6 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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 Bronzeville Conservator

    Or do you mean tax payers need to bend over because they are going to get screwed on the Marrianos food store deal?

  • BC, Hardworking and successful upper & middle class blacks don't deserve nice stores & amenities in their neighborhood because they are worthy customers? Why can't business's building in the hood do it for making money providing a good product to blacks who are successful & responsible with their money?

    Why...

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    BC, Hardworking and successful upper & middle class blacks don't deserve nice stores & amenities in their neighborhood because they are worthy customers? Why can't business's building in the hood do it for making money providing a good product to blacks who are successful & responsible with their money?

    Why do these businesses have to be part of s shake down to fleece them of their money by politicians and the lazy on the dole?

    The best part of this string of posts has been those who live in the area voicing that they had enough of the dead weight, and are not buying the company line crapp sandwich the Dems serve up that tries to treat the entire electorate like one entity. My kind of neighbors.

30 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    BC,

    I just figured you would like the article since you keep stating this over-and-over ;).

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Seriously,Juan from the South Loop, we have call for State Representative Chrisrian Mechell to request Community Benefits Agreements on all federally funded community development projects.Were also calling on President
    Obama to reauthorize Executive Order 8802.

2 hours ago

October 2014 3rd Ward Newsletter

If you want to receive the newsletter by email, send request to ward03@cityofchicago.org.

http://tinyurl.com/n775kvt

2 hours ago

To Duplex or Not to Duplex

I am currently revitalizing a couple properties in Bronzeville and Woodlawn east of Cottage Grove. A real estate agent recently told me that garden units tend to attract lower quality tenants and that I would be better off duplexing down instead of creating two separate legal units. Is she right? Each unit would be condo quality with high ceiling height so you wouldn't feel you're in a garden unit once walk into the place. And it would be secured too....

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I am currently revitalizing a couple properties in Bronzeville and Woodlawn east of Cottage Grove. A real estate agent recently told me that garden units tend to attract lower quality tenants and that I would be better off duplexing down instead of creating two separate legal units. Is she right? Each unit would be condo quality with high ceiling height so you wouldn't feel you're in a garden unit once walk into the place. And it would be secured too. I am curious about how you feel about garden unit apartments?

Also, if you know of skilled laborers in this neighborhood (or surround neighborhoods) that you could refer me to (carpenters, electricians, masons, roofers, plumbers, drywallers, painters, etc), please pass their names along to kmpiccolo@gmail.com. I am always looking for talent and I would like to hire locals if I can.

Kevin

7 hours ago

A new daycare

It is good to see a new daycare coming up in the Bronzeville!

17 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Let's see which KKK/EB members will take off the hood today

I am so very Irish/German, snowflake white, and wonder if I am the only person that notices how racially insensitive most EB comments are? I think EB is just enjoying this psycho-sociological experiment...

  • I think 'most' is a stretch. Use your powers of reporting the comment to have it removed, reporting works. I even had one of my comments removed for mocking racists!

17 hours ago

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23 hours ago

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

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Workout partner

Hello Bronzeville,
I am looking for a power walking (treadmill, glider or pool) and weight training exercise partner who is a member at LA Fitness on 47th St. - soon to move to 35th and MLK Blvd. My schedule is fairly flexible so please reply.

  • I have not been going to the LA Fitness on 47th just because I have been lazy. I am paying a membership and have not gone yet. I am really waiting on the facility to open on 35th and King Drive. Anyone know when that may be?? I would love...

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    I have not been going to the LA Fitness on 47th just because I have been lazy. I am paying a membership and have not gone yet. I am really waiting on the facility to open on 35th and King Drive. Anyone know when that may be?? I would love to have a work out partner that will hold me accountable and I could do the same thing. I need a push some times just to get going but once I am there I try to get it in and not waste my time.

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Great. What days and times work best for you?

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Were you at Bronzeville Nights?

Hello! We hope you had an opportunity to join us for Bronzeville Nights 2014, an event series pairing arts, culture and entertainment into some of Bronzeville's businesses and public spaces. Please share your pictures, videos and comments on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bronzevillenights

The pictures below are from the finale that occured from 43rd and Forrestville to 43rd and Calumet. Thanks to all the people that attended this year. Be sure to tell a neighbor or 3 about the series and be on the look out for Bronzeville Nights 2015, in August and September.

  • I made it to two, and they were both awesome. The finale was great! great job.

36 hours ago

Bronzeville Support for Southside Dog Parks

Dear Fellow Bronzeville Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown...

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Dear Fellow Bronzeville Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown marion.brown@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/SouthShoreDogBeach
and Bronzeville's Buckthorn Park led by Ephraim Lee xhle@hotmail.com

On a related note; if anyone has any old toys their pup has lost interest in, consider giving them a second life by donating them to one of the dog parks... also any grocery bags for the bag dispensers would also be greatly appreciated.

36 hours ago

Kenwoof Support for Southside Dog Parks

Dear Fellow Kenwoof Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown...

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Dear Fellow Kenwoof Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown marion.brown@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/SouthShoreDogBeach
and Bronzeville's Buckthorn Park led by Ephraim Lee xhle@hotmail.com

On a related note; if anyone has any old toys their pup has lost interest in, consider giving them a second life by donating them to one of the dog parks... also any grocery bags for the bag dispensers would also be greatly appreciated.

