it went through Bronzeville?

Are the Kenyans doing something secret - have Kenya African lions chase them in key stretches of the race?

What's going on here!

:-)

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I Remeber the controversy with Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

    Seems like most everything in 1968 was like that - hostile, menacing, everybody angry. I like that song "hey children what's that sound everybody look what's going down... Nobody is right, if everybody's wrong"

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    "Seems like most everything in 1968 was like that - hostile, menacing, everybody angry."

    I can see how one might get that impression. Revolution is like that. The murders of MLK and RFK (among others) would certainly be more than enough to incite anger.

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Updated 36 hours ago

Good Time Sports Bar on 35th

Does anyone know anything about the Good Time Sports Bar on 35th near Indiana?

The name showed up on the awning on the side of the building recently so I did some searching online and found news about recent permits and a facebook page that doesn't have much info - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Time-Sports-Bar/429506427185076?sk=page_map

If this place ends up being nice and service is good they are going to do very well. I know I will be a regular! :)

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I hope it is a good success and safe "good times" are had by all....

    Just recommend having some screening of customers. Don't let in any known gang bangers, trouble makers, guys wearing their pants below their butts. Also, don't let in any of my relatives - they are sure to ruin the reputation of any establishment!

    :-)

  • Chacho Chi guy in ChiTown

    I was there this past weekend, sadly, nothing to rave about. No good beer selections, nothing on tap. It was an older, quiet crowd. There was group of healthcare workers having a good time.

    Good thing about the place, there is a bouncer screening customers. So, no hooligans, gang bangers or thugs inside. By the time I left a DJ was setting up. I believe the place is owned by the liquor store owners, who are middle eastern. Bottom line, won't be going back.

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Oct 21

Updated 2 days ago

Spotlight on "Bronzeville"

This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past...

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This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past weekend to discover what we already knew. Something I have known all along is this, there is a marvelous history here and tho some may not be interested in mentioning it less alone preserving it, but remember when you to do not know where you came from you will never understand where you are going.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Yes,Juan in south loop and white democrats and republicans in Chicago need to stop practicing institutional racism and patronage politics!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Did you read the clout city article or the Sun-Times editorial yesterday?

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Updated 3 days ago

Charles Barkley Does a Bill Cosby

I went to college at Vanderbilt University in Tennessesee. Vanderbilt is in the SEC along with football and basketball powerhouses like Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn.

I was a good basketball player, but if I made the Vanderbilt team I would have had to guard the likes of Dominique Wilkens and Charles Barkley - "The Round Mound of Rebound". I was good, but I wasn't that good!

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I went to college at Vanderbilt University in Tennessesee. Vanderbilt is in the SEC along with football and basketball powerhouses like Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn.

I was a good basketball player, but if I made the Vanderbilt team I would have had to guard the likes of Dominique Wilkens and Charles Barkley - "The Round Mound of Rebound". I was good, but I wasn't that good!

I have always liked Charles Barkley and he has always been outspoken and surprisingly loyal to his home state of Alabama. Charles once threatened to run for Governor of Alabama as ...

A Republican!

Yesterday Charles Barkley defended a Black NFL player who was being criticised by his teammates for not "acting Black enough" ie, for being intelligent, well spoken, not acting like a thug, criminal etc. I thought Charles' comments were right, but of course very controversial. Bill Cosby once said similar things and lots of people tried to ruin his life.

Here's the link to the Charles Barkley interview:

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/charles-barkley-slams-unintelligent-brainwashed-black-people-holding-211400408.html

4 days ago

Fourth Ward Newsletter: October 24, 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/y4I8eO

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Oct 24

Updated 5 days ago

The Hottest Coffee House on the Planet awaits you.....

Come see what all the Buzz is about at Sip & Savor Bronzeville, join us for Spectacular coffee and teas, great music, free Wi-Fi, all wrapped up in a classy and elegant atmosphere. Meet interesting people engage in some intense networking and fun!
Sip and Savor Coffee House...."Where Coffee and Community Meet"

  • Hi Trez, was there yesterday,spoke with you and your insurance guy!!! Love the vibes in your place, have been waiting for your return!! Welcome back, again!!!

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Welcome back, Trez! I'm sure that Sip & Savor Bronzeville will be frequented by us all. Your prices are great, customer service is excellent and the staff is well trained. A winning combination!

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Oct 07

Updated Oct 21

Bronzeville and Chinatown

I went walking, shopping and eating in Chinatown for the second time this year, I had a good time - very interesting restaurant where the staff is dressed in 1960s era Red Chinese military uniforms. Big posters of Mao on wall. Crawfish dish was extremely spicy but good.

I note that the buildings and sidewalks in Chinatown are beat up and old. Bronzeville infer structure looks a lot better, housing stock looks a lot better, but there doesn't seem to be much to do, no where to shop.

Chinatown is bustling with merchants, hundreds of places to shop and buy things, lots of foot traffic. Why can't Bronzeville have more of that?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Agreed Sean els, will be downtown tomorrow at Daley Plaza for the Youth rally against mass incarceration!!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Best of luck BC with the rally. Try to also educate some "youths" at the rally to dress a little better, wear belts to keep their pants up, avoid anarchists, various "mafias" and most all my relatives - especially my relatives, total losers, bad news, nothing good with them.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Chanel

What we need is a commitment in our neighbor from the mayor and our aldermen to enforce tenant rights and stop letting these slumlords pay them off to avoid taking their assessment to housing court instead of administrative hearings. They are the cause of poor CHA housing. I'm tired of hearing about low income people living in Bronzeville and we should only have home owners and black owned businesses here. Most black folks are low income because it's good for white folks and black people who think they have made it.

