32 hours ago

Updated 1 min ago

Alderman Defends Choice of Ex-Offender to Lead Political Group

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/us/alderman-defends-choice-of-ex-offender-to-lead-political-group.html

When Alderman Joe Moreno feuded recently with the Democratic committeeman in his First Ward constituency, he decided to form what he called an “independent Democratic political organization.”
To lead the reform-themed group, called 1st Ward First, Mr. Moreno tapped someone from a category of Chicagoans who he says need support: ex-offenders.

That someone, Juan Elias, pleaded guilty to the state charge of mutilation of election materials in 1997, after a failed run for Democratic committeeman of the 26th Ward. In 1986, he was convicted on a drug charge after the police caught him with more than three pounds of marijuana.

21 hours ago

Updated 23 min ago

What the *!!##?? is happening?

Anyone hear about a woman raped by SAcramento and Schubert ? i just heard she was hit on the head with a gun and assaulted at 1pm???

  • Mj

    I know these people are homeless and do need support but don't be naive. I walk by there often and see them smoking weed in the alley, urinating and getting into arguments and fist fights. I can't blame Kalas for thinking they could be involved in some of this activity.

  • Well said, what I know is this... It's not a coincidence this stuff is happening . Timing coincides with the churches program. It's been a year now and it's getting worse. Word on the street can't be beat. They spread the word and see how quiet of an area we...

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    Well said, what I know is this... It's not a coincidence this stuff is happening . Timing coincides with the churches program. It's been a year now and it's getting worse. Word on the street can't be beat. They spread the word and see how quiet of an area we live in. Not saying all are involved, but a few for sure! The mail lady will tell you that she's never felt unsafe as she does now. She has her husband watch her deliver mail on the blocks , especially on Tue, Wed, and Thursday. Always speak with your mail carrier, they see many things we don't. I have witnessed some nasty and gangsta episodes by a few of these strangers. Yes, let's not be naive.

20 hours ago

Updated 35 min ago

Sidewalk Repair

When asked if I "needed anything" by one of Ald. Mell's campaign workers a couple of weeks ago, I showed him the crumbling sidewalk on George between Kedzie and Troy. He said he'd get right on it. I called Mell's office today and was told by Gina they have no record of a request from anyone. She said they'll need to contact the owner of the apt. building facing the sidewalk to pay 50% of the cost of repair, per...

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When asked if I "needed anything" by one of Ald. Mell's campaign workers a couple of weeks ago, I showed him the crumbling sidewalk on George between Kedzie and Troy. He said he'd get right on it. I called Mell's office today and was told by Gina they have no record of a request from anyone. She said they'll need to contact the owner of the apt. building facing the sidewalk to pay 50% of the cost of repair, per some 50/50 city program. I hadn't heard of that program until today. It's strange to require a property owner to pay above and beyond property taxes, etc. to repair city property. I know the owner, and there's no way he'll be able to afford to pay that, nor should he have to. Notwithstanding the principle of maintaining city property, a PI/negligence lawsuit may cost the city @ $25k to settle vs. repairing the sidewalk at < $5k. That makes no sense. What are my neighbors' thoughts?

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Jan 20

Updated 1 hour ago

Logan Pets out of business

I just received this email today about Logan Pets going out of business. I am so upset and disappointed. The owners are wonderful people and this was a rare location where my 13 year old dog loved to be groomed.

  • Pet A Cure on Diversey is also great. Lots of great large breed and breed specific grooming experience and have been in the neighborhood since 2004. http://www.petacurechicago.com/

  • Lynn F. Live and work in Avondale

    My dog's vet, Your Pet's Wellness, just posted on Facebook that they will be taking over the space, offering grooming, boarding, and vet services. They are really fantastic. I'm excited they're going to be so close and expanding their services! Www.Yourpetswellness.net

20 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Internet Service Providers Logan Square

What service provider do you recommend in Logan Square? I know some are not available at my specific address like RCN. All I want is a basic internet connection. Preferrably less than 50 dollars a month. Thanks!

  • Avoid Comcast like the plague. It is death by a thousand paper cuts. I miss my old RCN cable back when I lived in Lakeview. Reliable. Affordable.

    Comcast has been a nightmare since August when they first bungled my order. They couldn't activate the line, and then they tried to...

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    Avoid Comcast like the plague. It is death by a thousand paper cuts. I miss my old RCN cable back when I lived in Lakeview. Reliable. Affordable.

