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Bronzeville Thank State Representative Mitchell for Limiting Your Transportation Options

Several weeks ago the Illinois House of Representatives voted on HB 4075. The bill was bought and paid for by the taxi and commercial auto insurance industry and would place draconian regulations on the ridesharing industry Areas such as Bronzeville, which is designated by the City of Chicago, as an underserved community by the taxi industry, has residents who regularly use ridesharing companies Uber,Lyft, and Sidecar for critical transportation needs. Although his constituents use these services State Rep Christian Mitchell supported the bill that would limit ridesharing in Chicago while protecting the taxi industry. .

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    What do you think is proper regulation for the industry? It should include safety, insurance, service area.

  • Before this bill passed the city of Chicago was working with ride sharing companies to regulate the services. Most if not all the requirements were met or exceeded, including safety, insurance, etc. This bill would end service to underserved communities and remove a source of income for thousands of people....

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    Before this bill passed the city of Chicago was working with ride sharing companies to regulate the services. Most if not all the requirements were met or exceeded, including safety, insurance, etc. This bill would end service to underserved communities and remove a source of income for thousands of people.

    Taxi compamies should be scrutinized as closely as ride sharing companies. They should be forced to adhere to their own regulations.

    There are ways to make your voice heard on this issue. Call your senator and there is also a petition started by Uber that you can sign.

19 hours ago

Updated 33 min ago

Glad to be onboard!

Stumbled on this site while searching online...condo owner and longtime Bronzeville resident having grown up in the area and have seen the area transform from the late 70s and want to be part of its ongoing renaissance!

  • Welcome onboard!

  • $1 extra per ride for Uber X. Not really a big deal to make sure the drivers are properly trained and insured, is it?

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Updated 8 hours ago

  • Geez Louise Bronzeville resident

    Harold,
    Not that I am aware of.

  • Bronzeville as the home for the Lucas museum has not been discussed from what I know. My push has been on the President Barack Obama Library for Washington Park.

5 days ago

Updated 9 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

    Hey Ray, 13 shot already this weekend. Hopefully our young people will not continue to murder each other tomorrow, which will be even warmer than today, but hopefully Easter Sunday will be a deterrent to more killings and some form of Resurrection in 2014.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

  • Ray

    Hi, Harold............yeah, we have to stop this nonsense, saw you on youtube, congratulations on the award.

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Lucas Museum for Bronzeville?

  • Angelique CAC CAC Chair

    Just looking at the list of people included in the discussion, I don't think that our community was included in the conversation. It is definitely an option to explore further. We would have to show interest from an outside organization.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident
  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    If you think like Daniel Burnham and make no little plans because they do not inspire the hearts of progressive men & women, then Chicagoans should max out the international heritage tourism development opportunity by building both President Barack Obama's library and the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum on the pavatial...

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    If you think like Daniel Burnham and make no little plans because they do not inspire the hearts of progressive men & women, then Chicagoans should max out the international heritage tourism development opportunity by building both President Barack Obama's library and the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum on the pavatial lakefront campus of the former Michael Reese hospital site at 31st and the lakefront in the historic Bronzeville community!

    Hey Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn you'd better stop taking the voters in African American community of Chicago for granted!!!

    Other than our inner city Southside neighborhoods being re gentrified by the University of Chicago, what is the return on investment for the African American communities in Chicago?

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

    www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac

Apr 10

Updated 17 hours 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

    There is a comment policy about being respectful. Efforts to do good are sabotaged by disrespect, anger, bitterness and resentment. How will we accomplish anything without respect? Benjamin thank you for desire to make something positive.
    My not for profit has a Crowd Rise for an urban agriculture project we are working on. Perhaps you and other organizations might want to start a fundraiser to save a Bronzeville treasure.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Hey TM BVille,

    You exhibit your ignorance about the recent history of Bronzeville, by expressing the same "top down" anti social, class stratification elitism that has enable systematic destruction of landmark buildings and the authentic culture of Bronzeville, as an internationally significant heritage tourism destination.

    I stand on my previous comments on this thread, as the current reality in Bronzeville!

    Dummy, how many Bronzeville historic structures have you saved or redeveloped.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

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Updated 18 hours ago

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.

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    Thanks for the book recommendation JRMD! I recently saw Matt give an interview on a show on this very topic and you are correct, the hypocrisy is staggering and quite eye opening. Will definitely adding this to my library.

  • Danie Lifelong Bronzeville resident and environmentalist

    Please feel free to add your thoughts at my blog site also. We have to remind our community of the hypocrisy and disrespect.
    I am planning a blog in response to James Meeks suggesting that we vote for a Republican Governor because the Democratic one has done nothing for us. LOL

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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

6 days ago

Updated 3 days 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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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).

5 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.

5 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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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 11

Ex-Death Row inmate: Police ‘street files’ prove I was framed

“These file cabinets have never been inventoried,” Gorman told jurors as she showed them a photo of the 20 filing cabinets in the basement at the 51st and Wentworth police station. “They can’t even say what is in there.”

Apr 11

Ex-Death Row inmate: Police ‘street files’ prove I was framed by cops, prosecutor

“These file cabinets have never been inventoried,” Gorman told jurors as she showed them a photo of the 20 filing cabinets in the basement at the 51st and Wentworth police station. “They can’t even say what is in there.”

Apr 10

Former Uber driver charged with fondling passenger

He was released on a $1,500 individual recognizance bond, and will next appear in court May 12 in Branch 34 at 155 W. 51st St.

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

Jigneshkumar Patel, 31, allegedly touched the woman's legs and breast after picking her up about 1:40 p.m. March 8 in the 100 block of West Cermak Road, according to a Chicago Police report.

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 07

Website helps neighbors apply for $1 vacant lots

It was big news in Greater Englewood, including Washington Park, when the City of Chicago announced last month that it would begin a pilot Large Lot Program that allowed nearby homeowners, block clubs and nonprofit groups to buy vacant lots for just $1.

But the application deadline is April 21 and there are a lot of steps in the process, from identifying the available lots to establishing eligibility and then filing the application.

Now there's an app for that: http://largelots.org

Read more here: http://www.lisc-chicago.org/blog/9

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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