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Lucas Museum for Bronzeville?

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Updated 3 hours ago

Gun Violence explodes across City

Over 30 people shot in a weekend and we are only in April, maybe I am naïve in thinking this, but could Drugs be the problem here. The only other time we had this level of violence was during prohibition. My thinking is when the alcohol ban was lifted the violence problem went away. I see open air drug dealing going on uninterrupted 24/7 like it's a 7/11 and not even an ounce of fear on these drug dealers faces of being arrested, well now the shooting involves children, women, at all times of day and night, and we have no answers. Well something has gotta give or this will be the end of us all.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Almost all criminal justice statistics are controversial and open to interpretation. The Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents patrol officers in Chicago, has argued for years that the city needs more police officers to fight crime.

    In the meantime, after the bloodiest weekend of the year, the Chicago...

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    Almost all criminal justice statistics are controversial and open to interpretation. The Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents patrol officers in Chicago, has argued for years that the city needs more police officers to fight crime.

    In the meantime, after the bloodiest weekend of the year, the Chicago Police Department issued a statement that in part blamed gun laws for the violence.

    “While Chicago continues to see reductions in crime and violence, there’s obviously much more work to be done, and we continue to be challenged by lax state and federal gun laws,” the statement said.

    Bernard E. Harcourt, the Julius Kreeger professor of law and political science at the University of Chicago, who is also currently the Stephen and Barbara Friedman visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School, senses that a “disruption of the old gang structure” may be responsible for the current surge of violence in Chicago.

    The Chicago Police Department, he says, has been successful in arresting existing gang leaders, but this has had a “destabilizing” effect on gang structures at the street level. Former gang leaders are in prison, and new ones are battling for power.

    Another trend also may be contributing to the violence: Chicago has closed more than 50 schools, and “younger people now have to walk through blocks that are not on their turf,” Harcourt said.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    There may be more than 600 gangs in Chicago, some controlling territory limited to a single block. “Young kids no longer have a choice about entering gangs,” Harcourt said. “They are automatically affiliated by living on a block.”

    Harcourt believes there is some indication that Chicago is in a transitional...

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    There may be more than 600 gangs in Chicago, some controlling territory limited to a single block. “Young kids no longer have a choice about entering gangs,” Harcourt said. “They are automatically affiliated by living on a block.”

    Harcourt believes there is some indication that Chicago is in a transitional period with regard to gangs. The police have done a good job, he says, in getting rid of drug rings, but that has produced an unintended consequence: chaos within the gangs and paroxysms of violence.

    “Youths these days cannot not be in a gang,” he said. “And that immediately produces more micro-level conflicts.”

    Myrna Flores, whose 24-year-old daughter lies brain-dead, asks a question of the gangs: “If you want to kill each other, why don’t you all go into a corral and do it and leave us alone?”

    If only it were that simple.

    Email: writeroger@aol.com

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http://www.chicagonow.com/bronzeville-urban-green/2014/04/risky-business-marijuana/

One impact of crime on all communities is the procedure of putting nonviolent offenders, like young people with less than 30 grams of pot in jail. Hold this up to the light and compare it to letting banks get off even when they admit to money laundering for major drug cartels.

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Updated 27 hours ago

what do you think?

Alderman Dowell is working to have a request for proposals created to drive the development of 43rd st around Calumet and Prairie. What do you think of the idea? Attached is a pic showing a possible collection of stores, what do you think? Contact her office to share your thoughts of what you would like to see here. Help drive this conversation to see the development that will sustain and ignite the revitalization of Bronzeville. Get involved early before decisions are made.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council a long standing 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the historic Bronzeville community, in good standing with the State of Illinois, was not contacted by your office to participate in the city of Chicago's...

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    3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell & Erica in Bronzeville:

    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council a long standing 501c3 not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the historic Bronzeville community, in good standing with the State of Illinois, was not contacted by your office to participate in the city of Chicago's development of the RFP for 43rd & Calumet in Bronzeville.

    As you know historically, from your past history as executive director of the Mid South Planning & Development Commission, that collaboratively we created the Muddy Waters Blues District and festival on the 43rd street commercial business district years ago and it was not sustained.

