3 days ago

Updated 3 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.

  • Okay!

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

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

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

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

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

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.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

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

Hi,

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

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

  • Happy making better choices

    Thanks

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 03

Fourth Ward Newsletter October 3, 2014

Learn all about what's happening here in the Fourth Ward. http://goo.gl/XDEfef

Oct 01

Updated Oct 02

City's bill comes due for Reese site acquisition

The Reese site could cost the city $120M over the next 10 years.
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Five years after the buying the former Michael Reese hospital on the South Side, the city is finally paying its tab.

Chicago will make its first payment today, more than $1.3 million, under a 2009 deal that allowed it to acquire the 49-acre property east of Lake Shore Drive in Bronzeville from Medline Industries Inc., according to the city's Department of Finance. The property between 26th and 31st streets was a key part of the city's unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Olympic

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20140930/CRED03/140939992/citys-bill-comes-due-for-reese-site-acquisition

  • Juan, do you think it's possible for us in the neighborhood to have an effect on how the site is to be used? I think a casino is probably a bad idea.

Oct 01

October 2014 3rd Ward Newsletter

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Sep 26

Updated Sep 28

Fourth Ward Newsletter September 26, 2014

Read about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/X6dbU7

  • Good stuff! I appreciate all your efforts to make the community a more desirable place to live!

  • FitMom Neighborhood Blogger

    Alderman Burns I saw on Friday work was being done on curbs at the corner of 39th & Cottage Grove. I'm wondering when the curbs are going to be completed after sewer work was done at 39th & Ellis? The crosswalks are unfinished and a hazard to cars and pedestrians....

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    Alderman Burns I saw on Friday work was being done on curbs at the corner of 39th & Cottage Grove. I'm wondering when the curbs are going to be completed after sewer work was done at 39th & Ellis? The crosswalks are unfinished and a hazard to cars and pedestrians. The problems starts at the park entrance, the median and the east corner of Ellis Street. How and why it would be left in this condition for so long is of great concern to me. I've reorted it to your office and on the city's website. It's hard to turn the corner without avoiding damaging your tires. The curb is uneven at all locations and is the only entrance to the park. Many people park on Ellis to cross over to the park and take advantage of the track. Please look into this. Thanks so much.

Sep 12

Updated Sep 19

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    “There comes a time that black people will have to shake up the Democratic Party [candidates] because then, in the next election when they make us some promises, they will keep them,” Meeks said.

    “I am tired of what the Democratic Party is doing to black people. Our vote is...

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    “There comes a time that black people will have to shake up the Democratic Party [candidates] because then, in the next election when they make us some promises, they will keep them,” Meeks said.

    “I am tired of what the Democratic Party is doing to black people. Our vote is automatic. If you vote Democratic, 96 out of 96 times, they don’t have to wonder where black people are. Once the election is over, Democrats have no incentive to deliver on their campaign promises,” he added.

    “This is the safest time for us to break the cycle. We can make other people come to our community and vie for our votes. We can put ourselves into the game because right now we are out of the game,” concluded Rev James Meeks.

  • Ray

    Yes, we need change!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Public notice to 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns:

    $60 million in federal transportation infrastructure dollars have been invested in building 3 three new bridges to the lakefront in the historic Bronzeville community.

    4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, you seem to be in control of these major construction projects.

    Alderman Burns,...

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    Public notice to 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns:

    $60 million in federal transportation infrastructure dollars have been invested in building 3 three new bridges to the lakefront in the historic Bronzeville community.

    4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, you seem to be in control of these major construction projects.

    Alderman Burns, please inform your tax paying constituents who you are ultimately accountable too, how our young able bodied men and women currently living in the historic Bronzeville community can become gainfully employed in designing and building these 3 three new brides in Bronzeville?

    Alderman Burns you have been duly notified that the tax paying citizens currently living in the 4th Ward will be duly frustrated, if we begin to see a bunch of white and Hispanics working on these bridge construction projects in our community under you leadership.

    If you want, we will provide space at the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center to host a town hall meeting about how your constituency will be able to work on these three bridge installation projects.

