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What's your view

As I look out my window, I was wondering what do my neighbors see out of their windows. Are there sights that bother you and ones that you love? There is a tree in the next yard that crows live in, I find them fascinating. Next to that is a garage that has never been finished. It is half sided and half roofed, has been that way for years.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The view outside my front window is significant architecturally interesting buildings. 20 years ago it was vacant abandoned buildings. Out my back window is a very large complex of section 8 buildings that are meticulously groomed but have problematic tenants. That has changed to fewer problematic tenants from an alley...

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    The view outside my front window is significant architecturally interesting buildings. 20 years ago it was vacant abandoned buildings. Out my back window is a very large complex of section 8 buildings that are meticulously groomed but have problematic tenants. That has changed to fewer problematic tenants from an alley full of drug dealers . We owe that to Phil Cline and the old Mayor Daley who helped put up a fence along the entire block at the alley because drug dealers would dart in and out of the buildings to avoid police. We owe that to Charles L Williams who was patrol deputy.

    That is the change for us in 20 years. Our block is also 17.8% more populated than 20 years ago due to the Building Department shutting down all the abandoned buildings. That is significantly better than adjacent blocks with negative (-) growth.

    This +17.8% population growth is a testimate that emails to the mayor and commissioner will improve the situation of the neighborhood. They do a better job than our alderman.

  • The view out our window is the construction on the Bloomingdale Trail.
    While I'm sure it will be beautiful to look at once it's done, it's kind of an eye sore right now.

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No Response. Not a single word.

I'm having a difficult problem with the leaders of this effort to win the Presidential Library site not responding to my suggestions that we march to City Hall to have a rally. Get real, quit begging for Mayor's attention.

This opportunity is not going to be given to us, willy nilly, as it is being dangled in front of the Southsider; this is an opportunity we must take by engaging more of an aggressive fight to express our position.

This is my third and last time proposing that we take more of a direct action to make this happen.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Sel, what do you need in terms of support? My issue is I'm torn several different ways, and I really need to streamline my activities.

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

    Will the real leaders of this effort show some signs. I'm willing to support you, as I have with periodic submissions and speaking out on behalf of North Lawndale. My presentation at both of the hearings out south clearly stated my preference and support for North Lawndale. I'm one of...

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    Will the real leaders of this effort show some signs. I'm willing to support you, as I have with periodic submissions and speaking out on behalf of North Lawndale. My presentation at both of the hearings out south clearly stated my preference and support for North Lawndale. I'm one of those characters who initially didn't think Lawndale had a chance at all. So much for my vision and faith in the audacity of hope.

    But for those who have boldly stayed the course and didn't faint are to be celebrated however late the rest of us have surfaced It's marching time, people.

    While I don't officially reside in North Lawndale, I claim my self-declared spiritual residency status and clearly appreciate those who have brought (us) this far. It's marching time, good people.

    I'm confindent Congressman Davis will assist us with transportation for those of us (like me) not able to walk the entire distance to City Hall

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List of Bad Landloards in Northlawndale

I was looking at the post of Emmanual's problem landlords and it appears there are only 4 in the Northlawndale area according to a friend. The article mentions:
Properties at 1301 S. Tripp Ave., 1001 S. Mayfield Ave. and 1624 S. Loomis St. are on the Chicago Building Department's list of "problem landlords." Can anyone expand on how this list is comprised and how we can get more of the obviously negligent property owners in NL on it to clean up their act?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Loomis and Mayfield are not in North Lawndale.

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

    Funny, I got that list from the Tribune listing. From what it looks like most are in the Austin area and only 4 problem landlords are in NL; seems low.

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Mayor Emanuel's Commitment to West Side Presidential Library Rings Hollow

I still don't get the sense that the Mayor is putting equal weight on the West Side bid as he is the South Side bid for the OPL. If the Mayor wanted, he could have publicly announced that he would hold public hearings on the matter of the conveyance of the land to the Obama Foundation in the event the West Side site is the successful bidder. He made a big deal out of announcing over several days that he...

