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Vacant Schools Still Waiting for a Second Life

Catalyst Chicago Magazine has a story on abandoned school buildings, highlighting Englewood, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

By Alex Nitkin

The building that used to be Bontemps Elementary School is now a crumbling ruin-- granite walls chipped away, interior stripped of pipes and wiring, dusty plywood sheets bolted over most of the windows.

And when Asiaha Butler looks at it, she couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m thinking this back part could be like a little rest stop area, where people...

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Catalyst Chicago Magazine has a story on abandoned school buildings, highlighting Englewood, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

By Alex Nitkin

The building that used to be Bontemps Elementary School is now a crumbling ruin-- granite walls chipped away, interior stripped of pipes and wiring, dusty plywood sheets bolted over most of the windows.

And when Asiaha Butler looks at it, she couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m thinking this back part could be like a little rest stop area, where people riding their bikes up on the trail can come down and learn about the community,” Butler says, describing a dream as she sweeps her hand toward a thicket of woods growing over the property boundary. “We also see a lot of opportunity for this to be a kind of urban agriculture education center, for farmers or for tourists—if you want to start an urban farm, you can come here and learn the basics.”

As president of the Residents Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), Butler has spent almost two years leading conversations to get somebody—anybody—to set up shop in this building. Bontemps is one of six shuttered elementary schools in Englewood that are still empty since the district closed a total of 49 schools across the city. Englewood was hardest hit.

Finish reading the article here. http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/03/vacant-schools-still-waiting-for-a-second-life/

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Updated 17 hours ago

Clean-up Effort a Success

I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

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I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

We stop working on the vacant lots at 1225 and 1227 S. Troy, where we learned the neighbors at 1223 just throws their garbage right of the porch unto the lots. Making it a landfills of garbage and other stuff right in the community. Its no wonder we had an outbreak of supersize rats.

How do I know about the super size rats? I had three in my apartment, it was a nightmare. It makes me sad to have neighbors who don't respect where they live.

Who is the blame for our communities being overlooked time and time again? What would you do if this was happening next door to you?

Mar 19

Updated 27 hours ago

Clean-up Efforts Hours Extended

The hours for clean-up will start at 11:00am until 4:00pm giving late sleeper time to contribute. We will be cleaning a one block radius, Roosevelt to Douglas and Kedzie to Troy. Assembling at 1217 S. Troy. All are welcome

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

    When?

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Hello SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND:

    The next schedule clean-up effort is April 18, 2015, Location of assembling is 1217 S. Troy, from 11:00am until 2:00pm. I, DRW College Prep and the community all should be present for this post earth day event.

    Please save the date and join us.

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Presidential Library Too Rich For Us?

The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to...

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The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to toe with Russia and won, established a point in the history of healthcare, “before and after Obamacare”, and stood up strong for Civil Rights protections.

As great as all of those things are, they represent who Barack became. Focusing on President Obama while ignoring Barack Obama is the limited thinking that skews our concept of what criteria will be utilized in his choice.

The amazing things that Barack has stood for and accomplished stems from his multi-ethnic background; his stand against apartheid; lighting a path for community empowerment on Chicago’s Southeast side, and experiencing the differences and similarities of Black communities, continents apart.

Those experiences helped define the man. Those are the experiences that North Lawndale appeals to. Our multi-ethnic history and location, our unique standing in Civil Rights history, and our one of a kind community based bid, all combine to offer Barack the perfect complement to his life and his continued life’s work.

Yes, of course we can’t compete with the power, prestige and wealth of private universities; we were never trying to. We offer something different, we offer fulfillment.

The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-presidential-library-funding-20150324-story.html#page=1

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Catch the Cablecast of Representative Arthur Turner's Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of Budget Cuts

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Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

https://youtu.be/jS-l-pYqaSA

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Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

https://youtu.be/jS-l-pYqaSA

We recommend you watch for your program announcement in the week prior to the first cablecast by signing up here http://eepurl.com/tCB4f for CAN TV's weekly e-newsletter, "This Week on CAN TV." Our newsletter goes out to several thousand people, and we invite you to forward it to your list as well. If you do additional promotion in advance of the cablecast, please refer to the channels as "cable channel CAN TV21 (or CAN TV19) in Chicago." Let us know if you have any questions or if you'd like to purchase a DVD of CAN TV's coverage of your event.

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Link to Presentation 1 https://www.scribd.com/doc/259922083/Final-Presentation-Rep-Turner-Budget-Town-Hall-Meeting

Link to Presentation 2 https://www.scribd.com/doc/259922926/CBTA-Power-Point-Presentation-Rep-Turner-Town-Hall-Meeting

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24th Ward Debate VIDEOS form 3/23 CLTV "Politics Tonight" Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate

VIDEOS of 24th Ward Debate on CLTV "Politics Tonight" (Tue 3/24) Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate are at:http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

  • Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular...

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    Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular candidate, I haven't seen it yet, and I would urge you to look deeper as well.

    I've seen the turnaround of many areas: West Loop, South Loop, the convention center, and I can't recall that the charge was led by a massive cleanup, rather a comprehensive plan for the area to bring development in which beautification was included.

    Mr. Scott, Jr has been with the Chicago Park District for many years, and those parks (specifically the smaller ones in the ward) are a real mess, and based on that record his promises to clean the ward can't really be trusted. Parks are the cornerstone of communities, as well as its schools--many of which are attached to parks and controlled by the district.