    4th Ward Alderman Burns, you will be held accountable on this economic empowerment infrastructure development issue!!!

    Virtually,

    Harold L:. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

    www.visitbronzeville.com

Sep 19

Fourth Ward Newsletter September 19, 2014

Find out all about the things happening this week in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/ONs9no

Apr 13

Updated Sep 19

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Visitbronzeville.com, what is the process for connecting to the upscale development in Zone 1, as it relates to the new boutique hotel and data center being proposed as a component of the proposed Motor Row Entertainment district?

    What happened to the record row component within the entertainment district?

    Sloopin -...

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    Visitbronzeville.com, what is the process for connecting to the upscale development in Zone 1, as it relates to the new boutique hotel and data center being proposed as a component of the proposed Motor Row Entertainment district?

    What happened to the record row component within the entertainment district?

    Sloopin - A South Loop Blog: Prominent Developer Plans to ...
    www.sloopin.com/2014/09/prominent-developer-plans-to-move.html
    3 days ago - Some more development news for Motor Row (via Chicago Tribune): ... 1,200-room hotel on the property as part of a proposed $600 million redevelopment ... The caveat was that the boutique hotel would have to be privately ...

Sep 11

Updated Sep 19

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Jazz artist Senabella and other performing artists based in Chicago, have launched an elegant, first Sunday of the month, afternoon live jazz performance event in the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center exhibit gallery!

    The BVIC interactive, hot spot space will accommodate approximately 60 people comfortably, in an intimate setting with a backdrop of downtown Chicago at the Gateway to the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area! :-)

    For more information click on www.bviconline.info

  • FitMom Neighborhood Blogger

    I visited Sip and Savor this week. Welcome to the area. Good to have the option of going to someplace besides Starbucks for coffee. I work from home so I like to get out every now and again. I spent a few hours in your place but had to leave the tv and music were competing for attention. I do like the place though, and the guys were nice and showed great customer service.

Sep 12

Updated Sep 14

  • GRD GRD

    All good observations Nicole. I know I was in the minority as I didn't want the library at the MR site, in this case I do think a university and the U of C site is appropriate, not only is it a logical (library +university) the Obama's have ties to...

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    All good observations Nicole. I know I was in the minority as I didn't want the library at the MR site, in this case I do think a university and the U of C site is appropriate, not only is it a logical (library +university) the Obama's have ties to that institution. Obama did community outreach work, however not in Bronzeville, nor did they live here either, so I don't begrudge Hyde Park if they get this development.

    What I would like to see to the area, is something like they did in Rosemont close to the convention site, it's retail and entertainment. Put in a similar outlet mall, restaurants, and theater. I've always felt we need something there that would breath life into the area past 5/6 p.m, (library closing time) As it is conventioneers, go to Michigan Ave. and the loop to shop, and for theater and dining. We could be capturing this right here in our community, we would get their business and the surrounding area to shop/play here. We need something to draw other Chicagoan's into the area for them to see how great it is. Maybe then we'd get some other development going on, we have plenty of vacant lots that could use some housing. No one needs to be displaced while there are all these lots that single family or two flats can be built upon, more homeowners will stabilize the area.

    Then if Gary could pull it together and revitalize their airport to connect with the metra to bring people at least as a mid-west hub, imagine flights from St. Loius, Milwaukee, and other nearby cities to have a fun weekend in Chicago to stay in one of the hotels there next to retail/entertainment and the lake. Perhaps this is a far out idea, but I think it would be a great experience.

  • GRD - I agree with your vision 100%. We have so much vacant land we could have a zoo or even horse back riding.

Sep 13

Updated Sep 14

Demolition at Greenwood/47th

Anyone have any info on the demolition of the abandoned construction site, right across from Little Black Pearl?

Sep 12

Fourth Ward Newsletter September 12, 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward http://goo.gl/RT4OC5

Aug 09

Updated Sep 03

The natives are restless

Today was supposed have been a day where adults and children could come together and enjoy a parade that celebrated Chicago’s “Black Eye” - K -12 Education. I got to the parade just in time to catch the “Do Nothing Politicians Caravan”, that absolutely wowed the cronies and the foolish, followed up immediately by the “Gyrating Teen Spectacle” aka Marching Bands. The pedophiliacs and the mentally disheveled literally went bonkers for that part of the parade. Ahh, what a good...

