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  • For clarity purposes, I changed the zoning at 45 07-09 South Indiana BACK to residential in early March as the entire surrounding area is zoned residential to keep a Harold's Chicken fast food restaurant out of that location. The property was originally zoned from residential to business in May 2007....

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    For clarity purposes, I changed the zoning at 45 07-09 South Indiana BACK to residential in early March as the entire surrounding area is zoned residential to keep a Harold's Chicken fast food restaurant out of that location. The property was originally zoned from residential to business in May 2007. The fact that there are questions regarding the authenticity of this particular Harold's Chicken business from the original owner only came to my attention this week and was not the reason I rezoned the property. No fast food restaurant would have been acceptable to the neighbors in that location.

  • Secondly, I am helping the original owner address concerns she has with the city licensing and state franchising processes and meet with my colleagues to inform them of the fake Harold's locations in the city.

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http://www.chicagonow.com/bronzeville-urban-green/2014/04/risky-business-marijuana/

One impact of crime on all communities is the procedure of putting nonviolent offenders, like young people with less than 30 grams of pot in jail. Hold this up to the light and compare it to letting banks get off even when they admit to money laundering for major drug cartels.

  • Yes, the hypocrisy in this society is staggering! I strongly suggest you read "The Divide", by Matt Taibbi if you haven't yet done so. The book brings some astonishing realities to light.

  • Danie Lifelong Bronzeville resident and environmentalist

    I will. Thank you.

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Lucas Museum for Bronzeville?

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Gun Violence explodes across City

Over 30 people shot in a weekend and we are only in April, maybe I am naïve in thinking this, but could Drugs be the problem here. The only other time we had this level of violence was during prohibition. My thinking is when the alcohol ban was lifted the violence problem went away. I see open air drug dealing going on uninterrupted 24/7 like it's a 7/11 and not even an ounce of fear on these drug dealers faces of being arrested, well now the shooting involves children, women, at all times of day and night, and we have no answers. Well something has gotta give or this will be the end of us all.

  • imagine imagine all the people living life in peace

    Personally I blame the powers that be for all this gang cra*. They were around for a longggggggg time people. This isn't anything new to them. Trouble is perhaps, they took it way to lightly. Back in the day they got a slap on the hand. Today, they will out...

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    Personally I blame the powers that be for all this gang cra*. They were around for a longggggggg time people. This isn't anything new to them. Trouble is perhaps, they took it way to lightly. Back in the day they got a slap on the hand. Today, they will out a gun to anyone;s face and blow it to kingdom come. I say it is now worse then any mob you care to name. The time has come to put these punks away . I suggest an island with electricified fencing. 1 million volts about 20 feet high. Let them all kill each other rather then kill us. Wake up America. Wake up CHICAGO! Our powers that be are the problem. They let it fester for years and years. And look at what we have now. We have the totally blindsided kids and others being shot for looking like someone else. Guns being brought in from other places. Gone are the days when gangs used their fists. COWARDS! They advanced to guns. So many problems.....So little time for our kids. Our entire justice system needs an overhaul. Criminals have more rights then us. How did that happen? Summer represents on thing in Chicago...We become the Killing Fields! Over what, a dam corner? Someone looked at them the wrong way? There is an old saying, yeah can't teach the stupid.....Could that be our powers that be? It;s getting better McCarthy says so.....He knows nothing when it comes to Chicago, never did. That job should have gone to a CHICAGO WISE person. Not an outsider. Powers that be have let us down. As usual!

  • Mike Spikes Relocating to Chicago in 2 months

    While I can certainly see that this is a hot button issue (as it should be) -- this discussion seems to be going in all kinds of directions. I don't know how much this might help, but I read this fascinating article in the Chicago Magazine in which a Yale...

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    While I can certainly see that this is a hot button issue (as it should be) -- this discussion seems to be going in all kinds of directions. I don't know how much this might help, but I read this fascinating article in the Chicago Magazine in which a Yale Sociologist parses the data that deals with the small networks that most of the violence in Chicago seems to revolve in and around.

    Some of the numbers are devastating, but I think it can also help to give some context.

    I placed this PDF in dropbox, because when I tried to pull the article back up on Chicago Magazine's website, it dosen't seem to load.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/f0mf1axw768imln/ChicagoMag-Chicago%20Gun%20Violence-%20Big%20Numbers%2C%20But%20Small%20Network.pdf

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Updated 23 hours ago

Lu Palmer's House

It's really sad what has happened to Lu's house over on King Drive, this is another sore eye for Bronzeville, Even the property where CBUC used to have meetings looks condemned. A beautiful red-brick structure has fallen on to hard times. Even the nearby Bronzeville Bed and Breakfast closed, never to return as of yet. Preservation needs to be taken more serious on the south side, cause when it's gone, it's gone! (See Picture).

