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    SELFCERT: INT. ALT. FOR TENANT BUILDOUT FOR NEW RESTAURANT "I LOVE SUSHI" IN EXISTING COMMERCIAL SPACE (763.8 SQ. FT.) 869 NORTH LARRABEE STREET

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Essa Dora on Wells in Old Town

This salon just opened in Old Town. I've followed my stylist here because I've been with her for five years and can't imagine having anyone else cut my hair!! When I moved I needed someone new to do my color and they have a wonderful colorist.... I wish I'd met him years ago!!!

I was so happy with my experience at Essa Dora I've booked all of my appointments with them for the next year.

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lost dog old town

Staff found a lost dog at twin anchors.need a foster for the night.we called animal control,but prefer he not go there.a little older. Seems sad.

  • So happy to say, we have reunited the dog with its owner...he got out of the yard

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RCN v Comcast

Empty nesters for over a year...guess the kids are really "off the books" so we are moving from the suburbs to Old Town! My wife and I both work from home, so dependable internet is important as is a good HD cable TV service.

Comments/Recommendations?

Thanks!
Dennis

  • d3 NOH

    You can do that on RCN if you have their Tivo t6 / q and buy the Tivo Stream to add on. That's $129 https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCDA94000-Stream/dp/B008RWHC0E/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=x00a-20 -- then you can stream to ios/android/etc.

    My second Tivo is actually their Tivo Mini, which is what RCN gives you as the second for...

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    You can do that on RCN if you have their Tivo t6 / q and buy the Tivo Stream to add on. That's $129 https://www.amazon.com/TiVo-TCDA94000-Stream/dp/B008RWHC0E/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=x00a-20 -- then you can stream to ios/android/etc.

    My second Tivo is actually their Tivo Mini, which is what RCN gives you as the second for second/etc. TVs. They use an ethernet cable to connect to your main Tivo. It will also use MoCa which is basically putting your ethernet network over the RCN cable lines, so you could then use either an RCN coax cable (which, is only being used for ethernet/moca), or an actual ethernet cable. Those are the supported modes. However, people have been able to successfully use a wireless bridge w/ it and it's not necessarily a supported configuration, but apparnetly works well enough to satisfy. You can get a wireless router that supports bridge mode to connect to your main router, or the more common solution would be an actual wireless to wire LAN bridge. probably $30-50 for the cheapest options. You could also use an ethernet over powerline adapter which puts your local ethernet network over your houses' AC power. I've used one in an apartment in the past and it worked OK, probably would be OK for this purpose.

    Comcasts' competitor is the X2 but they only sell you that if you bundle all 3 services cable TV+phone+internet, and I think also it doesn't allow "live" streaming it's a pre-recorded item from DVR -- I don't know how it handles shows that are actively recording, though.

    With or without the DVR streaming option, you could also use the standard TV Everywhere apps w/ either Comcast or RCN... These would be available from the individual cable channel operator. For example, download the CNN Go app and sign in using your RCN or Comcast credentials, and you have live streaming CNN on your ipad or whatever else.

  • Dennis Hauser Newly Urban

    Done! I called RCN to get some more information and the call went so well I signed up.

    Extra "Thanks Button Push" to d3 for all the techno-stuff...very helpful. I work from home and my company provides a SIP phone which I plug into an Ethernet port on an Arris...

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    Done! I called RCN to get some more information and the call went so well I signed up.

    Extra "Thanks Button Push" to d3 for all the techno-stuff...very helpful. I work from home and my company provides a SIP phone which I plug into an Ethernet port on an Arris wireless repeater. The 110Mbps is attractive...with my current 30 Mbps I can get clipping when my wife is watching TV while on the treadmill :)

    Fair Warning: We will be haunting drinking holes in Old Town in just a few weeks!

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What's the building west of City Farm on Division?

Does anyone know what the new building is that is almost completed at about 450 West Division? This is the building just west of the City Farm.

It’s all windows on the east side suggesting residential; it’s all cinder block on the west side suggesting prison. There are three very large garage doors. But the real oddity are the huge balconies that are on the north end facing into nearby buildings – as opposed to being on the south end looking out onto downtown.

If it is really residential let’s hope the buyers are told that the City Farm announced years ago that their end was near for that specific spot because developers were making building plans.

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    The building in reference is a 8 Unit Multi-Family residence with 8 garage spots for parking. The most likely reason behind the near blank CMU wall on the west side is because the architect or developer are assuming a building will be built beside it in the near future. The...

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    The building in reference is a 8 Unit Multi-Family residence with 8 garage spots for parking. The most likely reason behind the near blank CMU wall on the west side is because the architect or developer are assuming a building will be built beside it in the near future. The east side has a street adjacent to it, which will at least provide views to the street even after the proposed building at city farm is constructed; the higher units still may have a view of the skyline after city farm is replaced.

  • Randi Doeker Environmental activist

    Thanks. It is still a mystery why the balconies went on the end that absolutely do look into buildings while the north end looks out onto a wide street.

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Kids throwing Eggs from Building

Two kids have been throwing eggs on to cabs from the roof of 161 W. Schiller on weekends. The building was owned by a formerly convicted felon until it was foreclosed on last month. I think there may be squatters in the building - a lot of unsavory characters.

  • Kim 25 year Northside resident. Area volunteer.

    Please call the police.

  • SNLombardi 25 Year resident Old Town

    We did, so did one of the cab drivers - no one came. The manager of the restaurant next door was going to speak to 2 officers that were there dining - don't know if anything happened. Be careful driving on Schiller between LaSalle and Wells.

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Bars?

No, not the places to find a good vodka martooni...the window kind :) We are moving to Old Town in a few weeks and some of the windows on our building have exterior bars and some don't.

What is the current best practice? It seems that bars are a liability if there is a fire, but would make it harder for someone to break in and swipe a couch.

  • I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "best practice," but in my experience living near Evergreen Terrace apartments, my landlord has bars around the windows of the bottom floor apartment, but not the upper level apartments, for obvious access reasons.

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Boom

Anybody else hear that loud boom around 4am this morning (10/11)? It didn't sound like gunfire or fireworks, just one loud bang. Hard to tell where it came from (maybe south, near Division & Wells?), and no sirens followed.

  • Stanky A Live in the area

    No news story about the fire cracker

  • DAS

    From CPD zone 4 radio
    Most of the patrols in the 18th heard the noise.
    They had calls in from Armitage down to Ontario
    They were looking for a blown transformer or a gas explosion. Some units did bring up the fireworks problem in the area but thought this one was too loud. Maybe they have some new firepower.

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Mercy Housing Opens Wheel Chair Accessible Units List

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Greyhound engine noise

Does anybody hear the engine noise from their facility at night? It's becoming quite loud

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