4 days ago

Joe Fooks posted 2 photos to Flickr:

5 days ago

Joe Fooks posted 3 photos to Flickr:

Mar 21

People of Forrestville...Let's join together !

If you reside on Forrestville Ave ( in Bronzeville ) , I invite you to join us. We want clean, safe streets with "curb appeal ". We communicate virtually, so...you don't have to go to meetings. We can collaborate and improve our area.

Mar 14

Updated Mar 19

What's wrong with a bicycle tax?

With the amount of money spent to make Chicago "cyclist friendly," what's wrong with charging a bicycle tax? Those who drive pay annually for city stickers. Why shouldn't cyclists have to do the same?

  • Happy making better choices

    I am actually part tree hugger so although I really don't like bikers in the street, I appreciate that mode of transportation and own a bike myself. My old bike had turn signals and everything. I was comfy on the sidewalk and followed the rules. I called out as I...

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    I am actually part tree hugger so although I really don't like bikers in the street, I appreciate that mode of transportation and own a bike myself. My old bike had turn signals and everything. I was comfy on the sidewalk and followed the rules. I called out as I was set to pass ppl and was kind to walkers. This is not the average biker of today so putting them in the street irritates me. Between watching for rude bikers and folks slamming on their brakes at red lightcamera intersections, my peaceful driving experience can be tense some days. When I do ride, I drive over to the lake path then unload my bike to cruise around there. No venom

  • Happy,
    I'm sorry for your anecdotal experience. I'm sure you know that the majority of bikers are probably courteous like you. There may be a contingent of morons who are not but I would like to think this isn't the majority. Motor vehicles and bikes share the same roadways in many of the world's major cities. I'm sure that can also be the case here. Education and accountability are key 😌

Mar 13

New to the neighborhood

I would like to know if there is a block club between 7500 & 7600 S. Chappell?

Feb 26

Feb 23

Winners and losers in Mayor Rahm's TIF game

This article was written in the Reader on 11/22/2013

It's sad to say, but many of Mayor Rahm's most loyal aldermanic supporters come from wards that get the least in the great TIF scam.
Some reformers I know are a little down in the dumps after Mayor Emanuel trounced them in last week's TIF showdown.
That is, when they tried to get the City Council to force the mayor to spend some of the millions he's got stashed in his...

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This article was written in the Reader on 11/22/2013

It's sad to say, but many of Mayor Rahm's most loyal aldermanic supporters come from wards that get the least in the great TIF scam.
Some reformers I know are a little down in the dumps after Mayor Emanuel trounced them in last week's TIF showdown.
That is, when they tried to get the City Council to force the mayor to spend some of the millions he's got stashed in his TIF slush funds on our dirt-broke public schools, most of the aldermen buckled under pressure from the boss.
Still, I don't see last Wednesday's vote as a total loss. Think of it this way—Aldermen Scott Waguespack, Robert Fioretti, Rick Munoz, Toni Foulkes, and their progressive colleagues smoked out the mayor's loyalists, forcing them to concede that they'd rather let Emanuel squander millions than adequately fund the public schools.

So at least we know where everyone stands—the boss is first, the kids come last.

He not only strong-armed the aldermen into abandoning whatever principles they might have, but also commanded them to read from the talking points his aides conveniently distributed. Other aldermen defended the TIF program. I can understand why Alderman Burnett's so effusive about tax increment financing. One of the program's central flaws is that it favors gentrifying wards, like his, over poor ones.
Thus, the program that's intended to help the poorest of the poor neighborhoods largely benefits richer ones, like the near-west- and near-north-side communities Alderman Burnett represents. Through 2010, the city spent about $197 million in TIF dollars on various projects in the 27th Ward.

In contrast, the city spent about $7.9 million in Alderman Anthony Beale's far poorer south-side 9th Ward.

Those who got, get more. And those who don't got, get the shaft.
It's pretty sad that the mayor's most dependable TIF supporters represent the wards that fare the worst in this ongoing scam.

Feb 23

Addresses of Polling Places for the Fifth Ward

Ward Precinct Address Where to Vote

5 1 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 2 Revere School 1010 E 72 St
5 6 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72
5 10 Parkside School 6938 S East End Av
5 12 St Paul Evangelical Luth Church 7621 S Dorchester Av
5 13 Woodland Cmty School 6657 S Kimbark Av
5 14 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72 St
5 16 Wadsworth Stem School 6650 S Ellis Av
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Ward Precinct Address Where to Vote

5 1 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 2 Revere School 1010 E 72 St
5 6 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72
5 10 Parkside School 6938 S East End Av
5 12 St Paul Evangelical Luth Church 7621 S Dorchester Av
5 13 Woodland Cmty School 6657 S Kimbark Av
5 14 St Philip Neri School 2110 E 72 St
5 16 Wadsworth Stem School 6650 S Ellis Av
5 17 The Parkways 6720 S East End Av
5 25 The Parkways 6720 S East End Av
5 26 Shorewind Towers 2373 E 70 St
5 28 ABJ Community Svcs 1818 E 71 St
5 29 Senior Suites Of South Shore 2355 E 67 St
5 30 South Shore Fine Arts Acdy 1415 E 70 St
5 31 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 32 Senior Suites Of South Shore 2355 east 67
5 33 Park Shore East Assoc 6250 S Harper Av
5 36 Cyril Apts 7150 S Cyril Av
5 38 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av
5 40 OKeefe School 6940 S Merrill Av

Feb 16

Updated Feb 16

Good morning EB neighbors

Lazy Monday is here & I am truly feeling lazy today, everyone bundle up, be 😀 & safe

  • Dr. Magic Stuck In South Shore Since 2011

    Ugh...Mondays. cold like a mofo and no football.
    😘 to you!

Feb 04

find myself a city (1001 Afternoons in Chicago) posted 2 photos to Flickr:

Feb 01

Jan 30

5th Ward Aldermanic Candidates' Forum, Saturday 10:30 am

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is holding a forum at
10:30 A.M. AT HYDE PARK ACADEMY AT 6220 S. STONY ISLAND AVE.
The candidates for 5th Ward alderman will be incumbent Leslie Hairston, Tiffany Brooks, Jedidiah Brown, Robin Boyd Clark, Jocelyn Hare, and Anne Marie Miles.

Jan 27

Let's talk about issues that matter to you

On CAN TV's Political Forum you're the co-host! Call in with your questions for Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) LIVE Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm on CAN TV21 and http://www.cantv.org/hotline.

You can also ask a question as by commenting on this post, but calling in is your best bet to be heard!

See more Political Forum at http://cantv.org/watch-now/category/political-forum/.

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