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    BC seems as if you have some misdirected anger issues going on with that nonsensical rant. Why don't you find a way forward with some of these properties instead of spouting nonsense?

    If you are so smart, you can find money to preserve these structures. Since you are taking credit for saving other buildings, why not apply the same blueprint to saving more? I'm highly skeptical you had a major role in any of the buildings you mentioned in the first place.

  • MHarris Bronzeville resident for 14 Years

    BC since you did so much to save the buildings you mentioned, I can't wait to see what YOUR efforts are to save this building.

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Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District to Rehab, Build 103 Playgrounds this Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Friends of the Park officials and community members broke ground today to build new playgrounds at Lindblom Park, Murray Park and Kucinski-Murphy Park. These three playgrounds are part of the 103 neighborhood playgrounds that will be refurbished or built across the City in 2014.

Click here for more information:
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what do you think?

Alderman Dowell is working to have a request for proposals created to drive the development of 43rd st around Calumet and Prairie. What do you think of the idea? Attached is a pic showing a possible collection of stores, what do you think? Contact her office to share your thoughts of what you would like to see here. Help drive this conversation to see the development that will sustain and ignite the revitalization of Bronzeville. Get involved early before decisions are made.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council a long standing 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the historic Bronzeville community, in good standing with the State of Illinois, was not contacted by your office to participate in the city of Chicago's...

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    3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council a long standing 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the historic Bronzeville community, in good standing with the State of Illinois, was not contacted by your office to participate in the city of Chicago's development of the RFP for 43rd & Calumet in Bronzeville.

    As you know historically, from your past history as executive director of the Mid South Planning & Development Commission, that collaboratively we created the Muddy Waters Blues District and festival on the 43rd street commercial business district years ago and it was not sustained.

    The east west boundaries are from Stewart Avenue on the west and the lakefront on the east. Several commercial redevelopment nodes have emerged on 43rd Street in the past decade, including a node at St Laurence Avenue and another anchored by Nroman's Bistro on 43rd & Ellis Avenue, where we celebrated the Brown Derby Jazz Revue on this past Thursday evening, as components of the Visit Bronzeville FAM Tour associated with IPW International Tourism conference in Chicago on April 5-9, 2014.

    Don't forget lady D' antiques and the other urban entrepreneurs struggling to sustain thier businesses in the landmark retial commercial building between located Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue on 43rd Street around the coroner from rev Cobbs church that has been palced on the national register of historic palces because of its art deco exterior and not the legacy of Rev Cobb's assocation to the policy racket barons.

    The vision of 43rd Street's emergence as a heritage tourism entertainment zone should not be limited or truncated by Aldermanic control or focus simply on the corner of 43rd & Calumet, but should also be inclusive of the entire 43rd Street commercial business district development within the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Excuse me for knowing, understanding, respecting and honoring the authentic history of Bronzeville and its potential as a emerging African American heritage tourism destination.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Moving to Chicago

Hello,

I was wondering what a good place to live in Chicago that isn't too far from mount sinai hospital. My budget seems to only allow me to look at places in the south like bronzeville. I am a single female so any advice would be appreciated!

  • Jennifer Bridgeport to Bucktown and some places in between

    Bridgeport is a great place to live with great neighbors.

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Check out UIC West campus "Tri-Taylor". Between I-290 on the north, Roosevelt Rd on the south, Damen on the east and Western on the west. I have been living here for 27 years and selling and renting real estate for 20 years. I always gets 15-20 apartments each year in...

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    Check out UIC West campus "Tri-Taylor". Between I-290 on the north, Roosevelt Rd on the south, Damen on the east and Western on the west. I have been living here for 27 years and selling and renting real estate for 20 years. I always gets 15-20 apartments each year in the neighborhood. Its one of the best neighborhoods in the city . . UIC and medical students . . . downtown working professionals . .and families. Mt Sinai is only 5-10minutes by car or bus down Ogden Ave to the SW. 1 Brs run $700-$1000. 2 BRs run $800-$1200. I actually have a 1 BR heat included for $950 right now.

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I'M COMING BACK TO BRONZEVILLE!!!!

If all works out and God continues to bless me..... I'm Coming Back this Spring... the former Bronzeville Coffee House will be opening back up under my Parent Company "SIP & SAVOR INC., So Prepare yourselves for a Venue that's Grown & Sexy complete with relaxing music, Fine Art, Networking on a level never seen before, Class, Elegance, and much much more! I envision events such as Comedy, Live Jazz, Hell, I'm even thinking of hosting a Karaoke night. So STAY TUNED IT'S GOING TO BE EPIC!!!!! AND OF COURSE THE COFFEE WILL BE FIYA, STRAIGHT FROM THE MOTHERLAND.....

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Welcome back to the 43rd Street Muddy Waters Drive Blues District commercial business node at St. Laurence Avenue!

