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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.

  • Ray

    Here is a fascinating story on historic DuSable Hotel on Oakwood blvd.,:http://www.jazzinchicago.org/educates/journal/articles/dusable-hotel-and-drexel-square-area

  • The article was refreshing from many aspects. My parents shared many stories about playing policy, the hotels and the musical talent that graced The Bronzeville area during the early fourties.. And to recognize the names of many talented people that were still around as I grew up. Al Benson, Leonard...

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    The article was refreshing from many aspects. My parents shared many stories about playing policy, the hotels and the musical talent that graced The Bronzeville area during the early fourties.. And to recognize the names of many talented people that were still around as I grew up. Al Benson, Leonard Chess, Daddy O'Daylie, Gene Ammons, the name changes of the main streets and the history they hold. Wow ! I actually knew a person that worked at the Playhouse Lounge on Grand Blvd or South Park.
    The Williams' Brothers, had a medical office on 39th & Cottage Grove. Doctors Charles, James and Jasper. In fact, Dr. Jasper was a Tuskegee Airman.
    Thanks for spotlighting "Bronzeville!"

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Updated 22 hours ago

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.

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Updated 35 hours ago

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.

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  • 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 45 hours ago

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 ?

Oct 13

Updated 2 days 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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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!

:-)

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    I lived in Kenya for a couple of years so can provide a little more specific context. Most of the successful Kenya runners are from the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjin are one of 40+ tribes in Kenya, each with their own language and culture, though most everyone speak Swahili as...

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    I lived in Kenya for a couple of years so can provide a little more specific context. Most of the successful Kenya runners are from the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjin are one of 40+ tribes in Kenya, each with their own language and culture, though most everyone speak Swahili as a second language, and English if they've graduated high school (only 25% of people, but rising quickly as Kenya get richer).

    As mentioned by others, the Kalenjin homeland is indeed at higher altitude, so that helps with lung development and training. Success also breeds success. There are running clubs in Kalenjin-land and great coaches there that help develop talent through a lot of hard work.

    An NPR article on the topic if you want to learn more:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/01/241895965/how-one-kenyan-tribe-produces-the-worlds-best-runners

    Enjoy.

  • Great additional info, Ben. If I had more time I'd keep adding more tidbits, but I'm living the old Kenyan tradition (not being practiced so much by urban folks) of caring for both elderly and grandchildren!

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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?

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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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"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"
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5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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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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.

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Oct 14

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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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Updated Oct 13

To move to Bronzeville or not- that is the question...

Contemplating moving to Bronzeville from Beverly. I love both areas! Wondering if the money being put into Bronzeville will push the neighborhood... Thoughts?

  • GRD GRD

    Transplant, I could have written a similar post. We moved here from Bucktown.

    BC, am I missing something? I don't see where Transplant says they're White, they maybe, perhaps I missed it on another thread? In any event, I did have one of my living room windows have a rock...

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    Transplant, I could have written a similar post. We moved here from Bucktown.

    BC, am I missing something? I don't see where Transplant says they're White, they maybe, perhaps I missed it on another thread? In any event, I did have one of my living room windows have a rock thrown into it shattering it to bits, this happened about a week after I asked a kid and his girlfriend to quiet down in front of my place, they were arguing, the kid maybe 16-18 told me to mind my own business and that he can yell at her if he wants to, I told them to stop or I'd call the cops. He then went on to say, "how about you suck my Black D..." I guess he was trying to shock me? I really don't care if someone is Purple, I just don't want a fight outside of my house. Another time, while driving up Indiana, at the light by 31st., a even younger teenager yelled at my car, "hey White B..ch" so saying, "By the way, delinquent black youth do not attack white people inhabiting Bronzeville." These were verbal attacks, and to deny there isn't tension is naive.

    With that said, I still chose to live here, because to come to the conclusion that all Black youth feel this way is shortsighted. I had experienced the same when we moved to Bucktown, by a young Hispanic girl. She called me a Yuppie, and that this is my hood, and to get out. I then informed her that my family had been in the hood for over 20 years. Fact is when neighborhoods have a majority, any majority there is tension. Same shameful thing on the West side of the city and White flight.

    cont..

  • GRD GRD

    I dream of the day when there isn't a clear cut majority in any neighborhood, but I know I won't see this in my lifetime, it's a nice dream though. I wouldn't discourage anyone from moving here because of race, people should be able to live wherever it works for...

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    I dream of the day when there isn't a clear cut majority in any neighborhood, but I know I won't see this in my lifetime, it's a nice dream though. I wouldn't discourage anyone from moving here because of race, people should be able to live wherever it works for them. But people need to know the reality, I know as a White person in BV not everyone is glad to see me, same as my Black friends that live in Highland Park their experience also is mostly good, but every once in a while they run into some BS flack, like we do.

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The Koyal Group Info Mag: Nobel Prize for work on brain's navigation system

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Updated Oct 07

Disappearing Garbage Cans

While taking in the aftermath of another weekend this Monday morning, I noticed block after block there are no longer garbage cans on 43rd and 47th (State to Cottage). Was this an economic move or were they stolen.? Once I reached 31st and Michigan the streets were filled with city cans on both sides of the street. How are our streets suppose to stay clean when the cans are missing? Does anyone know what happen?

