Feb 23

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Any new Businesses in East & West Garfield Park?

I always heard that the West side was the red-headed step-child of black Chicago. Always ignored and last to get city services. After living hear for a few years, I realize this is definitely the case. Our Rotten Mayor Rahm Emanuel has completely ignored the West side, EVEN during his re-election bid. He doesn't even care to get our votes.

The West side is completely stagnant. I've been following many of the events, upgrades and investments happening throughout the entire...

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I always heard that the West side was the red-headed step-child of black Chicago. Always ignored and last to get city services. After living hear for a few years, I realize this is definitely the case. Our Rotten Mayor Rahm Emanuel has completely ignored the West side, EVEN during his re-election bid. He doesn't even care to get our votes.

The West side is completely stagnant. I've been following many of the events, upgrades and investments happening throughout the entire South side from Pullman, Roseland, Washington Park, Bronzeville & especially Englewood. Englewood is getting a Whole Foods Market, has several new technology incubators, food labs, King-Kennedy College, several new coffee shops, independently owned cafes/restaurants and more. Englewood is actually on the come-up and the ball is rolling! I LOVE IT! Englewood is grass-rooting itself out the hole! I'm extremely happy for them because I love a "comeback against all odds" story,

Why are East Garfield Park & West Garfield Park still ignored? I think I have to look in the mirror on this one. We allow an Alderman to continue getting into office without holding him accountable for doing absolutely nothing. I also don't think people on the West side have the innovation or community pride to make such changes in our community. I see no visual signs of cultural pride such as tech incubators, coffee shops, independently owned boutiques, art galleries, musical events, playhouses etc. happening on the West side. Alderman Ervin would rather host a Superbowl Party with strippers for West side gangsters. I'm beginning to believe what everyone told me about Garfield Park before moving here. The West side is just different (and not in a good way).

  • Project North Lawndale: You are the one creating the "mess". I log in and read because I can. You've got to be kidding! You don't prefer books and newspapers. How could you - when you spend the day venting and ranting on this forum. You have anger issues. Give it a rest! May you have a beautiful day!

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Carmen Garcia.. I have time to do what I DO After "3" Degrees, 2 Businesses and being a HOMEOWNER and TAX PAYER and a Really good High Paying Job, I can choose to use my time as My free will. those speaking on this site have been on here ranting...

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    Carmen Garcia.. I have time to do what I DO After "3" Degrees, 2 Businesses and being a HOMEOWNER and TAX PAYER and a Really good High Paying Job, I can choose to use my time as My free will. those speaking on this site have been on here ranting about Community needs and political activites since this site started. We are just seeing your name from a couple of days ago. I'm not sure who you are defending but your Passive responses are Mind-Numbing. IT appears that you find time to sit and read everything that I've said and have yet to learn NOTHING.. Your issue is that you have yet to speak on anything that contains Substance.. My question to you is DO YOU OR HAVE YOU EVER VOTED?? If you haven't even gotten that far, perhaps you need to climb back into your hole and continue to read these posts until YOU find something else constructive to do and Can match my credentials in Homeownership, TAX PAYING, Education, Please crawl back into your hole and continue to do what you've been doing, following my comments
    Have a great day

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25 years for woman who hatched plot to kill drug dealer

...to say that Dabney was found about 10:15 a.m. March 11 in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street and detectives were conducting a homicide investigation. But Ellis admitted to investigators that she and...

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...About 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27, 2009, Dabney went to the home in the 1500 block of West 15th Street where the three lived, to go with them to pick up the money Ellis owed...

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Median One-Bedroom Rents in Chicago per DNAChicago:

Here's an interesting article that shows median one bedroom rents for Chicago neighborhoods. Comparing the West side to other neighborhoods, it makes sense why people are now venturing into some of the less trendy areas of the city. There's a significant difference in price from say the Near West Side to East & West Garfield Park, Humboldt Park or Lawndale. Do these prices look "about" right in your neighborhood?

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150305/downtown/median-one-bedroom-rent-chicago-1670-report-says

  • West side resident Lifelong Chicagoan

    Section 8 vouchers artificially drive up the rental prices. Ironically this keeps out quality renters looking for bargain deals that otherwise would have rented.

    East Garfield would have a larger pool of renters if there was less section 8. Instead of competing with a 1,400 voucher, a cash paying renter will just look at more affordable areas like Pilsen, South Lawndale, etc...

  • E Garfield park going to become very popular. Buy if you can while you can.

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Feb 23

Updated 2 days ago

If you don't stand for something! You will fall for anything.

We should talk call me 773-530-9233 my name Senovia

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Hi Sonovia,

    There are forces that are working for improving the community and hopefully, you will join. Please start by contacting or visiting the Westside NAACP meeting- first Saturday of the month @1pm. There are other organizations working too recently AAABNA met with high level city officers regarding improving planning and economic development for the Westside and the NAACP will be meeting with County Commissioners too. Drop me an email, if you would like more information. Best.

