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Any new Businesses in East & West Garfield Park?

I always heard that the West side was the red-headed step-child of black Chicago. Always ignored and last to get city services. After living hear for a few years, I realize this is definitely the case. Our Rotten Mayor Rahm Emanuel has completely ignored the West side, EVEN during his re-election bid. He doesn't even care to get our votes.

The West side is completely stagnant. I've been following many of the events, upgrades and investments happening throughout the entire...

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I always heard that the West side was the red-headed step-child of black Chicago. Always ignored and last to get city services. After living hear for a few years, I realize this is definitely the case. Our Rotten Mayor Rahm Emanuel has completely ignored the West side, EVEN during his re-election bid. He doesn't even care to get our votes.

The West side is completely stagnant. I've been following many of the events, upgrades and investments happening throughout the entire South side from Pullman, Roseland, Washington Park, Bronzeville & especially Englewood. Englewood is getting a Whole Foods Market, has several new technology incubators, food labs, King-Kennedy College, several new coffee shops, independently owned cafes/restaurants and more. Englewood is actually on the come-up and the ball is rolling! I LOVE IT! Englewood is grass-rooting itself out the hole! I'm extremely happy for them because I love a "comeback against all odds" story,

Why are East Garfield Park & West Garfield Park still ignored? I think I have to look in the mirror on this one. We allow an Alderman to continue getting into office without holding him accountable for doing absolutely nothing. I also don't think people on the West side have the innovation or community pride to make such changes in our community. I see no visual signs of cultural pride such as tech incubators, coffee shops, independently owned boutiques, art galleries, musical events, playhouses etc. happening on the West side. Alderman Ervin would rather host a Superbowl Party with strippers for West side gangsters. I'm beginning to believe what everyone told me about Garfield Park before moving here. The West side is just different (and not in a good way).

  • D. Tate resident

    As i stated earlier, as a west side resident, it is difficult to get a business loan in East Garfield Park unless its for a liquor store, corner store or Church storefront. The desire and need for a variety of businesses is here. The investors are not. We would need to either crowdfund or find ways to entice investors to this area. Businesses do not just pop up.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I agree D. Tate.

    However, many businesses have opened in other cities, neighborhoods via family, friends & crowndfunding. You're absolutely right, this is almost the only way. But it can be done. Many of the new businesses in Logan Square were built by crowdfunding. The people in those neighborhoods wanted...

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    I agree D. Tate.

    However, many businesses have opened in other cities, neighborhoods via family, friends & crowndfunding. You're absolutely right, this is almost the only way. But it can be done. Many of the new businesses in Logan Square were built by crowdfunding. The people in those neighborhoods wanted places to go so they donated money to small entrepreneurs who were willing to do the hard work and open neighborhood establishments. Now they have breweries, play houses, a burger joint, a food co-op and coffee shops in their neighborhood. I myself am considering opening a business on the West side and the only reason I haven't yet is because I've been contemplating leaving for a few years and I don't want to dig myself in any deeper unless I know I'm going to stay or be here a while. I'm also considering Bronzeville but I like the density of Garfield Park & I live here. The West side has tons of cheap real estate, it's a small business desert & despite how it looks, it's population with some expendable money. The only problem is, we have no where to spend it... so we go to Oak Park, Humboldt Park, West Town, Ukraine Village, Logan Square, West Loop and Tri-Taylor. Or we entertain from home. Depending on the location, it's an entrepreneurs dream locale to open a business in East/West Garfield Park & Austin.

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Despite neglecting the West Side, Rahm wins in most of the West Side. What gives???

I don't get it. City hall consistently neglects the west side over and over again. They pour most of their resources into downtown or the northside and completely neglect the west side. West siders whine and complain yet they vote for the establishment.

For all you West Side Rahm supporters, what makes you think city hall will treat the west side any different in the next 4 years?

  • Valerie, for those of us old enough to know Harold was the same way, he focused on the neighborhoods. Mayor Daley changed that when he took over, focusing on downtown

    To be honest, I think in the late 80's and early 90's when downtown was declining it was not a bad idea to invest in downtown, but today downtown is vibrant and we can now focus on the neighborhoods

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    A balanced approach is always best. North Lawndale is on life support. We need resources quick, fast and in a hurry.

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3 days ago

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Preparing four the next four years!

