4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

future of bronzeville

Just convened the INnovation Metropolis Summit at McCormick Place

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    As civic engagement leaders and tax payers in Chicago, we should be writing letters directly to the president and actively requesting that President Barack Obama. build his Presidential Library & Museum Campus on the former Michael Reese hospital site, inclusive of a community organizing institute.

    www.ObamaCampus.com

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Chicago is just one incident of police shooting away from being Furguson in warp speed!

    Chicago 1919: A racial tinderbox
    NEWS
    Chicago 1919: A racial tinderbox
    RON GROSSMAN, TRIBUNE REPORTER
    ... were picked on by the police. Even a white judge thought so, telling the ... eve of the 1919 riots, Chicago was a racial tinderbox, noted Carl Sandburg in "The Chicago Race Riots, July 1919," a collection of his newspaper articles ...

3 days ago

We Love Bronzeville

#WeloveBronzeville

Aug 17

Updated Aug 18

Explosions

There have been repeated loud explosions during the day today. I called 311. They said they had several calls about it but knew nothing. I was transferred to 911 who also knew nothing. I was then transferred to fire dept and was told there was a "festival going on at Mercy Hospital" and that was the source of the explosions.

Aug 13

Updated Aug 15

Will burns and Rahm at jones college prep

I have never been as infuriated as I was today when alderman Fioretti was excluded from the jones festivities. Will burns had nothing to do with jones. Fioretti worked tirelessly with all parties to make Jones what it is today, now Rahm and burns have excluded him and taking credit. Their behavior is disgraceful and disrespectful. Contact them and express your sentiments.

  • For those of you in the second ward who will become part of the third or fourth ward... all I can say is "Welcome to the Terror Dome"!!!

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Hey, the old 25th kinda sux rocks too since Solis, who had some clout and lived inTri-Taylor has gone to Chinatown and now Irwin gets ghetto to University and the guy who has strip parties in the hood for his buddies is sure to win...groan. Some folks are hoping Fioretti decides to run in this district. So bleeped up!

Aug 12

Pershing East back to school August 29, 2014

Back to School Event at Pershing East 8/29/14

We are looking for people to help Barbaque 8/29 at the Pershing Picnic.
If you can grill a hot dog this is you.
Please contact the office if you are available. Call 773-534-9272


773-534-9272



773-534-9272
Please contact the office if you are available.


773-534-9272
Please Please contact the office if you are available.
Hey come for just 2-3 hours...

773-534-9272
Shalom

Aug 09

Updated Aug 11

The natives are restless

Today was supposed have been a day where adults and children could come together and enjoy a parade that celebrated Chicago’s “Black Eye” - K -12 Education. I got to the parade just in time to catch the “Do Nothing Politicians Caravan”, that absolutely wowed the cronies and the foolish, followed up immediately by the “Gyrating Teen Spectacle” aka Marching Bands. The pedophiliacs and the mentally disheveled literally went bonkers for that part of the parade. Ahh, what a good...

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Today was supposed have been a day where adults and children could come together and enjoy a parade that celebrated Chicago’s “Black Eye” - K -12 Education. I got to the parade just in time to catch the “Do Nothing Politicians Caravan”, that absolutely wowed the cronies and the foolish, followed up immediately by the “Gyrating Teen Spectacle” aka Marching Bands. The pedophiliacs and the mentally disheveled literally went bonkers for that part of the parade. Ahh, what a good time to be had by a dysfunctional community. Oh, I almost forgot the Pièce de résistance. The natives took it 10 when not once, but at last report, twice decided shoot up the parade. The toddlers and little ones probably didn’t expect that. But, unfortunately I did. Before leaving for the parade today, I said to myself, “someone going be some shooting today at the parade”. As a side note there was also a mob of 50 or more teenagers involved in mob activity. The report is that they were going to beat down someone. About 20 men women in blue forced them to disburse. Good old Bud Billiken Parade. Oh and the adult men smoking marijuana along the parade route with children walking by, was absolutely numbing. And the old men in front of the church drinking alcohol (unbagged even). I would like to say, that the Black men are stand role models for these children at the parade... not!!! No wonder their community is a mess... the men don't even respect the children in their community. Now that blows !!!

