Oct 07

Updated 6 hours ago

Bronzeville and Chinatown

I went walking, shopping and eating in Chinatown for the second time this year, I had a good time - very interesting restaurant where the staff is dressed in 1960s era Red Chinese military uniforms. Big posters of Mao on wall. Crawfish dish was extremely spicy but good.

I note that the buildings and sidewalks in Chinatown are beat up and old. Bronzeville infer structure looks a lot better, housing stock looks a lot better, but there doesn't seem to be much to do, no where to shop.

Chinatown is bustling with merchants, hundreds of places to shop and buy things, lots of foot traffic. Why can't Bronzeville have more of that?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Agreed Sean els, will be downtown tomorrow at Daley Plaza for the Youth rally against mass incarceration!!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Best of luck BC with the rally. Try to also educate some "youths" at the rally to dress a little better, wear belts to keep their pants up, avoid anarchists, various "mafias" and most all my relatives - especially my relatives, total losers, bad news, nothing good with them.

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Updated 13 hours ago

Spotlight on "Bronzeville"

This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past...

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This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past weekend to discover what we already knew. Something I have known all along is this, there is a marvelous history here and tho some may not be interested in mentioning it less alone preserving it, but remember when you to do not know where you came from you will never understand where you are going.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Help us get on the ballot - 13 (5 of 5)

I’m walking south in the 6300 block of Cottage Grove, east side of the street. I’m actually right outside the office of the incumbent when, lo and behold, here is The Man himself! He’s just about to step into his nice and shiny silver Mercedes when I loudly say, “Excuse me, sir. I’m gathering signatures for Jerome Davis to get on the ballot for 20th Ward alderman and I wonder if I can get yours?” He responds to me, smiles,...

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I’m walking south in the 6300 block of Cottage Grove, east side of the street. I’m actually right outside the office of the incumbent when, lo and behold, here is The Man himself! He’s just about to step into his nice and shiny silver Mercedes when I loudly say, “Excuse me, sir. I’m gathering signatures for Jerome Davis to get on the ballot for 20th Ward alderman and I wonder if I can get yours?” He responds to me, smiles, and I say to him, “I’m sure I speak for many when I commend you for being a true servant of the people of this ward. You’ve been a tireless worker, dedicated to the task of making better the lives of 20th Ward residents. We appreciate your efforts and thank you for all you’ve done. And we are so appreciative of what you’ve done that we now want to send you on a much-deserved vacation as our way of saying ‘thanks’ for a job well done.” Employing a sports analogy, I continued by saying he had given us some strong ‘innings’ and kept us in the ‘game’ but that now it was time to turn it over to the ‘bullpen.’ He said why should he turn it over to the ‘bullpen’ when he was quite capable of finishing what he started, “Just like the pitchers on the 2005 White Sox when they won the World Series.” I corrected the incumbent by reminding him that while there was some very strong starting pitching, the games they won were actually ‘nailed down’ by Bobby Jenks coming out of the bullpen. “Ozzie got a bit of notoriety with the motions he made with his hands and arms when he would signal for ‘the big guy’ to take the mound.” I then proffered my card to the incumbent and he accepted it. He looked at it and said, “Who is Jerome A. Davis?” With my arms spread in a welcoming pose I said, “He stands before you in the flesh!” This brought a grin to the face of the incumbent and he asked me, “Where do you live?” “62nd and Michigan,” was my reply. He looked back at the card, smiled, said he’d see me around, and was off. He did keep the card, though.

  • been to that office many times- pretty sure he drives a GM model car.

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    shockrev, I'm only telling you, and everyone else, what I saw. It's quite possible the man could own/drive more than 1 vehicle. Maybe I'm incorrect in stating the vehicle he drove away in was his, but there can be no dispute as to what I saw.

37 hours ago

Updated 18 hours 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.

  • Okay!

  • I went to the new walmart on sunday and noticed that they sale liquor,but they didn't have half pint and pints.so they have two liquor stores within 3 blocks of each other,so one has to go,ziad liquor sales 22oz,40oz,half pints,pints,the favorite of the whino.

