3 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

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.

  • 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.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Out of our dining room window we have a great view of the Sears tower at Homan Square. I'm happy it is being restored.

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Updated 43 hours ago

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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Updated 2 days ago

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.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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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2 days ago

Stacking Snow Removal on Streets

For the second season in a row, we have a complex across the street (100 block of S. Aberdeen) that has a plowing service clear the snow from their parking lot and alley each snowfall. Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that in order to keep their parking lot and alley clear, they plow all the snow directly across the street. Last year, the mound took up six parking spaces, and was so high that it probably didn't...

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For the second season in a row, we have a complex across the street (100 block of S. Aberdeen) that has a plowing service clear the snow from their parking lot and alley each snowfall. Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that in order to keep their parking lot and alley clear, they plow all the snow directly across the street. Last year, the mound took up six parking spaces, and was so high that it probably didn't melt until late April. This year, they are back at it, and since the snow storms after Christmas, the stacked snow had been taking up about 4 parking spaces.
Additionally, although it's less high than last year, the mound completely blocks drivers' views when pulling out of our alley.

My first intuition had been to call the alderman's office, but given their lack of response on other issues I've brought up, I don't feel they'll react or follow up. Is calling 311 the way to go? There's a bit of an investigation to do here as there are numerous townhome and duplex units off of that alley, and I'm not sure which complex is the culprit. Maybe they all share the same plowing service. It's not as easy as reaching out to one HOA and asking them to have their snow removed or stacked on their property.

I've noticed this happening more and more around the West Loop since I'm sensitive to it.

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Jan 21

Updated 4 days ago

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.

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Jan 15

Updated Jan 22

"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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Jan 19

Updated Jan 20

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 -

Hi...thought I would try this. Dropped my cell phone and trying to find replacement. Anyone have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 hanging around? WIll pay! Thanks!

  • atennislover: I do not have a phone for you but was interested in any responses. I have been looking for an iPhone 5s for my son that does not cost an arm and a leg, is not stolen, and will work. I thought to offer $50 more than what Gazelle would pay for it. So I hope that you get some good responses and that this becomes a good resource for such needs.

    Thank you.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Gini - check the facebook virtual garage sale groups

Jan 20

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 19

Jason Ervin continues to get caught up in questionable activities

A Multimillion Dollar gets a $2000 per month rent agreement for a $2k donation . No wonder these neighborhoods do not improve
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/301614/watchdogs-movie-studio-boss-pays-20k-debt-city-hall-sun-times-inquiries

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Ervin does not campaign, would be interesting to see if he gets investigated for campaign funds that he
    doesnt spend. He simply challenges everyone who wants to run

Jan 18

Updated Jan 19

Car share - thoughts?

HI...just wondering if people can share their experiences (good and bad) with car sharing programs (igo, zipcar)? Are cars available when you need/want them - especially last minute?

  • i've always had a great experience with zipcar. If you take the car out of town just make sure you know how many miles you're allowed before they start charging extra.

  • Joshua Iz It iz what it iz.

    Zipcar is great and there are lots of locations. If it's last minute on the weekend you might have to go a few blocks farther but there are always cars available.

  • Em Ro evening is the whole day

    Zipcar is great unless what you're doing something has a time variable. I use zip car every few months to take my pets to the vet. Even though I plan and book it for extra time, if the vet runs late, checkout is slow, or traffic is bad, you're left stressing and speeding back, knowing you'll be out $50 or whatever the late fee is. I've never been late, but there have been times where I've pulled in with 1 minute to spare...and I was sweating bullets!

Jan 19

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Updated Jan 18

Maybe next election!

I have read a look of post in regards to replacing Alderman Ervin in this up coming election. From what I've read It seems like we'll be stuck with Erivn for another four years.
Going forward I think the plan now should be selecting a qualified candidate and we all rally behind that one person. Get that person out there so that he/she can gain some notoriety.
Also, After reading a lot of the posts it seems like there maybe serval candidate among the group?

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I absolutely agree. I'd like to see Amara Enyia run for Alderwoman. The only other alternative is to prepare to get the public media involved to put a spotlight on our living conditions. Such as the time when the 2 ladies contacted the local news to expose the heroine smoke...

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    I absolutely agree. I'd like to see Amara Enyia run for Alderwoman. The only other alternative is to prepare to get the public media involved to put a spotlight on our living conditions. Such as the time when the 2 ladies contacted the local news to expose the heroine smoke den located in the middle of Garfield Park.

    We need to prepare to reach out to local media outlets, journalist and the national media outlets as well. We need to put Ward 28 under the spotlight for the next 4 years.

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