    Comcast has been a nightmare since August when they first bungled my order. They couldn't activate the line, and then they tried to charge me $100 to have a tech come do it (which is basically screwing in a coax cable). They overcharged me for the first two months and had no record of the deal I had signed up for, so I had to call to get them to update my account.

    I've purchased two modem/routers trying to get better connectivity, both approved models, to "save" $8 a month and they can't get either one to work with any degree of reliability.

    I have called them, and I'm not exaggerating, over two dozen times about lost signals, intermittent service and dropped connections. Speeds fluctuate frequently. Within the same five minute period I will run a speed test and the results will range from 1MB/s to 30MB/s. We had two techs out this week and both admitted that the customer service people lie on the phone to customers and don't really know what they're doing. This was obvious to me when I was told by one rep that the reason my devices wouldn't stay connected to my wifi was because I needed to set my firewall to high. Even I know that a firewall has nothing to do with maintaining a wifi connection.

    My wife works from home and can't stay connected more than 90 seconds without having to log back on to the network. It is maddening. If we had ANY other real choice, we would take it, but AT&T can only deliver a max speed of 6MB/s. So we are gutting it out with Comcrap until RCN moves west of the interstate. Choose this provider at your own risk. Worst experience I have ever had with any company ever and it continues now (my iPhone just lost signal again and speed has been very slow this morning).

  • Wow, Terry, sorry to hear about your Comcast nightmare. They often drive me crazy too, but I work from home and while we have periodic outages, I am normally connected for weeks at a time with no issues. And we stream from Apple TV all the time. Where do you...

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    Wow, Terry, sorry to hear about your Comcast nightmare. They often drive me crazy too, but I work from home and while we have periodic outages, I am normally connected for weeks at a time with no issues. And we stream from Apple TV all the time. Where do you live? I'm near Kedzie & Armitage. One small suggestion is to get a tech out there, and when you phone to ask for assistance, escalate it to Tier 2 and tell them you want a Comcast employee, not a sub-contractor. I find they have better training. I just checked I'm getting 60 Mbps download speeds right now (I'm wired). No idea if the "approved" modem is causing it. It *might* be worth $8 to try theirs for a month and see.

    Can't answer the original poster's question as we have everything bundled with every channel on the planet and it's horribly expensive. I'm about ready to make my annual "what can you do for me?" call!

3 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Great daycare

Hello everyone, I would like to know if you would be able to spread the word around that this great daycare just opened called The Nurture Nook and we are looking for families who are instrested in having their child in daycare..we range from ages 6 weeks to three years old. We are looking to fill up our older classroom ages 15 months to 3 years old. So if you know anybody who is instrested... They can come over for a tour.. The address is 2151 W Armitage. Thanks

  • Concerned Guardian Albany Park resident for almost 2 years now.

    That's great Tammie and congratulations on your achievement. It's always good to see my people doing something positive. Oh and I love your caption under your photo about just wanting a safe place to live. You are on the right track. Now as for the daycare, I would post hours...

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    That's great Tammie and congratulations on your achievement. It's always good to see my people doing something positive. Oh and I love your caption under your photo about just wanting a safe place to live. You are on the right track. Now as for the daycare, I would post hours and possibly pay range on here. Have you created flyers with pull tabs as well? If you're new to the area I would be more than happy to provide you with places to post up the flyers. Good luck sis :-)

  • Tammie Luvjasminehunt Harris I just want me and my child to live safe

    Hello concerned guardian,
    Everything is on the website.. thenurturenook.com

15 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Comcast Internet out?

I think ours is out, but wanted to check if others are having issues. We are near Belmont and kimball. Thanks!!

22 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Ald Joe Moreno, crook or dummy?

sound off here and be sure to vote Joe out on Feb 24

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Nothing like going to the debate and having one of the alderman's thugs come up to you, shake you hand and then he tells you "THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS" just because you are wearing a sticker for one of the challengers. I don't take kindly to threats.

  • Moreno lost my vote forever when he spoke out against the teachers strike. He seems like a shady guy all around. I do like his ideas for a dedicated bike lane on Milwaukee, but that's not enough to sway me, not to shake the feeling that he's smarmy. I hope both of them are forced into a runoff and lose.

3 hours ago

4 hours ago

Sinking Ink At Revolution Tattoo And Art Gallery

One of my favorite artists I see in Chicago, however, is Nole Schuyler at Revolution Tattoo & Art Gallery (2221 N Western Ave.). See? I told you it was not the brewery.