  • 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.

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Sep 29

Updated 28 hours ago

Workout partner

Hello Bronzeville,
I am looking for a power walking (treadmill, glider or pool) and weight training exercise partner who is a member at LA Fitness on 47th St. - soon to move to 35th and MLK Blvd. My schedule is fairly flexible so please reply.

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Hi LiLo - Vee and I are working out on Thursday's at the 47th St. LA Fitness from 5:30 -6:30 PM. Please join us. I also workout on Tuesdays.

  • Hi Ruby can you email me at nealstone2@att.net ?

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Help us get on the ballot - 13 (4 of 5)

While praying my phone started ringing. When I got a chance to check the message it was Jeremy. He and Josh had arrived and were headed to me. The 3 of us were joining forces to ‘attack’ 63rd and Cottage Grove, which would be my next destination. But since it was gonna take the guys some time to get to me, I figured I’d go back to my place on 62nd and Michigan and wait it out there. Josh and...

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While praying my phone started ringing. When I got a chance to check the message it was Jeremy. He and Josh had arrived and were headed to me. The 3 of us were joining forces to ‘attack’ 63rd and Cottage Grove, which would be my next destination. But since it was gonna take the guys some time to get to me, I figured I’d go back to my place on 62nd and Michigan and wait it out there. Josh and Jeremy did make it to 63rd and Cottage, whereupon they immediately ‘discovered’ Daley’s Restaurant. I gave ‘em some more time to order and eat. When I arrived they were taking their last bites and were just about ready to hit the streets.

The most, I don’t know, enlightening? Revealing? Humbling? One of the ‘things’ about doing this is what you hear from people. The young mother who wishes her 3-year-old daughter could play in front of their house south of 63rd and east of Cottage, but doesn’t dare let her for fear of her daughter getting shot. (Just think of the madness we tolerate.) The middle-aged woman that wonders what is going to be put “on all these vacant lots around here.” The 30-something guy that has a vehement distaste for the current alderman, and wants the next one to initiate a serious jobs training program focusing on the building trades, that will culminate in union membership. The 18-year-old woman who was the first person to sign my petition today and can’t wait to vote. When I do this the uniqueness and worth of every individual becomes so apparent.

  • And what makes anyone believe that you would be any better ?

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    CT - any better than what?

Oct 13

Updated 39 hours ago

Kenyan Wins Chicago Marathon.... Again!

Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
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Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
:-)
I thought we were supposed to have some type of home court, Chicago advantage as the race conditions were wet and rather cool/cold. Surely these mountain, warm weather Black African runners from Kenya shouldn't be able to do so well on a cold, wet Chicago October Sunday. But what happens....

Kenyans win again!

Did anyone in Bronzeville see any of the race when it went through Bronzeville?

Are the Kenyans doing something secret - have Kenya African lions chase them in key stretches of the race?

What's going on here!

:-)

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    I lived in Kenya for a couple of years so can provide a little more specific context. Most of the successful Kenya runners are from the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjin are one of 40+ tribes in Kenya, each with their own language and culture, though most everyone speak Swahili as...

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    I lived in Kenya for a couple of years so can provide a little more specific context. Most of the successful Kenya runners are from the Kalenjin tribe. The Kalenjin are one of 40+ tribes in Kenya, each with their own language and culture, though most everyone speak Swahili as a second language, and English if they've graduated high school (only 25% of people, but rising quickly as Kenya get richer).

    As mentioned by others, the Kalenjin homeland is indeed at higher altitude, so that helps with lung development and training. Success also breeds success. There are running clubs in Kalenjin-land and great coaches there that help develop talent through a lot of hard work.

    An NPR article on the topic if you want to learn more:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/11/01/241895965/how-one-kenyan-tribe-produces-the-worlds-best-runners

    Enjoy.

  • Great additional info, Ben. If I had more time I'd keep adding more tidbits, but I'm living the old Kenyan tradition (not being practiced so much by urban folks) of caring for both elderly and grandchildren!