    I agree with you on one thing though- if WE (the residents) can't do anything else WE should be cleaning up our community. It's refreshing to see community programs that are geared towards this cause and I hope to see many of our neighbors get involved. That work starts with them, but I'd like to see the ward leadership tackle the bigger issues.

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

    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered...

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    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered more of an investment worthy appearance, which I feel is hampering our ability to attract businesses and employment opportunities. There is power and stability in a clean, healthy environment.
    Please understand that position is not limited to the physical appearance. That's why I constantly stress the cleaning process starts from the inside...............OUT.
    Some of the people, who are calling the shots, regarding the trash in our community, live in some of the more pristine areas of Chicago and represent some of best dressed elected officials at city hall. Look at Ed Burke, the filthiest demon inspired creature in local government.
    Keep writing.

Mar 19

Updated 4 days ago

State Rep. Arthur Turner Jr. wants to Speak Effectively for the Community, in Springfield

Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which...

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Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which organization can honestly say their program has benefit the community to its fullest capacity? Not one, moreover, these organization can't say they have maximize every dollars spent without waste. I dare to say these organizations directors exist to pay themselves and, not help the very ones they receive funds to assist, especially if they don't live in the Lawndale community.
There is not one organization that host day centers in Lawndale. If people had day centers where they could come together and congregate, putting their minds together creating opportunities to become self-sufficient and self-reliant and having support systems it would be legitimate reasons to fight for cuts the governor has implemented.

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    If I don't have the date correct to when Valerie Lenard' published the article mention, regarding how many "organizations and churches" exist in Lawndale, I believe she would be more than happy to back up her written article.

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

    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition...

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    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition of our communities and use limited resources to effectively address social ills.
    I have been amazed at the number of groups and the number of brick and mortar churches whose seemingly single purpose is to "be" and nothing else.
    Has anyone got any idea how much money has been literally poured into the housing market in North Lawndale to rehabilitate again and again the structures? Millions, millions and more millions is the answer. Why? Because we, as a people will absolutely tear up a brick.
    Look at all of these vacant lots in North Lawndale and through-out the city.
    Managing multi-family housing shouldn't be seen a social program; it's a business.
    If the business of owning and managing multi-family buildings is a success, social concerns can, in part, be addressed by the owners of the properties.
    I am a part of Kwanzaa Accountability Group whose single purpose is to hold each group the members are affiliated with accountable for their propose mission in the community.
    Representative Turner, you should consider creating a vehicle like this for all of us to see who is who and who is doing what.
    I am a founding board member of the Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program that has an empirical history of seven fruitful years of serving the youth of North Lawndale whose parent(s) is incarcerated. Huge, huge problem.
    That's one of the reasons I am feverishly committed to cleaning up our environment, because many of our mentees' parent(s) are or were influenced by the physical state of their community.
    There is an abundance of evidence claiming we are a product of our environment. Check us out LAMP at WWW.CHICAGOLAMP.ORG

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for covering this important story, Neighborhood Scribe!!!

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Updated Mar 23

33 years old man Missing

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.

  • Yes, a report was filed by his mom: Ty!

  • ringo712 Lived here all my life

    maybe he found someone new. No reason to involve the authorities for that

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33 years old Missing man

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.
His picture is in my profile photo, as i couldn't post it in the text.

Mar 21

Police: 1 Killed, 4 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Gun Violence

About 3:25 a.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the neck and shoulder about a half mile southeast in the 800 block of South Pulaski, police said.

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Terrell Foster was standing on the street about 4:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Houston when a gray SUV pulled up and someone shot him in the head, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Foster, who lived a block west in the 8000 block of South Exchange, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

At 4:20 a.m., a male — whose age was not immediately known — was shot in the 4400 block of West Congress, police said.

About 2:55 a.m., the 23-year-old was shot in the 5200 block of North Spaulding, police said.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and left hand in a possible drive-by attack about 4:45 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Drexel, police said.

Mar 21

1 killed, 4 wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence

About 3:25 a.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the neck and shoulder about a half mile southeast in the 800 block of South Pulaski, police said.

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Terrell Foster was standing on the street about 4:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Houston when a gray SUV pulled up and someone shot him in the head, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Foster, who lived a block west in the 8000 block of South Exchange, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.

At 4:20 a.m., a male — whose age was not immediately known — was shot in the 4400 block of West Congress, police said.

About 2:55 a.m., the 23-year-old was shot in the 5200 block of North Spaulding, police said.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and left hand in a possible drive-by attack about 4:45 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Drexel, police said.

Mar 21

Man shot in North Park, 2 others wounded in West Side shootings

About 3:25 a.m., the man was shot in his neck and shoulder in the 800 block of South Pulaski Road. A friend drove him to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition was stabilized, officials said.

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A 23-year-old man was walking in the 5200 block of North Spaulding Avenue when a gunman approached him on foot and opened fire, shooting the man multiple times in his body, police said.

Police taped off a portion of the sidewalk on the west side of the street near the corner of Spaulding and Berwyn avenues, and more than 10 evidence markers littered the grass and sidewalk where the man was shot.

The man was walking in the 4400 block of West Congress Parkway when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

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