Oct 20

Updated 2 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.

  • 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.

  • @jeffrey booker: Im sorry for not answering you when you commented but I really get tired of social media sometimes and make comments and go on with my life (smile). I would be happy to meet with you over a cup of coffee. Also, know that I am a hotline volunteer for Metropolitan Tenants Organization and I hear all kinds of horror stories from all classes of people about landlords, city services, CHA, etc. Let's meet and discuss. Email me at cstarbea830@yahoo.com.

Nov 16

Updated 4 days ago

Bronzeville We have a Winner !

Wendell Phillips High School, yes the school on 39th not only have they raised themselves from level 3 to level 1, the highest rating in academics for public schools, the football team has reached the State semifinals. I want to say congratulations to the Principal and staff at Phillips you have made us proud. Here is a very inspiring video on youtube please watch this, it is very telling of the good that is now coming from that institution.:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMzxO6iZ4v8

  • Anna,
    I understand, you're imphatuated, but you're noty type.

  • lol, I assume you meant 'infatuated'? but with what?? your incorrect assessment of subsidized housing? your somewhat lame screen name?? pray tell what should I focus on boo?

Nov 09 2011

Updated 4 days ago

Thanksgiving food and clothing drives in the Hyde Park/Bronzeville area

Hey everyone, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! Does anyone have info on food and/or clothing drives in the neighborhood to share? Or are you looking for volunteers for an upcoming drive or charity event? If so, feel free to post a comment or new neighbor message.

  • My grad school, Catholic Theological Union is collecting food for a thanksgiving food pantry tomorrow, November 15th for a charity in Back of the Yards. Pick up is scheduled for 1 pm. If you want to drop anything off tomorrow morning, buzz into the reception desk! CTU is located at 5416 S Cornell. :)

  • Chi Anti-Vi Youth violence reduction group will be conducting a food or toy drive from Monday, November 24th to December 12th. Drop off locations are at the offices of Quad Communities Development Corporation 4659 South Cottage Grove, 2nd floor. Call (773) 268-7232 for more information. Visit www.ChiANtiVI.com

Aug 29

Updated 6 days ago

Good Time Sports Bar on 35th

Does anyone know anything about the Good Time Sports Bar on 35th near Indiana?

The name showed up on the awning on the side of the building recently so I did some searching online and found news about recent permits and a facebook page that doesn't have much info - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Time-Sports-Bar/429506427185076?sk=page_map

If this place ends up being nice and service is good they are going to do very well. I know I will be a regular! :)

  • Chacho Chi guy in ChiTown

    I was there this past weekend, sadly, nothing to rave about. No good beer selections, nothing on tap. It was an older, quiet crowd. There was group of healthcare workers having a good time.

    Good thing about the place, there is a bouncer screening customers. So, no hooligans, gang bangers or thugs inside. By the time I left a DJ was setting up. I believe the place is owned by the liquor store owners, who are middle eastern. Bottom line, won't be going back.

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    I know at least one of the owners is black.

Nov 14

Updated Nov 16

Fourth Ward Newsletter | November 14, 2014

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

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    When are you going to start addressing the north end of the ward and our issues. We need more cops but you spend too much time kissing up to Rahm while he takes contributions from city pension managers in violation of the law. Why won't you ask for an investigation?

  • Jeffrey Booker 40 years in Chicago; the city does not work well.

    I am glad you posted your recent interview. I had heard about it, but I don't have cable. I was amazed to hear that a high school was kept open to accommodate 13 students. I would like to know more about the "lack of humanity" in the design of the...

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    I am glad you posted your recent interview. I had heard about it, but I don't have cable. I was amazed to hear that a high school was kept open to accommodate 13 students. I would like to know more about the "lack of humanity" in the design of the Lucas Museum. Humanity is not a word that often falls from the lips of sitting politicians.The arts and rec, center on 35th and Cottage sounds good, but I wonder who is going to really benefit.These development projects seem to be the new method for "stealing" public money. There is already a facility, four blocks away, on Pershing & Cottage. Can you say that local residents will get jobs working on the construction or will we see training programs put in place if there is a contention that qualified workers are not available, per city ordinance.
    And lastly, it is sad to see, when given the opportunity to access the means for broad casting, we choose to imitate the format of the major media outlets. Our performance pales in comparison and the content is bland and shallow, I suspect this is because we are mimicking a format that has other priorities than providing useful information.

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    All Will "I'm like Barack Obama" burns is interested in is being an errand boy for Rahms pay to play agenda. He is in favor if giving Rahm a free pass on the Lucas museum because Hollywood is more important to Rahm and burns than is Chicago. He also follows the failed policies of enabling Toni Preckwinkle.

Nov 12

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Nov 07

Updated Nov 12

Fourth Ward Newsletter Nov. 7. 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/HcJ5XP

  • Jeffrey Booker 40 years in Chicago; the city does not work well.

    Giving investors the opportunity to profit from investing in already proven Early Childhood Development Programs is just another example of using public education as a revenue stream for private profit. The embrace of automation, without regard for the human consequences of it, is killing opportunity, more so than the lack of education. I am trying to get on the ballot for the 2015, 4th Ward Aldermanic Election because I believe we need political representation that understands this. http://movementfornewchicago.org for more information.

Nov 09

Updated Nov 11

Mayor's interest in Bronzeville

Myth, the mayor carrying for Bronzeville, though he may have some sycophants and quislings carrying his water the agenda is to rid the community of the like of poor people. The creation of jobs past and present- indigenous residents are excluded from participating in the workforce. None of the public housing residents PHR save for those who are friends of the past alderwoman and Will Burns are not getting contracts to develop their small businesses but its funny how all...