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Updated 43 hours ago

Are there jobs/training programs for people with felony convictions?

Are there any job opportunities or training programs for people with felony convictions in the Bronzeville/Hyde Park/Kenwood areas? Are there any programs geared towards reducing the recidivism rate?

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Help us get on the ballot - 13 (3 of 5)

He went on to say that he would contact other sources (back at the station) and get confirmation. While he was on his radio, I began to walk north on King Drive, east side of street.

When I got to 66th, I turned around and saw the police officer signaling to me. We began walking toward each other and when we met, he told me that what he already knew had been confirmed by headquarters. I thanked him and we...

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He went on to say that he would contact other sources (back at the station) and get confirmation. While he was on his radio, I began to walk north on King Drive, east side of street.

When I got to 66th, I turned around and saw the police officer signaling to me. We began walking toward each other and when we met, he told me that what he already knew had been confirmed by headquarters. I thanked him and we parted. Almost immediately thereafter, 2 gentlemen (I’d say they were in their early 30’s but like I said, I’m not too good at this age guessin’ stuff) came out the church and crossed the street to where I was. One of the gentlemen stated that I had been observed by the pastor and he requested that I not continue what I was doing. The gentleman went on to say that the ‘proper’ way to go about this, would have been to contact the pastor and meet with him before starting out. I basically said that I would cease my efforts and leave the premises, but I asked the gentleman how does one contact the pastor? Before he could answer, I handed him one of my cards and said maybe he could submit my name and contact information to the pastor. He was agreeable to the idea and accepted 2 of my cards, 1 of which he assured me would reach the pastor’s hands (or, I assume, at least his desk). Before I left, the gentleman thanked me and asked me to pray with them. At that time we were joined by the patrol officer, who completed our impromptu 4-man prayer circle. It was about 9:15 when I removed my hat, bowed my head, and felt the chilly morning breeze blow across my bald head. We joined hands.

2 days ago

Help us get on the ballot - (2 of 5)

At about the midway point of the block a CPD patrol officer sat in his squad car. I acknowledged his presence and he returned my greeting. I kept on with my methodical pace; I had yet to encounter anyone. I was surprised to find at the end of the block another church, Sword of the Spirit Church (http://www.swordofthespiritchicago.org/). Surprised because I didn’t think 66th and King Drive held any surprises for me; so familiar was I with this block –...

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At about the midway point of the block a CPD patrol officer sat in his squad car. I acknowledged his presence and he returned my greeting. I kept on with my methodical pace; I had yet to encounter anyone. I was surprised to find at the end of the block another church, Sword of the Spirit Church (http://www.swordofthespiritchicago.org/). Surprised because I didn’t think 66th and King Drive held any surprises for me; so familiar was I with this block – or so I thought. I also thought with Sword of the Spirit I had increased my chances of gaining a significant amount of signatures.

I crossed the street and began walking north on King Drive; I’m on the same side of the street as New Beginnings now. It was just a bit past the church entrance when I approached my first citizen, a man who appeared to be in his early to mid 20’s (but I’m terrible at guessing people’s age). I asked him if was he a registered voter and without breaking stride he said, “I don’t vote.” I replied, “I wish you would” but as soon as the last word was out of my mouth he was through the church doors and gone. Less than a minute later, a young woman was about to enter the church. Before I could introduce myself and state my purpose she interrupted me with, “You know you can’t do that here.” When I tried to engage her she pretty much repeated her previous statement and punctuated it with something else about “not allowed” and “you can’t.” Like the young man she never actually stopped while talking but kept walking and went in the church. Well, I thought about what the young lady said (or was trying to say) and it didn’t ‘jibe’ with my (albeit, rudimentary) knowledge of civil liberties. I decided to use the police officer present as the final arbiter. I went across the street to him, explained what I was doing there, and asked was I in violation of any laws or ordinances. The officer said as far as he knew I was perfectly within my rights.

