23 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Guy who walks around talking to himself, and when he sees me he calls me "White Trash"

Anybody seen or had an encounter with this guy, around the 1700 block of Spaulding? I believe he is Hispanic and in his 20's, and when confronted he starts to talk a bunch of $&it, even though he walks by me and calls me white trash. Its happened twice, and the second time I just let it go. I'm not really sure whats going on, and just wondered if anyone knew. I figured he's got some mental issues or something.

  • Cityapril, good that you went to CAPS. Too bad more people don't. Yes, call 911 and let the police decide if he's a danger to himself if others. It might not be a priority call, so police might not get there in time to catch him in the act, but better to call than not.

  • Sybil M Humboldt Park parent

    I agree that you should call 911 or 311 if you see this kind of behavior. These are signs of mental illness and the police usually have been trained to assess whether a person is a danger to self or others.

    Generally speaking, when someone is acting like this, you should avoid interaction (even eye contact) and ignore their behavior, especially if it might be a mental health problem, because you do not want to trigger further anxiety or aggression.

14 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Father and Son Need 2 Bedroom Apartment Humboldt Park Area

A father and son are looking for a reasonably priced two bedroom apartment in Humboldt Park, Wicker Park or further east. Father works in the West Loop and needs to be close to work. Son is a future major league baseball player. We have a small dog and a kitten. We pay our rent on time every month, and have copies of the money orders to prove this!. All we ask is that everything is in good working condition in the apartment. Send an e-mail to: steve_at_the_office@yahoo.com

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    Hi. What's your price range? I can help.

  • I think you should try calling mr.Hernandez he owns many buildings in the area
    773)2358139
    Goodluck

39 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

  • we need a new alderman a probussines alderman who take care every issu in the neighborhood . this guys is worthless

  • I get that this looks bad, but is he supposed to take a loss on the property? He owned the lots before becoming an alderman. I can't get my shorts in a wad over this. Sorry.

43 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

More Subsidized Housing in Humboldt

Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

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Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

The article pulls at your heart strings by saying there are homeless veterans out there, but these are rentals. So how are the veterans that are homeless going to be able to rent here?

Also, it is being built once again by Hispanic Housing. Championed by the PR Agenda to shore up their voting base. Here it is

http://oururbantimes.com/health/new-affordable-housing-veterans-coming-west-town

  • This is a hard topic, obviously. I'm not denying he existence or importance of class privilege, the effects of a long history of ongoing racial injustice, or the need to be able to sue for discrimination if you are harmed as a result of a particular person's racial discrimination against...

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    This is a hard topic, obviously. I'm not denying he existence or importance of class privilege, the effects of a long history of ongoing racial injustice, or the need to be able to sue for discrimination if you are harmed as a result of a particular person's racial discrimination against you.
    I just think it's dangerous and almost certainly bad for government to be in the business of "establishing" racial classes. Yes, race exists, and is important in everything we do, but what I say my race means is different that what it means to someone genealogically similar to myself, and I don't think that's specific to my particular race. Putting things into law or spending public money on institutions like that "locks in" and presumably enforces upon others a particular definition of that race.

  • I'll take that building over the problems people living on Richmond are having with Insane Dragons.

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  • They should make him sell this land for $1 for affordable housing. He seems to love pushing other developments toward the affordable housing end. Why is he choosing to build luxury homes on his own land??? oh thats right, because he wants to make as much money as possible. F this guy. Get out and vote him out!

  • worthless alderman in the citi very corrupte.

Oct 17

Updated 17 hours ago

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

  • Please include anyone who can make it. Again Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Continental
    2nd floor

    I will try to draft some document containing issues previously raised by all on this and other threads so that the discussion is focused. Because it is the first meeting it will be important for HP neighbors to introduce themselves. I will take notes.

