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Parking meter maids in full force this morning.

Just got hit with a $200 ticket due to an expired city sticker. The sticker does not expire until the END of the month. Not sure if it was an error on her part or she is just trying to make here quota, but I'm not paying it. Just more of a reason to pack it up and get out of this city.

  • Happy making better choices

    Contest, that's why they do it so they make money. It's the title not the content of the movie.

  • And in contesting the ticket you have to take time off work , either drive a car and pay at THE CITY LOT ACROSS the street or take CTA..CHICAGO CTA staff are the most ignorant and customers hating people on board.
    We are exiting Chicago in a year. This is...

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    And in contesting the ticket you have to take time off work , either drive a car and pay at THE CITY LOT ACROSS the street or take CTA..CHICAGO CTA staff are the most ignorant and customers hating people on board.
    We are exiting Chicago in a year. This is NO PLACE to live. In our Pilsen area needed bike patrols chasing drug dealers on 18th St were removed,. We rarely see a cruiser or a detective vehicles around. Gangs are emboldened by this.Shall I mention lack of snow plows? 5 FULL DAYS for us after the blizzard. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has placed my family and other families in my area in danger with severely cut police presence. He is a hater of Chicago residents below 1MIL status.The City of Chicago is now a predator on working people.. This is a disgusting and failed metropolis..gutted by Daley for 20 years now Emanuel has severely cut the quality of life here. Alderman are no different. Bye Bye Chicago

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Subsidized Low-Income Housing in the "Northern Part" of the Third and Fourth Wards

Disgusted Democrat commented yesterday, "The 3rd and 4th wards extend further then BV. Curious to know how many units have been built in the northern part of the 3rd ward."

Response: Conservatively, 5 times less subsidized low-income housing units than exist in the Third/Fourth Wards elsewhere. And at least 70% of the units in the "northern part" of Bronzeville, the Near South Side (excluding Hilliard Towers), are studios or 1-bedrooms or are occupied by seniors. Relatively little or no family...

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Disgusted Democrat commented yesterday, "The 3rd and 4th wards extend further then BV. Curious to know how many units have been built in the northern part of the 3rd ward."

Response: Conservatively, 5 times less subsidized low-income housing units than exist in the Third/Fourth Wards elsewhere. And at least 70% of the units in the "northern part" of Bronzeville, the Near South Side (excluding Hilliard Towers), are studios or 1-bedrooms or are occupied by seniors. Relatively little or no family housing there. That's no accident.

There are at least 930 subsidized low-income housing units in the Near South Side (excluding Hilliard Homes at 22nd Street/Cermak). That number could be larger or smaller, depending on whether HUD counts a unit twice in circumstances where a holder of a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) resides in a LIHTC building (where eligibility is based on one’s low income rather than on one’s possession of a Section 8 or HCV voucher).

BREAKDOWN:

HCV subsidies: approximately 285 units (in 2 census tracts: 17031330100 and 17031330200).

Project-based Section 8 subsidies: approximately 286 units at Lake Vista Apartments, 1500 S. Indiana St. (Census tract 17031330100), with 89% of the units being studios or IBRs, 11% 2BRs.

Public Housing: 358 units in (census tract 17031330200), with 68% of all residents being 62 years and older.

LIHTC project-based subsidies: 395 units all in census tract 17031330100. I believe at least 245 of these units are accounted for in the total number of HCV-subsidized low-income units. The 245 HCV units all are in the same census tract as the LIHTC project-based subsidies (i.e., 17031330100). The following 3 buildings in the South Loop are LIHTC properties:

Senior Suites Central Station, 1400 S. Indiana Avenue (96 units: 20 studios 76 1BRs);
South Loop Apartments, 1521 S. Wabash Avenue (208 units: all studios); and
Park at Central Station, 1251 S. Michigan Avenue (91 units: all 1BRs).

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  • Currently looking into taking the only approach that has proven effective in the past: a civil rights class action lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act. Be on the lookout.

  • Geez Louise Bronzeville resident

    The reality is we have LESS public housing meaning a net decrease in the number of units in Bronzeville since the demolition of public housing. And, the new stuff constructed contains a mix of public housing, affordable and market rate rental AND market rate for sale housing. Wish somebody would do the research on what has been built since 2000, including the many single family homes I see being built all around Bronzeville these days.