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    I read the article above about Quinn and have been depressed ever since and that was before this thread was started so I am sorry to sound so "negative" but I guess that is what comes with caring. I remember when Quinn took office, and remember he was Blagos leftover,...

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    I read the article above about Quinn and have been depressed ever since and that was before this thread was started so I am sorry to sound so "negative" but I guess that is what comes with caring. I remember when Quinn took office, and remember he was Blagos leftover, there was a tough decision to be made early on and I thought that because he didn't "owe" any of the usual suspects, he could come out on the side of the people and really be a transformational governor or he could ride with the machine, He went with the machine and I have considered him spineless ever since. Such a disappointment. Such a waste. Then there is the State Rep (Smith?) who was convicted of a felony, kicked out of office and came back to Chicago and was re-elected! I just want to scream-what are these people thinking?? Elsewhere on Everyblock people complain about how unresponsive their Alderman (maybe Burnett and Maldonado but not sure) is so I wonder why and how they keep getting reelected.Then I look at the principal of our local public school who is challenged by putting an intelligent sentence together and I worry...

  • lisadee,
    that article was truly sad and disturbing. But now things make better since. I've always figured that the politicians were in bed with the street gangs. That's the only scenario that would explain the lawmakers lack of desire to properly address the issue claiming so many lives and reeking...

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    lisadee,
    that article was truly sad and disturbing. But now things make better since. I've always figured that the politicians were in bed with the street gangs. That's the only scenario that would explain the lawmakers lack of desire to properly address the issue claiming so many lives and reeking havoc on the quality of life for those living in these war zones. The lawmakers we have entrusted to side with the law-abiding community has betrayed that trust, according the article by holding secret meetings with street gangs to discuss "Quid Pro Quo" terms. I expect that of Burnett, but d**n Pat Dowell too. I'm with you now NAFABUC. This is really depressing. One element prays on the children while the other ignores it. This is how they keep the mess from spilling into affluent communities. They make deals.
    Thank you for this further enlightening article.

Jul 31

Do you know a poverty pimp?

You know you’re a poverty pimp...

download article

http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/poverty_pimps.pdf

1. When you are overheard saying that talking to the people you are
supposed to be helping makes you physically ill.

2. When you start a series of for-prot ventures to “fund” your notfor-
prot ...and you are much more involved in those to the point
that your not-for-prot is essentially a front that provides tax-breaks
and aid for your for-prot ventures.

3. When getting nancial donations has become the vast...

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You know you’re a poverty pimp...

download article

http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/poverty_pimps.pdf

1. When you are overheard saying that talking to the people you are
supposed to be helping makes you physically ill.

2. When you start a series of for-prot ventures to “fund” your notfor-
prot ...and you are much more involved in those to the point
that your not-for-prot is essentially a front that provides tax-breaks
and aid for your for-prot ventures.

3. When getting nancial donations has become the vast majority of
your effort and time and that if ne with you.

4. When you become really, really, really good at using race, class
and gender discussions to prevent any criticism of what you are
doing.

5. When your ofces are furnished much better then anything your
clients will ever own in their entire lifetime.

6. When you feed people far worse things then you yourself would
ever eat or even give to your dog.

7. When that signed photograph of Billie Holiday is the only heroin
addict ever willingly allowed into your presence despite your image
of caring sainthood in regards to the poor.

8. When you are happy hearing about squatters getting evicted
because you can get more funding for your housing program.

9. When you spend much more of your time making the poor people
you “serve” jump through hoops and “hurdles” than actually lling
their needs-which not only enriches your and your political cronies
pockets, it also gives you quite a belly laugh.