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Help us get on the ballot - 13 (1 of 5)

Help us get on the ballot – 13

It was 9:00 when I got to the corner of 66th and King Drive. I started strolling south on the east side of King Drive, right across the street from New Beginnings Church (http://nbcchicago.tv/). I thought this might be a good place to try and get petition signatures for a couple of reasons. Obviously, there were going to be people here today, but I also figured in light of the pastor’s endorsement...

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Help us get on the ballot – 13

It was 9:00 when I got to the corner of 66th and King Drive. I started strolling south on the east side of King Drive, right across the street from New Beginnings Church (http://nbcchicago.tv/). I thought this might be a good place to try and get petition signatures for a couple of reasons. Obviously, there were going to be people here today, but I also figured in light of the pastor’s endorsement of Republican candidates for governor and senator, there might be a sense of ‘independence’ (for lack of a better term) in the air, which might make some of those present more prone to support (or at least lend their signature to) an Independent candidate. This is pretty much what I was thinking as I began my task. I was also thinking how New Beginnings Church now occupies the spot where Roberts Show Club/Motel/Bowling Alley used to be. Herman Roberts; look him up. He’s mentioned prominently in Dempsey Travis’ An Autobiography of Black Jazz, a book that should be in every 20th Ward home. Actually, that’s 2 guys worthy of your personal research, Dempsey Travis and Herman Roberts.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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.

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Help us get on the ballot - 12

Sunday, October 19th beginning at 9:00 AM, I’ll be strolling up and down both sides of the 6600 block of South King Drive asking you to sign our petition. Those of you familiar with the area know this puts me right in front of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, where Corey Brooks is the pastor. The good pastor made news this past summer with his endorsement of Republican Jim Oberweis for the U.S. senate. He has also endorsed Republican Bruce...

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Sunday, October 19th beginning at 9:00 AM, I’ll be strolling up and down both sides of the 6600 block of South King Drive asking you to sign our petition. Those of you familiar with the area know this puts me right in front of New Beginnings Church of Chicago, where Corey Brooks is the pastor. The good pastor made news this past summer with his endorsement of Republican Jim Oberweis for the U.S. senate. He has also endorsed Republican Bruce Rauner for governor. Maybe Pastor Brooks is ready to really raise some establishment ‘hackles’ by endorsing an Independent for 20th Ward alderman; I know just the guy. (I kinda doubt Pastor Brooks lives in the 20 anyway.) ‘Fact is, the only endorsement that really means anything is yours. Our candidacy gets the supreme endorsement when you sign the petition. For those of you so inclined New Beginnings has 2 services; 10 AM and noon. I’m gonna try to hang for both of ‘em (weather permitting). C’mon down and be an important part of a movement that, if successful, will reverberate all the way to City Hall. You shouldn’t have much of a problem spotting me; I’ll be the hopeful looking guy with the clipboard. Jeromedavisward20@gmail.com

4 days ago

"Louis the Legend"

"He was born poor, and died rich without hurting anyone along the way". -Duke Ellington

The Ambassador of Love

"Louis the Legend", 2014"
39th and King Drive

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Redevolopment of 43rd street between Indiana and King?

This is Bronzeville chance to build a entertainment district. The city issued a RFP for 43rd street. It covers many properties from Indiana to King drive. Maybe this can become Bronzeville version of Hyde Park's 53rd street(Harper Court) area.

I personally think the JJ Fish property should have been included in the RFP ;).

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/10/16/city-seeking-development-proposals-for-vacant-south-side-lots.php

RFP:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/43rd-street-properties.html

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    Great that it was formally announced. Hope housing components can be market rate for vast majority of units.

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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

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Oct 14

Help us get on the ballot - 11 (2 of 2)

“Well sir, Mr. Quinn is a Democrat and I am running as an Independent so in that regard, I guess you could say I am not “with” him. But if the choice comes down to Mr. Quinn and Bruce Rauner, I will be voting for the Governor.” (I didn’t get into any Independent or Green Party possibilities.) I told the gentleman that I have never voted for a Republican anything (I’ve been voting since 1976) and I saw no reason...

