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If you live in the 50th...

... and you care about the empty storefronts on Touhy, and you have some free time Friday, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=944634175554042&id=160422620641872&ref=notif&notif_t=notify_me

Note: this does not mean that I support the current Alderman

  • But it does reflect your concern for the community, and that's more important. Thanks for posting.

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laandemi posted 1 photo to Flickr:

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50th Ward Survey

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  • Tech to Build a Literate Community

    Mrs. R. is asking for $249.02:
    My students need a document camera and barcode scanner. They need to see reader-text interaction live-and-in-person on the big screen, and to check out books to practice!
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Hollywood park advisory council

Meeting august 21st at 7 thursday at the park field house. Puppeteer show coming up in september 20th. Please join us.every one and all are welcome and your help and opinion is needed see you all thursda thank you...look us up on the facebook

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  • CICS Northtown reviewed

    northtown so far is not the best highschool for any student to apply to because of their strict uniform system, overpriced lunch, the staff hardly ever works\and the school is really poor. I've been a student at northtown for 4 years now and I hate it. If you apply at north town always go to the GENERAL class because the teachers there are less strict, they provide you more time to study, learn and the lessons that they teach goes faster because of how these GENERAL teachers help you and learn the lessons better.

    CICS Northtown (3900 W. Peterson) Published on GreatSchools August 4, 2014

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Rat poison in small paper packets

someone is tossing these packets around & the squirrels or rabbits chew on it & bring it back to their nest/home. They are spreading poison along the way! I had to have my puppies stomach pumped Please be aware & do not use carry out containers with poison. Pretty color & tastes good (according to vet). Kids will be attracted also.

  • Budlong Woods neighbor Chicago girl for life

    That's terrible! Where abouts specifically? I walk my dog all over the neighborhood all the time. How is your puppy doing? Poor thing!

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Trader Joe's continued

The more folk we get on the website the better. This alderman is content to keep things the same. We don't need more cell phone stores, empty sari shops and lack of variety in food choices. If we live in the most diverse neighborhood in the city, where is the diversity. While trader joes is a chain it would be a great start

  • Derrick in West Ridge Resident of West Ridge since 1997

    Karen, I think there are many factors surrounding this issue. Trader Joe’s (and any grocer for that matter) has to take into consideration the location, demographics and competition. With a Mariano’s, Meijers, and Walmart all soon to open in that Touhy/McCormick//Oakton vortex, and with a new TJ recently opened in...

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    Karen, I think there are many factors surrounding this issue. Trader Joe’s (and any grocer for that matter) has to take into consideration the location, demographics and competition. With a Mariano’s, Meijers, and Walmart all soon to open in that Touhy/McCormick//Oakton vortex, and with a new TJ recently opened in Evanston, plopping another grocer in or near the 50th Ward is probably not economically viable. Not to mention the long-rumored Cermak Fresh Market that’s supposed to be opening in the old Dominick’s space near Ridge/Damen/Pratt.

    I agree with you and Robin, that the Western and Touhy strips are woefully lacking but what’s missing is some kind of strategy or master plan for attracting businesses to the ward. It has to be a mix of independents, non-profits, and chains if we want to see something that can revitalize those spaces. I recall discussions in the not-so-distant past from the Alderman’s office as well as organizations like the WRPCO about how to attract and attain the right mix of businesses but that was a while ago and I’m not sure where things stand. Perhaps representatives from those groups and any others might weigh-in here. Anybody out there?

    While it certainly wouldn’t hurt to petition Trader Joe’s, I think the effort has to be bigger than that. I’m a huge fan of TJ and would like to see them in more locations, I just don’t know how feasible/realistic it is for them to consider the 50th Ward. That’s where leadership from our elected officials and community organizations is needed.

    But I appreciate your spirit!

  • Check out previous EB conversations "Let's Go Aldermanic" and "Devon Shopping" for suggestions from neighborhood residents about the kinds of businesses residents would like to see on Devon, on Western, on Touhy. I agree than a master plan for economic development is long overdue--or else we don't know that there...

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    Check out previous EB conversations "Let's Go Aldermanic" and "Devon Shopping" for suggestions from neighborhood residents about the kinds of businesses residents would like to see on Devon, on Western, on Touhy. I agree than a master plan for economic development is long overdue--or else we don't know that there is one. I think we have to make a real effort to attract stores that appeal to the 70% of the neighborhood that isn't Indian or Pakistani. On one of the earlier threads I noted that the last time I counted there were 28 sari shops between California and Western but not one place where Western-style clothes or shoes are sold. I maintain that part of the reason other stores don't consider opening here is because the area is marketed as Little India, period. The rest of us have to take our diversity and our business elsewhere. That's why the Lincoln Town Mall is successful, why Wal-Mart, Mariano's, and other stores choose to locate near but not in once-viable commercial strips like Western and Touhy. The storefronts west of Washtenaw now are being occupied by home-health services, medical supply stores and clinics, one-person offices, etc., necessary businesses but not the kind that will provide employment to neighborhood residents or contribute much in the way of tax dollars to our shrinking economic base.

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