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The Mayor on Gun Violence

http://youtu.be/YJ8eaOzUfhU

I love the last part, it really pulls on the heart strings (election year)... but is completely void of a realistic solution. The source of the problem: Mothers of multiple kids with different absentee fathers, on the life support of the government, who don't value education... produce the majority of our gang bangers. The solution: Significantly curb this senseless drive to reproduce will significantly reduce crime (and taxes we pay to raise and manage thugs).

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It is absolutely insane to think that the government really cares at all. If they did, we wouldn't even have these problems. They would have been fixed decades ago.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    The fact that the government supports/enables these mothers to create such a criminal class then uses the crime to justify the expense of more enforcement, jails and rehab/prevention (social programs), just shows you who's the 'Wizard of Oz' in this nightmare.

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Homeless woman at 51st St. and Lake Park Ave.

Does anyone know what happened to Christine, the woman who has been living under the Metra at 51st St. and Lake Park? A friend rode by on his bike last Fri. and saw the police there. Someone in the crowd told him she died?

  • A tweet from Alderman Burns, I believe about the person in question...

    Will Burns ‏@Ald4_WillBurns Apr 17
    @JayDotHarp Hey. She decided to receive medical attention and is in hospital. She is in stable condition. Thx to City and Threshold.

  • b none

    Cool....it was a long cold stomy winter. I can't believe she survived. I hope she accepts some services to keep her off the street.

  • Walter Trent Indian Head Village Area in Hyde Park, Chicago

    She was apparently removed when reported to the city agency, Family & Support
    Services, to check on her wellness. And then that area - in fact both sides of the
    street/sidewalks - were then washed down and the debris removed. She had been living on that location for years and...

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    She was apparently removed when reported to the city agency, Family & Support
    Services, to check on her wellness. And then that area - in fact both sides of the
    street/sidewalks - were then washed down and the debris removed. She had been living on that location for years and it was a heath hazard to both her and the public, etc. The police previously felt they couldn't do anything about her living there but it also was a safety issue for both her and the public. If someone knows where she is now we would like to be advised.

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Hyde Park Thank State Representative Curry for Limiting Your Transportation Options

Several weeks ago the Illinois House of Representatives voted on HB 4075. The bill was bought and paid for by the taxi and commercial auto insurance industry and would place draconian regulations on the ridesharing industry Areas such as Hyde Park, which is designated by the City of Chicago, as an underserved community by the taxi industry, has residents who regularly use ridesharing companies Uber,Lyft, and Sidecar for critical transportation needs. Although her constituents use these services State Rep Barbara Curry supported the bill that would limit ridesharing in Chicago while protecting the taxi industry.
http://www.illinoispolicy.org/the-6-worst-things-about-illinois-proposed-ridesharing-law/

  • The taxi industry as-is doesn't serve Hyde Park or the South Side more generally very well at all. Shame on Barbara for not supporting companies trying to better connect and integrate this part of the city with downtown and neighborhoods beyond downtown.

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    The taxi industry as-is doesn't serve Hyde Park or the South Side more generally very well at all. Shame on Barbara for not supporting companies trying to better connect and integrate this part of the city with downtown and neighborhoods beyond downtown.

    We need companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to remedy some of the transportation inequities produced by industry-friendly taxi regulation and the lack of safe, easy connections to rail to and from Hyde Park. It's not just that we, as residents, need good options to travel to other parts of the city; we also need to attract more people from outside Hyde Park into the neighborhood, so that the many new businesses being established all around us can benefit from (read: survive because of) a large, stable, and sufficiently wealthy market for their goods and services, even when school is out of session.

    We need to make our collective voice heard on this, with our words, our feet, our dollars, and our votes.

  • Happy making better choices

    As a person who recently tried to get a cab with a company that is contracted to give rides for a businesses customers, I had a few no shows after over an hour of calls, I can see how ride sharing is a great option for many in this area...

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    As a person who recently tried to get a cab with a company that is contracted to give rides for a businesses customers, I had a few no shows after over an hour of calls, I can see how ride sharing is a great option for many in this area and further south. Of course there needs to be regulations as they are providing a service to the public.

    I was told my cab had arrived 3 times but I was standing right there and nothing. I was blatantly lied to and almost missed my appoint which was a 15 min drive away. Service is horrible bc there is no perceived competition so the cabs can do whatever they want. If they provided consistent, timely, pleasant service, cabs would have no worries. When you do your job well, competition is nothing but a joke. Competition can ruin you when you don't do your job well.