  • Ang Resident Loving the Park

    City dude, you asked about how many subsidized housing units within 250 ft. of the proposed new development. we have 3 organization working here:

    Bickerdike's Boulevard Apartments are on the same stretch just south of the proposed new development (about 300ft). "Boulevard Apartments: Three historic buildings which include 70 units...

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    City dude, you asked about how many subsidized housing units within 250 ft. of the proposed new development. we have 3 organization working here:

    Bickerdike's Boulevard Apartments are on the same stretch just south of the proposed new development (about 300ft). "Boulevard Apartments: Three historic buildings which include 70 units make up this development, located on three sites along Humboldt Boulevard. This substantial rehabilitation project was completed in 1993."

    Bickerdike owns 3 more buildings east of Sacramento going down Augusta @ Richmond, @Mozart Street, @Francisco, these are also in that same range. So we are at 6 Bickerdike Apartment Buildings in this little corner. The area I am talking about is Sacramento to California/Chicago to Augusta( approx. 250-500ft from new developments). http://www.bickerdikemembership.org/properties

    Hispanic Housing (CHA ) properties in this same area consists of 10 scattered sites buildings with 38 units.

    We have Section 8 buildings in this same area. I don't know how to find out which is a section 8 building but I know a few(5 units) on the 800-900 block of Richmond street.

    So confirmed numbers are 108 units of subsidized housing in this little area. not counting section 8 and the Bickerdike Apartments on Augusta.

    Hope the numbers help

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Any affordable vets that will do shots vaccines n emergencies for seizures?

Hi recently just found out my dog has epilepsy. I'm a city college graduate kid working part time who just coughed up 3,000 for er(life savings) I want to know of a vet that will do shots vaccines n real emergency procedures without forcing me to go in debt n if possible make payments as Banfield dropped the ball :(

  • (I love my dog, too...)

  • PetSupplies Plus is having their monthly 'non-emergency' vet this Nov. 2nd (Sunday) from 1-2:30. I don't know if that will help. It is in the back area and the vet there was great, I thought. I kept my dog in the car until it was my turn as there was a line. Located at 3640 N. Elston (773) 583-2288. It was a good experience for me (and dog), but then I really like PetSuppliesPlus and this location. Maybe call and find out?.

19 hours ago

Actual Plans for Vetran Housing Development

Hi Neighbors,
I know there are multiple posts about the proposed development- instead of posting this link in each of them I hoped to consolidate the posts here so the conversation could be narrowly tailored to thoughts on the actual plan, and potential next steps/ recommendations we could submit. You can find the plan as a pdf attachment by using this url: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937901&GUID=B8D9CFC9-30B4-463F-8631-C5DF2B623332&Options=Advanced&Search=

Alternatively, you can find the application by going to the Chicago City Clerks Website: www.chicityclerk.com, then click...

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Hi Neighbors,
I know there are multiple posts about the proposed development- instead of posting this link in each of them I hoped to consolidate the posts here so the conversation could be narrowly tailored to thoughts on the actual plan, and potential next steps/ recommendations we could submit. You can find the plan as a pdf attachment by using this url: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937901&GUID=B8D9CFC9-30B4-463F-8631-C5DF2B623332&Options=Advanced&Search=

Alternatively, you can find the application by going to the Chicago City Clerks Website: www.chicityclerk.com, then click on the legislation and records tab, filter search by the Intro Date: 10/8/14; and the Current Controlling Legislative Body (Committee on Zoning,Landmarks and Building Standards)

In regards to the public hearing, I initially heard conflicting information from Alderman Maldonado's office and the Department of Planning and Development. My current understanding is that the hearing was scheduled for committee on Zoning for November 13, 2014 at 10am. Because this is a planned development (PD 599) it must first be approved/recommended by the Planning Commission before it can be heard by Committee on Zoning. Once approved by the Planning Commission, it would likely pass zoning.

The hearings for the Planning Commission happen on the THIRD Thursday of the month at 10am in council chambers at City Hall. The Department of Planning and Development and the Clerk's website do not show it on a November Agenda. I heard second hand that the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation would likely try to get it on the December Agenda.