    The east west boundaries are from Stewart Avenue on the west and the lakefront on the east. Several commercial redevelopment nodes have emerged on 43rd Street in the past decade, including a node at St Laurence Avenue and another anchored by Nroman's Bistro on 43rd & Ellis Avenue, where we celebrated the Brown Derby Jazz Revue on this past Thursday evening, as components of the Visit Bronzeville FAM Tour associated with IPW International Tourism conference in Chicago on April 5-9, 2014.

    Don't forget lady D' antiques and the other urban entrepreneurs struggling to sustain thier businesses in the landmark retial commercial building between located Michigan Avenue and Wabash Avenue on 43rd Street around the coroner from rev Cobbs church that has been palced on the national register of historic palces because of its art deco exterior and not the legacy of Rev Cobb's assocation to the policy racket barons.

    The vision of 43rd Street's emergence as a heritage tourism entertainment zone should not be limited or truncated by Aldermanic control or focus simply on the corner of 43rd & Calumet, but should also be inclusive of the entire 43rd Street commercial business district development within the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Excuse me for knowing, understanding, respecting and honoring the authentic history of Bronzeville and its potential as a emerging African American heritage tourism destination.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Moving to Chicago

Hello,

I was wondering what a good place to live in Chicago that isn't too far from mount sinai hospital. My budget seems to only allow me to look at places in the south like bronzeville. I am a single female so any advice would be appreciated!

  • Jennifer Bridgeport to Bucktown and some places in between

    Bridgeport is a great place to live with great neighbors.

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Check out UIC West campus "Tri-Taylor". Between I-290 on the north, Roosevelt Rd on the south, Damen on the east and Western on the west. I have been living here for 27 years and selling and renting real estate for 20 years. I always gets 15-20 apartments each year in...

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    Check out UIC West campus "Tri-Taylor". Between I-290 on the north, Roosevelt Rd on the south, Damen on the east and Western on the west. I have been living here for 27 years and selling and renting real estate for 20 years. I always gets 15-20 apartments each year in the neighborhood. Its one of the best neighborhoods in the city . . UIC and medical students . . . downtown working professionals . .and families. Mt Sinai is only 5-10minutes by car or bus down Ogden Ave to the SW. 1 Brs run $700-$1000. 2 BRs run $800-$1200. I actually have a 1 BR heat included for $950 right now.

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I'M COMING BACK TO BRONZEVILLE!!!!

If all works out and God continues to bless me..... I'm Coming Back this Spring... the former Bronzeville Coffee House will be opening back up under my Parent Company "SIP & SAVOR INC., So Prepare yourselves for a Venue that's Grown & Sexy complete with relaxing music, Fine Art, Networking on a level never seen before, Class, Elegance, and much much more! I envision events such as Comedy, Live Jazz, Hell, I'm even thinking of hosting a Karaoke night. So STAY TUNED IT'S GOING TO BE EPIC!!!!! AND OF COURSE THE COFFEE WILL BE FIYA, STRAIGHT FROM THE MOTHERLAND.....

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Welcome back to the 43rd Street Muddy Waters Drive Blues District commercial business node at St. Laurence Avenue!

    This historic business district runs east and west from the lakefront to Stewart Avenue within the historic Bronzeville community.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

  • Great information....

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3 days ago

new park

What would you like to see at a new Bronzeville park? 4300 block of South Calumet. I know I'd like to see a dog park; any other dog owners out there agree? Join in the discussion and share your thoughts. You can go online to vote for things like a dog park (see last picture).

3 days ago

New Buckthorn Park

What would you like to see at a new Bronzeville park? 4300 block of South Calumet. Join in the discussion and share your thoughts.

3 days ago

LOST DOG FOUND

A small brown Chihuahua was found near 37th & Indiana on 4/4/2014. If you have any info on the rightful owners please post below and I will definitely contact you ASAP. The dog is not chipped.

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Apr 10

Updated 3 days ago

Lu Palmer's House

It's really sad what has happened to Lu's house over on King Drive, this is another sore eye for Bronzeville, Even the property where CBUC used to have meetings looks condemned. A beautiful red-brick structure has fallen on to hard times. Even the nearby Bronzeville Bed and Breakfast closed, never to return as of yet. Preservation needs to be taken more serious on the south side, cause when it's gone, it's gone! (See Picture).

  • Danie Lifelong Bronzeville resident and environmentalist

    Who has ownership of the Lou Palmer building?