  • Sonovia Petty #blacklivesmatter#novia

    Hello JoAnn,
    I definetly want to be apart of building and rebuiling this westside. Here is my contact number 773-530-9233

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Information

In respect to several comments, you are correct regarding investigating where the TIF funds are being spent. However, there are options for small businesses when the bank loans are out of reach: Accion Chicago ( loans are from $500. to $100,00) up to 72 months and Lisc Chicago ( loans are $500 to 2.5 million dollars) and a small number of grants. The information is not really being given to the masses...

Also on a different note, was the cheerleading/dancing program ever started in EGP? If not, are there any similar activities in the community? I did check with the park district. Thanks.

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Feb 15

Updated 3 days ago

Any leads on a puppy?

I would like to get a male 8 week old Rottweiler puppy. If anyone has any leads on one please contact me.

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CPS Opens Enrollment for Over 17,000 Early Learning Seats in School Year 15-16

3151 W. Walnut St.

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4950 S. Laporte Ave.

2332 S. Western Ave.

6020 S. Langley Ave.

5411 W. Fullerton Ave.

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Feb 25

Updated 6 days ago

Despite neglecting the West Side, Rahm wins in most of the West Side. What gives???

I don't get it. City hall consistently neglects the west side over and over again. They pour most of their resources into downtown or the northside and completely neglect the west side. West siders whine and complain yet they vote for the establishment.

For all you West Side Rahm supporters, what makes you think city hall will treat the west side any different in the next 4 years?

  • Valerie, for those of us old enough to know Harold was the same way, he focused on the neighborhoods. Mayor Daley changed that when he took over, focusing on downtown

    To be honest, I think in the late 80's and early 90's when downtown was declining it was not a bad idea to invest in downtown, but today downtown is vibrant and we can now focus on the neighborhoods

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    A balanced approach is always best. North Lawndale is on life support. We need resources quick, fast and in a hurry.

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Feb 25

The Top Five Best Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Through 3/7. Free. Devening Projects +Editions, 3039 W. Carroll. deveningprojects.com

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2/28 at 5 and 8. $43–$45. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

Through 5/31. $23. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

Through 3/15. $20–$329. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. lyricopera.org

2/27 at 9. $5 with RSVP. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago. facebook.com/BumpAndGrindcore/photos/a.320328461403604.1073741826.294096340693483/569335926502855/?type=1&theater&_rdr

Feb 25

Updated Feb 25

Preparing four the next four years!

Hello everyone,
I hope everyone voted on yesterday.
As we prepare for the next four years with Ervin what are some of your concerns or wishes?
If there is a contender (Alderman) out there now is the time to state your intend and begin your campaign not a month before the next election.
Let's come up with the best candidate and rally behind that ONE person.
24th ward let's be heard!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I agree.

    And don't forget to go out & vote for Chuy Garcia on April 7th. GO OUT AND VOTE!!
    I voted for Bob Fioretti but we MUST support Chuy Garcia as the alternative to Rahm Emanuel.

    Maybe there's a possibility that Chuy Garcia will hold Alderman Jason Ervin accountable...

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    I agree.

    And don't forget to go out & vote for Chuy Garcia on April 7th. GO OUT AND VOTE!!
    I voted for Bob Fioretti but we MUST support Chuy Garcia as the alternative to Rahm Emanuel.

    Maybe there's a possibility that Chuy Garcia will hold Alderman Jason Ervin accountable for unacceptable leadership over the 28th ward? At least he'll probably hear us out. The machine is dying in Chicago and this is another way to get rid of Ervin.

    Apparently, the horrible living conditions of the West side are acceptable standards for Rahm Emanuel (in a "so-called" world-class city) so Rahm must go! I'm hoping Chuy Garcia will not allow 28 to continue on in the same condition that's been allowed since I've lived here.

    Rahm has visited every Southside EL stop, multiple times over the past 4 months. He's blatantly ignored the West side and given us the middle finger! When was the last time he was on a West side EL stop? He didn't even want our vote before. He "chalked-up" the 28th ward as a loss. But I guarantee you he'll be humming around the 28th ward over the next 6 weeks...asking you for another chance. He and Alderman Jason Ervin gave us 4 years of nothing!

    VOTE FOR CHUY GARCIA!!

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Feb 24

Updated Feb 24

Voting poll at Ike Simms a ahambles

At 8 am the poll was not open because of lack of Judges. Any person who has been a judge before please go and be sworn in!

Not sure if Wil McGill is,the,onlymstandingmwrite in..Jasmine is Off the ballot.

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    Thanks . This is my polling place. Can we use alternatives?

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Feb 09

Updated Feb 23

  • EveryBlock - This is the wrong location. There is nothing at 3132 W Lake St in Chicago. This 3132 Lake Ave is in a different town. Please stop these updates. Thank you.

  • Someone please report my comment. I am tired of seeing these "Midday Fix" posts in my feed but I don't want to hide media mentions. Thank you friends!

Feb 13

Updated Feb 23

Trash Pick Up issuse

Anyone else in Garfield Park area (Homan and Washington ) intersection have problems with trash pick up?