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Calling all KIND individuals to help inspire and make someone’s day
happy through the sincere kindness of our hearts.

Acts of Kindness is dedicated to encouraging and empowering people to practice kindness in their everyday lives.

On this day, we will demonstrate acts of kindness by:

- Engaging and galvanizing the community with kindness
- Distributing water, granola bars, kindness cards and other items
- Sharing literature on community resources and job opportunities
- Engaging people with smiles, handshakes and conversation

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Feb 28 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Black politicans/CHA undermining progress in Chatham and Bronzeville(Must be Stopped)!!!

There is currently more CHA being developed for state street.Why is it that the majority of this "affordable housing" is only slated for areas that already have an disporpotionate amount of this housing(middle class black areas)? They are using our communities as dumpining areas to preserve downtown and trendy areas of the north side. Its already hard enough to get development on the south side and the city and alderpeople are contributing to this.

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There is currently more CHA being developed for state street.Why is it that the majority of this "affordable housing" is only slated for areas that already have an disporpotionate amount of this housing(middle class black areas)? They are using our communities as dumpining areas to preserve downtown and trendy areas of the north side. Its already hard enough to get development on the south side and the city and alderpeople are contributing to this.

Dowell just wants to dilute the middlle class(like Brookings) so she can ensure her continual re-election as she knows the south loop won't support her. She knows the middle class would challenge her and hold her accountable and she can't have that. I hope the black middle class is paying attention to how the black politicans are actually working against them. This is true for Brookings also, what happened in the remap was just dispicable.

Everyone contact your federal senator/reps and the republicans and tell them u support cutting of the HUD budget. Cut the budget so that there is only enough for seniors, the disabled, and returning vets. Also tell everyone you know and in community meetings. You don't have to vote for the republicans, just let them know that they have your support for these cuts. The budget cuts will Force CHA to sell their public housing to the private market and there will be less section 8 in your area raising property values.

Black people should be the most vocal of everyone as our areas are used as areas to dump them(section 8 public housing). THEN PEOPLE ALWAYS WONDER WHY THE BLACK AREAS OF TOWN ARE ALWAYS THE SLUMS. The black politicans don't care about the black community they only care about their power. They continue to undermine progress and blame racism for the non progress , while they are the actual problem ie Dowell, Sawyer,and Brookings.

Lets vote based on candiates who will represent our interest whether they be gay, lesbian, republican, green party, white, asian etc.

  • A better question is who are the ones perpetrating these murders and crimes. last I checked it isnt mortgage bankers out here shooting. I dont care how bad society has beat you down, that does not give you an excuse to commit crimes and terrorize otherwise peacefull neighborhoods. Pointing the...

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    A better question is who are the ones perpetrating these murders and crimes. last I checked it isnt mortgage bankers out here shooting. I dont care how bad society has beat you down, that does not give you an excuse to commit crimes and terrorize otherwise peacefull neighborhoods. Pointing the finger at "mortgage bankers" is a way of excusing this type of behavior. Thank god people arent going for this b.s. anymore. A criminal is a criminal and just because he and I share the same skin color that does not make him any less of a criminal.

  • GBresident,
    Sure, what's up? Dialogue can lead to action. What did you have in mind?

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Mar 12

Updated 4 days ago

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) and Bronzeville

The 606 has sparked a tremendous building boom in the areas that the trail goes through. Alot of money is being invested into those neighborhoods due to the construction of the trail. This has get me wondering about the feasibility of doing the same exact thing with the old Kenwood Elevated Tracks that run from Cottage Grove to the Dan Ryan at roughly 41st. Many of the embankments are still intact although most of the overpasses have been demolished at the busy streets. Any thoughts?

Apr 10

Updated 4 days ago

The City of Chicago's Hypocritical Fair Housing Ordinance

Now that poster Rick Roche has extracted my status as a homeowner and landlord in Bronzeville, I am reminded of my reaction to the City of Chicago’s Fair Housing Ordinance when I first became aware of it. See hyperlink below to a summary of the ordinance on the City’s website:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cchr/AdjSupportingInfo/AdjFORMS/Section8VouchersSourceofIncomeDisc.pdf)

I was struck by the irony and hypocrisy of the ordinance. Here the City was warning landlords in Chicago not to discriminate against prospective tenants with Section 8 vouchers...