Hello everyone,
I hope everyone voted on yesterday.
As we prepare for the next four years with Ervin what are some of your concerns or wishes?
If there is a contender (Alderman) out there now is the time to state your intend and begin your campaign not a month before the next election.
Let's come up with the best candidate and rally behind that ONE person.
24th ward let's be heard!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I agree.

    And don't forget to go out & vote for Chuy Garcia on April 7th. GO OUT AND VOTE!!
    I voted for Bob Fioretti but we MUST support Chuy Garcia as the alternative to Rahm Emanuel.

    Maybe there's a possibility that Chuy Garcia will hold Alderman Jason Ervin accountable...

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    I agree.

    And don't forget to go out & vote for Chuy Garcia on April 7th. GO OUT AND VOTE!!
    I voted for Bob Fioretti but we MUST support Chuy Garcia as the alternative to Rahm Emanuel.

    Maybe there's a possibility that Chuy Garcia will hold Alderman Jason Ervin accountable for unacceptable leadership over the 28th ward? At least he'll probably hear us out. The machine is dying in Chicago and this is another way to get rid of Ervin.

    Apparently, the horrible living conditions of the West side are acceptable standards for Rahm Emanuel (in a "so-called" world-class city) so Rahm must go! I'm hoping Chuy Garcia will not allow 28 to continue on in the same condition that's been allowed since I've lived here.

    Rahm has visited every Southside EL stop, multiple times over the past 4 months. He's blatantly ignored the West side and given us the middle finger! When was the last time he was on a West side EL stop? He didn't even want our vote before. He "chalked-up" the 28th ward as a loss. But I guarantee you he'll be humming around the 28th ward over the next 6 weeks...asking you for another chance. He and Alderman Jason Ervin gave us 4 years of nothing!

    VOTE FOR CHUY GARCIA!!

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5 days ago

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If you don't stand for something! You will fall for anything.

We should talk call me 773-530-9233 my name Senovia

  • David Lightman Part time head turner, full time jaw dropper

    first off, what do you want to talk about??

  • Sonovia Petty #blacklivesmatter#novia

    Making some changes in east garfield area? Maybe I misread your post! I thought you wanted to help or connect with other people that care about the community. Maybe you was just posting a comment. My apology be bless.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Voting poll at Ike Simms a ahambles

At 8 am the poll was not open because of lack of Judges. Any person who has been a judge before please go and be sworn in!

Not sure if Wil McGill is,the,onlymstandingmwrite in..Jasmine is Off the ballot.

  • D. Tate resident

    Thanks . This is my polling place. Can we use alternatives?

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Feb 13

Updated 5 days ago

Trash Pick Up issuse

Anyone else in Garfield Park area (Homan and Washington ) intersection have problems with trash pick up?

At my residence they didn't pick up last week, (week of crazy snow fall) so I waited and happen to catch them picking up the DIBS trash (which i am thankful for) , and notifed them that they didn't pick up yet. They were like " Yes we did this morning" , Im like BullCR*P its still back there 10 mins ago.

Anyone else have this problem?

  • Yes that is very sad with that issue. They just think as it is lower income people and some riff raff in this neighborhood that they dont care and just brush it over.

    The emails :
    Letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org Worked or didnt bounce back
    CharlrsL.williams@cityofchicago.org bounced back as un-deliverable
    Kyle.smith@cityofchicago.org bounced back as un-deliverable
    Samantha Stinson at samantha.stinson@aldermanervin.com she responded back in two hours

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Appears,Charles was,spelled,wrong. If I typed...I,apologize.

    Will seen an email and see if Kyle bounces back for me too. Will,let u know.

    Would presume the letterforthemayor worked

Feb 16

Updated 5 days ago

buying a house by GPC

I'm considering buying a house just north of Garfield Park Conservatory, on n central park ave, near Franklin blvd. Is this area safe for a family with a baby? Ive been to the conservatory lots of times, but never fully explored the area, or been around at night.
What are your thoughts on the direction this neighborhood is taking, and does anyone know what's going on with the vacant Laura Ward school? Is this an area now used for squatters or drug deals?
Thanks!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I have professional friends who own/live on the 3500 block of W. Franklin Blvd. They have children ranging from around 3ish to 12ish. All kids were born while living at the location.

    It's still social-economically mixed and it's getting better by far. But they're still building lots of subsidized housing...

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    I have professional friends who own/live on the 3500 block of W. Franklin Blvd. They have children ranging from around 3ish to 12ish. All kids were born while living at the location.