...other tattoo shops by also curating regular art shows with its neighbors at Sideshow Gallery (2219 N Western Ave.), located right next door. Sideshow Gallery sells curiosities and occult items, and hosts other events...

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...Sponsoring the event with beverages will be, and now here’s the kicker: Revolution Brewing (2323 N Milwaukee...

8 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

TWIN TOWERS property owner still John Burns / MaxMil LLC

Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000...

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Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000

May 28, 2014
Patricia Scudiero
Zoning Administrator
City of Chicago
City Hall - Room 905
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Re: 2255-93 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 2208-26 N. Washtenaw Ave. / 2715-35 W. Belden St.

Dear Zoning Administrator Scudiero:

MaxMil, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company, is the owner ("Owner") of the above referenced property (the "Property"). Owner has authorized 2293 North Milwaukee LLC, an Illinois limited liability company ("Applicant") to file a Planned Development Application for development of the Property and to take any necessary actions in connections with said application.

Sincerely,
John R. Burns
Member
CC: Rolando Acosta
John Stocker

15 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Keys found!

Keys found outside an apartment building near the intersection of Wrightwood and Spaulding. There are roughly a dozen keys connected by a D ring keychain. If you think these are your keys, please comment back!

47 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Opthalmologist Recommendations

New Chicago resident looking for Opthalmologist recommendations. Who do you love? 👓Thanks in advance.

44 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

THE PAC ATTACK

I have heard aldermanic candidates bashed in this forum for accepting PAC monies. Here's the truth, candidates scrape together money to run their campaign, especially when they are not an incumbent. Many times, PACs will go to the website, click the link and donate. Boom-a Pac has supported a candidate. Is this wag the dog behavior? Does this mean that that candidate is tethered to the PAC and will do their bidding if elected? Of course not! Anyone can donate...

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I have heard aldermanic candidates bashed in this forum for accepting PAC monies. Here's the truth, candidates scrape together money to run their campaign, especially when they are not an incumbent. Many times, PACs will go to the website, click the link and donate. Boom-a Pac has supported a candidate. Is this wag the dog behavior? Does this mean that that candidate is tethered to the PAC and will do their bidding if elected? Of course not! Anyone can donate to a fund. Let's look at the alternative-a new candidate has received a PAC contribution. This PAC is controversial. Should they spend time, energy and resources processing refunds of much needing funding to run the campaign?,... or just hope that common sense will prevail when people are perusing through the campaign contributors. UMMMM-common sense maybe? And seriously if this is the only negative thing you hear about a candidate it's probably because there is nothing else bad to say about them.

When a liquor establishment contributes to a fund does it mean the candidates an alcoholic? This is tantamount to assuming that a candidate who takes money from Walgreens is seeking prescription drugs illegally. Crazy right?!

I encourage you skeptics to go to the state board of elections candidate contributions. Look at who is accepting money from whom, and then imagine you are a conspiracy theorist and want to write bad things about the candidate based on contributors. Voila! You have lots of ammo. You could fabricate stories like crazy because, chances are, there are contributors that are not perfect,... or that have enemies, ...or that do not conform to certain ideals Don't let these forums and this bashing dictate your vote. Educate yourself and make your own decisions!! ...and if you read this-thanks for the few minutes of your time have a great day!

  • Emily, wow, I wish what you say could be so, but the sad state of reality in IL is that the incumbents protect their status completely and absolutely. The whole system is designed to keep them in power and create very high barriers for challengers.

    This is where there are no differences between Democrats or Republicans - they all want to keep themselves in office and have a never-ending list why we should ever have Campaign Limits.

  • You can take the high road or the low road where PAC donations are concerned ... problem is many incumbents have lost their way just following the Mayor's road, some of them for decades.

18 hours ago

20 hours ago

Evening/Date Night Babysitter Available!

Hi Everyone, I've posted before but just wanted to say I would still love to help you out with your kids! I'm an experienced babysitter that is Red Cross Babysitting certified. I've babysat for over 8 years and have watched infants as well as kids 2-15. I love kids and would love to help if anyone needs any babysitting. Thanks!

38 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Gas or Sewer smell?

There has been construction going on around Kimball and Palmer for the past week and a half. Today we noticed a strong sent of what could be gas in our apartment. The upstairs neighbors have the smell as well. It seems to be coming from the drain in the basement. Our landlord received a message from Peoples stating that other people around the area have had similar complaints and that the smell is not gas but a combination of paint thinner and ammonia in the sewers. The fire department also came out and checked out the situation and said the same thing. Has anyone else had any issues with this smell?