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“Well sir, Mr. Quinn is a Democrat and I am running as an Independent so in that regard, I guess you could say I am not “with” him. But if the choice comes down to Mr. Quinn and Bruce Rauner, I will be voting for the Governor.” (I didn’t get into any Independent or Green Party possibilities.) I told the gentleman that I have never voted for a Republican anything (I’ve been voting since 1976) and I saw no reason to start on November 4th. He smiled at that, and went on to say, “You know, I just cain’t get with that Pat Quinn ‘cause he went for that gay marriage stuff.” I really didn’t feel like debating the gentleman on the issue, not right then. So I tried the old verbal switcheroo and took the conversation into a discussion of the alderman’s duties, and asked if any other issues were important to him. He mentioned crime and how he wished somebody “could do something with these young boys around here, all of ‘em walking around with they pants ‘bout to come off.” When I suggested that, perhaps, jobs for the young men could be a remedy (although I know it’s gonna take more than that) he replied, “They don’t know nothin’ about that; that’s they problem.” With my mind still reeling somewhat from the gay comments, I said that if I was fortunate enough to become his representative, I would definitely work to address those issues that are important to him. After a few more words he signed, I thanked him, told him I wouldn’t forget him, and went on my way.

Encounters like this are actually typical and to be honest, I like it when people are candid with me. Had I more time, I would have liked to sit down with this gentleman and have a ‘real’ conversation with him. But when you’re going through this “ridiculous process” it’s all about the ‘next’, which in this case means the next signature. Hopefully, it’ll be yours (if you live in the ’20’).

Jeromedavisward20@gmail.com

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Oct 14

Help us get on the ballot - 11 (1 of 2)

Few people end up being United States senators by accident; at a minimum it requires a certain megalomania, a belief that of all the gifted people in your state, you are somehow uniquely qualified to speak on their behalf; a belief sufficiently strong that you are willing to endure the sometimes uplifting, occasionally harrowing, but always slightly ridiculous process we call campaigns.
- from The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

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Few people end up being United States senators by accident; at a minimum it requires a certain megalomania, a belief that of all the gifted people in your state, you are somehow uniquely qualified to speak on their behalf; a belief sufficiently strong that you are willing to endure the sometimes uplifting, occasionally harrowing, but always slightly ridiculous process we call campaigns.
- from The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

‘Been feelin’ kinda down lately. This campaigning stuff has been more draining than I thought it would be. Not physically; I prepared for that. It’s the mental and emotional part. Mentally, I haven’t been able to think about much else. I’m constantly strategizing, thinking of ways to advance my candidacy; thinking of ways to get money. (I even let the Bears’ game get by me this past Sunday, doin’ campaign stuff.) Emotionally, well that’s something else. Sometimes it’s like riding a roller coaster, listening to the stories some of the residents tell.

A couple of weeks ago, I was on west 57th Street. I think I was somewhere between Emerald and Halsted when I saw a gentleman, who appeared to be at least 70 years old, picking up some trash in the street. I pulled up on my bike and greeted him, introduced myself, explained what I was doing, and asked if he would help me out by signing my petition. The gentleman looked at me for a few seconds, almost like he was studying me. He then asked, “Now tell me, are you with that Pat Quinn?” Realizing that my answer could determine whether or not he would sign my petition, I mentally ‘ran through’ about 6 possible answers in my mind before opting for the truth.

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Oct 11

Updated Oct 14

Is Bronzeville in need of new Leadership?

Are we positioned properly for success and are we getting competent representation from our elected officials, or is it business as usual? What or do we want from our Alderman going forward?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Sadly, there are too many in the neighborhood who object loudly to the new folks who buy in and fix up because they fear "Gentrification."I don't get their logic.

    Secondly, we all have to get used to the fact that there will be hundreds of thousands of new low wage...

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    Sadly, there are too many in the neighborhood who object loudly to the new folks who buy in and fix up because they fear "Gentrification."I don't get their logic.

