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Is white-collar crime a primary source of black street crime?

We focused on shootings and the retail side of the drug trade that takes place in our neighborhoods. The question should be asked "How many African American businesses were crushed or stillborn from the activities of men like this one, Bernard Madoff?"
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the...

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We focused on shootings and the retail side of the drug trade that takes place in our neighborhoods. The question should be asked "How many African American businesses were crushed or stillborn from the activities of men like this one, Bernard Madoff?"
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the mid-1980s[17] and may have begun as far back as the 1970s,[18] and those charged with recovering the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate.[19] The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion.[20] The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion.[19] On June 29, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.[21][22]

  • Great point! I would also suggest that we directly include the "robber barons" of Wall Street who almost single handedly capsized the world's economy in 2008. Not one of the scumbags ever spent a day in jail. They almost all doubled their net worths after being bailed out by the...

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    Great point! I would also suggest that we directly include the "robber barons" of Wall Street who almost single handedly capsized the world's economy in 2008. Not one of the scumbags ever spent a day in jail. They almost all doubled their net worths after being bailed out by the US govt. It is estimated that the real estate collapse of 2008 was responsible for the net loss of %50 of middle class black wealth that has yet to return!:( I would argue that this played a huge role in the continued challenges faced to this day.

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    None of that is an excuse to rob, shoot and kill your own neighbors. Folks need to address things they actually have control over in order to progress first, then fight legal battles for greater change.

    I would argue that Madoff has very little to no impact on street crime and gang activity in Chicago or any other city.

    An educated population is much better equipped to fight institutional/structural racism and not fall prey to the schemes used against us to ensure our continued financial/educational disadvantage.

  • TM,
    I certainly agree with you but don't you think the profound erosion of black wealth destabilizes reasonable opportunities for education and employment?! I certainly do. Many municipalities in this country had collectively billions of dollars invested with Bernie the just went up in smoke! When the housing bubble burst...

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    TM,
    I certainly agree with you but don't you think the profound erosion of black wealth destabilizes reasonable opportunities for education and employment?! I certainly do. Many municipalities in this country had collectively billions of dollars invested with Bernie the just went up in smoke! When the housing bubble burst because of the Wall Street shenanigans, people of color that live in densely populated urban areas were disproportionally effected. Fewer jobs, plummeting property values, municipal & federal deficits, all lead to more apathy and violence. There certainly must be an element of personal responsibility but to suggest that Bernie and the Wall Street crooks have not had a profound impact doesn't make sense to me? Dollar for dollar, these were some of the greatest financial crimes in the history of western civilization. They most certainly had an impact on most Americans. I still believe many more of these clowns should have gone to jail! This doesn't excuse personal choice but it certainly makes those choices a lot more difficult for many.:/

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Poor families use 'supervouchers' to rent in city's priciest buildings

Interesting move by the CHA. Not sure I agree with paying up to $3k to rent an apartment. They should consider lowering that amount.

Google the above title and you can read the complete article for free.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140726/ISSUE01/307269984/poor-families-use-supervouchers-to-rent-in-citys-priciest-buildings
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.

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Interesting move by the CHA. Not sure I agree with paying up to $3k to rent an apartment. They should consider lowering that amount.

Google the above title and you can read the complete article for free.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140726/ISSUE01/307269984/poor-families-use-supervouchers-to-rent-in-citys-priciest-buildings
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.

But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center.

The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program so that more low-income residents can leave the city's roughest neighborhoods and start a new life in places with low poverty and crime and close to good schools and jobs.

Yet some landlords say it's a mistake to use scarce tax dollars to pay ultra-high rents for a fortunate few when more than 15,000 people sit on the CHA's voucher waiting list.

“This is nuts,” says landlord Tony Rossi, president of Chicago-based RMK Management Corp., who describes himself as a liberal Democrat. “In a situation where you're dealing with a low-income person, do they really need a 25th-floor apartment with a lake view? It just doesn't make sense to me.”
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  • lisadee, thankfully the story also ran on abc7 last night (july 28th) at 10pm. now, we need to make some noise about this. it must stop!
    either that or i need to find out how to get myself one of those "supervouchers" as i would love to live super-life in that building though it is out of my price range even with the same full-time job i have held for 30 years. so glad i can help someone else who's not necessarily working enjoy it, though. not!