  • Yes...dry water traps..pour water down it..worked for me...on;y I used buckets...

  • i had this same problem a few days ago and a few buckets of water with some concentrated odor eliminator worked for me. another trick i learned from a friend is to put boric acid around the drains to stave off oriental roaches (waterbugs).

Oct 28

Updated 23 hours ago

Elise Doody Jones for 32nd Ward

According to @Aldertrack, Elise Doody Jones is running against Scott Waguespack

https://twitter.com/Aldertrack

  • Nobody cares anymore- the word is out all across the 32nd ward that she is a Moreno operative funded by Rahm.

  • Please vote everybody. I think Scott has done a great job and deserves your vote.

25 hours ago

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Jan 20

Updated 25 hours ago

Need Recommendations

Hi there...I need a couple of recommendations: a plumber and an auto mechanic. I have a leak in my bathroom, so not a big job, but local is best. I am also looking for a mechanic to let me know how much longer I can keep my 14-year old beast running or if it is time to let her go because keeping her running would be too expensive. Any suggestions?

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Looking for a cat sitter

Need a cat sitter to come a few times this weekend. I know there's Rover and Dog Vacay but I am too lazy to look through all of that! Would like someone experienced as she has a special diet and an Elizabethan collar on right now for her allergies ( so would have to have some experience putting that on a cat ) Otherwise she'll just purr and meow and ask for pets. Let me know how often you can come and your rates. We frequently go out of town so this could definitely be a long term thing! Our intersection is North and Albany. Thanks!

32 hours ago

32 hours ago

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35 hours ago

Chicago Recycling now accepts Shelf-Stable and Refrigerated cartons

According to the website recyclecartons.com, I believe Chicago is now accepting shelf-stable and refrigerated cartons in the blue bins (i.e. broth cartons, juice cartons). Here is the link:
http://www.recyclecartons.com/center-info/?center=677&city=&county=COOK

Jan 15

Updated 35 hours ago

missing dog

my dog got scared and left my friends yard in the 2500 block of north Lawndale. He is 9 lbs, brown (looks like an ewok), super friendly, answers to George and missed by his family terribly. please reposnd to the post if you see him.

38 hours ago

42 hours ago

This GEEKend: Uchi-Con, Berlin, and Super Bowl alternatives

...Did you catch The Simpsons reference, btw? (Sunday, February 1st, 2015. Noon-2AM. Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton. FREE + drinks. Official Site * Facebook...

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...Kirk, you can dance your face off. (Friday, January 30th, 2015. 10PM-4AM. Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. Geeks Out * Sugar Gamers * OutLoud Chicago...

...t be shocked. :) (Saturday, January 31st, 2015. 10AM-6PM. Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St. FREE! Official Site * Facebook...

...brand new to Westeros! (Saturday, January 31st, 2015. 7:30 PM. Burke's Public House, 5401 N. Broadway. FREE. Meetup...

...such will be there, too. ;) (Sunday, February 1st, 2015. 5:30 PM. Headquarters River North, 213 W. Institute. $20, buy tickets HERE. Official Site * Facebook...

6 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

New Veterinary Clinic in Logan Square!

Boulevard Veterinary on Armitage and California recently opened their doors and are accepting new patients!
All new clients receive $25 off their first visit!

2740 W. Armitage Ave.
773-360-1731
www.blvd.vet
Facebook: Boulevard Veterinary
Instagram: @blvd.vet

  • Lauren 5 year Humboldt Park resident

    Just to update you all, we've changed our Thursday hours to 11am-8pm for those of you that require later appointments!

  • I checked out the facilities over the weekend with my cat Dino (who gave everything a good sniff and a rub)...everything seems nice and state of the art and the vet who is running it (who worked in pet ER before) was very friendly. The price point seems the same as most, but it is so close to my house it will be my go-to for sure.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Elise Doody Jones

My son played hockey with her son and I have gotten to know her through community events. For those who don't know her a good video about who she is.. I recommend getting her know her personally-she'll be knocking on doors meeting neighbors between now and election time.... and get out and vote!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_KkEaowgWA

46 hours ago

Community Alert

Community Alert
Wanted for Robbery - 25th District (Grand and Central)

See posting below

2 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Interested in nanny share for 9 month old

Anyone have any advice or leads?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    This is a great place to start: http://www.npnparents.org/

  • aya

    The Logan Square Parents Unite group on Facebook may also be a good resource. You'll have to message of of the group admins to gain access:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/160953597431719/

    My family is currently in a nanny share, and found our share family on Craigslist (of all places!), because at the time I was looking, npnparents.org was mostly populated with families looking for nanny shares east of the expressway.

