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Tenants Rights

I need tenants who have complaints about landlords/slumlords, property managers, city services, lack of adequate heat and essential services, CHA, etc to contact me at
MTOHOTLINE9@TENANTS-RIGHTS.ORG and let me know what issues they are dealing with. They can also call Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) at 773-292-4988 between teh hours of 1pm-5pm Monday thru Friday and have a hotline counselor help them.
Thanks,
C Starks

Oct 20

Updated 2 days 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.

  • 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.

  • @jeffrey booker: Im sorry for not answering you when you commented but I really get tired of social media sometimes and make comments and go on with my life (smile). I would be happy to meet with you over a cup of coffee. Also, know that I am a hotline volunteer for Metropolitan Tenants Organization and I hear all kinds of horror stories from all classes of people about landlords, city services, CHA, etc. Let's meet and discuss. Email me at cstarbea830@yahoo.com.

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    NEW 2 STORY SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE WITH BASEMENT AND NEW FRAME GARAGE AS PER PLANS.(NO ROOF DECK UNDER THIS PERMIT) CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.

    627 E. 41st St. Issued November 19, 2014 Comment

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Nov 11

Updated 4 days ago

Jimmy's Foods on 35th Closed?

I saw the public notice sign in the window. I can't express how happy I am that this gang hang out is closed. I truly hope it is permanent.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Response from 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell:

    Harold,

    At last night's townhall meeting, Bernita Johnson Gabriel gave a presentation on all the work and improvements happening on 47th Street. In addition to TIF dollars earmarked to 47th Street to support the redevelopment of the Rosenwald, Bronzeville Artists Lofts, Gallery Guichard,...

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    Response from 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell:

    Harold,

    At last night's townhall meeting, Bernita Johnson Gabriel gave a presentation on all the work and improvements happening on 47th Street. In addition to TIF dollars earmarked to 47th Street to support the redevelopment of the Rosenwald, Bronzeville Artists Lofts, Gallery Guichard, Streetscape and new sidewalk improvements, and SBIF grants for example, Bernita also spoke of Special Service Area funds for street cleaning, facade upgrades, transit station improvements and general support of the indigenous businesses along the corridor. Sandra Bivens of the 51st Street Business Association will be giving a presentation of the work along 51st Street at the next meeting.

    City funds have been allocated and will continue to support indigenous businesses who apply for the grant dollars or other financial support for new or expansion projects such as the Cuisine of the Diaspora, The Renaissance Collaborative and others.

    By the way, no public dollars have been used to promote the redevelopment of Garfield Boulevard except for the resurfacing of Garfield from King Drive to Normal and the CTA infrastructure improvements at the Garfield Station. All the investment in projects like the Washington Park Arts Incubator, Currency Exchange cafe, the Garden Pavillion and the soon to be constructed Dunkin Donuts at Garfield and State are all private sector investments and have no federal or local tax dollars in them. As you know, 61st and Cottage Grove is not in the Ward and I cannot comment on this area.

    Ald. Dowell

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Dear Alderman Dowell, thank you for your prompt and in depth response. If it is alright with you, I will post this information on Everyblock for the general public in Bronzeville.

    Bronzeville Visitor Information Center will be submitting a Illinois Coastal grant proposal on December 15, 2014 for a Bronzeville/35th...

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    Dear Alderman Dowell, thank you for your prompt and in depth response. If it is alright with you, I will post this information on Everyblock for the general public in Bronzeville.

    Bronzeville Visitor Information Center will be submitting a Illinois Coastal grant proposal on December 15, 2014 for a Bronzeville/35th Street Illinois Main Street project, that will focus on developing a patriots pavilion at the west end of the new 35th Street bridge installation and formation of a 35th SSA to assist area youth, IIT IPRO students, existing businesses and civic associations on the east 35th Street commercial business corridor between Stewart Avenue on the west and the lakefront on the east. If we are not mistaken your 3rd ward geographic boundary area begins on 35th West of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and extends into the Fuller Park/ Armour Square community west of the Dan Ryan expressway..

