4 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Problems in 20th ward

Hello everyone, I'm curios as to how many of us think that some of the problems that plague Woodlawn stem from the alderman? I am new to Woodlawn but I want to know what other residents think about the job Willie Cochran has done.

  • Why the heck are they tearing down one public housing project to build another?? Woodlawn began its decline after urban renewal eliminated the commerical hubs that were Cottage Grove and 63rd st. and replaced them with public housing and empty lots. The people making the decisions about Woodlawn's future DO...

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    Why the heck are they tearing down one public housing project to build another?? Woodlawn began its decline after urban renewal eliminated the commerical hubs that were Cottage Grove and 63rd st. and replaced them with public housing and empty lots. The people making the decisions about Woodlawn's future DO NOT have the property owners and tax payers in mind, they only care about the people in public housing. Property owners need a voice to speak out against this current agenda to turn Woodlawn into one large public housing subdivision. TWO and the Apostolic church should NOT be the only ones who have a say in what happens in Woodlawn

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    ...and there is a question of sustainability.

    "The condition of those buildings raises questions about how the nonprofit—along with its sister agency, The Woodlawn Organization, better known as TWO—manages the steady stream of anti-poverty money it collects each year. Independent auditors found that their ledgers continue to come up short, and meeting basic expenses, including payroll and building maintenance"

    www.chicagoreporter.com/following-finney

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    PERMIT EXPIRES ON 12/21/2014 ERECTION STARTS: 10/22/2014, ERECTION ENDS: 11/3/2014. ONE DAY EVENT (10/29/2014)ERECT, TWO (2) TENTS 82'X82' AND 20'X99', ONE(1) CANOPY 10'X99', ONE PLATFORM 84'X84'X4' HIGHSETUP 10/22/2014- REMOVAL 11/3/2014

    5801 S. Ellis Ave. Issued October 21, 2014 Comment

Mar 05

Updated 38 hours ago

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

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  • Permit issued for new construction

    PERMIT EXPIRES ON 12/17/2014 ERECTION STARTS: 10/28/2014, ERECTION ENDS: 10/31/2014. TEMPORARY TENTS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - SAIEH HALL DEDICATION ON OCTOBER 30, 2014. 1-20'X30' TENT, 1-20'X180' TENT. PARTYTIME-HDO PRODUCTIONS, INC.

    5757 S. University Ave. Issued October 17, 2014 Comment

2 days ago

Panel Discussion with Photography Susan Meiselas

...Mozote". The event is free and open to the public. The Logan Center is located 915 E 60th St. and the discussion will be held in Seminar Terrace 801. For more information call 773...

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3 days ago

Chicago Humanities Festival returning to Hyde Park this Sunday

...beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., with topics ranging from Hannah Arendt’s work to J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of...

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Personal research may benefit community

Would anyone like to sign up for a neighborhood compost collection service? Pick-up and replacement of a provided 5-gallon bucket will go to feed a local worm farm. Vermicomposting. $10/pick-up or price dependent on pick-up requirements. I would like to start providing such a service on bicycle with trailer, would you be interested in this type of service? Programs can be set up to receive compost in return after a certain amount of food collected.

  • I would be interested

  • thank you! here is my email, pleasantfarms@gmail.com. I am getting together the program and can send you the info sheet. then we can begin!

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4 days ago

Searle Chemistry Lab cleanroom to catalyze interdisciplinary nanoscience at UChicago

...occupy 2,680 square feet of space in the basement of the Searle Chemistry Laboratory, 5735 S. Ellis Ave. Different portions of the filtered space will be maintained at class 100 and class 1000...

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Oct 14

Updated 4 days ago

Neighbors

A question a friend recently posted on her facebook page received a lot of interesting replies. Thought i'd post it here and see if it would have the same effect:

"Do you have a close relationship with your neighbors? Hate your neighbors? Or never look their way & ignore them ( keep to yourself & avoid all contact ) ?"

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    I can empathize with Magic. A move is easier said than done. Especially if you're looking to move out of state or country.

  • Most of my immediate neighbors have been friendly. None have been rude, the ones who arent so friendly just ignore me.

5 days ago

Support Education

Hello Bronzeville and Hyde Park. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 20 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community...

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Hello Bronzeville and Hyde Park. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 20 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community help of helping me raise money to pay WIU so that I can go back next year to finish off my education. You can help be donating money to me on my go fund me account. Here is the link http://www.gofundme.com/9hhm5k every donation will be very much appreciated.

6 days ago

Save the Date! FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY OCTOBER 25TH

Halloween Party Grand Crossing Advisory Council and Chicago Park District
WHEN: Saturday, October 25th
Ages 5 to 12 years
Costumes to win a prize
Where: Grand Crossing Park
7655 South Ingleside
TIME 1PM. until 4PM
Free Treats, games and activities
Plenty of Security!

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Oct 16

Updated Oct 17

Condo Management Company

Does anyone have a great condo management company they can recommend that serves the Washington Park/HydePark/Bronzeville area?