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    BC seems as if you have some misdirected anger issues going on with that nonsensical rant. Why don't you find a way forward with some of these properties instead of spouting nonsense?

    If you are so smart, you can find money to preserve these structures. Since you are taking credit for saving other buildings, why not apply the same blueprint to saving more? I'm highly skeptical you had a major role in any of the buildings you mentioned in the first place.

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Vandercook College Internet Essentials (Free)

Vandercook College

Date: Tuesday April 22, 2014
Internet Essentials Class Time: 6:00pm-6:45pm
Concert Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal Street
Max enrollment: 20 people

To register for a class or if there are any questions, please contact Jeff Sadowski at jsadowski@vandercook.edu or 312-788-1166. (Note: please register prior to each class to guarantee a seat in the class…space it limited).

Shalom

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Apr 03

Updated Apr 10

Bronzeville businesses need to do better.

As a resident I want to be able to support local businesses, however this last week made me wonder if our local business owners just don't care or take our business for granted. We went to one establishment one night for dinner, the place was somewhat dirty, the front door smeared with hand prints. I always look at a front door as your initial impression and it should be kept clean. So just by chance, we happened to return two...

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As a resident I want to be able to support local businesses, however this last week made me wonder if our local business owners just don't care or take our business for granted. We went to one establishment one night for dinner, the place was somewhat dirty, the front door smeared with hand prints. I always look at a front door as your initial impression and it should be kept clean. So just by chance, we happened to return two nights later, only to see the same smears on the glass. So in two days, no one thought to clean the door? So we left, I didn't want to think about the kitchen. Ironically, we went to a nearby place, it too was dirty, and the service was surly.

These weren't fast food establishments either, not that that's an excuse for dirt when/where dealing with food service. Such a shame, I want to tell friends to come out to BV, but can't, how can I when I question returning to these spots myself.

  • Erica in Bronzeville 9-yr Bronzeville Resident

    Mr. Lucas. Can you please paint a picture of what elected official support of Bronzeville tactically means? If that feeds into improving our quality of life in Bronzeville, I am all for it. To me, improving our quality of life today is numero uno.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Dear Erica in Bronzeville and those self serving, arrogant, plutocratic "top down" black politicians in Chicago!

    If Bronzeville elected officials were progressive in advocating for city and state resources from heritage tourism development in under served predominantly African American neighborhoods in Chicago, they would have incorporated an subsidy initiative with...

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    Dear Erica in Bronzeville and those self serving, arrogant, plutocratic "top down" black politicians in Chicago!

    If Bronzeville elected officials were progressive in advocating for city and state resources from heritage tourism development in under served predominantly African American neighborhoods in Chicago, they would have incorporated an subsidy initiative with the state legislation on the McCormick Place expansion of a new hotel and the DePaul Basketball stadium, that would have provided some financial resources for the development of Bronzevlle as a international heritage tourism destination.

    Both the Mayor and the Governor could have also sponsored set asides in the legislation that could have benefited heritage tourism development in African American neighborhoods.

    Since our governor, mayor and incumbent black democratic elected officials continue to take African American voters in Chicago for granted, the reality of less than 20% voter turn out in the democratic primary election, bodes well for the republicans in the general election come November 2014!

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

    www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac

Apr 10

Bronzeville Goes to College

Bronzeville Scholastic Academy recently allowed its 9th-12th grade students an opportunity to preview college. See the article here: http://www.cps.edu/Spotlight/Pages/Spotlight565.aspx

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Apr 09

Updated Apr 09

LOST DOG FOUND

A small brown Chihuahua was found near 37th & Indiana on 4/4/2014. If you have any info on the rightful owners please post below and I will definitely contact you ASAP.

Thank You

Apr 07

Updated Apr 09

LOST DOG FOUND

Lost dog found by 37th & Indiana, please leave a post!!!

  • Kath Kath

    I agree you should give a little info on the dog, I see many of posts in the midway area of missing dogs, those people may not see your post. I've seen two missing dog posts about a huskie and a poodle. I can notify them on those posts if it is either of these types of dogs.

  • Yes, sorry. I am going to add a new post with more details on the dog. Thank You everyone for your advise and help. The dog is in good hands :)

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Apr 03

Updated Apr 07

Volunteers Needed for Canvassing this Weekend!!