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council, as a 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization for the historic Bronzeville community, will be respectfully seeking a letter of support for the Coastal grant proposal from your 3rd Ward Aldermanic office..

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

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Part Ten: “They were all Republicans,” Drexel Boulevard – 39th to 47th Streets

We last met at the DuSable Hotel, located where Drexel, Cottage Grove and Oakwood all converged. In its heyday, the DuSable was a major landmark for Chicago’s Blacks...

...his wife Mary built a house they called Oakwood Hall at what would now be 3938 S. Ellis Ave. The house became the nucleus of the little settlement, eventually giving its name to Oakwood...

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

...the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently...

...once stood on the 4400 block, now the site of King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd. Designed by McCaughey, Erickson, Kristman & Stillwaugh in 1971, where the school sits were several elegant...

...Horatio Wilson — for Herman Stern at 4512, Maximillian Morganthau at 4518, and Benjamin Bensinger at 4628 S. Drexel. The economist noted a number of other beautiful homes nearby including that of Norman W...

...the boulevard and noted houses that were under construction, including on the northeast corner of Drexel at 47th Street, a “fine brick residence” built for Col. George R. Clarke...

Oct 13

Updated 4 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!

:-)

  • 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.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I am contacting Chicago City Council members to change the date of the Chicago marathon to mid November - with wind chills below 0 F let's see how successful these Kenyans are extreme Chicago cold.

    Maybe some runner from North Dakota can finally end the domination of the Kenyans in our Chicago!

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Nov 16

Updated 5 days ago

Bronzeville We have a Winner !

Wendell Phillips High School, yes the school on 39th not only have they raised themselves from level 3 to level 1, the highest rating in academics for public schools, the football team has reached the State semifinals. I want to say congratulations to the Principal and staff at Phillips you have made us proud. Here is a very inspiring video on youtube please watch this, it is very telling of the good that is now coming from that institution.:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMzxO6iZ4v8

  • Anna,
    I understand, you're imphatuated, but you're noty type.

  • lol, I assume you meant 'infatuated'? but with what?? your incorrect assessment of subsidized housing? your somewhat lame screen name?? pray tell what should I focus on boo?

Nov 09 2011

Updated 5 days ago

Thanksgiving food and clothing drives in the Hyde Park/Bronzeville area

Hey everyone, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! Does anyone have info on food and/or clothing drives in the neighborhood to share? Or are you looking for volunteers for an upcoming drive or charity event? If so, feel free to post a comment or new neighbor message.

  • My grad school, Catholic Theological Union is collecting food for a thanksgiving food pantry tomorrow, November 15th for a charity in Back of the Yards. Pick up is scheduled for 1 pm. If you want to drop anything off tomorrow morning, buzz into the reception desk! CTU is located at 5416 S Cornell. :)

  • Chi Anti-Vi Youth violence reduction group will be conducting a food or toy drive from Monday, November 24th to December 12th. Drop off locations are at the offices of Quad Communities Development Corporation 4659 South Cottage Grove, 2nd floor. Call (773) 268-7232 for more information. Visit www.ChiANtiVI.com

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Aug 29

Updated Nov 16

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! :)

  • 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.

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    I know at least one of the owners is black.

Nov 14

Updated Nov 16

Fourth Ward Newsletter | November 14, 2014

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

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    When are you going to start addressing the north end of the ward and our issues. We need more cops but you spend too much time kissing up to Rahm while he takes contributions from city pension managers in violation of the law. Why won't you ask for an investigation?

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

    I am glad you posted your recent interview. I had heard about it, but I don't have cable. I was amazed to hear that a high school was kept open to accommodate 13 students. I would like to know more about the "lack of humanity" in the design of the...