I'd also like to say that both Alderman Maldonato's office and the Department of Planning and Development were very responsive and helpful in clarifying the process.

20 hours ago

Someday Is Closer Than You Think

For many people, Someday is an elusive day on the far-off horizon—always close enough to see, but too distant to touch. 

22 hours ago

If you lost keys on Humboldt Blvd...

Yesterday in the 1600 block, I have them. There are 3 keys & a Mariano's card on the key chain

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2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Division and Central Park / Grand Ave - Building

Does anyone know what they are doing with this building? I see they are adding trees to the parking lot, and maybe getting it ready to be re-surfaced. Just curious.

  • MANogueras HUMBOLDT PARK MAN

    A much needed addition to the area!

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    Can not wait until they finish it. It will be $10 a month and $20 if you want to take the classes and be able to bring a friend. Their other locations has zumba classes. I cannot wait to cancel my Planet Fitness membership. That gym is horrible.

4 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

3244 W. cortez Heavy car traffic and drug activity

Heavy car traffic at alley and drug dealing. New neighbors really hurting the peace and quiet of this neighborhood. Please call police and report so that its more than just a few people calling !!!

I need your help !!!
It was so quiet but someone rented to these people. And now we have loud noise, mechanic work, heavy car traffic and drug dealing. As well as lots of unwanted people in and out . Lets all call police, if we see this until they go elsewhere.

  • @rob, I'm in agreement. We've continually worked hard to make the Spaulding block a great place to live.

  • If you read my previous comments, I'm worried about my neighbors dealing. But thanks for the rude reply!

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Find out how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Just saw this and thought others might be interested.

There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

Dec 14 2012

Updated 41 hours ago

Roberto Maldonado

Is this guy any good? I have been wondering what he does for HP and I can't figure it out...does anyone know his email address? It's not on his website..which is weird.

  • Realmccoy, I was thinking about how much fun it would be to create a facebook page dedicated to collecting press regarding Muy Mal Donado's shady dealings...:)

  • Almost any city official should have page like that, definetly I'll be fan of Muy Mal Donado's one.

42 hours ago

Ald. Maldonado's Land Near Bloomingdale Trail Sold to Trust in Wife's Name

Four years after Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) withdrew a proposal to rezone property he owned due to a "conflict of interest," the alderman has transferred the land to a trust controlled by his wife.

A proposal is now before the city to rezone the vacant industrial property — situated along the future Bloomingdale trail — so eight townhomes can be built.

The city's Committee on Zoning Landmark and Building Standards was to hear the industrial-to-residential rezoning request Tuesday, but action...

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Four years after Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) withdrew a proposal to rezone property he owned due to a "conflict of interest," the alderman has transferred the land to a trust controlled by his wife.

A proposal is now before the city to rezone the vacant industrial property — situated along the future Bloomingdale trail — so eight townhomes can be built.

The city's Committee on Zoning Landmark and Building Standards was to hear the industrial-to-residential rezoning request Tuesday, but action was delayed until at least Nov. 13.

Humboldt Park residents were told of the rezoning proposal at 1754-56 N. Central Park Ave. and 1755-57 N. Monticello Ave. on Sept. 20. The vacant properties were listed under Maldonado’s name until 2013, when they were transferred to the Nancy Y. Franco Maldonado Trust.

“The settlor of the trust, Nancy Y. Franco-Maldonado, is my wife. I am a guarantor for the loan which encumbers the property,” Maldonado wrote to the executive director of the Chicago Ethics Board Oct. 7. The alderman has also disclosed his relationship in the site's zoning application.

Transferring the property to his wife is akin to "moving it from your left pocket to your right," according to estate lawyer John Zelenka.

"If he put it in his wife’s trust, he's the guarantor and he's on the mortgage then he owns it," Zelenka added.