Looking for motivated volunteers to help canvas Bronzeville for Coby Hakalir who is running for 26th Dist. Rep. We will be going out in two shifts on both Sat. and Sun. from 10:00-1:00 and 1:00-3:00. We are hoping to bring change to Bronzeville and appreciate all the help we can get!! Please spread the word. If you're able to participate please email: info@friendsofcoby.com and we will send you info on where to meet up. Otherwise you can RSVP via text or phone to Tara: 312.802.0257

To learn a little more about Coby and his campaign please click here: http://www.friendsofcoby.com/

  • sharon eve retired, working on loving my life!!

    In my limited experiences, we as blacks have for the most part voted for blacks or those we felt met our needs at a particular time. Some of our clergy have stood with folks I deemed traitors to the community as well as well as those I believed to have...

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    In my limited experiences, we as blacks have for the most part voted for blacks or those we felt met our needs at a particular time. Some of our clergy have stood with folks I deemed traitors to the community as well as well as those I believed to have our interest at heart! In today's political, economical, and social climate, we must adapt to different ways of getting what we want as a people and community. What ever color one is, can they produce the actions that will net the results our community is expecting.

  • Bronzeville Visitor Information Center Non profit organization involved in Tourism

    Attached please find a recent column by Chicago Suntimes Reporter Mary Mitchell about African Americans being satisfied:
    Blacks should act to improve grim economic conditions: Mitchell
    MARY MITCHELL: There is no shortage of data when it comes to African-Americans. But two national studies released last week suggest African Americans may be too reactionary on some issues, and too complacent on others.

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Apr 03

Updated Apr 05

BEWARE

FYI
Today two men rang my doorbell claiming to be from ComEd and Peoples Gas. They stated that they wanted to make sure that I was receiving the best energy rates. I told them that I was busy, but shortly thereafter I heard my wrought iron gate banging, as If someone was wrenching it open.

I immediately went downstairs to see what the noise was and one of the men was holding my iron gate open. I assume they both...

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FYI
Today two men rang my doorbell claiming to be from ComEd and Peoples Gas. They stated that they wanted to make sure that I was receiving the best energy rates. I told them that I was busy, but shortly thereafter I heard my wrought iron gate banging, as If someone was wrenching it open.

I immediately went downstairs to see what the noise was and one of the men was holding my iron gate open. I assume they both were hoping that someone in my building would blindly buzz them in the inner door. When they saw me come down the stairs, they ran off.

For safety purposes, we must make sure we know who we are buzzing in our property. If they say they are from utility companies, we need to ask for Identification, especially if we have not requested service.

We all must be vigilant in this fight against crime...

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Joanne,

    The city said no one from their plan/program , Integrys Energy services, will contact you at your door or on the phone. Other providers, not affiliated with the city, could still stop by or call.

    If you are not sure its safe to just say no.

  • People please be cautious don't devulge any personal information to individuals showing up at your house you have no idea how they are able to use your information

Apr 04

Updated Apr 05

found lost dog

I found a lost dog on 37th and indiana. If anyone has any info reguarding a lost dog please post or call 773.934.1086. You will be asked to verify what type of dog and gender. Please contact me asap

Apr 03

Updated Apr 05

47th and 48th Calumet

I noticed there is green fencing up on 47th and 48th Calumet. Also there is construction going on inside the green fence on 47th Calumet. Does anyone know what they are building on those blocks?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Noboby has yet informed us what is being built on that site. Ask 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell.

    I am sure she is aware of this Bronzeville community development project and who owns and will benefit from its construction.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

Apr 03

Updated Apr 05

Unity in Bronzeville

What we are looking for are suggestions and ideas to move our agenda forward, so we call on everyone to put down the differences for now and let us come together for the common good, Erica is right we need to have something we can all be for, where we all can be involved.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Dear VisitBronzeville Volunteers:

    The IPW Conference begins this weekend April 5 -9 at McCormick Place. Many of you attended the Chicago Ambassador Training Sessions and have assignments as greeters at various venues. Its important for us to be a part of Team Chicago and there are a few slots open...

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    Dear VisitBronzeville Volunteers:

    The IPW Conference begins this weekend April 5 -9 at McCormick Place. Many of you attended the Chicago Ambassador Training Sessions and have assignments as greeters at various venues. Its important for us to be a part of Team Chicago and there are a few slots open on the volunteer registration page so please see if any of these dates work within your schedule.