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    I am glad you posted your recent interview. I had heard about it, but I don't have cable. I was amazed to hear that a high school was kept open to accommodate 13 students. I would like to know more about the "lack of humanity" in the design of the Lucas Museum. Humanity is not a word that often falls from the lips of sitting politicians.The arts and rec, center on 35th and Cottage sounds good, but I wonder who is going to really benefit.These development projects seem to be the new method for "stealing" public money. There is already a facility, four blocks away, on Pershing & Cottage. Can you say that local residents will get jobs working on the construction or will we see training programs put in place if there is a contention that qualified workers are not available, per city ordinance.
    And lastly, it is sad to see, when given the opportunity to access the means for broad casting, we choose to imitate the format of the major media outlets. Our performance pales in comparison and the content is bland and shallow, I suspect this is because we are mimicking a format that has other priorities than providing useful information.

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    All Will "I'm like Barack Obama" burns is interested in is being an errand boy for Rahms pay to play agenda. He is in favor if giving Rahm a free pass on the Lucas museum because Hollywood is more important to Rahm and burns than is Chicago. He also follows the failed policies of enabling Toni Preckwinkle.

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Nov 16

  • Literacy for All

    Ms. O'Doherty is asking for $466.00:
    My students need "Inside Out and Back Again" and "Lyddie" books in order to compete with the world around them.
    Wells Preparatory Elementary School Comment

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Nov 12

Updated Nov 14

Pat Dowell Flyer

I received a rather inflammatory flyer on my gate this morning concerning Alderman Dowell. It was racist, sexist and unsigned. if anyone knows the author please pass on to them that they are a sad excuse for a human being.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    We did not create the flyer, have knowledge of its creation prior to it's discussion on this thread! :-)

    Furthermore, we also are long-term resident stakeholders in the 3rd Ward, and have an in-depth CIVIC and community/professional working relationship with Alderman Pat Dowell.

    Matter of fact, the 3rd Ward Aldermen and I rode our bicycles together in the 2013 Bud Billiken day parade, in her bicycle riding contingency! :-)

    Had a ball! :-) Time moves so fast it seems like that Bud Billigan day bike was this summer 2014.

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

    Racism is an economic tool. It is designed to disguise inhumanity as the legitimate pursuit of self interest. It undermines the humanity of both the victim and the perpetrator. For those that think in terms of clean, safe neighborhoods etc., be mindful that 95% of the accumulated wealth since 2008...

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    Racism is an economic tool. It is designed to disguise inhumanity as the legitimate pursuit of self interest. It undermines the humanity of both the victim and the perpetrator. For those that think in terms of clean, safe neighborhoods etc., be mindful that 95% of the accumulated wealth since 2008 has gone to the top 1%. For most people, debt is responsible for their quality of life. Debt is the instrument that allows elected governments to be supplanted by appointed "professionals" that dictate what must be done to get out of debt. Have you heard of austerity measures? The third world has been held in abject poverty for decades because their leadership sold out their future via development schemes that left the people with massive debt to international financiers. To the bi-racial brothers and sisters, there are very few pure bloods these days. The majority of pure bloods are in the ruling class and this is the result of deliberate in breeding. I would ague that it is our responsibility to think in terms of saving the world. If we stop being so selfish, we would see that human beings are being killed all over the world in unprecedented numbers and ways. The common element in this trend is that it is the result of people being pitted against each other to the best interest of the monied elites at the top of the financial system. I think we need to develop ways to come together, face to face, to discuss important matters and get to know each other as people that have a common interest in our immediate future.

    P.S. I would like to read the flyers.

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Jan 18 2013

Updated Nov 12

Bronzeville Chamber of Commerce - WHERE ARE YOU?

I have been curious about the Bronzeville Chambe of Commerce for the last year and even reached out to the president, Johnnie Blair, to get more info. He wrote be back, promising to send over some materials but I never heard from him again. The BCC has got to make itself a little more visable and active if attracting commerce to the Bronzeville area is a priority.

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I have been curious about the Bronzeville Chambe of Commerce for the last year and even reached out to the president, Johnnie Blair, to get more info. He wrote be back, promising to send over some materials but I never heard from him again. The BCC has got to make itself a little more visable and active if attracting commerce to the Bronzeville area is a priority.