    Secondly, we all have to get used to the fact that there will be hundreds of thousands of new low wage workers who will grab whatever jobs they can and they will vote democratic so the President wants them. Immigration will not be stopped. More competition for the young black males who want entry level jobs and if the min wage goes up you are not likely to see anyone twirling signs any more or any simple stuff like that.

  • Joe, Obama and Valerie Jarrett can't FORCE black men to work. Many immigrants WANT to work and they will DO anything they can to support their families. Clean toilets, manual labor, working in the kitchen. How many black men hanging out on 47th everyday would do that kind of work...

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    Joe, Obama and Valerie Jarrett can't FORCE black men to work. Many immigrants WANT to work and they will DO anything they can to support their families. Clean toilets, manual labor, working in the kitchen. How many black men hanging out on 47th everyday would do that kind of work for minimum wage OR LESS? There are some I'm sure but not many... it's too easy to collect welfare or live at home with mom. It's time to stop expecting a handout and get out there. Get an education (beyond high school) and work to succeed in a chosen career. Not everyone has to be a physician or computer geek. Cable guys and garbage men make excellent money. I'm tired of hearing excuses. Immigrants have their own hurdles too but they don't complain. They just keep their heads down while jumping on any opportunity granted to them. Let's stop playing the blame game. Obama nor his advisors can solve the world's problems. People must take responsibility for themselves. Furthermore, immigrants aren't taking anything from anyone in my opinion. Most of the black men who would be recruited for the jobs immigrants take wouldn't accept those jobs.

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Updated Oct 13

To move to Bronzeville or not- that is the question...

Contemplating moving to Bronzeville from Beverly. I love both areas! Wondering if the money being put into Bronzeville will push the neighborhood... Thoughts?

  • GRD GRD

    Transplant, I could have written a similar post. We moved here from Bucktown.

    BC, am I missing something? I don't see where Transplant says they're White, they maybe, perhaps I missed it on another thread? In any event, I did have one of my living room windows have a rock...

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    Transplant, I could have written a similar post. We moved here from Bucktown.

    BC, am I missing something? I don't see where Transplant says they're White, they maybe, perhaps I missed it on another thread? In any event, I did have one of my living room windows have a rock thrown into it shattering it to bits, this happened about a week after I asked a kid and his girlfriend to quiet down in front of my place, they were arguing, the kid maybe 16-18 told me to mind my own business and that he can yell at her if he wants to, I told them to stop or I'd call the cops. He then went on to say, "how about you suck my Black D..." I guess he was trying to shock me? I really don't care if someone is Purple, I just don't want a fight outside of my house. Another time, while driving up Indiana, at the light by 31st., a even younger teenager yelled at my car, "hey White B..ch" so saying, "By the way, delinquent black youth do not attack white people inhabiting Bronzeville." These were verbal attacks, and to deny there isn't tension is naive.

    With that said, I still chose to live here, because to come to the conclusion that all Black youth feel this way is shortsighted. I had experienced the same when we moved to Bucktown, by a young Hispanic girl. She called me a Yuppie, and that this is my hood, and to get out. I then informed her that my family had been in the hood for over 20 years. Fact is when neighborhoods have a majority, any majority there is tension. Same shameful thing on the West side of the city and White flight.

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    I dream of the day when there isn't a clear cut majority in any neighborhood, but I know I won't see this in my lifetime, it's a nice dream though. I wouldn't discourage anyone from moving here because of race, people should be able to live wherever it works for...

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    I dream of the day when there isn't a clear cut majority in any neighborhood, but I know I won't see this in my lifetime, it's a nice dream though. I wouldn't discourage anyone from moving here because of race, people should be able to live wherever it works for them. But people need to know the reality, I know as a White person in BV not everyone is glad to see me, same as my Black friends that live in Highland Park their experience also is mostly good, but every once in a while they run into some BS flack, like we do.

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Help us get on the ballot - 10 (2 of 2)

According to their website, (http://shepherdshopechicago.org/) they do a lot of good stuff. It’s also good to know such an organization is represented in the 20th Ward.

