4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for covering this important story, Neighborhood Scribe!!!

Mar 13

PBS documentary series seeking North Lawndale residents living in neighborhood since 1965

I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you...

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I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you thought about Dr King's work in Chicago, how North Lawndale changed from the 1970's onwards, and it's like to live in the neighborhood today.

If you or your family lived in North Lawndale in 1965 and continue to live there today, I would love to speak with you. Please contact me at e.chua@ark-media.net or call 718) 935-9745 ext 107. Thank you!

Mar 12

No communicate

One of my mature friend called this morning to inform me that she was glad to see some repairs being made at the car repair shop located on the West, north hand side of the street of Jackson and Pulaski.
As I drove pass to my surprise I found out it's another fast food joint possibly a (Maxwell) stand. Boy, she was not happy about that! She stated that no in the community was inform of the new business surfacing...

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One of my mature friend called this morning to inform me that she was glad to see some repairs being made at the car repair shop located on the West, north hand side of the street of Jackson and Pulaski.
As I drove pass to my surprise I found out it's another fast food joint possibly a (Maxwell) stand. Boy, she was not happy about that! She stated that no in the community was inform of the new business surfacing in their back yard. She stated that no one wants to smell onions ALL day and EVERY day.
She's applaud and discussed at her re-elected alderman Ervin.
This area is filled with senior citizen who are afraid to come and now you give the corner boys a new place to hang out and have random shoot outs.

Mar 08

Updated Mar 09

Looking for information

What are the strengths of North Lawndale?

Mar 03

Information

In respect to several comments, you are correct regarding investigating where the TIF funds are being spent. However, there are options for small businesses when the bank loans are out of reach: Accion Chicago ( loans are from $500. to $100,00) up to 72 months and Lisc Chicago ( loans are $500 to 2.5 million dollars) and a small number of grants. The information is not really being given to the masses...

Also on a different note, was the cheerleading/dancing program ever started in EGP? If not, are there any similar activities in the community? I did check with the park district. Thanks.

Mar 01

Updated Mar 01

Take the Survey-Life Under Mayor Emanuel

Please read the following NY Times article and respond to the survey about what life is like under Emanuel. The survey comes after the 4th paragraph of the article.

In Challenger, a Chastening for Emanuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/us/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-jesus-garcia.html?_r=0

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have...

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    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have disproportionate living and wealth throughout Chicago. These can simply not be haphazard and without decades of design; and until we find the person whom can make the tough choices to bring about that slow fundamental change we are going to have division in this city. I don't necessarily fault Emanuel on the school closings because many of them have displayed a systemic problem of failing the youth for years. i do fault him for not doing more than just saving the money that was being wasted there and offering better choices for those kids and their families. The problem here is the only way you can merge is by a blending of equals and how do you do that with such obvious class differences and in 4 years. So many people play the system on both sides it just seems as if it will take an equal number of generations to abate the problem as it did in creating it.

Feb 20 2012

Updated Feb 25

North Lawndale's Future

At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
We were told...

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At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
We were told that the liquor commission would poll the residents within 250 feet of the proposed site for their approval. 250 feet!. A new liquor store affects an area much larger than 250 feet, not only physically but also in terms of how our neighborhood is perceived. We are all a part of North Lawndale and these things affect us all.
Recently, we were informed that a new, unsecured residential center for at risk youth would be built in our community. Again we were told that the surrounding neighborhood was polled and approval was given. As was the case with the liquor store, we were told that this facility would bring jobs. But at what cost? It seems that we are perceived as being so desperate that we will accept anything, just as long as we get to eat whatever scraps society decides to throw at us. What kind of North Lawndale do we want?
We send our children to school with the hope that they will prosper in life. Once that prosperity comes, where will they live? Where will they want to live? Are we preparing North Lawndale for the prosperity of our children or for more decay?
At every opportunity, we need to let our elected officials know that we will not accept any more scraps that are thrown our way. We must let them and everyone else know that we have standards and that those standards call for the betterment of North Lawndale, not just more of the same.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    Thanks Seth, it showed up as a new post on my end. Go figure!

    The store on 19th & Pulaski is still in question though, because it always looks like it's about to open.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Me too! Thought someone,resurrected the issue.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

This is a very interesting article.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I read about this on my way home tonight. While not surprising, it is scary and sad

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    I just learned another profound, new word while reading "SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME": phantasmagoric, which means illusion and is aptly applied to this building that has had a tremendous tectonic impact on us. Did any of our elected officials have knowledge of the internal workings of the building?

Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

The Businesses Donating to your Alderman in your ward

Here is a link of the most Recent Donations to 24th and 28th Ward Aldermen. A Deli gave Ervin $5000.00.. I had no idea that this particular deli did this much business. When you start finding out where your Tax dollars are going to, you may get upset enough to finally VOTE!

http://www.elections.state.il.us/campaigndisclosure/ContributionsSearchByCandidates.aspx?ddlCanSearchContributionType=All+Types&ddlCanSearchLastOnlyNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchLastOnlyName=&ddlCanSearchFirstNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchFirstName=&ddlCanSearchAddressSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchAddress=&ddlCanSearchCitySearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchCity=&ddlState=&txtCanSearchZip=60624&txtCanSearchZipThru=60624&ddlCanSearchOccupationSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchOccupation=&ddlCanSearchEmployerSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanSearchEmployer=&txtCanSearchAmount=&txtCanSearchAmountThru=&txtCanSearchRcvDate=&txtCanSearchRcvDateThru=&ddlCanSearchOrderBy=Date+Received+-+most+recent+first&txtCanElectYear=&ddlCanElectType=All+Types&ddlCanLastNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanLastName=&ddlCanFirstNameSearchType=Starts+with&txtCanFirstName=&ddlCanOffice=All+Offices&ddlCanDistrictType=All+Types&txtCanDistrict=&ddlCanParty=All+Parties&ddlVendorLastOnlyName=Starts+with&txtVendorLastOnlyName=&ddlVendorFirstName=Starts+with&txtVendorFirstName=&ddlVendorAddress=Starts+with&txtVendorAddress=&ddlVendorCity=Starts+with&txtVendorCity=&ddlVendorState=&txtVendorZip=&txtVendorZipThru=&ddlPurpose=Starts+with&txtPurpose=

Dec 21

Updated Feb 20

Video

Our team has been busy, working for you; working for the community. The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.

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  • My appeal for people to vote wasn't meant for you, Daniel, it was a generic appeal. From the nature of your postings, it's obvious that you are civically engaged.
    One group briefly discussed a debate, but chose to go with the forum. Perhaps we can revisit this option in 4 years.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    The debate just seems like it would have been an excellent idea following the last run off election between Chandler and Dixon. If I remember correctly we had a field of 18 candidates and if we could somehow limit that field earlier we might get people to focus on real...

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    The debate just seems like it would have been an excellent idea following the last run off election between Chandler and Dixon. If I remember correctly we had a field of 18 candidates and if we could somehow limit that field earlier we might get people to focus on real approaches to issues and not be so distracted by personality. Even this year it seems as if all the candidates are saying the same thing and not sure if that is a strategy or just trying to hold par and hope they appeal to the few that really go out and vote. I mean we all know school, crime, and unemployment are the big issues but, strategy and tactical approach needs to be realistic and diligent.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 18

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Everybody! Take a look, there is still...an alternative for 28th ward people! Send this article to everyone u know

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I've been spreading the word and also informed the Gazatte publication. We have to get the word out & I hope she's campaigning. If it weren't from Everyblock, I STILL would not have heard from her...

Feb 10

Updated Feb 12

Affordable Housing

I just read that Garfield Park is getting a forty units of affordable housing. Do any of you know about it?

  • Taj's page Committed to helping others.

    Just who is Jasmine Jackson?

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    She is a registered WRITE IN Candidate qualified to be accepted as write in. Rumor has it the other write in candidate ha an address of a homes shelter and no plans to,work for election. Did not fact check.

    She may b a special Ed teacher who is active in...

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    She is a registered WRITE IN Candidate qualified to be accepted as write in. Rumor has it the other write in candidate ha an address of a homes shelter and no plans to,work for election. Did not fact check.

    She may b a special Ed teacher who is active in community issues.

    Go to jjfor28.'com her site.

    Look around and see the scourge of blight in28

    All who do not rally to get new representation deserve to live in the deplorable conditions we suffer under,

    Do your best to help us break the scourge in 28 over the past 24 years.

    Nobody can deny stats.

    The best tools are early voting where one can register And Vote on the same day. Go to the bBoard of elections site for requirements and ID. Going to a polling place outside of the ward is a Good idea to escape the spies and any potential intimidation and retaliation.

    Rumors abound about rough intimidation by thugs and how scarey it is. Others talk a out someone showing up at their door asking them to recant their signature to get on the ballot. Those are also fearful.

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