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Now that poster Rick Roche has extracted my status as a homeowner and landlord in Bronzeville, I am reminded of my reaction to the City of Chicago’s Fair Housing Ordinance when I first became aware of it. See hyperlink below to a summary of the ordinance on the City’s website:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cchr/AdjSupportingInfo/AdjFORMS/Section8VouchersSourceofIncomeDisc.pdf)

I was struck by the irony and hypocrisy of the ordinance. Here the City was warning landlords in Chicago not to discriminate against prospective tenants with Section 8 vouchers (85% of whom are African Americans), when the City itself has been violating the federal Fair Housing Ordinance for decades! This ordinance likely will be enforced, if at all, disproportionately against landlords and their agents in predominately African-American neighborhoods and, to the greatest extent, against landlords who own property in Bronzeville. That is because Bronzeville is where a sizable number of beneficiaries of low-income housing seem to prefer to live. They are not competing for housing in, say, Englewood or West Garfield Park or Roseland, and won’t dare look in predominately white neighborhoods, whether or not the rent is comparable to Bronzeville’s. My rental agent’s phone rings off the hook as soon as he advertises one of my 3-bedroom apartments in Bronzeville, with most callers asking, “Do you accept Section 8 vouchers?” I have had to caution my rental agent to respond to those inquiries carefully.

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  • No, what they need first and foremost is to come out of the stinkholes of concentrated poverty. It is hard to become productive members of society when the primary environment that should nurture you harms and scars you instead.

  • No point in trying to reason with Curmudgeon.

    Why should he have to worry about making sense?....He's a native son!

    And he doesn't let white supremacists bully him around!

    He talks about the warehousing of public housing residents in Bronzeville in years past as a tragedy but now wants to...

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    No point in trying to reason with Curmudgeon.

    Why should he have to worry about making sense?....He's a native son!

    And he doesn't let white supremacists bully him around!

    He talks about the warehousing of public housing residents in Bronzeville in years past as a tragedy but now wants to establish a homogenous community of section 8ers. It was mentioned above that you're intelligent. That person must not have read any of your sentences. You could figure this out but it doesn't fit into your view of what Bronzeville should be.

    BC, all the poster is trying to say is that with the amount of low income residents Bronzeville already has, why add more when other communities have better means of supporting these people?

    I'd tell you to answer that question if I thought you'd give anything but a delusional answer.

    It's better for the city, it's better for the low income residents, and it'd be better for bronzeville.

4 days ago

Lawn and Garden Care

Dear Neighbors:

It’s finally springtime and a great time to consider all those front and backyard projects to make our properties beautiful this summer.

For the past several years we have used Duane Pough owner of Panama Maintenance to clear, fertilize and plant our backyard. He does an excellent job and is honest in his bids and diligent in his work.
He did some beautiful work last spring/summer throughout Bronzeville and we highly recommend him.

This Thursday he will be...

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Dear Neighbors:

It’s finally springtime and a great time to consider all those front and backyard projects to make our properties beautiful this summer.

For the past several years we have used Duane Pough owner of Panama Maintenance to clear, fertilize and plant our backyard. He does an excellent job and is honest in his bids and diligent in his work.
He did some beautiful work last spring/summer throughout Bronzeville and we highly recommend him.

This Thursday he will be at our place with a gas powered aerator (opens the soil so that air, water and nutrients can enter to grow healthier grass) please give him a call if you need this service and/or
want additional lawn and garden care now or throughout the spring and summer.

Duane Pough
Panama Maintenance
773.967.8343
duanepough029@gmail.com

Together we are making Bronzeville a beautiful place to live work and play.

Happy Spring!

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3rd Ward April 2015 Newsletter

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    SELF-CERT PROJECT. INTERIOR RENOVATION OF EXISTING SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE. MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, AND PLUMBING WORK AS PER PLANS.4349 SOUTH CHAMPLAIN AVENUE

    4349 S. Champlain Ave. Issued April 9, 2015 Comment

Apr 10

  • Holy Angels Catholic School reviewed by a parent

    I am an Alumni at Holy Angel school and though it would be a great for my son to go there, however I was truly mistaken. This is school is not organized and has a very nonchalant attitude towards everything. This school released my kid to an unauthorized person and failed to contact me to verify who was picking up my child. This school does not care about the safety of there children, they also allowed a child to exit the school and return home on public transportation , without knowing where the child was. I can go on an on about this school and reasons why not to send your kid there, but at the end of the day, if you want a worry free mind that your child is safe and sound while your working hard don't send them to Holy Angels.

