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

  • If the store is built with a style and architecture that is consistent with historic Bville, it will be a welcome addition. I can't imagine why anyone who lives here can understand that we need reasonable grocer options? It's not about race, it's about options! The only "community benefits agreement"...

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    If the store is built with a style and architecture that is consistent with historic Bville, it will be a welcome addition. I can't imagine why anyone who lives here can understand that we need reasonable grocer options? It's not about race, it's about options! The only "community benefits agreement" that matters is we will have expanded choice and not have to spend all of our resources in other communities. Why is Mariano's being described as an "upscale grocer"?! It's essentially a dressed up Roundys? I mean, would folks feel better about an Aldi's?(Also owned by a white billionaire from another country). Let's be happy we are getting a good store and hopefully Jewel will either compete and get better, or wilt and disappear. I welcome the new store and believe that it will bring some positive developmental energy to the neighborhood😌👍

  • Good morning everyone. Rick, I understand your desire to have beautiful housing on King Drive. What is the reason there isn't more residential development? All 4 corners on 39th and King Drive are now vacant. Let's be honest; many Bronzeville residents don't want any more housing built if that means...

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    Good morning everyone. Rick, I understand your desire to have beautiful housing on King Drive. What is the reason there isn't more residential development? All 4 corners on 39th and King Drive are now vacant. Let's be honest; many Bronzeville residents don't want any more housing built if that means an inclusion of people who are considered "low income." The residents also don't like all the vacant lots and really want a decent grocery store. If the store is on State Street or King Drive doesn't really matter to me. Can the average person with a "middle class" income and middle class bills afford to live on King Drive anymore?

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  • 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.

8 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

8 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

13 hours ago

A new daycare

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

42 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Hyde Bark Support for Southside Dog Parks

Dear Fellow Hyde Bark 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...

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Dear Fellow Hyde Bark 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.

  • Dear Todd

    thank you for this update. I know there are a number of concerned puparents that are concerned about the pond at 51st Street. Ever since the geese died in the water there, there have been concerns about how safe it is for the dogs.

    I also hear that eventually we will get an Olmstead themed dog park in Jackson Park.

    thanks for posting.

    Anne Marie

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    Thanks for the heads up and continued support Anne. In the meantime, while we wait to see such plans materialize or fall apart, we should all so what we can to connect puparents through the development, maintenance and/or use of dog parks on the southside.

23 hours ago

Updated 20 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!

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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 38 hours ago

Prostitution?

I was sitting in the Sip and Savor last week and saw a black woman with a huge blonde fro leave 5306-08 buildinging on Hyde Park Blvd. She was wearing shorts cut up to her crotch and platform heals with a long coat. She entered a car with Indiana tags and sat for about 10 minutes before it took off with her in it. She looked like a hooker and several minutes later I saw another young black woman (20s)...

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I was sitting in the Sip and Savor last week and saw a black woman with a huge blonde fro leave 5306-08 buildinging on Hyde Park Blvd. She was wearing shorts cut up to her crotch and platform heals with a long coat. She entered a car with Indiana tags and sat for about 10 minutes before it took off with her in it. She looked like a hooker and several minutes later I saw another young black woman (20s) dressed the same way. Shorts cut up to the crotch, black high platform heels walking around those guys who play chess in Harold Washington Park. I have concerns about this activity in East Hyde Park. Has anyone else seen this kind of activity in the area?

  • JD Just an old man livin' in the 20 (th Ward)

    These days, how can you tell the pros from the ho's?

  • Majurej, with all due respect, I do beleive you're concerned. I won't say you're over-reacting, but if this wasn't speculation, I'm confident that you would have pointed out the particulars by now. I wouldn't worry about it, until you're sure. At this point it's simply conjecture. Your vigilance is appreciated.

2 days ago

Updated 41 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 41 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.

42 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.

42 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...

Read full message…

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 46 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.

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4 days ago

Updated 47 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.

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lost wedding rings

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

2 days ago

City Elementary Offers Rare Peace for Students Overwhelmed by Noisy Schools

...small cart and scooted across the basement classroom at City Elementary inside KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., to complete a math problem with one of his four teachers. He then careened back...

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

“It’s a need that’s not being met in the public schools because of the class size,” said Lorell Marin, founder of Leep Forward, a preschool at 1280 W. Washington Blvd. that works with kids with sensory integration issues.

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Updated 3 days ago

Power outage 53rd - 56th; Harper-Ellis

Electrical our she spanning several hyde park blocks including Treasure Island and all other businesses in Harper Court. Come Ed is aware of the issue and supposedly working on it as of 5:20pm (Sunday 09/28).

  • I live on Harper, between 53rd and 54th. We weren't sure what was going on or how wide spread it was. We could see that the Promontory still had power, but were unsure of other businesses / homes. A little before 4 PM there was a loud boom and then we lost power. Happy to say we have it back as of about 5:30 PM. Hopefully the rest of the affected area has it back now too. Thanks for the update LeAnna!

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5 days ago

Updated 4 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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