    It's still social-economically mixed and it's getting better by far. But they're still building lots of subsidized housing in the area too. My personal take is that it'll just be an extension of East Humboldt park over the next five years or so. The city of Chicago does a poor job of controlling crime, curfew, loitering and property upkeep on the West side. Until the city begins to enforce these problems I don't see that area of the West side becoming a Logan Square or West Town sort of neighborhood.

    Many home owners do their part to keep things up but the slum lords and vagrants are the ones who make it difficult to live on the West side. For now, I just think the area is mostly a somewhat affordable area to have shelter on the West side of the city.

  • I have been there 45 years. It has it's UPS and downs, good and bad. We have gone through periods when its good and periods when its bad. Right now we're in a bad cycle, hopefully we're on the downside. The school is closed. Part of our illustrious mayor's plan...

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    I have been there 45 years. It has it's UPS and downs, good and bad. We have gone through periods when its good and periods when its bad. Right now we're in a bad cycle, hopefully we're on the downside. The school is closed. Part of our illustrious mayor's plan to do away with public schooling I guess. They are pouring money into the flower house. So there is a plan for the neighborhood. You just have to wait and see. We are not now nor have we ever been part of Humboldt park, although it seems as if someone has a plan and is trying to annex it. 30 minutes from just about any place on the city, 15 minutes from downtown by el. It's not bad, its not great, its just home.

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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=

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Feb 12

Updated Feb 19

Get Out N'n Vote!

Early vote started. Register and vote the same day. Get proper ID, meet requirements PushYourself! You can go to ANy Poll

Think I'll do it for Martin K our national hero.

Scoop,up every 18'year old,,senior, or other disgruntled resident who is angry and fed up and showwwwww em who is Boss! Kedzie corridor people here is your chance!

This is crunch time. Show the stuff u are made of and stop whining and stand up for your Civil Rights.

Write JASMInE Jackson on the ballot for 28th Ward

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Great idea.

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Recommendations for handyman or contractor in or around the community? No duds please. Thanks.

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Updated Feb 18

Garfield Park Heroin Hut

Seems CPD will take another black eye. A Heroin hut has located itself in Garfield Park and operates uninterrupted for years.

CPD has knowledge of many drug areas that are active and destroy the neighborhood; yet most conduct business as usual every day WITHOUT any fear of being arrested by CPD.

What is the real reason open, flagrant drug dealing goes on in inner city areas??? Why doesn't the Government shut all of this down?

Why doesn't the government promote...

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Seems CPD will take another black eye. A Heroin hut has located itself in Garfield Park and operates uninterrupted for years.

CPD has knowledge of many drug areas that are active and destroy the neighborhood; yet most conduct business as usual every day WITHOUT any fear of being arrested by CPD.

What is the real reason open, flagrant drug dealing goes on in inner city areas??? Why doesn't the Government shut all of this down?

Why doesn't the government promote urban renewal as it has done in many neighborhoods? Safety is a primary requisite for neighborhoods to get better.

Is it the leadership? Some adjacent wards have had good progress these past few years because of good leadership. But not in 28.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/now-khorasan-group-231408644.html

Take a look at CBS news from last night.

  • Leave them alone there just trying to make some money

  • Taj's page Committed to helping others.

    We who are homeowners is trying to do the same thing make money. What happens when their illegal and unwanted so call business causes a problem for homeowners. We can't do that if our "corner" boys who's trying to make money keep people who want a descent place that's safe...

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    We who are homeowners is trying to do the same thing make money. What happens when their illegal and unwanted so call business causes a problem for homeowners. We can't do that if our "corner" boys who's trying to make money keep people who want a descent place that's safe to live.
    I do not oppose of anyone making money it's a tool for survival. But what I do have a problem with is that they think that it's ok to put me and my family in harms way. Via hiding drugs on or around my property, up yelling (ya'ya) ALL night long keeping me from getting my proper rest so that I'm able to function the next day at work or having random shoot out.
    If they are trying to make money do it the American way go to SCHOOL and actually graduate and get a JOB or better yet OWN your own company.
    With the proper tools they can help the community thrive in the right direction and not continue to tear it down.
    Just for the record I fault EVERYONE.
    If they wanted to stop all of the illegal activities in EG they could but they won't meaning the alderman, mayor and cheif of police because they are the GANGBANGERS that wear suits!

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...

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Feb 15

Updated Feb 16

Any leads on a puppy?

I would like to get a male 8 week old Rottweiler puppy. If anyone has any leads on one please contact me.