  • Cans are routinely stolen, replaced and stolen again. Cans have been ordered and should be replaced in our ward shortly on those portions of 43rd and 47th that we are responsible for. Not ALL cans are missing, however, on 43rd and 47th at this time. Thanks for the heads up.

  • billywood 5500s ashland hope&peace

    I have seen a garbage worker with bolt cutters cut the chain and throw the whole can and liner in the truck because they don't empty the can every day or even twice a day. once or twice a week and it is too heavy to employ so to bad and ticket property owners for the mess. Cut expenses and increase income. Thank mayor 1 % for such effective leadership.

  • Usually the homeless take mine.

Sep 25

Updated Oct 07

Mariano's Plan Commercializes the Boulevard

The building commission approved a plan that would allow Mariano's to build a supermarket and parking lot on King Drive. Our boulevard and many of the homes on King Drive are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Boulevards were meant to be residential. Giving in to the encroachment will only be the beginning. We must stop it now. Call the aldermen, Burnes and Dowell. Call Mr Mariano. Reach out to Friends of the Parks. Observe how the residents...

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The building commission approved a plan that would allow Mariano's to build a supermarket and parking lot on King Drive. Our boulevard and many of the homes on King Drive are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Boulevards were meant to be residential. Giving in to the encroachment will only be the beginning. We must stop it now. Call the aldermen, Burnes and Dowell. Call Mr Mariano. Reach out to Friends of the Parks. Observe how the residents of other Boulevard neighborhoods organized ot protect their gem.

Mariano's could find many other locations in Bronzeville to provide all the benefits: convenience, jobs, tax base and rejuvenation. Speak up and write letters. Protect the value of your home.

Rick Roche

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    This video is for you Alan:

    http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/10/02/watch-this-young-black-man-give-a-near-perfect-
    response-to-a-white-male-whos-ignorant-about-the-systematic-oppression-of-black-people/

    Video by PBS

  • Blackworld, again are non-blacks the majority that are killing kids and boys in our neighborhood?

    So it's everyone else's fault that 95% of young black men are killed by other young black men, you have no problem with that, but me moving into your neighborhood is a concern to you?...

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    Blackworld, again are non-blacks the majority that are killing kids and boys in our neighborhood?

    So it's everyone else's fault that 95% of young black men are killed by other young black men, you have no problem with that, but me moving into your neighborhood is a concern to you? Or the thought of your kids living in a majority white neighborhood is a concern, but having a 95% chance that if they are acosted, it will be by a non-white person that's cool? Twisted....

    My kids are bi-racial and they hear almost all the taunting when they are out and about in our Bronzeville street. Yet they hear none of that in their school which is 80/20.

    Our government has made it their policy to further deconstruct and de-segregate neighborhoods, determaing that is the best policy. On that I tend to agree for ALL, not just blacks.

    Despite our terrible crime stats, one thing that does give me hope is that I see first-hand, more and more fathers better involved in their kids lives, it's gonna take some time.

Oct 01

Updated Oct 07

To Duplex or Not to Duplex

I am currently revitalizing a couple properties in Bronzeville and Woodlawn east of Cottage Grove. A real estate agent recently told me that garden units tend to attract lower quality tenants and that I would be better off duplexing down instead of creating two separate legal units. Is she right? Each unit would be condo quality with high ceiling height so you wouldn't feel you're in a garden unit once walk into the place. And it would be secured too....

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I am currently revitalizing a couple properties in Bronzeville and Woodlawn east of Cottage Grove. A real estate agent recently told me that garden units tend to attract lower quality tenants and that I would be better off duplexing down instead of creating two separate legal units. Is she right? Each unit would be condo quality with high ceiling height so you wouldn't feel you're in a garden unit once walk into the place. And it would be secured too. I am curious about how you feel about garden unit apartments?

Also, if you know of skilled laborers in this neighborhood (or surround neighborhoods) that you could refer me to (carpenters, electricians, masons, roofers, plumbers, drywallers, painters, etc), please pass their names along to kmpiccolo@gmail.com. I am always looking for talent and I would like to hire locals if I can.

Kevin

  • Thanks for your comments everyone and your referrals. Yes, when she made the comment about "lower quality tenants", it didn't sit well with me either, which is why I wanted other's opinions.

  • Kevin, garden units in vintage 2 and 3-flats can be beautiful when they have high ceilings and large windows. You can install quick-release burglar bars for safety. Plenty of high quality tenants pay lower rents. Checking with previous landlords is a good screening method. Adams Electric did a great rewiring job for me- they were located around 47th and Cottage.

Oct 02

Updated Oct 07

Support Me Please

Hello Bronzeville. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 19 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community help of helping...

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Hello Bronzeville. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 19 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community help of helping me raise money to pay WIU so that I can go back next year to finish off my education. You can help be donating money to me on my go fund me account. Here is the link http://www.gofundme.com/9hhm5k every donation will be very much appreciated.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    You have to actively search for scholarships on the websites. At least two hour a week. Apply for every scholarship you are qualified for. My daughter applies for 10-15 a month.

  • Yeah you're right. I will start actively searching for scholarships right now.

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Updated Oct 06

Keep your money in Bronzeville

Bronzeville is coming alive with all types of small buisnesses that need our support, if you have had an experience with a local buisness that was positive please share so we can support and grow our community.

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