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Updated 36 hours ago

Spotlight on "Bronzeville"

This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past...

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This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past weekend to discover what we already knew. Something I have known all along is this, there is a marvelous history here and tho some may not be interested in mentioning it less alone preserving it, but remember when you to do not know where you came from you will never understand where you are going.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Ray, currently there is French theater group visiting Chicago, who are studying the Great
    Migration experience!
    At least once a week an international traveler will stop at the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center seeking authentic information about The Black Metropolis and the Great Migration cultural experience!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Currently in Chicago,two theatre plays, A Raisin in the Sun and Native Son which depict Bronzeville cultural heritage are being performed to sold out audiences!

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Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

Like many other public schools, the library at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., has had challenges securing the funding needed to maintain its library. Vicki Long, member of...

Oct 07

Updated 3 days ago

Bronzeville and Chinatown

I went walking, shopping and eating in Chinatown for the second time this year, I had a good time - very interesting restaurant where the staff is dressed in 1960s era Red Chinese military uniforms. Big posters of Mao on wall. Crawfish dish was extremely spicy but good.

I note that the buildings and sidewalks in Chinatown are beat up and old. Bronzeville infer structure looks a lot better, housing stock looks a lot better, but there doesn't seem to be much to do, no where to shop.

Chinatown is bustling with merchants, hundreds of places to shop and buy things, lots of foot traffic. Why can't Bronzeville have more of that?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Agreed Sean els, will be downtown tomorrow at Daley Plaza for the Youth rally against mass incarceration!!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Best of luck BC with the rally. Try to also educate some "youths" at the rally to dress a little better, wear belts to keep their pants up, avoid anarchists, various "mafias" and most all my relatives - especially my relatives, total losers, bad news, nothing good with them.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Personal research may benefit community

Would anyone like to sign up for a neighborhood compost collection service? Pick-up and replacement of a provided 5-gallon bucket will go to feed a local worm farm. Vermicomposting. $10/pick-up or price dependent on pick-up requirements. I would like to start providing such a service on bicycle with trailer, would you be interested in this type of service? Programs can be set up to receive compost in return after a certain amount of food collected.

  • I would be interested

  • thank you! here is my email, pleasantfarms@gmail.com. I am getting together the program and can send you the info sheet. then we can begin!

4 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.

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Robberies reported in U of C campus area

Victims told police that two to three men walked up to them and demanded their belongings. The two reported incidents happened in the 5200 block of South Greenwood on Oct. 16--one at 1 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m., police said.

  • On the block that Preckwinkle resides on and one block from the President's residence?

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Sep 29

Updated 4 days 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.

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Hi LiLo - Vee and I are working out on Thursday's at the 47th St. LA Fitness from 5:30 -6:30 PM. Please join us. I also workout on Tuesdays.

  • Hi Ruby can you email me at nealstone2@att.net ?

Oct 13

Updated 4 days ago

Kenyan Wins Chicago Marathon.... Again!

Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
:-)
I thought we were supposed to have some type of home court, Chicago advantage as the race conditions were wet and rather cool/cold. Surely these mountain, warm weather Black African runners from Kenya shouldn't be able to do so well on a...

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Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
:-)
I thought we were supposed to have some type of home court, Chicago advantage as the race conditions were wet and rather cool/cold. Surely these mountain, warm weather Black African runners from Kenya shouldn't be able to do so well on a cold, wet Chicago October Sunday. But what happens....

Kenyans win again!

Did anyone in Bronzeville see any of the race when it went through Bronzeville?

Are the Kenyans doing something secret - have Kenya African lions chase them in key stretches of the race?

What's going on here!

:-)

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    I lived in Kenya for a couple of years so can provide a little more specific context. Most of the successful Kenya runners are from the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjin are one of 40+ tribes in Kenya, each with their own language and culture, though most everyone speak Swahili as...

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    I lived in Kenya for a couple of years so can provide a little more specific context. Most of the successful Kenya runners are from the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjin are one of 40+ tribes in Kenya, each with their own language and culture, though most everyone speak Swahili as a second language, and English if they've graduated high school (only 25% of people, but rising quickly as Kenya get richer).

    As mentioned by others, the Kalenjin homeland is indeed at higher altitude, so that helps with lung development and training. Success also breeds success. There are running clubs in Kalenjin-land and great coaches there that help develop talent through a lot of hard work.

    An NPR article on the topic if you want to learn more:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/01/241895965/how-one-kenyan-tribe-produces-the-worlds-best-runners

    Enjoy.

  • Great additional info, Ben. If I had more time I'd keep adding more tidbits, but I'm living the old Kenyan tradition (not being practiced so much by urban folks) of caring for both elderly and grandchildren!

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Are there jobs/training programs for people with felony convictions?

Are there any job opportunities or training programs for people with felony convictions in the Bronzeville/Hyde Park/Kenwood areas? Are there any programs geared towards reducing the recidivism rate?

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Support Education

Hello Bronzeville and Hyde Park. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 20 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community...

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Hello Bronzeville and Hyde Park. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 20 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community help of helping me raise money to pay WIU so that I can go back next year to finish off my education. You can help be donating money to me on my go fund me account. Here is the link http://www.gofundme.com/9hhm5k every donation will be very much appreciated.

Oct 17

Updated 6 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.

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Oct 17

"Louis the Legend"

"He was born poor, and died rich without hurting anyone along the way". -Duke Ellington

The Ambassador of Love

"Louis the Legend", 2014"
39th and King Drive

Oct 17

Updated Oct 17

Redevolopment of 43rd street between Indiana and King?

This is Bronzeville chance to build a entertainment district. The city issued a RFP for 43rd street. It covers many properties from Indiana to King drive. Maybe this can become Bronzeville version of Hyde Park's 53rd street(Harper Court) area.

I personally think the JJ Fish property should have been included in the RFP ;).

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/16/city-seeking-development-proposals-for-vacant-south-side-lots.php

RFP:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/43rd-street-properties.html

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    Great that it was formally announced. Hope housing components can be market rate for vast majority of units.

Oct 16

Updated Oct 17

Condo Management Company

Does anyone have a great condo management company they can recommend that serves the Washington Park/HydePark/Bronzeville area?

Thanks!

  • We use The Building Group to manage our cooperative in Hyde Park and are very happy with them. They manage other buildings in Hyde Park including Vista Homes. Jim Stoller is President and very responsive.

  • Kane Property Management: our condo at 54th and Dorchester switched to Kane from Wolin Levin and never looked back. They are terrific, and relatively cheap.
    806 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 472-2300

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