Apr 11

Updated Apr 12

Playground at N St. Louis & W Carroll

I've put in a call to the Alderman and talked to city workers about the state of the playground at St. Louis and Carroll, which currently has two functioning swings, a missing slide, and several burned areas. Kids (3 &4 years old) are hanging from the swings and someone is going to get hurt. If anyone else feels like throwing their two cents in to Alderman Ervin's office, the help is mmuch appreciated. Phone number: 773-533-0900. Thanks!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Cat...send photos and your story to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.
    Also am not sure who is in charge of that playlot. If it is Chicago Park District, they should be notified. If it is a community group like a nfp then they should be notified.

  • Cat

    Thanks for the resources. I believe it is a city parks issue, and the woman at Ervin's office said she contacted them on my behalf. I also talked to some City maintenance guys who said they'd report the broken equipment. I usually wouldn't put much stock in their follow through, but the guy seemed genuinely concerned when I pointed out all the other issues. I'll follow up with the Alderman and see who else needs to be notified. Thanks again.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    If aldermen did such a good job; the 28th ward would not be 65% empty and so dangerous. This would not be a food desert and have no businesses. Hope you have success. Let us know how fast this gets done.

Mar 24

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Mar 24

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Jul 04 2012

Updated Mar 22

President Obama: Please use military satelites to HELP US>

Dear Mr. President,
Our military has satelites so powerful they can zoom in and see who is walking into a building.

Please use this software to see what is going on ...on the streets of DANGEROUS minority neighborhoods. It is the entire west and south side of Chicago.

Please ask the MILITARY to watch streets and see the gangbangers dealing and shooting and killing. So many kids have been killed this year it is inhumane and unconscionable.

Let the MILITARY...

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Dear Mr. President,
Our military has satelites so powerful they can zoom in and see who is walking into a building.

Please use this software to see what is going on ...on the streets of DANGEROUS minority neighborhoods. It is the entire west and south side of Chicago.

Please ask the MILITARY to watch streets and see the gangbangers dealing and shooting and killing. So many kids have been killed this year it is inhumane and unconscionable.

Let the MILITARY call 911 and Instruct CHICAGO POLICE. Maybe a call from the MILITARY will get service dispatched in a timely fashion or criminals arrested. When residents call not much happens and it has been this way for decades.

For some reason despite having installed Police Cameras the Chicago police cannot figure out how to dispatch, patrol, well enough to keep our streets safe for residents.

PLEASE USE THE US ARMY MILITARY SATELLITE to view our streets and keep us safe.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Do a foia for the building address for 311 and see what services were ordered. Do the same for 911 (but they are unlikely to comply).

    See the results of what happened to your calls for help. Penalize those who came out and do nothing. Those are specific IG complaints...

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    Do a foia for the building address for 311 and see what services were ordered. Do the same for 911 (but they are unlikely to comply).

    See the results of what happened to your calls for help. Penalize those who came out and do nothing. Those are specific IG complaints against those who came out and did not address the issue.

    This is the only push back the system understands.

    We living in disintegrating neighborhoods need to understand this and get justice.
    Those who help us are golden. Those who refuse to help us should be penalized. Why do we pay for lifetime salaries and pensions till death for those who made this mess with a blind eye? The truth hurts.

    We are old, we have to hurry up...in order to solve these problems before we die.

  • Exactly!

Mar 15

Film makers from Chicago at Cinescene

http://www.meetup.com/chicago-screenwriting/members/3104141/

For those interested in the movie business; there is an event today!

Mar 03

Updated Mar 04

Liquor store neighbor meeting

Garfield park neighbors will be downtown tomorrow, 3/4 at 10am. We are having a meeting with the owners of Dynamic Food and Liquor at 301 S. Pulaski. A letter has been signed by over three hundred neighborhood residents stating the poor management of this store. Our goal is to improve the management. Wish us luck.

  • AP

    Best of luck, but if you are taking a petition that complains about the management to that very same management, I don't know how good a response you should expect. No one likes to be told that they are incompetent, and it often brings about a defensiveness that resists any...

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    Best of luck, but if you are taking a petition that complains about the management to that very same management, I don't know how good a response you should expect. No one likes to be told that they are incompetent, and it often brings about a defensiveness that resists any changes. If they don't respond as you would like, perhaps taking the petition to the alderman, so that the stores liquor license is jeopardized can get the results you're looking for. Either way, as I said, best of luck and keep us posted as to how it goes!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    In order to get a city business license the Business Affairs and Licenses Department needs to send many city departments to inspect. For example: zoning, building, fire, police, environment, S&S and ? other departments need to sign off and say the business passes city requirements.

    Email: Rosemary.Krimbel@cityofchicago.org and ask that...

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    In order to get a city business license the Business Affairs and Licenses Department needs to send many city departments to inspect. For example: zoning, building, fire, police, environment, S&S and ? other departments need to sign off and say the business passes city requirements.

    Email: Rosemary.Krimbel@cityofchicago.org and ask that she initiate an investigation. Stephen.Patton can also get involved.

    There is no reason to take the long route when there are shorter routes that can take years. Violations in many departments are enough to get the license revoked. Foia each of these departments and see how many complaints have been made.

    Citizens just need to ask that the laws and ordinances of the city be enforced. Our biggest problem is the LACK of enforcement of all laws; especially in minority neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

    KIS keep it simple, the data factual, photos where applicable. Things get done quickly and easily and most of all involve far fewer people.

    If it is done the simple way...residents can be more prolific. Just think of a world where residents are able to ask and get justice in the wild wild west. Then instead of working on 1 issue, residents can work on 5 issues and grind through far more urban ghetto issues. In just a few years things can return to normal.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    It was successful, it was a great start.

Dec 28 2011

Updated Feb 28

City Wasting Money

So I just noticed today at Western and Jackson, and the few blocks surrounding, the city put in paving stones for the crosswalks.

That's in addition to the medians on western that they are building in that area.

Does this anger anyone other than me? Seriously the city is cash strapped for money, they are raising fees on everything they can. And then they put in paving stones for crosswalks?

That, and the medians. What a waste of money. Completely unnecessary. It really angers me that our tax dollars are being spent that way when the city is in such financial trouble.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    It will be interesting to see how the city handles this problem.

  • Taras Hryniw A Resident on a Mission

    It's called the city is wasting it's money. I started this thread. Am I surprised? Absolutely not!

    Stop living in a fantasy land and come to terms with the fact that those medians get trashed and ran into. Of course, I could live in the fantasy that someone downtown will...

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    It's called the city is wasting it's money. I started this thread. Am I surprised? Absolutely not!

    Stop living in a fantasy land and come to terms with the fact that those medians get trashed and ran into. Of course, I could live in the fantasy that someone downtown will get a grip and have those things ripped up and stop putting them in for good, but a more realistic viewpoint is that nothing will change and the city will continue to waste money on it, as I know people won't stop running into it any time soon.

Feb 25

Updated Feb 25

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