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Myth, the mayor carrying for Bronzeville, though he may have some sycophants and quislings carrying his water the agenda is to rid the community of the like of poor people. The creation of jobs past and present- indigenous residents are excluded from participating in the workforce. None of the public housing residents PHR save for those who are friends of the past alderwoman and Will Burns are not getting contracts to develop their small businesses but its funny how all the new businesses moving into the community seems to be well taken care of, have no problem fighting to maintain a very strong robust workforce of 99% white and hispanic. There is a big push to create businesses or commercial outlets on land that was promised to PH residents . The trend seems to value replacing PHR from the area with nouveau riche gays, hispanics, white or yupie African Americans. Remember this, if they come for me today with your help, tomorrow they will come for you after they increase your property taxes and lay you off from the job they hired you on. Anyway, all this hidden racism, class caste system known as gentrification was done by taxation without representation-meaning the funding ,federal assistance, zoning and permits was made possible because it was to redevelop the land and community for the working poor and low income people and families residing and dwelling in these areas until the mayor's approached HUD with the 30, 30, 30 plan-affordable, market and low income but only five low income PHR have been able to move into any of the new constructed development as very many of the rehabbed and newly built building are half full, hmm i wonder why. In closing, Diversity kills the community. The Bronzeville community is struggling to obtain power, wealth and economic empowerment but if we give in to diversity there goes our power and wealth. Give black people born and reared in Chicago a chance to become wealthy, and be politicians and community stake holders.

  • We'll see,if he can take the Hispanic vote with him.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    What it really means is we have consistently been sold out by established, entrenched black democratic political leadership.

Nov 06

Updated Nov 07

RECAP - BNC Presents: "The State of Real Estate in Bronzeville

Four local real estate experts shared their views on everything from how the recession impacted Bronzeville, what's happening now and how we as community members can push harder to make Bronzeville a more vibrant community. This BNC meeting was packed with information that local residents can use to improve existing property values, sell property and purchase or build in Bronzeville. The clear takeaway was that Bronzeville is fast becoming the place to buy, live, start a business, work and play....

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Four local real estate experts shared their views on everything from how the recession impacted Bronzeville, what's happening now and how we as community members can push harder to make Bronzeville a more vibrant community. This BNC meeting was packed with information that local residents can use to improve existing property values, sell property and purchase or build in Bronzeville. The clear takeaway was that Bronzeville is fast becoming the place to buy, live, start a business, work and play. We have the right combinations, close to the Lake, Loop, reasonable property prices and vacant land. Please stay tuned for more BNC informational meetings and an up coming BNC sponsored Bronzeville promotion. Stay positive neighbors, good things are in store for Bronzeville!

  • Ruby, the meeting on Wednesday was super informational and invigorating. Thanks to you and the other leaders of the BNC for your active presence in Bronzeville over the last year!

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for posting something regarding the meeting. I was trying to make it but just couldn't. Is there any more detailed information you can give about specific businesses that are in the works for Bronzeville?

Oct 27

Fourth Ward Newsletter: October 24, 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/y4I8eO

Oct 17

Updated Oct 18

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.

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Filiming on Cottage near 37th the other day???

Hi,

Just curious, does anyone know what was filming on Cottage Grove by the Mercy building?

  • My neighbor told me that Chicago Fire was shooting in the area last week too. Or maybe a week and a half ago. She walks my dog during the day for me and she walked him down to the set. She told me that all the crew loved him. It may have been another show too. I don't know how much television she watches as she's never home.

  • Happy making better choices

    Thanks

Sep 25

Updated Oct 07

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

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    This video is for you Alan:

    http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/10/02/watch-this-young-black-man-give-a-near-perfect-
    response-to-a-white-male-whos-ignorant-about-the-systematic-oppression-of-black-people/

    Video by PBS

  • Blackworld, again are non-blacks the majority that are killing kids and boys in our neighborhood?

    So it's everyone else's fault that 95% of young black men are killed by other young black men, you have no problem with that, but me moving into your neighborhood is a concern to you?...

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    Blackworld, again are non-blacks the majority that are killing kids and boys in our neighborhood?

    So it's everyone else's fault that 95% of young black men are killed by other young black men, you have no problem with that, but me moving into your neighborhood is a concern to you? Or the thought of your kids living in a majority white neighborhood is a concern, but having a 95% chance that if they are acosted, it will be by a non-white person that's cool? Twisted....

    My kids are bi-racial and they hear almost all the taunting when they are out and about in our Bronzeville street. Yet they hear none of that in their school which is 80/20.

    Our government has made it their policy to further deconstruct and de-segregate neighborhoods, determaing that is the best policy. On that I tend to agree for ALL, not just blacks.

    Despite our terrible crime stats, one thing that does give me hope is that I see first-hand, more and more fathers better involved in their kids lives, it's gonna take some time.

Oct 03

Fourth Ward Newsletter October 3, 2014

Learn all about what's happening here in the Fourth Ward. http://goo.gl/XDEfef

Oct 01

Updated Oct 02

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

  • Juan, do you think it's possible for us in the neighborhood to have an effect on how the site is to be used? I think a casino is probably a bad idea.

Oct 01

October 2014 3rd Ward Newsletter

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Sep 26

Updated Sep 28

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.

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