    Holy Angels Catholic School (750 E. 40th St.) Published on GreatSchools April 9, 2015 Comment

Apr 10

BRONZEVILLE: List of its 19 Project-Based Section 8 Properties -- 1,581 Units

BRONZEVILLE: List of its 19 Project-Based Section 8 Properties -- 1,581 Units.

The number in parentheses is the number of subsidized units in the property:

(81), DAVIS APARTMENTS, 3617 S INDIANA AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(57), DELIVERANCE MANOR, 4201 S WABASH AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(104), DREXEL SQUARE, 810 E HYDE PARK BLVD, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(136), Drexel Towers Apartments, 4825 South Drexel Boulevard, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(60), GREENCASTLE OF KENWOOD, 4909 S Cottage Grove, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(218), Lake...

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BRONZEVILLE: List of its 19 Project-Based Section 8 Properties -- 1,581 Units.

The number in parentheses is the number of subsidized units in the property:

(81), DAVIS APARTMENTS, 3617 S INDIANA AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(57), DELIVERANCE MANOR, 4201 S WABASH AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(104), DREXEL SQUARE, 810 E HYDE PARK BLVD, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(136), Drexel Towers Apartments, 4825 South Drexel Boulevard, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(60), GREENCASTLE OF KENWOOD, 4909 S Cottage Grove, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(218), Lake Village East Apartments, 4700 S LAKE PARK AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(164), LAKE PARK MANOR, 3601 S LAKE PARK AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(21), NORTH WASHINGTON PARK ESTATES, 4756-58 S VINCENNES AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(102), Park View Apartments/ aka/Baptist Tower, 5110 S KING DR, CHICAGO, IL, 60615

(152), PIONEER VILLAGE, 340 E 38th ST, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(101), Spring Grove Apartments, 4554 S DREXEL, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(9), CALUMET APARTMENTS, 3638-52 S. Calumet, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(9), Vincennes Apartments, 460 E 42nd PL, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(123), Willa Rawls Manor, 4120 S INDIANA AVE, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(4), 65 & 67 E. 36th Street Apts., 65 E 36th ST, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(61), LAKE PARK APTS, 4048 S LAKE PARK, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(59), Margaret Ford Manor, 4500-12 South Wabash, CHICAGO, IL, 60653

(60), Washington Park Elderly, 5040 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL, 60653

(60), Oakwood Shores Senior Apartments, 3730-3760 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60653

This list does not account for the "mobile" Section 8 vouchers that subsidize other rental units in Bronzeville.

Data source: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/exp/mfhdiscl#instruct (downloaded 4/9/2015)

/s/Segregated_Chicago

Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

Bronzeville has 3.5 times the LIH Units in 6 Combined White Communities w/4 Times its Population!

The six predominately white Chicago communities listed below have a combined population (2,47,424) that is almost 4 times the population of Bronzeville (63,926), yet Bronzeville has three and a half times the subsidized low-income housing units (7,390) that the six communities combined have (2,002 units)!

NORTH CENTER: population 31,867, white 79%, black 2%, Hisp. 13% , median family income $120,473, median home value $481,266, approximately 40 LIH units, poverty rate 2%

NORWOOD PARK , population 36,742, white 80%, black 1%,...

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The six predominately white Chicago communities listed below have a combined population (2,47,424) that is almost 4 times the population of Bronzeville (63,926), yet Bronzeville has three and a half times the subsidized low-income housing units (7,390) that the six communities combined have (2,002 units)!

NORTH CENTER: population 31,867, white 79%, black 2%, Hisp. 13% , median family income $120,473, median home value $481,266, approximately 40 LIH units, poverty rate 2%

NORWOOD PARK , population 36,742, white 80%, black 1%, Hisp. 13% , median family income $81,073, median home value $299,298 , 4%, approximately 20 LIH units, poverty rate 4%

DUNNING, population 41,932, white 71%, black 1%, Hisp. 23%, median family income $69,748, median home value $246,797 , approximately 140 LIH units, poverty rate 7%.