Thanks!

  • We use The Building Group to manage our cooperative in Hyde Park and are very happy with them. They manage other buildings in Hyde Park including Vista Homes. Jim Stoller is President and very responsive.

  • Kane Property Management: our condo at 54th and Dorchester switched to Kane from Wolin Levin and never looked back. They are terrific, and relatively cheap.
    806 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 472-2300

Oct 17

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Sep 02 2012

Updated Oct 15

HUD/CHA Take Over of Woodlawn

With HUD/CHA now controlling 52% of all housing in Woodlawn will this community survive? Studies show when you reach 20% your community become de-invested and blighted. How long will homeowners put up with: High Crime, Zero Decent Shops, Abundance of Trash, Rude Residents.

  • Hello all, I am new to the site but I am very glad that I found it. I am VERY interested in the very same issues that concern all of you. I am a 2 flat owner which I purchased, rehabbed, and live in. My only tenants are market rate and good neighbors. I am interested in joining WHO, where can I go to obtain more info?

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    You can send an inquiry through the "Chicago's Woodlawn Community" FB page https://www.facebook.com/Woodlawn.Chicago

Oct 15

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Oct 14

Updated Oct 14

Who's "Kevin Bailey for 20th Ward"

I've never heard of Kevin Bailey until today, when i saw his campaign poster stapled to a boarded-up greystone up the block from me.

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    Just so you know, Todd, so far there's 5 of us including the incumbent. I'd tell you who the others are but I don't wanna publicize them in any way. Besides, you'll find out who we are in due time. The vast majority of the 20th Ward hasn't heard about...

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    Just so you know, Todd, so far there's 5 of us including the incumbent. I'd tell you who the others are but I don't wanna publicize them in any way. Besides, you'll find out who we are in due time. The vast majority of the 20th Ward hasn't heard about most of us candidates. I'm finding that to be the case as I travel throughout the ward. (How many people had heard of the incumbent before he was 'appointed?') I'm trying to get my name out there, but when you're low on dough it's kinda difficult. (I wish I could afford some posters.) In the meantime, I'll have to rely on concerned citizens like you to spread word of my candidacy; you and Facebook. . .

    https://www.facebook.com/jeromeadavis.forthe20thward

    If anyone wants to know more, or help me get some posters, or (most important) sign my petition, I'm at Jeromedavisward20@gmail.com

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Oct 07

Updated Oct 13

Homeless (?) Woman at 53rd and Lake Park?

I'm posting because of something very disturbing that has been happening over the last several months, but that took an extremely upsetting turn last night, and I'm curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.

For several months now, there has been a woman, who I assume to be homeless, sitting on the sidewalk outside of the Binny's Express on the corner of 53rd and the Lake Park side street, across from Harper Court. The first several times I...

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I'm posting because of something very disturbing that has been happening over the last several months, but that took an extremely upsetting turn last night, and I'm curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.

For several months now, there has been a woman, who I assume to be homeless, sitting on the sidewalk outside of the Binny's Express on the corner of 53rd and the Lake Park side street, across from Harper Court. The first several times I walked past her, she asked very nicely if I had any change to spare, I gave her what I had, and kept going. She was very kind and pleasant. However lately, when I pass her I have not had anything to give her and have told her as much. This is when the problems start. She has become increasingly belligerent when I say that I do not have any change to spare. At first when told no, she would just say nothing. That escalated to yelling profanities after me as I continued walking down the street, which is unpleasant, but it is what it is. Yesterday, however, when told that I had nothing to give her, she responded by yelling profanities and saying, "One of these days I'm gonna punch your big a** out."

The profanities are one thing, but threatening physical harm is quite another. I'm unsure of what to do in this situation. I don't know what this woman's story is, but I will say that for the first time in the three years that I have lived in Hyde Park, this incident has made me feel unsafe. I should not have to be threatened, however serious or not this woman may have been, or cursed at as I walk down the street carrying out my own business.

My question is, has anyone else had a similar experience with this woman? Does anyone know her story? What should I do if this happens again? I was unsure if the police (either CPD or UChicago) should be called. Perhaps I am overreacting and being overly sensitive about the whole thing, but it was truly unsettling. Any advice my neighbors can give will be welcome.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    JD writes:

    "Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were 2 prodigies (University of Chicago students) from wealthy families who wanted to commit the perfect crime. "

    Sean replies:

    Just because someone comes from a wealthy family, that doesn't mean they will not fall down in to immoral, destructive behavior. Leopoldo and Loeb must certainly did, they committed a brutal murder just for...

    The thrill of it.

    But they got caught, busted and they didn't do it anymore, at least not in our neighborhood.

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    ?