    This historic business district runs east and west from the lakefront to Stewart Avenue within the historic Bronzeville community.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

  • Great information....

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new park

What would you like to see at a new Bronzeville park? 4300 block of South Calumet. I know I'd like to see a dog park; any other dog owners out there agree? Join in the discussion and share your thoughts. You can go online to vote for things like a dog park (see last picture).

4 days ago

New Buckthorn Park

What would you like to see at a new Bronzeville park? 4300 block of South Calumet. Join in the discussion and share your thoughts.

4 days ago

LOST DOG FOUND

A small brown Chihuahua was found near 37th & Indiana on 4/4/2014. If you have any info on the rightful owners please post below and I will definitely contact you ASAP. The dog is not chipped.

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Internet Essentials (Free Internet Training)

Date: Tuesday April 22, 2014
Internet Essentials Class Time: 6:00pm-6:45pm
Concert Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal Street
Max enrollment: 20 people

To register for a class or if there are any questions, please contact Jeff Sadowski at jsadowski@vandercook.edu or 312-788-1166. (Note: please register prior to each class to guarantee a seat in the class…space it limited).

Shalom

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING 1ST AND 2ND FLOOR OFFICE SPACES. STRUCTURAL PEER REVIEW PER PLANS **SELF CERT CONDITIONAL PERMIT: SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS **

    2630 S. Wabash Ave. Issued April 10, 2014 Comment

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Updated Apr 10

Bronzeville businesses need to do better.

As a resident I want to be able to support local businesses, however this last week made me wonder if our local business owners just don't care or take our business for granted. We went to one establishment one night for dinner, the place was somewhat dirty, the front door smeared with hand prints. I always look at a front door as your initial impression and it should be kept clean. So just by chance, we happened to return two...

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As a resident I want to be able to support local businesses, however this last week made me wonder if our local business owners just don't care or take our business for granted. We went to one establishment one night for dinner, the place was somewhat dirty, the front door smeared with hand prints. I always look at a front door as your initial impression and it should be kept clean. So just by chance, we happened to return two nights later, only to see the same smears on the glass. So in two days, no one thought to clean the door? So we left, I didn't want to think about the kitchen. Ironically, we went to a nearby place, it too was dirty, and the service was surly.

These weren't fast food establishments either, not that that's an excuse for dirt when/where dealing with food service. Such a shame, I want to tell friends to come out to BV, but can't, how can I when I question returning to these spots myself.

  • Erica in Bronzeville 9-yr Bronzeville Resident

    Mr. Lucas. Can you please paint a picture of what elected official support of Bronzeville tactically means? If that feeds into improving our quality of life in Bronzeville, I am all for it. To me, improving our quality of life today is numero uno.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Dear Erica in Bronzeville and those self serving, arrogant, plutocratic "top down" black politicians in Chicago!

    If Bronzeville elected officials were progressive in advocating for city and state resources from heritage tourism development in under served predominantly African American neighborhoods in Chicago, they would have incorporated an subsidy initiative with...

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    Dear Erica in Bronzeville and those self serving, arrogant, plutocratic "top down" black politicians in Chicago!

    If Bronzeville elected officials were progressive in advocating for city and state resources from heritage tourism development in under served predominantly African American neighborhoods in Chicago, they would have incorporated an subsidy initiative with the state legislation on the McCormick Place expansion of a new hotel and the DePaul Basketball stadium, that would have provided some financial resources for the development of Bronzevlle as a international heritage tourism destination.

    Both the Mayor and the Governor could have also sponsored set asides in the legislation that could have benefited heritage tourism development in African American neighborhoods.

    Since our governor, mayor and incumbent black democratic elected officials continue to take African American voters in Chicago for granted, the reality of less than 20% voter turn out in the democratic primary election, bodes well for the republicans in the general election come November 2014!

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

    www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac

Apr 10

Bronzeville Goes to College

Bronzeville Scholastic Academy recently allowed its 9th-12th grade students an opportunity to preview college. See the article here: http://www.cps.edu/Spotlight/Pages/Spotlight565.aspx

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LOST DOG FOUND

A small brown Chihuahua was found near 37th & Indiana on 4/4/2014. If you have any info on the rightful owners please post below and I will definitely contact you ASAP.

Thank You

Apr 07

Updated Apr 09

LOST DOG FOUND

Lost dog found by 37th & Indiana, please leave a post!!!

  • Kath Kath

    I agree you should give a little info on the dog, I see many of posts in the midway area of missing dogs, those people may not see your post. I've seen two missing dog posts about a huskie and a poodle. I can notify them on those posts if it is either of these types of dogs.

  • Yes, sorry. I am going to add a new post with more details on the dog. Thank You everyone for your advise and help. The dog is in good hands :)

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