JEFFERSON PARK: population 25,448, white 68%, black 1%, Hisp. 20%, median family income $74,367, median home value $277,326, approximately 65 LIH units, poverty rate 5%

LINCOLN SQUARE: population 39,493, white63%, black 5%, Hisp. 19%, median family income $71,257 , median home value $343,443, 156 LIH units, poverty rate 8%

WEST RIDGE: population 71,942, white 43%, black 11%, Hisp. 21%, median family income $54,038, median home value $242,582, 1,581 LIH, poverty rate 16%.

Compare with Bronzeville:

BRONZEVILLE (Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Oakland & Kenwood):
Population 63,926 (total), white 9% (avg.), black 82% (avg.), median family income $46,897 (avg.) median home value $250,336 (avg.), 7,390 LIH, poverty rate 28% (avg.)

A statistical case of the City's/CHA's decades'-long segregation of Chicago on the basis of race, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

  • Happy making better choices

    Those with a voucher are allowed to move anywhere correct? If so, in theory recipients are choosing to overrun neighborhoods but is that bc the vouchers won't cover high rent in other areas which could point to the fact rent is too high in certain areas anyway? Landlords play a...

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    Those with a voucher are allowed to move anywhere correct? If so, in theory recipients are choosing to overrun neighborhoods but is that bc the vouchers won't cover high rent in other areas which could point to the fact rent is too high in certain areas anyway? Landlords play a factor and perceived ability to act up plays a part. Why move to an apt or neighborhood where you will be held accountable. Us as disengaged residents are part of the problem, not taking away from the purposeful segregation you mention..

    I agree the concentration is just like the high rise projects just in shorter buildings. Instead of 2 towers it has taken over entire neighborhood unsuccessfully coexisting as the plan for transformation promoted. Limits are needed, if legal I think down to the block or building could work and would force vouchers to spread across the city. There are good ppl who are part of the program but the bad apples make the most noise and cause so many problems. There was no transition for residents to move into residential neighborhoods with sfh or condo's. A woman today said she had a new neighbor who had no clue certain things weren't appropriate, she just does what she was always allowed to do.

  • You made some good points, Happy, and the information about the experience of one resident in a condo setting was particularly enlightening. I Googled Chicago rents by neighborhood and found that, outside of the downtown area, the Loop neighborhoods and a handful of the expensive North Side neighborhoods like Lincoln...

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    You made some good points, Happy, and the information about the experience of one resident in a condo setting was particularly enlightening. I Googled Chicago rents by neighborhood and found that, outside of the downtown area, the Loop neighborhoods and a handful of the expensive North Side neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and Lake View, rents were comparable to Bronzeville's, so the City and CHA have no excuse for allowing the unfair concentration of subsidized LIH in Bronzeviile, even if one overlooked the fact that they caused the inflated rents on the North Side by their racial segregation of Chicago since the Great Chicago Migration. Thanks for your perspectives and comments!

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Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

Why such low voter turnout?

Chicago has many issues that need addressing yet voter turnout remains low. We've heard many reasons for low participation in the process and a few solutions that may have caused the slight bump up in yesterday's election. Voting at any polling place certainly seemed to be a good idea but I'm not sure that it was widely communicated. Vote by mail is now available to everyone not just those out of town or ill and unable to get to the...

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Chicago has many issues that need addressing yet voter turnout remains low. We've heard many reasons for low participation in the process and a few solutions that may have caused the slight bump up in yesterday's election. Voting at any polling place certainly seemed to be a good idea but I'm not sure that it was widely communicated. Vote by mail is now available to everyone not just those out of town or ill and unable to get to the polls. Perhaps the next step for Illinois and Chicago is to mail ballots to all registered voters and allow several weeks for postage paid return. This has worked along with other strategies to greatly increase voter participation in many other states - some have turnout close to 70%. Let's encourage our friends and neighbors to engage in our system of government to improve and make our communities stronger. Together our votes make a stronger voice for community change. Now that the mayoral election is over, let's get even more involved and make sure that campaign promises are kept.

  • Steven Guy of Bronzeville Mentor,Education Advocate

    most people love to complain about what's wrong , but when it comes time to standup. They sit down ! You don't vote you have no complaint . I agree with you all.