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    Thanks for the information Beebee! Ria Rai, I know that Soulquarian was good enough to provide us with a link and that you are currently following up to get a live person. Thanks for offering to pass along the information if you should discover it. I agree with Beebee, it's time to start making some noise.

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Jul 18

Updated 2 days ago

Check Out the Nat "King" Cole Mural at 43rd and King Drive

Chris Devins and the Bronzeville Alliance present: " 'King' Nat at Home, 2014" 43rd and King Drive Photo Mural 12 ft x 23 ft.

  • As always Harold, thanks for the historical perspective! I can't wait to ride over and check it out. :)

  • Thanks Guys,

    Let's keep it moving.

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Good management company

My HOA is looking for a good management company for approximately 16 townhomes, does anyone have a suggestion?

  • Our building is managed by Wesley as well and Nick is our manager. Nick is a great manager and he has saved our building tremendous amount of money through building a maintenance calendar and proactive maintenance. I definitely would recommend him or his company.

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my...

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    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my choice. Beyond not doing his due diligence in making sure the work under my unit actually was necessary, I have yet to receive an apology from Nic nor has he thanked me for basically doing his job.

    To make matters worse, I've also come to find out that VanDerBosch recommended unnecessary work to another building Wesley manages. The work was stopped at the last minute (not sure about the details.) This should have been a HUGE red flag to Nic to take extra care to make sure our building needed the work, wouldn't you agree?

    Nic's has since been at the hub of a few other mess-ups. I'm not one to keep quiet when I've been wronged and find it my duty to spread the word as much as possible so that other's don't get taken advantage of.

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Bronzeville Collective

Hosted by: Bronzeville Retail Initiative (BRI), 51st
Street Business Association, the Urban Activators (IIT),
& the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)
Address: 124 ½ E. 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60615

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Fuller School of Excellence

Open Registration 10:00am-2:00pm - Pre-K-8th Grade
4214 South St. Lawrence Avenue
Chi cago, IL. 60653
773-535-1687
website: fullerschoolofexcellence.org

Jul 21

Updated 6 days ago

UChicago Charter Woodson Campus 6th and 7th Grade Spaces Available

Looking for a high quality education for your child entering the 6th or 7th grade? UChicago Charter School-Woodson Campus (6th to 8th) located 4444 S. Evans has opening in the 6th and 7th grade. We have a limited number of spaces available. Please contact the Admissions Office (773) 834-2865. Must be a Chicago resident. No testing for entrance. Don't miss this opportunity to get your child on the UChicago Charter Superhighway!!!!

In 2012, 20% of students were accepted to selective enrollment high schools-the highest rate of any non-selective school on the South Side.

  • Carla Scott UCHICAGOCharterSchool
  • All of the University of Chicago schools (Woodson, Woodlawn, NKO and Donohue) are exceptional! Your child will receive the best education on the south side. Please check it out. My kids have been in this charter system for 6 years so far.

  • Teresa Jemine Fuller School of Excellence

    Fuller School of Excellence is a great school in Bronzeville! Located at 4214 So. St. Lawrence grades Pre-K-8th. Please contact the Registration Office (773)535-1687

    Fuller Recruit Day! Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Stop by and visit us!

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Jul 01

Updated Jul 19

Maracas is open

A new Latin restaurant, Maracas, recently opened in Bronzeville. People should give it a try. I hope to stop by next week.

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/28320016-423/the-312-founder-of-boriqua-chicks-open-latin-restaurant-maracas-in-bronzeville.html

  • Tried Maracas last week. We had the empanadas (? Spelling) dinner. The flavor was good but they may have been over cooked because the crust was dark and a little dry. The price $8 included two empanadas over a bed of rice & beans with a side of plantines and mango sauce. I look forward to trying other items on the menu. Time correction, they close at 8pm on Saturdays.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    I tried Maracas today. I had the Beef Steak with Yellow Rice. The flavor was nice and the portions was good. The steak could have been a little more tender but was still very good. Look forward to trying the Beef stew on my next visit.

Jul 14

Updated Jul 19

35th st. Pedestrian Bridge set to begin construction next week

With improvements at Lake Meadows, repaving of King dr., scheduled repaving of 35th you could say we are on the fast track of infrastructure improvement.