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I still don't get the sense that the Mayor is putting equal weight on the West Side bid as he is the South Side bid for the OPL. If the Mayor wanted, he could have publicly announced that he would hold public hearings on the matter of the conveyance of the land to the Obama Foundation in the event the West Side site is the successful bidder. He made a big deal out of announcing over several days that he would have the Park District to host hearings on the conveyance of Park District land to the City to build the OPL in the event the U of C is the successful bidder. There was a City Council resolution crafted for the conveyance of the Park land that included language to the effect that the City Council supported both of the Chicago bids, but it is clear the resolution was more advantageous for U of C than UIC.

The article from UIC News indicated the Mayor came to the West Side and met with elected officials and community leaders in front of the proposed West Side site for a photo op. There were no quotes from our elected officials or community leaders. This event was clearly driven by the Mayor and not our community.

After the photo op, the Mayor and our community leaders went and made a presentation at Sumner School during school hours. To the best of my knowledge, the general public was not allowed into this tightly controlled setting. At what point will the Mayor and UIC hold a public hearing so the public can weigh in on the West Side proposal as we did for the South Side proposal?

As a result of the give and take and public discourse on the South Side, the City did develop a more reasonable proposal to acquire the park land in the event U of C is the successful bidder. On the UIC side, residents still have a number of questions that have not been answered.

http://news.uic.edu/opl-lawndale-mayor-visit

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Tri-taylor neighborhood west of Western Avenue

Hi all! Just looking to see what peoples experiences have been living west of western (one block). Is it safe to walk in the evening hours? Do you guys feel safe? Or is there a real threat of robbery?
Thanks for your help

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

    The boogey man - and woman- is everywhere, even on the fifth floor of City Hall

  • Joe

    The area is definitely safer than it was a few years ago. I walk my dog all the time and have never had an issue in the 5 years I've been here.

3 days ago

24th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for alderman in the 24th ward in this video from a forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/I362N.

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2 critically wounded, 4 others shot in city attacks

The man was riding in a van on the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue about 3:45 p.m. when someone fired shots from outside, said Sweeney.

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About 9:55 p.m., the 18-year-old was standing on the sidewalk in the 2200 block of West 18th Place when someone walked up to him and fired shots, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

In the Lawless Gardens apartment complex in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, a 26-year-old woman was shot in the head about 7:40 p.m., said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a police spokesman. The woman was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, Sweeney said.

In a separate shooting, a 39-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the 3500 block of West 24th Street, about 12:50 p.m., according to police. The man was in critical condition after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, Sweeney said.

...neighborhood, a 16-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in the 7300 block of South Damen Avenue, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman. New Affairs' information indicated that the boy's...

About 7:30 a.m. on the 1600 block of South Hamlin Avenue, another man was shot, said Sedevic.

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3 men, boy wounded in city shootings

The man was riding in a van on the 3800 block of West Gladys Avenue about 3:45 p.m. when someone fired shots from outside, said Sweeney.

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Chicago Police investigate a shooting at 24th Street and St. Louis Avenue.

...shooting, a 38-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the 2400 block of South St. Louis Avenue about 12:50 p.m., according to police. The man was in critical condition, but...

...neighborhood, a 16-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in the 7300 block of South Damen Avenue, said Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic. New Affairs' information indicated that the boy's...

About 7:30 a.m. on the 1600 block of South Hamlin Avenue, another man was shot, said Sedevic.

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"Bad Landlords"

Some of you may have heard by now that the City is planning on posting a list of "Bad Landlords". Granted there may a few here and there. However, I feel that if the city post a list of "Bad Landlords then there should be a list for "Terrible Tenants" as well!

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

    Nothing kills a lie better than truthful info.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round...

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    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round the world with the click of a mouse in a second. THINK on how fast that is! Things that were a twinkle in someones' eye can be a 3 dimensional item within hours thanks to 3d printing.

    Things are just different, faster, maybe better and maybe worse. It is hard to sort out but one must do the best they can.

    In 50 years China built itself up into a superpower. In the same 50 years the south and west sides of Chicago cratered to unlivable conditions where 1/3 of the population has fled to the suburbs. 1.2 million have left; most in minority neighborhoods because living conditions are the worst.

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