Apr 17

Updated Oct 13

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.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    Last week i was walking with Charlie past the school and noticed that the chain and padlock were gone... so today i installed a toy basket with with some balls and water with bowl. As soon as i find a container to convert into a bag dispenser i'll also attach it to the same section of fence by the gate.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    For those who aren't in the know... here's a bing interactive map www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?q=6145+S+Ingleside

Oct 13

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Oct 13

BEWARE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: It's time to stop private profit at public expense

Public-Private Partnerships: financing development or developing finance?

See full article here:
http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/PPPs-extraction-wealth-gap
http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/people-vs-pfi-conference

Infrastructure is needed to support basic human needs for housing, water,
light, heat, transport, health care, schools and communications. It has
usually been provided and financed by the state, the public sector - until
now.

Over the past 30 years, public infrastructure has effectively been
privatised in many countries through public-private partnerships, PPPs:
decades-long contracts between private companies and the public sector.

Hospitals, schools, prisons and roads...

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Public-Private Partnerships: financing development or developing finance?

See full article here:
http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/PPPs-extraction-wealth-gap
http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/resource/people-vs-pfi-conference

Infrastructure is needed to support basic human needs for housing, water,
light, heat, transport, health care, schools and communications. It has
usually been provided and financed by the state, the public sector - until
now.

Over the past 30 years, public infrastructure has effectively been
privatised in many countries through public-private partnerships, PPPs:
decades-long contracts between private companies and the public sector.

Hospitals, schools, prisons and roads have become commodities to be bought
and sold on a global infrastructure market.

Raising the money for infrastructure now involves multiple new
institutions -- private equity, venture capital, hedge and pension funds
and private banks, each taking fees and profits along the way.

PPPs create the illusion that the private sector has stepped in because
the public sector doesn't have enough money to build new hospitals and
schools -- actually, the private sector is siphoning money out of the
projects that are paid for by those who use them: the general public.

The gap between rich and poor has widened massively over the past 30
years, within countries and between countries, particularly between those
in the global North and the global South.

Such inequality does not come about by accident or simple mismanagement.
As UK journalist and commentator Will Hutton says, inequality is best
understood as:

'a proxy for how effectively an elite has constructed institutions that
extract value from the rest of society.'

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Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

Lost Cat, Small and Grey

Hi, our cat ran out the door yesterday night around midnight. She is small and grey and isn't wearing a collar. We live at 53rd and Harper, so it is likely that she is still around that area. If you see her, please e-mail me at jenna.r.christensen@gmail.com.

  • KML

    Hi neighbor. I live in your building (same courtyard) and will keep an eye out for this cat. I was out with my dog about 12:45 that night but I didn't see her in the courtyard.

  • Thanks so much, but she has actually been found! One of my neighbors brought her by last night, she had been in the stairwell early that morning and she had kept her in her apartment until she got home from work. But thanks again! I'm going to remove this post now.

  • So glad to hear that she has been found! I live in your building as well and was keeping an eye out each time I came and went yesterday.

Oct 08

Updated Oct 10

Translating Auto Self-Branding in the Hood

When i see this type of self-promotion i'm a bit bewildered. What's the meaning of it all? There's no number or website, so what are they selling? If i had to guess by the example in the picture, i'd have to say 'dominatrix services'.

photo source: took with my galaxy3 yesterday on the westside of woodlawn, created collage with photoscape

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    or 'body-guard/bouncer' ? ...and they always have the "mz"... what's up with that?

  • Dr. Magic Stuck Here In South Shore Since 2011

    It's a leftist black thing. I wouldn't understand. :-)

Oct 10

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - October 2014

...18, 8pm. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Sunday, October 19, 4pm. Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, Chicago...

...5 students. Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

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...Aurelien Pederzoli. There will also be alcohol. Tickets are $12. Saturday, October 25, 8pm. Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

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Oct 08

News notes: Local entertainment, events

The keynote will take place at a free event at the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 15.

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The dedication will begin near the store, at the northeast corner of Farragut and Clark, at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, during the Andersonville Arts Weekend. It will be followed by a gathering at the store to meet new owners Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck.

Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) will present its "Hispanic Heritage Month and National Coming Out Celebration" on Thursday, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m., at Halsted's Bar + Grill, 3441 N. Halsted St.

The 13th annual World of Chocolate will take place Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m., at Chicago Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd.

New Orleans "Queen of Bounce" Big Freedia will perform at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Friday, Oct. 10.

Lesbian rock band Hunter Valentine will be at Chicago's Township, 2200 N. California Ave., on Wed., Oct. 15, as part of its 2014 Ladykillers Tour with Sick of Sarah.

Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. The event location is 1543 W. Division St. See www.AlexisDoc.splashthat.com .

"Laugh Out Loud: A Queer Comedy Experience" will take place at The Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., on Monday, Oct. 13.

The honor will be presented during the Festival's annual Awards Night on Friday, Oct. 17, at The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut St. The festival runs Oct. 9-23.

Melissa Young and Nick Sula will return to Davenports, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., with Young's "Out and Proud: A Rainbow Celebration" Oct. 9 and 11 at 8 p.m.

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor will kick off her U.S. tour at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., on Oct. 19, 20 and 22.

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