  • I think the word that needs to be defined is HIJACK - take over (something) and use it for a different purpose.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    thatblow1, minor correction on your 4 points perspective- The name is Bronzeville Curmudgeon. Not to be confused with Brownsville, which I think is a suburb of New York city.

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    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

    www.ObamaCampus.com

Jul 17

Updated Jul 19

Jazz at the DuSable

Yesterday they had a tribute to the late, great John Coltrane at the DuSable Museum located in Washington Park. Playing the Coltrane standards were Ari Brown, Duke Payne, Rajiv Halim, and a sixteen year old up and coming Iasaiah Collier. This was a beautiful concert set in the confines of this historic venue and the Musicians did not disappoint. The thought that came to me is that since we have bought a portion of Gospelfest to the Southside of town, why not Jazzfest? The bones of this great Genre lie right here and to bring to life all the venues where this great art form took hold, now this could be something. What do you think?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Ray, we think that it is a great idea to host a International Jazz festival in Bronzeville!

    Bronzeville Visitor Information Center would be more than happy to help organize such an event.

    Do you remember the Jazz in the Alley events?

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

  • Ray

    Yes I do, the one I attended was 71st and Cregier.

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Volunteer for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count – July 22nd and 26th

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any...

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The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any other mode of transportation in the City! During last year’s Summer Bike Count volunteers recorded over 14,500 bicycle trips and helped document the need for more innovative bicycle infrastructure. To volunteer contact David Smith, CDOT bikeways planner, at david.smith@tylin.com or Katie Gallagher, CDOT bikeways planning intern, at kgallagher@apexconsults.com.

Thanks!

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Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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Updated Jul 17

Bronzeville Nights

Come Join us at the kick off of Bronzeville Nights on August 13th, August 27, September 10 and September 24.

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Updated Jul 16

King Dr.............."WoW"

Took a Drive down King dr. today, the day after it was repaved and wow, like a diamond that was just cleaned. The grass was being mowed and there was no trash and you could see that beautiful potential of Bronzeville on full display. With those stately Mansions in the background, and all that history starting to rise and bubble to the surface, well we should start to have that conversation in earnest, the one where this becomes the Tourist...

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Took a Drive down King dr. today, the day after it was repaved and wow, like a diamond that was just cleaned. The grass was being mowed and there was no trash and you could see that beautiful potential of Bronzeville on full display. With those stately Mansions in the background, and all that history starting to rise and bubble to the surface, well we should start to have that conversation in earnest, the one where this becomes the Tourist and entertainment destination that it is meant to be. There is a report that notes that some serious dollars come through this City and that arrow is pointing upward with an increase in visitors to the city. I think that we need to position ourselves for this obvious revenue resource, this will provide jobs, revenue, buisness opportunity, and pride back to Bronzeville. First we must improve the walkabilility of our streets, second we must highlight all the great accomplishments associated with Bronzeville. Crime needs to be addressed, loitering eliminated, any more suggestions?

  • Yes it does Ray...I am looking forward to more of them all over!!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Congratulation to Cris Devins, for his sustainable work towards marketing and branding Bronzeville as an internationally significant heritage tourism destination!

    Check this out:

    Navy Pier gateway naming rights on sale for $20 mil: Exclusive
    WED, 07/16/2014 - 3:29PM
    MICHAEL SNEED
    @SNEEDLINGS | EMAIL
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned...

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    Congratulation to Cris Devins, for his sustainable work towards marketing and branding Bronzeville as an internationally significant heritage tourism destination!

    Check this out:

    Navy Pier gateway naming rights on sale for $20 mil: Exclusive
    WED, 07/16/2014 - 3:29PM
    MICHAEL SNEED
    @SNEEDLINGS | EMAIL
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has sold naming rights to the historic front entranceway to Navy Pier for $20 million.

    Sources say the Polk Bros. Foundation has stepped up to be the first organization to help underwrite a massive rebuilding project at the pier.

    Sneed is told Navy Pier officials have scheduled a news conference Thursday morning to announce the deal. Under the agreement, Navy Pier will retain its name, but it is expected the Gateway Park area will be renamed Polk Park. It is unclear how long the naming rights will last.