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Today was supposed have been a day where adults and children could come together and enjoy a parade that celebrated Chicago’s “Black Eye” - K -12 Education. I got to the parade just in time to catch the “Do Nothing Politicians Caravan”, that absolutely wowed the cronies and the foolish, followed up immediately by the “Gyrating Teen Spectacle” aka Marching Bands. The pedophiliacs and the mentally disheveled literally went bonkers for that part of the parade. Ahh, what a good time to be had by a dysfunctional community. Oh, I almost forgot the Pièce de résistance. The natives took it 10 when not once, but at last report, twice decided shoot up the parade. The toddlers and little ones probably didn’t expect that. But, unfortunately I did. Before leaving for the parade today, I said to myself, “someone going be some shooting today at the parade”. As a side note there was also a mob of 50 or more teenagers involved in mob activity. The report is that they were going to beat down someone. About 20 men women in blue forced them to disburse. Good old Bud Billiken Parade. Oh and the adult men smoking marijuana along the parade route with children walking by, was absolutely numbing. And the old men in front of the church drinking alcohol (unbagged even). I would like to say, that the Black men are stand role models for these children at the parade... not!!! No wonder their community is a mess... the men don't even respect the children in their community. Now that blows !!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Black world writes:

    "You want to tell all of these kids who have gone to 45 or more funerals in perhaps 12 years of life on this earth to put the guns down? How do you do that?"

    Sean replies:

    Yep. Tell these kids to put the guns down, better...

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    Black world writes:

    "You want to tell all of these kids who have gone to 45 or more funerals in perhaps 12 years of life on this earth to put the guns down? How do you do that?"

    Sean replies:

    Yep. Tell these kids to put the guns down, better yet TAKE the guns away from them. It should be a very serious crime to carry and unlicensed gun in this city. Chicago is supposed to have strict gun control. The Chicago Crime Commission produced an excellent book in 2012 stating who, what, where in the Chicago gang world. So we do now what we did to the gangsters in the Capone era.... Run them out of town! Capone got run out of town, had to set up shop in Cicero . The only reason these brutal gangs (Chicago Crime Commission has a figure of 100,000 in Metro Chicago) are in Chicago is other towns and other countries ran their gang bangers out and moved them to Chicago.

    And here is just another really obvious thing to do:

    Responsible adults tell teen agers not to do negative, destructive, criminal things. When did it become the right thing to do to let teens run wild and do negative destructive things?

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

    Blackworld and others who have teenage sons and to a lesser extent daughters, I highly recommend you try to teach your children the best, most effective ways to survive hostile police encounters. These Know Your Rights instructional videos are in my opinion the best in this area.

    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

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    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

    Blackworld and others who have teenage sons and to a lesser extent daughters, I highly recommend you try to teach your children the best, most effective ways to survive hostile police encounters. These Know Your Rights instructional videos are in my opinion the best in this area.

    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

    10 Rules for surviving police encounters

    Some tips I'll mention

    Try to remain calm and be polite and respectful to Police, but never wave your rights, agree to searches. Never argue or fight with the police or try to tell them what they can and can not do.

    Learn these phrases:

    "Officer, I do not agree to any searches"

    "Officer I have nothing to say"

    "Officer am I being detained or am I free to go?"

    "Officer I have a right to have my attorney present"

Aug 29

Updated Sep 01

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! :)

  • Ben when it opens I will buy you a beer!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    The point is gentlemen, we need more courageous African American entrepreneurs launching upscale businesses in Bronzeville!:-)

Aug 30

Facilitators needed for support groups

If you or someone you love has a mood disorder, DBSA-GC is looking for facilitators to begin training to serve new areas. Facilitators moderate and manage their support groups for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Chicago across the city. Contact them to find how to get started. Training is available online or in person depending on each person's schedule. Email wecanhelp@dbsa-gc.org for more information.

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