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  • Does anyone remember the 1985 movie Brewster's Millions where Richard Pryor runs for office and does not expect, or want, to win telling everyone to Vote "None of the Above" and he won!
    I believe that some would have voted for "None of the Above" which meant those people that did not vote probably did not prefer either candidate.
    I think Rahm got the message and hopefully he will LISTEN to the citizens of Chicago!

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Apr 02

Updated Apr 07

When will the City of Chicago, the CHA and private bankers stop their racial segregation of Chicago?

The table below is from a data-filtered Excel spreadsheet limited to any of Chicago's 77 communities in which the ratio of the population to the number of federally subsidized low-income housing (LIH) units is less than or equal to 20-to-1. The lower the ratio (e.g., 1-1), obviously the greater the concentration of subsidized low-income households in a community. Note that the filter coincidentally resulted in a list of communities where blacks live predominately, except understandably for Armour Square and Uptown....

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The table below is from a data-filtered Excel spreadsheet limited to any of Chicago's 77 communities in which the ratio of the population to the number of federally subsidized low-income housing (LIH) units is less than or equal to 20-to-1. The lower the ratio (e.g., 1-1), obviously the greater the concentration of subsidized low-income households in a community. Note that the filter coincidentally resulted in a list of communities where blacks live predominately, except understandably for Armour Square and Uptown. In the case of Armour Square, the population is not predominately white or black or Hispanic. Rather, as the reader might know, Armour Square, including Chinatown, has a predominately Asian population. Uptown also has a relatively large Asian population, in addition to African Americans and Hispanics. Bronzeville is fully accounted for in this table (Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Kenwood and Oakland)!

IMPORTANTLY, the 20 communities in the table below make up roughly 21 percent of the City’s population, yet they are home to approximately 58% of all subsidized low-income housing in the City of Chicago!

How can the City of Chicago and the CHA justify allowing the continuing and ongoing increase of such housing in these communities?!!!

  • FGFM your comment regarding expanding Section 8 is just further proof of just how badly you need your mental health facility services back that you are missing so badly since Cappleman closed it down and you started your vendetta against him.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Cappleman is so weak that he can't get away with taking down some basketball hoops, let alone shutting anything else down.

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Updated Apr 06

Public Housing

The pictures below say it all. Slums were cleared to make way for the new, fabulous Robert Taylor Housing projects. The before and after shots of Federal St. are amazing. It was a great idea at first, but within a few decades it was right back to being a slum. Seems as if CHA has learned nothing

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    As much as I might agree with your premise, class and economic stratification within the race is worse than white racism!

  • There IS and has been class and economic stratification in every race and ethnicity since time immemorial. And while I'm not promoting it and do concede that African Americans can least afford division on any basis, the Government's and so-called civil rights advocates' failed emphasis on addressing the problems of the few over the welfare of the majority of African Americans is questionable at the very least and divisive at most and in fact, and has had a deleterious effect on African Americans as a whole.

Apr 03

Updated Apr 06

Text of table referenced in my last posting regarding subsidized low-income housing in Chicago

Ratio of population to
Community Area % Black Population Subsidized LIH Households
Armour Square 12% 14:1
Auburn Gresham 98% 14:1
Austin 86% 19:1
Chatham 98% 17:1
Douglas 72% 9:1
East Garfield Park 94% 12:1
Englewood 98% 10:1
Grand Boulevard 92% 11:1
Greater Grand Crossing 97% 18:1
Kenwood 71% 8:1
Near South Side 28% 9:1
Oakland 93% 5:1
Riverdale 98% 3:1
South Chicago 73% 16:1
South Deering 62% 12:1
South Shore 95% 8:1
Uptown 21% 8:1
Washington Park 98% 6:1
West Garfield Park 97% 8:1
Woodlawn 88% 6:1

  • Happy making better choices

    You might find luck posting this in the South Shore section especially since the 7th ward is having a runoff election.

  • Any argument that rationalizes the City's/CHA's rebuilding of subsidized low-income housing in the communities where it tore down the CHA's former public housing slums on the basis that such rebuilding makes economic sense ignores the City's/CHA's historical role in the systematic devaluation of the City's land on the South Side...