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    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

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Local Music Notebook: Animal Kingdom Appeals To Deb Mell

...of this calling the Greater Harvest Baptist Church was born on April 10, 1920 at 4419 State St. He then moved to 4512 South State St. where the membership grew immensely and caused...

...Church was born on April 10, 1920 at 4419 State St. He then moved to 4512 South State St. where the membership grew immensely and caused the congregation to move to 4711 South State...

...South State St. where the membership grew immensely and caused the congregation to move to 4711 South State St. to the old Atlas Theater and remained there until 1925. Services were then held in...

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...necessary to buy a larger church. In 1948, a building was purchased at 5121 and 25 South State St. having a seating capacity of 2500. A community center and home for unfortunate mothers and...

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Jul 15

Join the Bronzeville Alliance Facebook Group

Please join the Bronzeville Alliance Faebook Group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BronzevilleAlliance/

The group is for BRONZEVILLE RESIDENTS and those interested in BRONZEVILLE to discuss, post, and generally communicate. We are particularly interested in discussions about BRONZEVILLE'S past and its future development.

If you know somebody who might enjoy being part of this group, TELL THEM ABOUT IT. This group will stay open unless easy access to it is abused.

If you do add/refer someone to this group, we request that it be someone who has an active and current interest in BRONZEVILLE.

PHOTOS AND EVENT NOTICES ARE ENCOURAGED.

Jun 20

Updated Jul 15

Mayor Wake Up!

That young lady that you ran with yesterday, the one that came so close in the French Open in tennis, the one who defeated France's best tennis player, well guess where she was trained and is from, the Southside of Chicago. While you try your best to shoehorn another Selective enrollment school on the Northside of town, even naming this school after the no doubt about it Southside President Barack Obama. Today in Everyblock there is a Teacher asking for...

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That young lady that you ran with yesterday, the one that came so close in the French Open in tennis, the one who defeated France's best tennis player, well guess where she was trained and is from, the Southside of Chicago. While you try your best to shoehorn another Selective enrollment school on the Northside of town, even naming this school after the no doubt about it Southside President Barack Obama. Today in Everyblock there is a Teacher asking for 400.00 for some books for her class at the Wells prep, some books, while all over the southside are these teachers with these same type requests and we wonder why this ain't working. That young lady you ran with could have easily been one of these countless young people that are gunned down daily, but she has been spared and look at the results. Where do you think Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Thurgood Marshall, Michelle Obama came from. These neighborhoods where these teachers are asking for this 400.00. You see we cannot afford to turn our back on any opportunity for genius, it can be found anywhere, especially in that classroom of that teacher who is asking for that 400 dollars.

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Updated Jul 14

13 Killed, 58 Wounded

These are the numbers from this past July 4th weekend, most of which happened on the Southside of the City. One victim a Mother who was helping to clean up the yard after the family barbeque, a car driving past, just sprayed the area with bullets, she died in front of her daughter. You read the reports of these shootings and you can make no sense of what is going on, so I am asking this question today of all who are concerned, How can this be stopped?

  • Angelique CAC CAC Chair

    I am a member of the Bronzeville Alliance which meets at Centers for New Horizons at 6pm every 1st Monday.
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  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Angelique CAC

    i don't understand your reference to the above mentioned agencies and associations.

    But, Salim Muwakkil, one our best African American writers has scripted a superb Chicago Tribune PERSPECTIVE feature article on Sunday July 13, 2014.

    The article supports the Atlantic magazine story on the Case for Reparations and...

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    Angelique CAC

    i don't understand your reference to the above mentioned agencies and associations.

    But, Salim Muwakkil, one our best African American writers has scripted a superb Chicago Tribune PERSPECTIVE feature article on Sunday July 13, 2014.

    The article supports the Atlantic magazine story on the Case for Reparations and calls the question of accountability from established political leadership in Chicago about the decades of insidious conspiracy against the best interests of Chicago's African American citizens.

    The Chicago press for the most part has ignored this critical story

    Thanks Salim for calling the question!

    Violent crime in black neighborhoods price of debts unpaid ...
    2 days ago ... Violent crimes in African-American neighborhoods make a compelling case that reparations are justified for the descendants of enslaved ...
    www.chicagotribune.com/.../ct-oped-raparations-0713-20140713,0,4948431 .story

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