    Our Bronzeville Brigade will meet Today
    Friday, April 4, 2014
    Bronzeville Visitor Information Center (BVIC)
    3509 South King Drive, 2nd Floor at 3:00 pm.
    Highlight our plans and social media campaign for the week
    Distribute New! VisitBronzeville brochures for Distribution
    Preview the New! UIC exhibit at the BVIC
    Outline Post FAM Tour and Events Thursday April 10, distribute Flyers (see attached)
    Distribute New! VisitBronzeville caps to core volunteer team

    Our goals are to present Bronzeville as a Visitor-Ready destination, share information as requested to IPW attendees, generate positive media impressions with International travel writers, engage IPW attendees with positive Bonneville experiences, provide IPW attendees with opportunities to explore the surrounding neighborhood and trade with local businesses.

    Virtually,

    Bronzeville Curmudgeon

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

    How can Chicago attract more tourists?

    Chicago is hosting the U.S. Travel Association's trade show, which starts this weekend at McCormick Place. The city aims to attract 55 million tourists a year by 2020; we asked six people how Chicago can reach its goal.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Obama's library: Hope, change, location - chicagotribune.com
    15 hours ago ... Can Obama presidential library lift up an inner-city neighborhood?
    www.chicagotribune.com/.../ct-obama-library-possible-sites-met-20140405,0 ,5117674.story

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Apr 04

Buzzing in strangers

Please remember not to buzz stranger in. I had someone tell me that they was my neighbor (no name ) and had forgotten their key.

Mar 29

Updated Apr 04

Thanks to Alderman Burns & Alderman Dowell

Lord knows I have been a vocal and written critic of the two of you, but you also must give praise when it is due. I begin to see the improvement and the direction that you have Bronzeville going and I must say the arrow is pointing up. This is by no means a declaration that we are where we want to be, but I feel a lot better short and long term with the progress that has taken place....

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Lord knows I have been a vocal and written critic of the two of you, but you also must give praise when it is due. I begin to see the improvement and the direction that you have Bronzeville going and I must say the arrow is pointing up. This is by no means a declaration that we are where we want to be, but I feel a lot better short and long term with the progress that has taken place. Rebuilding a neglected area after over 50 years of outright neglect is a very daunting task, but you begin to see and feel the positive vibes flowing through the community as Business joins with politics and lends it ear to the community, well this is when good happens. I doubt if any area has the challenges that are present in Bronzeville but you are meeting them Great job.

  • Mell, Erica, Rob and Ray..yes. UNITY! Now, what would that look like? Is it a community led planning document that sets guidelines and standards ,for what type of development is and isn't acceptable? Or is it a meeting of all the various stakeholders like BAARC, BRI, TRC, QCDC, CNH, CMAP, etc coming together and signing an accord that can be shown downtown? ?

  • Erica in Bronzeville 9-yr Bronzeville Resident

    Chris, I think all of the Bronzeville groups and its stakeholders (i.e., residents, business owners, renters, homeowners) should come together and get on one accord regarding the vision. I don't think it should be complicated because you want ppl to be able to easily understand and articulate it. This vision should be for the people by the people.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 04

Huffington Post Features Young Mayoral Candidate

Though challenges may abound like in most things in life, we just have to pursue our dreams and convictions regardless of what others think. Just my 6 cents :-) Thought I'd share. Thank you.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5044486?ir=Chicago&utm_hp_ref=chicago

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    I'm becoming a little bit obsessed with her. She definitely has won my vote!

    Sadly, she has an uphill battle against the Tea Party funded Rahm, and the Daley endorsed Ald Fioretti.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 04

Plans for Bronzeville

Other than the soon to be opening of the Walmart and condo on 47th and Cottage Grove does anyone know of any more plans to open new stores that will benefit Bronzeville? I am a new resident (moved in November) and am eager to see more in Bronzeville.

  • Apple Jaxx Pissing people off not once, but twice...

    That's about the only confirmed talking point for now, the development on 47th and Cottage. I don't see too many cranes and back hoes in Bronzeville or North Kenwood. Wait, I think there's something going up on 47th and King, adjacent to the old site of Gerri's Palm Tavern, but until I actually see earth moving equipment on that site, I won't hold my breath.

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