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    Any argument that rationalizes the City's/CHA's rebuilding of subsidized low-income housing in the communities where it tore down the CHA's former public housing slums on the basis that such rebuilding makes economic sense ignores the City's/CHA's historical role in the systematic devaluation of the City's land on the South Side and the overvaluation and inflation of land and housing in predominately white neighborhoods on the North Side. Over decades, the CHA/City sold off land they owned to avoid building, let alone concentrating, public housing on the North Side or where alderman of predominately white City wards, on behalf of their constituents, fought against such housing. So while the South Side developed into a public housing ghetto--abandoned by the black middle-class who could afford to leave the high crime, littering, loitering, gang activity, drug-dealing, high teenage pregnancy rate, high drop-out rate, poor schools and city services, and food deserts that characterized the neighborhoods of concentrated poverty created by the City's/CHA's racist housing policies--the value of real estate on the North Side became overinflated from the high demand for housing on the North Side.

    Tell me what makes economic sense about the CHA/City, HUD, banks and other organizations funding the redevelopment of the Rosenwald property in the Grand Boulevard Community in Bronzeville as subsidized low-income housing at a per-unit cost of roughly $400,000 (for 1- and 2-bedroom apartments)? Three-bedroom condos in Bronzeville are worth substantially less than that amount after the real estate crisis and recession.

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Updated Apr 05

Jobs

US infrastructure very old.
we need federal jobs program that pays living wages.

See "House of cards "

living wages would end welfare Section eight etc

  • robin in WRP Feelin' Feisty

    Yup! We need to bring back the WPA and CCC

  • billywood 5500s ashland hope&peace

    Jobs are national security. Jobs are economic power. Jobs are community,peace, and prosperity.

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPAIR/REPLACE DRYWALL THROUGHOUT. INSTALL WOOD FENCE IN REAR AND TUCKPOINT AS NEEDED AND DO FOUNDATION REPAIRS. NO STRUCTURAL, ELECTRICAL ON SEPARATE PERMIT.

    732 E. 42nd St. Issued April 2, 2015 Comment

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  • I cast my vote for L.A Fitness trainer,, Lance Dillon,whom I call " master trainer " Lance is dedicated and really believe in making people fit and healthy

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Mar 24

Updated Mar 31

Chicago Advocate Article on Bronzeville

Good news neighbors!

A very positive March 2nd Chicago Advocate article titled, "In Chicago’s Bronzeville a New Wave of Resurgence Is Picking Up Steam" is worth reading.

http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-advocate/2015/03/in-chicagos-bronzeville-a-new-wave-of-resurgence-is-picking-up-steam/

  • Sad to say that it no surprise

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Mar 10

Updated Mar 30

Chuy as Mayor - What Will the Mean to the 3rd and 4th Wards?

If you could put on your goggles and look into the future, what would Chuy as mayor mean for our neighborhoods and wards? I'm fully support wishful thinking too. But what do you think the difference will be with Chuy in office? How will his leadership impact the leadership of our aldermen? What will it mean for progress and commerce on the south side? Safe streets? Schools? Mental health clinics? Red light cameras? Empty lots? Subsided and low income housing?

What say you?

Jan 20

Updated Mar 30

Experienced Contractor or Handyman

Hello Neighbors,

I am searching for a handyman that could assist with a variety of tasks around the house, from floors, to paint, to drywall, and all things in between. Specifically, I'm looking for an experienced, preferably referred, handyman/contractor who is diligent and knowledgeable about condos and have done great work. If the work is great, I could recommend the individual to the association as we are also in search for a new building maintenance person.

Price is obviously a concern for everyone, so someone who's reasonable in rates would be greatly appreciated!!

  • GBresident Bronzeville Community Resident

    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P...

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    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P nearly 2 years ago to fix a doorbell/intercom system. After over a year and half they managed to get the door buzzer to work, but they were never able to fix the intercom, despite at least seven attempts. The contractor would come out, spend sometime on the job then leave the job incomplete, and say that he was or be back in couple of days because he needed a new part and would never show or call until I would call his boss a couple weeks or a couple months later. The contractor had done that several times 3 or 4 at least. 3P kept all of the money I gave them for parts and labor and never completed the job.

  • Denver Doing my part

    I too would not use 3P again. I used them 3x and decided you cannot keep giving them the benefit of the doubt.

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