3 days ago

Hyde Park’s Vue53 moving forward

From yochicago.com:

McHugh Construction, the general contractor for Vue53, announced on its Facebook page that it will be hosting an outreach event on Thursday, April 24, for qualified union subcontractors interested in working on the development.

Additional signs that Vue53 is progressing include the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of the project, and the recent demolition of the Mobil gas station on the site. Opponents of the project plan to appeal the adverse decision.

Vue53 is targeting completion in the fall of 2015. The development includes 267 apartments and ground-floor retail space.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Haircut!

Just moved to Hyde Park and I'm in need of a barber. Internet is steering my towards Hyde Park Hair Salon or Hyde Park Barber Studio. Any thoughts on these two places or maybe someone knows of another place? Looking for a fade. I'm asian and have asian hair.

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    I would recommend going to Denise at Hair Design International (they're on 57th, near Kinko's). She's great, quick and courteous. Also, her clientele is a mix of everyone from all walks of life!

  • And if Denise at Hair Design International is unavailable, ask for Tina. Try Tuesdays when haircuts are $5 off.

4 days ago

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6 days ago

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Jackson Park Dog Park

From what i've gathered from others, the proposal to turn a few tennis courts south of MSI into a dog park was accepted by the park district and all that's in the way is the funding. So in the meantime, i say make the best of it on a shoe-string. Recently I installed a bag dispenser, super dooper pooper scoopers (container of cardboard scraps), a toy basket and water station... plus i dropped off a few construction cones for those...

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From what i've gathered from others, the proposal to turn a few tennis courts south of MSI into a dog park was accepted by the park district and all that's in the way is the funding. So in the meantime, i say make the best of it on a shoe-string. Recently I installed a bag dispenser, super dooper pooper scoopers (container of cardboard scraps), a toy basket and water station... plus i dropped off a few construction cones for those who are interested in training for agility.

On maintenance: I'll drop by once a week with water and bags. If there's any vandalism, let me know and i'll address it asap.

On improvements: 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 attached.

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Fiske Dog Park

In an enclosed fenced in area on the west side of what used to be Fiske Elementary School (6145 S Ingleside) there is plenty of grass to play chase/fetch on, a few huge pines that provide shade and a bag/water station.

On maintenance: I'll drop by once a week with water and bags. If there's any vandalism, let me know and i'll address it asap.

On improvements: If anyone has any old toys your pup has lost interest in, please...

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In an enclosed fenced in area on the west side of what used to be Fiske Elementary School (6145 S Ingleside) there is plenty of grass to play chase/fetch on, a few huge pines that provide shade and a bag/water station.

On maintenance: I'll drop by once a week with water and bags. If there's any vandalism, let me know and i'll address it asap.

On improvements: 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.

Note: 'Fiske Dog Park' is not official in any capacity. This is simply an effort being made on behalf of the community to make good use of a neglected public space that is currently temporarily in limbo. Please be mindful of your neighbors and try to keep your dog's barking to a minimum.

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Apr 17

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    INSTALL ONE MITSUBISHI 2 TON SPLIT SYSTEM, AIR COOLED, R410A, LOCATED ON THE ROOF. THE UNIT SERVES THE DATA ROOM. (ALL DEVICES AND CONNECTIONS TO BE BRAZED)

    6245 S. Ingleside Ave. Issued April 15, 2014 Comment

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Apr 09

Updated Apr 15

Post office alternative

If the post office on 55th has a long line I walk across the parking lot to Office Depot. They have USPS, FedEx and UPS service there, and you can buy stamps at the checkout. Usually well staffed, although you are sharing them with people getting posters and such, but more pleasant to wait (there is a restroom just to the right) and the people working there are a bit more cheerful!

  • LJ in Hyde Park New neighbor

    Thanks for the heads-up. I was not aware of the international shipping situation.

  • Agreed, Office Depot can handle a lot of what the USPS can--there are still a few things, however, that you might still have to go to the Post Office for. I need my packages to be scanned and properly "accepted" into their tracking system when I drop them off, and Office Depot isn't able to do that sort of thing.

Apr 14

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Permit parking along lakefront?

From the Hyde Park Herald:

Hyde Parkers living on the 5400 block of South Shore Drive could be the first in the neighborhood with permit parking. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) told residents Thursday night, in a meeting at the Shoreland, 5454 S. Shore Dr., that 65 percent of the blocks’ residents had signed a petition requesting permit parking.

Permit parking would allow anyone living on the 5400 block of South Shore Drive block with a car registered to their address to exclusively park on that block between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. from May 1 through October 1.

  • @Aflowerlover, it wouldn't effect visitors of the park. The park closes at 11 pm and the permit is essentially for overnight parking - 11 pm to 5 am. So, basically no hanging out at the park after hours.