But I say all of this because while at a restaurant in the South Loop earlier this week, I noticed a tri-fold pamphlet on the counter listing all of the businesses in Pilsen. Well, the South Loop isn't Pilsen, but clearly someone had enough wits to create the business directory in an attempt to attract folks to Pilsen to patronize their businesses and restaurants. The Pilsen Chamber of Commerce developed the pamphlet by the way.

We need business directory for Bronzeville too. Granted our businesses and services within the community are on the rise, but what better way to get the word out and attract others to our community? Thoughts? How can we get this started?

  • @ Grandmahere is info on Bronzeville Alliance
    I copied and pasted this from QCDC Website.

    Bronzeville Alliance Corner Store Summit
    View on map
    November 15, 2014, 10 am–12 pm
    Northeastern Illinois University- Jacob Carruthers, 700 East Oakwood Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60653
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    Saturday

    November 15th...

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    @ Grandmahere is info on Bronzeville Alliance
    I copied and pasted this from QCDC Website.

    Bronzeville Alliance Corner Store Summit
    View on map
    November 15, 2014, 10 am–12 pm
    Northeastern Illinois University- Jacob Carruthers, 700 East Oakwood Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60653
    Add this event to your calendar
    Saturday

    November 15th , 2014

    10AM

    Northeastern Illinois University

    Jacob Carruthers Center For Inner City Studies

    700 East Oakwood Blvd.

    Light Refreshments will be Available

    Ample Parking

    On Saturday Nov. 15th at 10am we will come together to address a problem, with some solutions. The term Corner Store has come to define a grimy, dimly lit, convenience store located in depressed usually minority populated areas of the city selling unhealthy snacks to our babies. They have also become a symbol for what is wrong from a public health standpoint in minority communities. Furthermore, there has been a great deal of racial/cultural tension and misunderstanding resulting from the current paradigm. The current situation is unsustainable and cannot be allowed to continue. Therefore Centers for New Horizons/ Bronzeville Alliance will host a meeting, inviting Store operators and community residents, to introduce a new model based upon partnership and common self interest. We will come together to establish a stronger relationship by lifting up where our common interests exist, and how we, by working together can offer tangible resources that will help what we want to start now calling “Convenience Stores” to meet new market and environmental challenges. The “Convenience Store Summit” is scheduled for:

    For Questions Please call: Johnnie Owens at Centers For New Horizons (o) 773-373-5700 or (m) 708.522.8275.

    Thank You!

  • @ grandma
    I've been to a couple of the Bronzeville Allianves' meetings. I consider them legit (for what ever it's worth). Also, you may want check out QCDCs' site qcdc.org They are envolved with just about every development project in Bronzeville (a good source of information).

Nov 09

Updated Nov 12

Mayor's interest in Bronzeville

I think that those of you that want to dialogue with other people(s) should have moved into other people community and not my community. I know you kind of people (yuppie) hate black people when you say we don't need to request assistance, you won't dare say that too or about white people whom by the way is benefiting from all sorts of city, state and federal assistance. Then you want to talk down to the people that was born...

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I think that those of you that want to dialogue with other people(s) should have moved into other people community and not my community. I know you kind of people (yuppie) hate black people when you say we don't need to request assistance, you won't dare say that too or about white people whom by the way is benefiting from all sorts of city, state and federal assistance. Then you want to talk down to the people that was born and reared in this community before you came. Why don't you go move with them other people and try talking about there children they would run you out of town. We don't need no schools my community has an economic problem fostered by social exclusion, racism, classism and caste system of middle class mindset African American people that don't like low-income Black people and will cut off your right hand to be accepted by white people. if all you yuppies would reach out to the young people you learned to hate and create an dialogue with them and be concerned and protest when you see all white and Hispanics dominating the workforce taking and doing the jobs that the children of this community should be doing, i bet you can stop 99% of the violence in the community.