Feb 04

Updated Feb 16

Good Boys

I would like to commend all the boys on 3800 block of Gladys, for helping neighbors shovel snow and help getting cars out of parking spaces and cars getting stuck while driving down the street. I'm new to the area and have grown to love my block!!

  • Taj's page Committed to helping others.

    Maybe this is something that we can propose to OUR alderman. It looks like he's in office for the next four years anyway. Let's put our requests together to get some much needed help. Let's use the resources that we have or can get to help assist our youth. I've...

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    Maybe this is something that we can propose to OUR alderman. It looks like he's in office for the next four years anyway. Let's put our requests together to get some much needed help. Let's use the resources that we have or can get to help assist our youth. I've ased the corner boys the question "why are you out here"? And the reply is smiple there's nothing else to do!
    When you no better you do better.
    I do know that the alderman have a open door policy every Wednesday I believe at his office. So let's stop talking and let's start fighting!

  • Taj,
    Great idea!!! The boys are out to make a quick buck, maybe the alderman can hire them to clean up the streets. Maybe we all should plan a meet up and march down there with suggestions and ideas. I am gamed!!!

Feb 16

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I take the blue line going to forest park (early morning) I have seen people drink beers, smoke and take drugs I am guessing the cameras are not catching this

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Feb 12

Updated Feb 15

Lets do a DOCUMENTARY on our plight?

We who live in an urban ghetto have a story to tell. Who would be interested in working on a project/

We could do youtube clips and consolidate our stories

This compelling Documentary of a Kennedy hilights the plight of Vietnamese in the last days of Vietnam and those left behind.

http://news.yahoo.com/oscar-nominated-last-days-in-vietnam-021344425.html

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Gloria, can u say si,ply what it is?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Sure.
    Go to youtube.com, On the top-right are two buttons. Click on "sign in", then click on the link "create an account".
    Once you have created an account, click on the second button "upload". Answer the questions, browse for and select your video.

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Feb 06

Updated Feb 14

The 28th ward is what it is. What do we do to move forward?

Part 1-

As we're all well aware of, Alderman Jason Ervin will be our Alderman for the next 4 years so no use crying over spilled milk. For those of you seeking to become the next 28th Ward Alderman, I suggest you start campaigning today. And hire a qualified consultant.

However, this post is about moving forward. What can we do to make 28 a better place to live? It's time to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps because local...

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Part 1-

As we're all well aware of, Alderman Jason Ervin will be our Alderman for the next 4 years so no use crying over spilled milk. For those of you seeking to become the next 28th Ward Alderman, I suggest you start campaigning today. And hire a qualified consultant.

However, this post is about moving forward. What can we do to make 28 a better place to live? It's time to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps because local government will likely be working against us once again. First and foremost, we still need to hold Jason Ervin accountable for the conditions taking place in the 28th ward. We need to attend meetings, share ideas, share city contact information (gpblight does a great job of this), create block clubs, attend caps meetings, take photos of the trash, blight etc..., get the media involved and hold the next Mayor accountable as well. They still have a job to do.

But on a grass roots level, what will we do? What changes would you like to see happen in 28 this spring? Me...I'd like to make use of the band shell in the park. Have local artist events, Art in the Park, spoken word poetry readings, story telling, plays, community gatherings, movies and live Jazz music is my personal favorite. The Band Shell should be the Hub of 28, aside from the conservatory. The Town Hall gathering place.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Ur kidding right?

    There is only one governor for every state.

    Search: 2015, governor, Indiana,email address.

    Send an email to the email address. Include your news lip for your gig. Write a short concise description of the issue.

    Call the governor office and ask to talk to the chief of...

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    Ur kidding right?

    There is only one governor for every state.

    Search: 2015, governor, Indiana,email address.

    Send an email to the email address. Include your news lip for your gig. Write a short concise description of the issue.

    Call the governor office and ask to talk to the chief of staff.

    Explain what you need to happen. Ask for them to get involved.

    Post your experience on your own EB post.

    Things are relatively easy and simple to get done since email,and the Internet. They open doors not otherwise available.

    Th problem is the public does not understand this simple concept and continues to use outdated software and mechanisms that waste valuable time and oftentimes do not work or solve problems

    Why??? Do people do the same wrong moves and then complain when nothing gets done? Beats the heck out of me that is for sure!

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

    I presented the question, "what governor" to be cynical; I'm very familiar with Indiana state government and its conservative ethos.
    ;

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