At my residence they didn't pick up last week, (week of crazy snow fall) so I waited and happen to catch them picking up the DIBS trash (which i am thankful for) , and notifed them that they didn't pick up yet. They were like " Yes we did this morning" , Im like BullCR*P its still back there 10 mins ago.

Anyone else have this problem?

  • Yes that is very sad with that issue. They just think as it is lower income people and some riff raff in this neighborhood that they dont care and just brush it over.

    The emails :
    Letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org Worked or didnt bounce back
    CharlrsL.williams@cityofchicago.org bounced back as un-deliverable
    Kyle.smith@cityofchicago.org bounced back as un-deliverable
    Samantha Stinson at samantha.stinson@aldermanervin.com she responded back in two hours

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Appears,Charles was,spelled,wrong. If I typed...I,apologize.

    Will seen an email and see if Kyle bounces back for me too. Will,let u know.

    Would presume the letterforthemayor worked

Feb 16

Updated Feb 23

buying a house by GPC

I'm considering buying a house just north of Garfield Park Conservatory, on n central park ave, near Franklin blvd. Is this area safe for a family with a baby? Ive been to the conservatory lots of times, but never fully explored the area, or been around at night.
What are your thoughts on the direction this neighborhood is taking, and does anyone know what's going on with the vacant Laura Ward school? Is this an area now used for squatters or drug deals?
Thanks!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I have professional friends who own/live on the 3500 block of W. Franklin Blvd. They have children ranging from around 3ish to 12ish. All kids were born while living at the location.

    It's still social-economically mixed and it's getting better by far. But they're still building lots of subsidized housing...

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    I have professional friends who own/live on the 3500 block of W. Franklin Blvd. They have children ranging from around 3ish to 12ish. All kids were born while living at the location.

    It's still social-economically mixed and it's getting better by far. But they're still building lots of subsidized housing in the area too. My personal take is that it'll just be an extension of East Humboldt park over the next five years or so. The city of Chicago does a poor job of controlling crime, curfew, loitering and property upkeep on the West side. Until the city begins to enforce these problems I don't see that area of the West side becoming a Logan Square or West Town sort of neighborhood.

    Many home owners do their part to keep things up but the slum lords and vagrants are the ones who make it difficult to live on the West side. For now, I just think the area is mostly a somewhat affordable area to have shelter on the West side of the city.

  • I have been there 45 years. It has it's UPS and downs, good and bad. We have gone through periods when its good and periods when its bad. Right now we're in a bad cycle, hopefully we're on the downside. The school is closed. Part of our illustrious mayor's plan...

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    I have been there 45 years. It has it's UPS and downs, good and bad. We have gone through periods when its good and periods when its bad. Right now we're in a bad cycle, hopefully we're on the downside. The school is closed. Part of our illustrious mayor's plan to do away with public schooling I guess. They are pouring money into the flower house. So there is a plan for the neighborhood. You just have to wait and see. We are not now nor have we ever been part of Humboldt park, although it seems as if someone has a plan and is trying to annex it. 30 minutes from just about any place on the city, 15 minutes from downtown by el. It's not bad, its not great, its just home.

Feb 23

  • Growing Our Reading Muscles!

    Ms. Acharya is asking for $179.71:
    My students need phonics and word work tools such as Flip Books, Build-a-word and word family dice to build their reading muscles.
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Updated Feb 21

The Businesses Donating to your Alderman in your ward

Here is a link of the most Recent Donations to 24th and 28th Ward Aldermen. A Deli gave Ervin $5000.00.. I had no idea that this particular deli did this much business. When you start finding out where your Tax dollars are going to, you may get upset enough to finally VOTE!

http://www.elections.state.il.us/campaigndisclosure/ContributionsSearchByCandidates.aspx?ddlCanSearchContributionType=All+Types&ddlCanSearchLastOnlyNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchLastOnlyName=&ddlCanSearchFirstNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchFirstName=&ddlCanSearchAddressSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchAddress=&ddlCanSearchCitySearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchCity=&ddlState=&txtCanSearchZip=60624&txtCanSearchZipThru=60624&ddlCanSearchOccupationSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchOccupation=&ddlCanSearchEmployerSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchEmployer=&txtCanSearchAmount=&txtCanSearchAmountThru=&txtCanSearchRcvDate=&txtCanSearchRcvDateThru=&ddlCanSearchOrderBy=Date+Received+-+most+recent+first&txtCanElectYear=&ddlCanElectType=All+Types&ddlCanLastNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanLastName=&ddlCanFirstNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanFirstName=&ddlCanOffice=All+Offices&ddlCanDistrictType=All+Types&txtCanDistrict=&ddlCanParty=All+Parties&ddlVendorLastOnlyName=Starts+with&txtVendorLastOnlyName=&ddlVendorFirstName=Starts+with&txtVendorFirstName=&ddlVendorAddress=Starts+with&txtVendorAddress=&ddlVendorCity=Starts+with&txtVendorCity=&ddlVendorState=&txtVendorZip=&txtVendorZipThru=&ddlPurpose=Starts+with&txtPurpose=

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