Keeping south I crossed 59th Street. At the end of the block, right before you get to 60th, is a couple of fenced-off, warehouse-lookin’ kinda places. One of the buildings had a sign on it: Goodness Greeness – Certified Organic Produce (http://www.goodnessgreeness.com/eSource/default/Login.aspx?role=customer). Wow! And I thought there were no healthy food choices in the...

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According to their website, (http://shepherdshopechicago.org/) they do a lot of good stuff. It’s also good to know such an organization is represented in the 20th Ward.

Keeping south I crossed 59th Street. At the end of the block, right before you get to 60th, is a couple of fenced-off, warehouse-lookin’ kinda places. One of the buildings had a sign on it: Goodness Greeness – Certified Organic Produce (http://www.goodnessgreeness.com/eSource/default/Login.aspx?role=customer). Wow! And I thought there were no healthy food choices in the 20. Here, right in the middle of the ward, is an entire company dedicated to providing organic food. This has got to be one of the best kept secrets in the ward. I wondered if they contracted with any stores in the 20, particularly the Sav-A-Lot on 63rd and Calumet, close to my house. I also wondered how much they interacted with growers close to their operation, say within a 25-mile radius. I thought a picture of their sign would be a nice accompaniment to this piece. I probably could have taken it from the sidewalk, but I wanted the picture to be easy for the viewer to read, so I was going to get closer. Right at the opening of the company’s front gate, there’s a small shack for the security guard, who was on duty. Instead of marching right past him and taking my picture, I figured I’d better ask. Our conversation went like this:

Me: I’m taking pictures for a website that will feature different sites in the 20th Ward. Would it be O.K. if I took a picture of your sign?
Security Guard: No.
Me: O.K.

Oh well, if you live in the 20th Ward and you’re a registered voter, please, by all means, sign our petition. The 20th Ward will benefit from having a wide variety of choices. You might even be attracted by our movement. Contact us at Jeromedavisward20@gmail.com

Oh yeah, I found out who Jesse Sherman was. http://www.sherwood.cps.k12.il.us/bio.html

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    I also found out who Jesse SHERWOOD was. (Last line mistake.)

Oct 10

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It was 10:00 and my radio program on WHPK (www.whpk.org) didn’t start ‘til noon so I decided to take a few pictures for the website I’m trying to get up and running in support of the occupation of the 20th Ward alderman’s seat. (There’s a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jeromeadavis.forthe20thward) I was on my bike and I was headed west on 57th Street from Michigan Avenue. I went across the Dan Ryan and past Jesse Sherwood School, which is right next to...

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It was 10:00 and my radio program on WHPK (www.whpk.org) didn’t start ‘til noon so I decided to take a few pictures for the website I’m trying to get up and running in support of the occupation of the 20th Ward alderman’s seat. (There’s a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jeromeadavis.forthe20thward) I was on my bike and I was headed west on 57th Street from Michigan Avenue. I went across the Dan Ryan and past Jesse Sherwood School, which is right next to Sherwood Park. (Note to self: find out who Jesse Sherwood is/was.) There’s a viaduct supporting some railroad tracks at the western end of the park on 57th Street and when you come from underneath the viaduct, that’s when it hits you. Space. A whole lot of it. You can stand at any intersection along 57th Street from the railroad tracks west to Lowe and see all the way to Garfield Boulevard to the north and 59th Street to the south, unobstructed. There are no buildings or structures of any kind to impede your view. How long has this been like this and is there a plan, and if so, does anybody know what it is? Who’s the major land owner in this area? If you haven’t been to where I’m talking about, check it out. It’s like discovering ‘The Great Plains’ right in the 20th Ward. I took a few pictures but you’ve got to visit this place to appreciate it. I wonder what might be coming (and when is it supposed to get here)?

I turned off of 57th when I got to Lowe. Heading south, I soon noticed a bunch of people on the sidewalk about halfway down the block. They were lined up, waiting to go into a house at 5732. The house had the words Shepherd’s Hope on the front. It was like any regular or average 1-story house on the block, but this house was giving out food to the people in line. I did a little internet investigatin’ and I found out this is something they do regularly; every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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