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Bronzeville is more than a name of a neighborhood

There are signs all throughout the area that it is coming to life, new restaurants, residential housing with hefty price tags, old historical buildings being restored with new purposes. There also seems to be an influx of a diversified population to Bronzeville, which begs me to question what and how do we want our community to be defined, this ain't Lincoln Park, nor is it Hyde Park, I personally do not want to be homogenized into everywhere else in America...

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There are signs all throughout the area that it is coming to life, new restaurants, residential housing with hefty price tags, old historical buildings being restored with new purposes. There also seems to be an influx of a diversified population to Bronzeville, which begs me to question what and how do we want our community to be defined, this ain't Lincoln Park, nor is it Hyde Park, I personally do not want to be homogenized into everywhere else in America with the commercialization of where I live. That it is important that our History is preserved in the development of Bronzeville and this is paramount on so many levels. There is a great story here that we can all embrace and celebrate, this is a historic tourist destination. Think South! Mayor, this could mean Jobs, business opportunities, access to same Lakefront, this rich History just waiting to be told, this is where we need to start.

  • And some have just plain sold out to the plantation owners because it is a more comfortable position, Uncle Ruckus. For those who are not familiar: Uncle Ruckus is a black male cartoon character who "has an intense hatred of anything pertaining to African Americans, and goes out of his way to distance himself from blacks. Ruckus claims God says the path to forgiveness for being black is to rebuke your own race." But far be it for me to assume that you are African or West Indian American.

  • And some people are okay with black life having little or no value, but I bet that same person walks into church Sunday claiming to love thy neighbor as they love thyself... this site is hilarious.

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Street Lights Out AGAIN 3500-3700 King Drive

Alderman Burns, where are you on this? Once again as I write this (745pm on September 15), there are NO STREET LIGHTS on either side of the street between 3500 and 3700 blocks on King Drive, the third time this has happened in the last week and who knows how many times in the last year. What are YOU doing to address this issue which is a MAJOR safety issue? Time and time again we contact 311 and your office and the issue still occurs. Your office has done an inadequate job in handling this major concern...tell us, what are you doing to address this???

1 hour ago

Light Issues on King Drive

We are currently working with the Bureau of Electrify to resolve the outages on King Drive between 37th and 44th.

We are also working to identify a potentially larger problem with the local infrastructure that may be causing the problem.

5 days ago

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  • Sean els---check out Fruteland Jackson!!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    My tennis partner (he has very good music taste) tells me there is excellent live music on 43rd and Ellis or Greenwood every Sunday. So I am getting some good vibes on positive culture in Bronzeville.

    Let's all work hard to support positive, good music, authentic good culture in Bronzeville.

    I also think we should take a stronger hand at driving out the bad.

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Landlords who allow 3 cats?

I'm thinking of moving to Hyde Park in the future and am trying to find landlords who will allow 3 cats. Most landlords who allow cats have a 2-cat limit. Thanks.

  • Anna F Longtime Hyde Parker interested in neighborhoods.

    What size unit do you need?

  • Neena - if you send me an email address I can put you in touch with a cat friendly landlord in HP.

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Jul 22

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Update: Jackson Park Dog Park

Added to the agility training course:
construction horse
suspended tire
cones

Many thanks to the anonymous benefactor of the bucket of fetching balls. I moved it all to the car, as balls go missing, i'll distribute them among the three Wooflawn dog parks. https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn Speaking of which, if anyone has any old toys your pup has lost interest in, please consider donating them to the dog park to give them a second life.

Driving Directions: LSD to Science Drive, go south on Columbia Drive beyond MSI's southern parking lot where you'll find the bridge to the tennis courts. Parking by the courts is free. The 'dog park' is located in the NE court enclosure. See bird's eye view => http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/apr17-jackson-park-dog-park-6094931/photos/

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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.

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Demolition at Greenwood/47th

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

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  • 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!

3 days ago

Fourth Ward Newsletter September 12, 2014

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

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Bronzeville Men are Looking Good

Has anyone noticed how nice the men working with the school safty/watch look this year. The shirts and ties add a lot of class to the job. In the words of Billy Crystal "They look marvelous."

  • In another post someone mentioned the unsightly men and women on 47th hanging out and sitting on crates. Seeing the safe passage men looking nice is a welcome sight. I would hope when tourist are in the area seeing more people looking like they have respect for themselves would give them a better impression of Bronzeville and its people. There is an expression "clothes make a man".

  • Apple Jaxxx Pissing people off - not once, but twice....

    These people should be commended for doing a great deed. I'm appreciative of anyone who helps kids get to a safe destination.

4 days ago

Read it and weep, Bronzevillians

Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives
THU, 09/11/2014 - 7:28PM
LYNN SWEET
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WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will...

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Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives
THU, 09/11/2014 - 7:28PM
LYNN SWEET
@LYNNSWEET | EMAIL

WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.

Nesbitt, I am told, is personally making calls to bidders to deliver the news this week.

The Lakeside site — on the former U.S. Steel South Works site on the Southeast Side of Chicago — was spectacular but it would take years for related commercial and residential development to take place.

The Bronzeville bid was anchored at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital.

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