  • I understand where coming from, but you should re-word your statements so that they don't come off as tight-casting. There are some middle-class that fit your narrative, but there are an awful lot that fight for human rights in ways you couldn't even imagine.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

Study: Landlords on South, West sides can't get loans

In Chicago's downtown and on the North Side, rents are on the rise and banks are lending millions of dollars to finance huge apartment deals. On the city's South and West Sides, there's plenty of demand, too. But landlords can barely get a loan.
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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141108/ISSUE01/311089980/study-landlords-on-south-west-sides-cant-get-loans

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

    There does not seem to be a value on human life below the middle income level. The societal consequences to wholesale disinvestment based on "risk" is only valid if you discount the needless human suffering that is caused the systematic concentration of disadvantages on certain communities until they reach the...

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    There does not seem to be a value on human life below the middle income level. The societal consequences to wholesale disinvestment based on "risk" is only valid if you discount the needless human suffering that is caused the systematic concentration of disadvantages on certain communities until they reach the tipping point where the sufferers are moved out and gentrification begins. The damaged persons don't go away, they go somewhere else, taking the consequences of their disenfranchisement with them. Our political leadership should make sure the current residents are the primary beneficiaries of development, not the victims of it. http://movementfornewchicago.org

  • Happy making better choices

    Thanks Juan - I did that once before and thought it was a fluke, slow mo me for not trying it again. Awesome trick.

    The article brings up some good points. Leaving near 3 blds managed by Pangea, they are so right you can't just stop by once a month. You have to be on top of things on a daily basis and I appreciate that. Those bldg's have had no issues (very few) that aren't immediately taken care of and as a neighbor, I appreciate that.

Nov 05

Updated Nov 12

New Harold's Chicken opening up in Bronzeville

There is a new Harold's Chicken opening up in Bronzeville! This is the second Harold's Chicken Shack James, a local entrepreneur, is opening. They have been approved already and have little remodeling to do, as they are taking over a location that was previously a restaurant.

They are doing all of this in a new way - by paying their customers and neighbors instead of the bank. Take a look at their crowd funded loan campaign. For the first time you can directly have an effect on local businesses.
http://bit.ly/1okNB91

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    I applaud any entrepreneur who opens up a new business. That's great. I would caution them about opening up a Harold's on 35th. There is already lots of fried chicken competition as was mentioned and a Harold's on 35th already failed within the last few years.

  • Mike in Bronzeville Concerned Home Owner

    Wow that is awful. Another Fried Chicken Shack on 35th. One step foward 2 steps back.

Nov 12

LGBT Neighbors In Bridgeport Chicago

We are your fellow neighbors

Come join us :)

Allies welcome!

Everybody is welcome doesn't matter were you live.

We are your Southside LGBTQ resource.

www.lgbtneighborsinbridgeportchicago.org

info@lgbtneighborsinbridgeportchicago.org

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Text us
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Any questions contact us please feel free.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 12

Bronzeville featured Neighborhood Conversation Series TODAY @ 2PM

Good Morning:

I will be doing a live interview on WBEZ (91.5 FM) today from 2:00 pm to 2:45
for the "Afternoon Shift" program for a new series called Neighborhood Conversations.

Listen Live via the internet, I will be joined by Bernard Turner, cultural historian, author publisher of HighlightsofChicago.

http://www.wbez.org/

Hope you can tune in!

Thanks
Paula Robinson
www.visitBronzeville.com

Nov 07

Updated Nov 12

Fourth Ward Newsletter Nov. 7. 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/HcJ5XP

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

    Giving investors the opportunity to profit from investing in already proven Early Childhood Development Programs is just another example of using public education as a revenue stream for private profit. The embrace of automation, without regard for the human consequences of it, is killing opportunity, more so than the lack of education. I am trying to get on the ballot for the 2015, 4th Ward Aldermanic Election because I believe we need political representation that understands this. http://movementfornewchicago.org for more information.

Nov 12

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

A previous community meeting, Maxey-Faulkner said, was held at the Mandrake Park Fieldhouse, 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave., on Oct. 28.

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