  • Okay!

  • I went to the new walmart on sunday and noticed that they sale liquor,but they didn't have half pint and pints.so they have two liquor stores within 3 blocks of each other,so one has to go,ziad liquor sales 22oz,40oz,half pints,pints,the favorite of the whino.

  • Jeffrey Booker 40 years in Chicago; the city does not work well.

    I'd like to know more about the administrative hearing process as opposed to housing court. Maybe we could meet for coffee. I think class-ism is a problem in this area. The condition flourishes when people on both sides of the divide are too self interested. If the low income residents...

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    I'd like to know more about the administrative hearing process as opposed to housing court. Maybe we could meet for coffee. I think class-ism is a problem in this area. The condition flourishes when people on both sides of the divide are too self interested. If the low income residents are pushed out, the same process will be used to displace the middle income folks when more affluent people want the area. Walmart is not a high end retailer, the current level of development seems to have a high regard for the low income dollars, I suggest we have respect for the low income people.

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Sep 29

Updated Oct 20

Workout partner

Hello Bronzeville,
I am looking for a power walking (treadmill, glider or pool) and weight training exercise partner who is a member at LA Fitness on 47th St. - soon to move to 35th and MLK Blvd. My schedule is fairly flexible so please reply.

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Hi LiLo - Vee and I are working out on Thursday's at the 47th St. LA Fitness from 5:30 -6:30 PM. Please join us. I also workout on Tuesdays.

  • Hi Ruby can you email me at nealstone2@att.net ?

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Oct 18

Updated Oct 20

Are there jobs/training programs for people with felony convictions?

Are there any job opportunities or training programs for people with felony convictions in the Bronzeville/Hyde Park/Kenwood areas? Are there any programs geared towards reducing the recidivism rate?

Oct 19

Oct 17

Updated Oct 18

Walmart 47th

Went there yesterday had a good experience! Hope it stays consistent. Parking lot a bit tight and could be a bit hectic on weekends I imagine.

I think it will do well if they managed properly.

  • Would you say it's similar to the city Target location on State St?

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    No I think this one is more focused on groceries

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Have you been to the Walmart Neighborhood stores on West 47th or downtown at Presidential Towers? They are both nice grocery stores.

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Oct 17

"Louis the Legend"

"He was born poor, and died rich without hurting anyone along the way". -Duke Ellington

The Ambassador of Love

"Louis the Legend", 2014"
39th and King Drive

Oct 17

Updated Oct 17

Redevolopment of 43rd street between Indiana and King?

This is Bronzeville chance to build a entertainment district. The city issued a RFP for 43rd street. It covers many properties from Indiana to King drive. Maybe this can become Bronzeville version of Hyde Park's 53rd street(Harper Court) area.

I personally think the JJ Fish property should have been included in the RFP ;).

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/16/city-seeking-development-proposals-for-vacant-south-side-lots.php

RFP:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/43rd-street-properties.html

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    Great that it was formally announced. Hope housing components can be market rate for vast majority of units.

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Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Filiming on Cottage near 37th the other day???

Hi,

Just curious, does anyone know what was filming on Cottage Grove by the Mercy building?

  • My neighbor told me that Chicago Fire was shooting in the area last week too. Or maybe a week and a half ago. She walks my dog during the day for me and she walked him down to the set. She told me that all the crew loved him. It may have been another show too. I don't know how much television she watches as she's never home.

  • Happy making better choices

    Thanks

Oct 11

Updated Oct 14

Is Bronzeville in need of new Leadership?

Are we positioned properly for success and are we getting competent representation from our elected officials, or is it business as usual? What or do we want from our Alderman going forward?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Sadly, there are too many in the neighborhood who object loudly to the new folks who buy in and fix up because they fear "Gentrification."I don't get their logic.

    Secondly, we all have to get used to the fact that there will be hundreds of thousands of new low wage...

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    Sadly, there are too many in the neighborhood who object loudly to the new folks who buy in and fix up because they fear "Gentrification."I don't get their logic.

    Secondly, we all have to get used to the fact that there will be hundreds of thousands of new low wage workers who will grab whatever jobs they can and they will vote democratic so the President wants them. Immigration will not be stopped. More competition for the young black males who want entry level jobs and if the min wage goes up you are not likely to see anyone twirling signs any more or any simple stuff like that.

  • Joe, Obama and Valerie Jarrett can't FORCE black men to work. Many immigrants WANT to work and they will DO anything they can to support their families. Clean toilets, manual labor, working in the kitchen. How many black men hanging out on 47th everyday would do that kind of work...

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    Joe, Obama and Valerie Jarrett can't FORCE black men to work. Many immigrants WANT to work and they will DO anything they can to support their families. Clean toilets, manual labor, working in the kitchen. How many black men hanging out on 47th everyday would do that kind of work for minimum wage OR LESS? There are some I'm sure but not many... it's too easy to collect welfare or live at home with mom. It's time to stop expecting a handout and get out there. Get an education (beyond high school) and work to succeed in a chosen career. Not everyone has to be a physician or computer geek. Cable guys and garbage men make excellent money. I'm tired of hearing excuses. Immigrants have their own hurdles too but they don't complain. They just keep their heads down while jumping on any opportunity granted to them. Let's stop playing the blame game. Obama nor his advisors can solve the world's problems. People must take responsibility for themselves. Furthermore, immigrants aren't taking anything from anyone in my opinion. Most of the black men who would be recruited for the jobs immigrants take wouldn't accept those jobs.

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