  • Aflowerlover A community life, nature, peace & justice lover.

    Thanks for thee update greatly appreciated

Apr 12

Worth Pondering this Election Year

The most successful politicians are sycophants. Now what does that tell you about us as a species and/or society?

Apr 11

Updated Apr 12

star status barbershop

This is the best barbershop in Hyde Park. Great hair cutting skills, with professional service. I rank this place #1

  • It is good that you are proud of your own establishment and think it is #1. Perhaps we'll try it out and let you know.

Apr 12

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Apr 10

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The Promontory

From Eater Chicago:

The Promontory is finally coming soon. Signified by a liquor license application and the participation in an upcoming fundraiser, partner Bruce Finkelman says it's now targeted to open in early summer. Chef Jared Wentworth and beverage director Will Duncan will cater the KAM Isaiah Israel Gala on April 26, the same event where Matthias Merges previewed A10 last year. Tickets start at $150. [EaterWire/DNAinfo]

Apr 11

Community 'Currency'

I'm curious what this kind of effort is worth in terms of dollars and cents in the market place? Apparently there are people who benefit from such solo initiatives, who see no value but 'patting oneself on the back' just for mentioning it... like right now. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=9256979

Apr 11

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Keeping a Close Eye on CPD's Glenn Evans

I'm not going to bore anyone with the details but I have (as well as many others in the 3rd District) witnessed first hand the abuses of power Commander Evans has delivered over his brief reign in Woodlawn. Now with a new commander at the helm, I'm relieved but only in part. With all the lawsuits and complaints against him, i'm afraid the CPD is going back to their old playbook, tossing him from district to district like a hot...

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I'm not going to bore anyone with the details but I have (as well as many others in the 3rd District) witnessed first hand the abuses of power Commander Evans has delivered over his brief reign in Woodlawn. Now with a new commander at the helm, I'm relieved but only in part. With all the lawsuits and complaints against him, i'm afraid the CPD is going back to their old playbook, tossing him from district to district like a hot potato. If anyone knows his current tour-of-duty please let me know. I want to insure that his past follows him and catches up with him sooner then later.. As of yet, to the best of my research, he has been named a defendant in six different lawsuits over the course of his career.

Sources:

http://www.lawsja.com/blog/2013/03/another-excessive-force-lawsuit-filed-against-cpd-commander-glenn-evans.shtml

http://www.chicagoreporter.com/abusing-badge#.UxcucIUhQcI

http://www.nbcchicago.com/video/#!/investigations/Millions-Paid-to-Settle-Police-Misconduct-Suits/149775635

  • Todd I do not know what did or didn't happen but if it's Police misconduct I hope it was reported to the police review board.

    As for the other comment irregardless of the meaningless wordy diatribe. The fact remains a large number of community leaders who are served by the...

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    Todd I do not know what did or didn't happen but if it's Police misconduct I hope it was reported to the police review board.

    As for the other comment irregardless of the meaningless wordy diatribe. The fact remains a large number of community leaders who are served by the 3rd district want commander Evans reassigned back to the 3rd district and I directed them to this conversation so you can ask them why they support him. I make no assumptions about lawsuits because I have lifelong friends and associates who have explenary records in law enforcement who have been named in lawsuits which were later dismissed. This is why we let courts of law decide guilt and not arm chair attorneys on Everyblock

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    FYI: The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates - The city’s drop in crime has been nothing short of miraculous. Here’s what’s behind the unbelievable numbers. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/index.php

Apr 03

Updated Apr 10

Group Neighborhood Cleanups Make Great Photo-ops & Alibis

Here's a great photo-op to include in all your social media... with a caption like "Hey look at me in my Earth Day t-shirt" with a big grin on your face while holding a bag full of trash, rake or pick in hand. Just think how great it will be to spend an hour or two out of one day of the year creating a memory you can use over and over again for the other 364 days out of...

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Here's a great photo-op to include in all your social media... with a caption like "Hey look at me in my Earth Day t-shirt" with a big grin on your face while holding a bag full of trash, rake or pick in hand. Just think how great it will be to spend an hour or two out of one day of the year creating a memory you can use over and over again for the other 364 days out of the year, during which you pick up nothing. No need to go out everyday for five-minutes* to maintain the cleanliness of your block throughout the rest of the year, you already have visual proof that you 'care'... even though the daily litter that continues to accumulate all around you proves otherwise.

Happy Earth Day Everybody!

Keeping it Real, Woodlawn. ;)

* http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/feb27-a-clean-er-block-just-5-minutes-day-6012123/

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