10. When you leave your ofce in fear of the people you’re supposed
to be helping.

services so that the clients have to come back

download article for the

http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/poverty_pimps.pdf

Jul 30

Updated Jul 31

CHA not honoring their commitments in Bronzeville?!

http://hpherald.com/2014/07/30/vanishing-promises-made-to-the-poor-of-our-ward/?utm_campaign=vanishing-promises-made-to-the-poor-of-our-ward&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss

Questions:
1. Does this model work?
2. Where have the displaced folks lived since the high rises came down?
3. For those intent on returning, isn't it better to have adequate schools, grocery stores, jobs, and community resources that will provide a higher standard of living for everyone?

  • grandma 13-year Douglas resident

    The goal of the community should be to bring in more homeowners and high quality businesses in order to increase our property tax base.

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    Couple of things: Promises are not binding; things change including markets, financial realities (City needs more money which public housing generates at a much lower rate than market based development) and priorities.
    Also, communities are made by people not by government policy. My feeling is that the government constructed ghettos were a colossal failure. The black middle class and working class can keep Bronzeville bronze by buying property, living here and renting to family and friends and keeping gun-toting thugs at bay.

Jul 28

Updated Jul 29

Dearborn Park Yard Sale

Does anyone know if the annual yard sale is scheduled to take place in September this year in Dearborn Park? Thanks.

  • Yes. September 20. If you'd like a booth contact sandi@southloopneighbors.org

  • Thank you so much for the information. I will contact them!

Jul 25

Bronzeville Collective

Hosted by: Bronzeville Retail Initiative (BRI), 51st
Street Business Association, the Urban Activators (IIT),
& the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)
Address: 124 ½ E. 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60615

Jul 01

Updated Jul 19

Maracas is open

A new Latin restaurant, Maracas, recently opened in Bronzeville. People should give it a try. I hope to stop by next week.

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/28320016-423/the-312-founder-of-boriqua-chicks-open-latin-restaurant-maracas-in-bronzeville.html

  • Tried Maracas last week. We had the empanadas (? Spelling) dinner. The flavor was good but they may have been over cooked because the crust was dark and a little dry. The price $8 included two empanadas over a bed of rice & beans with a side of plantines and mango sauce. I look forward to trying other items on the menu. Time correction, they close at 8pm on Saturdays.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    I tried Maracas today. I had the Beef Steak with Yellow Rice. The flavor was nice and the portions was good. The steak could have been a little more tender but was still very good. Look forward to trying the Beef stew on my next visit.

Jul 14

Updated Jul 19

35th st. Pedestrian Bridge set to begin construction next week

With improvements at Lake Meadows, repaving of King dr., scheduled repaving of 35th you could say we are on the fast track of infrastructure improvement.

  • I think the word that needs to be defined is HIJACK - take over (something) and use it for a different purpose.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    thatblow1, minor correction on your 4 points perspective- The name is Bronzeville Curmudgeon. Not to be confused with Brownsville, which I think is a suburb of New York city.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

    www.ObamaCampus.com

Jul 19

Fwd: FW: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Exam Application

The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for...

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The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for the exam and enter the academy to 18. It is our hope that younger individuals who get on the eligibility list will be motivated to attend college and stay out of trouble and will find a sense of opportunity about their futures.

Attached is the job announcement, as well as the FAQ’s, which provides all of the key information about the application process and the exam. In case you’d like to cut-and-paste the link to the application website, here it is: www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication. The website also contains links to additional information.

During the posting period, applicants can call (312) 744-4976 or email fire-application@cityofchicago.org with any questions or concerns, and they can also seek assistance in Room 100 in City Hall.

We have also modified the way candidates can apply for Veterans Preference. Applicants may apply for Veterans Preference at any time, even after the posting has closed. There is no longer a cutoff date for the submission of documents showing eligibility for Veterans Preference. However, the later the preference is applied for, the later it will be applied. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Veterans Preference are included in the attached FAQs.

Fire Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Jul 18

Volunteer for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count – July 22nd and 26th

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any...