    Anyway, I hope you're able to find a family with similar requirements!

  • A MWL

    Yes! We are looking for a nanny share for our almost 2 year old. We have a nanny already who we love with 10+ years of experience. Please let me know if you are interested. I am also on the facebook page that Aya listed asking for nanny share :)

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Recommendations for Sturctural Beam Repair/Replacement

I've got a bad main structural beam in my basement. It needs to be replaced. Has anyone had this done? Can you recommend a company? I'd also appreciate a ballpark of how much it cost if you don't mind sharing. I know it isn't going to be cheap. Thanks.

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2 days ago

Seeking CPS school applicants for The One Fund Grant

I encourage teachers at any of our neighborhood CPS schools (with 80% poverty or higher) to consider applying for your PreK-3 students to receive The One Fund grant!

http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/supportus_onefund.php

Student recipients at the winning schools each receive a free Emerald City theatre performance (either at your school or as a field trip to the theatre) and a free book (valued at $3,000 - $5,000 for each school).

Last year, McAuliffe was one of the winning schools!

Let's keep Logan Square...

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I encourage teachers at any of our neighborhood CPS schools (with 80% poverty or higher) to consider applying for your PreK-3 students to receive The One Fund grant!

http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/supportus_onefund.php

Student recipients at the winning schools each receive a free Emerald City theatre performance (either at your school or as a field trip to the theatre) and a free book (valued at $3,000 - $5,000 for each school).

Last year, McAuliffe was one of the winning schools!

Let's keep Logan Square and Avondale represented again this year!

Eligibility:

Must be a school within the Chicago Public School system.

Only for Grades Pre-K thru 3rd grade.

School must be listed on CPS website, School Profile page, as having 80% or higher low-income student population.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 5PM on February 23, 2015

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They accept multiple applications per school, so parents of children at all of our qualifying schools should help point your PreK-3 teachers toward this opportunity!

Let's help bring additional literacy and arts opportunities to our most deserving neighborhood children!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

New Store at old Bucktown Beanery

Anyone know what, if anything, is going in at that location at Damen/Webster? Looks likes work is going on.

  • AMG

    I believe it's the new Red Eye space. When I was in for my appt in December, my doc mentioned they were moving there.

  • Tankboy It wasn't me.

    Yup, Red Eye, the optical peeps. No pins intended.

  • Joselito I write things and people pay me for it.

    Much as I was bummed that the Beanery closed awhile back, I can't really complain that my eye doctor's a bit closer :)

2 days ago

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    "The national organization is endorsing and supporting Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Coalition aldermen..." including Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) and six others.

  • We need at least 20-25 more alderman like these seven! Let's do it Chicago!

Jan 19

Updated 2 days ago

Snowblower repair

Anyone have a recommendation for a nearby snowblower (small engine ) repair shop ?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Former Logan Pet customers and employees.

We were very sorry to hear about the sudden closing of Logan Pet. Nobody wants to see a well liked neighborhood business fail and displace their patrons and employees. We would like reach out to the former employees and offer our assistance in whatever way we can help , they may submit their resume to animalloverspetsalon@gmail.com. We will also offer Free pickup/ delivery to all Logan Sq. residents as well as our $10 new client discount. My salon has been...

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We were very sorry to hear about the sudden closing of Logan Pet. Nobody wants to see a well liked neighborhood business fail and displace their patrons and employees. We would like reach out to the former employees and offer our assistance in whatever way we can help , they may submit their resume to animalloverspetsalon@gmail.com. We will also offer Free pickup/ delivery to all Logan Sq. residents as well as our $10 new client discount. My salon has been in business for 18 years and I have been a resident of Logan Sq. for 15 years, so this neighborhood and its residents mean a lot to me. I invite you all to check out our website Animalloverspetsalon.com. We hope that everything will return to normal soon for all involved in this situation.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Question about front yard fences

My neighbor is putting up a fence to close off the courtyard of their building. Where he is putting the fence will completely block the side of my porch and if I need porch repairs or gutter repairs, the fence will make it hard to get to. The fence is on his property line but I want to know if it is legal for him to put a fence up literally 6 inches from my porch and blocking it off.

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