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  • 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.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Demolition at Greenwood/47th

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

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

  • 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!

4 days ago

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!

  • 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.

Aug 24

Updated Aug 25

future of bronzeville

Just convened the INnovation Metropolis Summit at McCormick Place

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    As civic engagement leaders and tax payers in Chicago, we should be writing letters directly to the president and actively requesting that President Barack Obama. build his Presidential Library & Museum Campus on the former Michael Reese hospital site, inclusive of a community organizing institute.

    www.ObamaCampus.com

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Chicago is just one incident of police shooting away from being Furguson in warp speed!

    Chicago 1919: A racial tinderbox
    NEWS
    Chicago 1919: A racial tinderbox
    RON GROSSMAN, TRIBUNE REPORTER
    ... were picked on by the police. Even a white judge thought so, telling the ... eve of the 1919 riots, Chicago was a racial tinderbox, noted Carl Sandburg in "The Chicago Race Riots, July 1919," a collection of his newspaper articles ...

Aug 25

We Love Bronzeville

#WeloveBronzeville

Aug 16

Community Dinner

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Please join Glorious Light Church as we host and serve dinner to residents of the Bronzeville community. Dinner is served on Thursday nights in the month of August from 6:00-7:30 P.M. at 4351 S. Drexel Blvd....this is a FREE event.

Aug 12

Preshing East Event August 29, 2014

Back to School Event at Pershing East 8/29/14

We are looking for people to help Barbaque 8/29 at the Pershing Picnic.
If you can grill a hot dog this is for you....

Please contact the office if you are available.


773-534-9272
Please contact the office if you are available.


773-534-9272
Please Please contact the office if you are available.
Hey come for just 2-3 hours...

773-534-9272
Shalom

Aug 09

The Natives Got Restless At Bud Billiken.

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....

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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 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 !!!

Jul 31

Do you know a poverty pimp?

You know you’re a poverty pimp...

download article

http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/poverty_pimps.pdf

1. When you are overheard saying that talking to the people you are
supposed to be helping makes you physically ill.

2. When you start a series of for-prot ventures to “fund” your notfor-
prot ...and you are much more involved in those to the point
that your not-for-prot is essentially a front that provides tax-breaks
and aid for your for-prot ventures.

3. When getting nancial donations has become the vast...

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You know you’re a poverty pimp...

download article

http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/poverty_pimps.pdf

1. When you are overheard saying that talking to the people you are
supposed to be helping makes you physically ill.

2. When you start a series of for-prot ventures to “fund” your notfor-
prot ...and you are much more involved in those to the point
that your not-for-prot is essentially a front that provides tax-breaks
and aid for your for-prot ventures.

3. When getting nancial donations has become the vast majority of
your effort and time and that if ne with you.

4. When you become really, really, really good at using race, class
and gender discussions to prevent any criticism of what you are
doing.

5. When your ofces are furnished much better then anything your
clients will ever own in their entire lifetime.

6. When you feed people far worse things then you yourself would
ever eat or even give to your dog.

7. When that signed photograph of Billie Holiday is the only heroin
addict ever willingly allowed into your presence despite your image
of caring sainthood in regards to the poor.

8. When you are happy hearing about squatters getting evicted
because you can get more funding for your housing program.

9. When you spend much more of your time making the poor people
you “serve” jump through hoops and “hurdles” than actually lling
their needs-which not only enriches your and your political cronies
pockets, it also gives you quite a belly laugh.

10. When you leave your ofce in fear of the people you’re supposed
to be helping.

services so that the clients have to come back

download article for the

http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/poverty_pimps.pdf

Jul 30

Updated Jul 31

CHA not honoring their commitments in Bronzeville?!

http://hpherald.com/2014/07/30/vanishing-promises-made-to-the-poor-of-our-ward/?utm_campaign=vanishing-promises-made-to-the-poor-of-our-ward&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss

Questions:
1. Does this model work?
2. Where have the displaced folks lived since the high rises came down?
3. For those intent on returning, isn't it better to have adequate schools, grocery stores, jobs, and community resources that will provide a higher standard of living for everyone?

  • grandma 13-year Douglas resident

    The goal of the community should be to bring in more homeowners and high quality businesses in order to increase our property tax base.

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    Couple of things: Promises are not binding; things change including markets, financial realities (City needs more money which public housing generates at a much lower rate than market based development) and priorities.
    Also, communities are made by people not by government policy. My feeling is that the government constructed ghettos were a colossal failure. The black middle class and working class can keep Bronzeville bronze by buying property, living here and renting to family and friends and keeping gun-toting thugs at bay.

May 28

Updated Jul 27

Promontory Restaurant/Bar to Open Shortly Before the Apocalypse

Oft-delayed restaurant and live music venue, Promontory, is scheduled to open as the End of Days approaches, according to informed sources. "Our two outdoor patios will offer splendid views of the Four Horsemen as they ride in to lay waste to humanity," said an unnamed soon to be out of work employee. "Try our BBQ" he added.

  • zgwarnki Now, I can say Kenwood. Thanks, Obama!

    Adrienne, I crashed the friends and family event on the 17th and have legitimately dined and drank at The Promontory two other times since the official grand opening last Wednesday. So far, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. Working my way through both food and drink...

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    Adrienne, I crashed the friends and family event on the 17th and have legitimately dined and drank at The Promontory two other times since the official grand opening last Wednesday. So far, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. Working my way through both food and drink menus with good results. As of now, the summer fruit trifle is my favorite food item. Eagerly awaiting the opening of the upstairs live music venue. Why didn't Diana and other people there of whom I inquired about you recognize your name?

  • I did not work on this project. My boss has several other businesses that I work on, on the commercial real estate side, but I stay away from the restaurant stuff. But I'm glad you enjoyed it! The first show upstairs is in August. I am excited too!

Jul 27

35th and Lake Shore Drive New Pedestrian Bridge

There is a new bridge coming to 35th and Lake Shore Drive...
Announced by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State Senator Kwame Raoul, Alderman Will Burns of 4th Ward, Bernita Johnson of QCDC, and Leonard E. Mc Gee of The GAP Community Organization
Shalom

Jul 25

Bronzeville Collective

Hosted by: Bronzeville Retail Initiative (BRI), 51st
Street Business Association, the Urban Activators (IIT),
& the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)
Address: 124 ½ E. 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60615

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