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The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any other mode of transportation in the City! During last year’s Summer Bike Count volunteers recorded over 14,500 bicycle trips and helped document the need for more innovative bicycle infrastructure. To volunteer contact David Smith, CDOT bikeways planner, at david.smith@tylin.com or Katie Gallagher, CDOT bikeways planning intern, at kgallagher@apexconsults.com.

Thanks!

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

Jul 17

Bringing chess back to the city of Chicago

The South Loop is one of the neighborhoods being considered as a home for the Chicago Chess Center:

http://dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/downtown/chess-players-want-central-downtown-club

Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Bronzeville Nights

Come Join us at the kick off of Bronzeville Nights on August 13th, August 27, September 10 and September 24.

Jul 14

Bronzeville Residents

Bronzeville Residents go enjoy the new outdoor curb areas located on 47th and Drexel and 47th and Champlain. Also please send congrads to TRC Bronzeville Green Organic Landscaping & QCDC for design and development of the projects
#fixingchicago #watchthechris #cwinitiative #actsofkindness (26 photos)

Jul 10

Updated Jul 11

Jazz in the park

Can someone please tell me when and where will the senior jazz be on tomorrow- Friday, July 11.

  • Ray

    Kennicott park.......6pm-8pm 4434 s. Lake Park

Jul 10

Updated Jul 11

Someone you must know

DID YOU KNOW THAT -------

Mark Dean, is the co-inventor of the personal computer, he is
responsible for developing technology that allows us to plug anything into computers—keyboards, mice, monitors, modems, printers, speakers, scanners—and have the devices and PCs communicate seamlessly. He holds three of the nine original patents on the computer that all PCs are based upon, and more than forty patents overall.

http://www.biography.com/people/mark-dean-604036

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    Thanks for posting the link. He is an amazing person. And I'm very thankful that he created such inventions. I remember the Trash 80 and TI days and never want to go back there

Jul 08

Black in Latin America,

The descendents of slaves brought to Latin and South America, says Gates, don't identify as white or black the way many Americans do

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/

Jul 04

KICS Cup is an Annual International Youth Soccer Cup

7/21-7/26 at Dunbar Park. We will need Field Marshals (the person who checks team rosters/player passes before the game), concession help and hospitality help.

KICS Cup is an annual international youth soccer cup to the heart of the city focused on competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Our mission is to offer soccer opportunities for youth locally, nationally and internationally through programs like the Chicago KICS Cup and the Chicago KICS Community League while also improving infrastructure here in the city. This years' tournament should be exciting with 80-100 teams from Italy, Ghana, Ethiopia, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US.

More details at www.kicscup.com .
Our promotional video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/90064622

Nov 30 2011

Updated Jul 02

New restaurant coming to Bronzeville

Hey folks. I just happened to see a tweet today about a new restaurant coming to Bronzeville so I just thought I'd pass along the info:

Maracas (coming Spring 2012)
43rd and Cottage Grove

From their Facebook page: Maracas will shake up the historical Bronzeville community on Chicago’s South Side by offering a fresh restaurant experience, where residents and visitors can experience authentic Latin cuisine, drinks and culture.
http://www.facebook.com/Maracas43

  • Todd in Bronzeville Resident since 2006

    Will be happy to see this open. Hope it is done well.

  • e m bone retired

    no sooner said than done............The Currency Exchange Cafe, now open, located near the Elevated at 55th and Prairie Ave. Another place of business, catering to people with a taste for non murderous foods.

Jul 01

Updated Jul 02

Brownsville and North Kenwood jacobdabuilding

I never gave up on the bronzeville area it is truly one of a kind....a very beautiful historical area i am bringing north side to the south side with my interior design skills making an effort to revitalize this beautiful community that has so much potential

Jun 22

Updated Jul 01

Mama Lou's

Does anyone know what happened too Mama Lou's on 35th st?

  • thanks Juan, going this week, might have to bypass my weekly stop at Ain't She Sweet!!!!

  • GRD GRD

    We'll check it out real soon! Sounds good, thanks for posting!

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