2 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Jimmy's on 35th & Prairie

I just noticed that it's closed with locks. Does anyone know why?

  • What I did notice was how quiet and less riff raff loitering on 35th street appeared today. Amen.

  • Prairie Girl 7 years in Bronzville

    I'm sad to say that Jimmy's had some electrical and building violations and are closed until the repairs are complete. I was extremely bumb out to hear this.

41 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Munchies site at 35th & King Drive

This highly visible storefront has been vacant since the unfortunate passing of the owner Rick and apparently the family does not want to continue the operation, also unfortunate. What would you like to see in its place?

  • Reggios,Beggars pizza or home run inn,connies

  • A nice sit-down restaurant other than soul food. African, Mexican, Japanese or some cafe style place. Great space for that.

2 days ago

2 days ago

lost wedding rings

lost wedding rings...possibly near 14th ashland Costco or 33rd Damen Target.

2 days ago

Police warn of armed robberies in Kenwood

—in the 900 block of East 49th Street at 8:29 p.m. on Sept. 2;

—in the 1100 block of East 47th Street at 3:22 p.m. on Sept. 3;

—in the 1100 block of East 46th Street at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 21; and

—in the 1300 block of East 48th Street about 10 p.m. on Sept. 24.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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 19

Updated 4 days ago

Bronzeville Apartment for Rent

Beautiful Bronzeville 3 BR/1 B Garden Apartment Must See. For Details Call 773-876-7400

  • Nicholas Ryan Chicago Real Estate Broker

    Hey there, let me know if you would like any help getting your apartment rented!

4 days ago

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Mar 20

Updated 6 days ago

Android App??

Everyblock has an App for iPhone, but does anyone know if there's one in the works for Android? An Android App would make me so very happy :) lol

6 days ago

Ellis Park - memorial over the weekend?

Does anyone know what happened in Ellis Park at 35th and Cottage Grove? There are red heart balloons, stuffed animals and other items building a memorial near the corner. I didn't see anything in the news. Thanks!

6 days ago

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6 days ago

mayor goes back on kids safety issues again

Again we see what emanuel says that red light and speed cameras are for the safety of the children but again he's been exposed on channel 7 news last knight.

Sep 24

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Sep 24

Sep 23

TV Comedy 'Sirens' Films Across the Street from Barack Obama's House

Crews spent the day filming interior scenes of television comedy “Sirens” at 1019 E. Hyde Park Blvd., across Hyde Park Boulevard from Obama’s home at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave.

Crews spent the day filming interior scenes of television comedy “Sirens” at 1019 E. Hyde Park Blvd., across Hyde Park Boulevard from Obama’s home at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave.

Stars Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels and Kevin Bigley were strolling around in front of the building in costume around noon as crews stopped for a lunch break up the block outside the Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St.

Sep 19

Updated Sep 23

Tenant to tenant issue

We've been living in our building for going 6+ years. A new tenant has recently moved in beneath us. The issues: from the time we wake up at 6 am prepare for work, the smell of weed is seeping thru the vents (it's that strong), when we return home in evening same thing, traffic in and out especially in the evening thru the night (hear the door opening and slamming), loud music especially on the weekends til 3 o' clock...

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We've been living in our building for going 6+ years. A new tenant has recently moved in beneath us. The issues: from the time we wake up at 6 am prepare for work, the smell of weed is seeping thru the vents (it's that strong), when we return home in evening same thing, traffic in and out especially in the evening thru the night (hear the door opening and slamming), loud music especially on the weekends til 3 o' clock in the morning. We've told the property manager they said call the police. Well we did, 2 weekends in a row. They came and went. We heard them after the police left cursing about us, the whole 9. Under normal circumstances I would approach them and speak with them but the concern is safety. We don't know who really lives there plus we don't want to run the risk of someone vandalizing our property. Another neighbor said when she walks in the building and she's struck in the face with the strong smell on weed. She doesn't want to say anything because she lives alone and shares some of our same concerns. What if anything short of moving can we do?

  • We had a similar situation just two weeks ago. New neighbors moved in two doors down and luckily we have great other neighbors that watch out for us. Get to know the rest of your neighbors, really know them. Interact with them, speak to everyone as if they are your...

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    We had a similar situation just two weeks ago. New neighbors moved in two doors down and luckily we have great other neighbors that watch out for us. Get to know the rest of your neighbors, really know them. Interact with them, speak to everyone as if they are your family. When people like this move in and see that you know everyone, they tend to see what kind of neighborhood they have moved into and don't want to be the outsiders if indeed they are doing bad things. When we arrived home, our neighbor came to us and told us that the new neighbors were throwing rocks at our cars. My husband approached them and told them that we should treat each other like neighbors. They denied they did it and when told that our neighbor saw them, they couldn't deny any longer. He told them that we watch out for everyone here and we want the neighborhood to remain this way. The new neighbors agreed to not cause any more commotion. So, far it want from loud music all the time to not a peep.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    You and your neighbors have what it takes to create a safe block. Changing behaviour with peer pressure works. Most of the time people who violate the peace have never learned how to co-exist. Thank you for sharing this.

Sep 23

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