Maldonado canceled plans to rezone the same 26th Ward properties in 2009 due to a "conflict of interest," the Chicago Reader reported at the time. He had just become the 26th Ward's alderman, and aldermen have a say in land use policy in their wards.

The properties sit directly adjacent to the upcoming Bloomingdale Trail, part of the larger "606" system that is converting forgotten railroad tracks into a linear park that will stretch through several neighborhoods.

read the rest at DNA info here...

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/humboldt-park/ald-maldonados-land-near-bloomingdale-trail-sold-trust-wifes-name

44 hours ago

Trick, Don’t Treat, Cyber Criminals

Kids and kids at heart look forward to the end of October, when we use tricks and treats in equal measure to celebrate Halloween. No doubt, you’ll be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins and hooligans in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But be careful that you’re not fooled by a different kind of trickster looking for a larger handout—such as your identity.

44 hours ago

RFPs issued for West Humboldt Park SSA #63

The West Humboldt Park SSA #63 is seeking full-service company vendors to provide Sidewalk Cleaning Services and Security Services for the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor for 2015.

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2 days ago

‘Maintain Your Brain’ Program Set for November 5

Want to learn how to reduce your risk of stroke and know the differences in stroke symptoms for men and women? Join us for a free interactive program, “Maintain Your Brain: Keeping a Healthy Brain at Any Age” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on November 5 at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), Nazareth Family Center, 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., (enter at Thomas St. and Oakley Blvd.), Chicago.

Oct 15

Updated 2 days ago

Housing development

Does anyone know anything about the proposed 4 story (60ft)/49 unit Hispanic Housing Development building going up between Sacramento & Francisco by Norwegian Hospital?

  • I and a neighbor met with Alderman Maldonado Roberto and he had brought in the President of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Hipolito Roldan, to his office. Hipolito Roldan told us that the Norwegian Hospital had lent the property to the Hispanic Housing for 99 year so if you live...

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    I and a neighbor met with Alderman Maldonado Roberto and he had brought in the President of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Hipolito Roldan, to his office. Hipolito Roldan told us that the Norwegian Hospital had lent the property to the Hispanic Housing for 99 year so if you live close to the area you will be affected by this construction for a very long time.

    Hipolito Roldan showed us an overview drawing of the planned low income housing at 1045 North Sacramento Avenue. The construction will fill the lot just west of the Norwegian Hospital building. As such the construction will face the boulevard. Presently that lot is parking for the hospital employees. If you want to get an idea of the size of the building visit this parking lot and walk around it as well as up and down Sacramento. It will be the size of the parking lot and 60 feet up in the air. The empty lot just south of this structure will be made into a parking lot to replace the parking the hospital's employers loose.

    Hipolito Roldan told us that the building will house 62 residents. That is substantially more people than Sylvia Michas from Chico and Nunes P.C. informed residents about in her rezoning notice. She claimed that there would be 49 residents in the building. However, Hipolito Roldan had no information about the lot at 1049 North Francisco Avenue which was another lot Sylvia Michas had applied rezoning for.

    We were only two visitors to the Alderman's office and we expressed parking concerns, congestion concerns, garbage concerns, noise , etc. We used the PLAZA TAINO building at 111 N. Francisco Ave. as an example for how the new building will affect the neighborhood. The PLAZA TAINO building house between 60 to 70 people which is about the same as the planned new construction. See continuation below:

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    We informed Hipolito Roldan that there was a constant parking problem, noise problem, garbage problem on the streets surrounding this building from early mornings to late evenings caused by visitors to the Taino building, workers, caretakers, grand children being dropped off and picked up for baby sitting as well...

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    We informed Hipolito Roldan that there was a constant parking problem, noise problem, garbage problem on the streets surrounding this building from early mornings to late evenings caused by visitors to the Taino building, workers, caretakers, grand children being dropped off and picked up for baby sitting as well as other visitors to the retirees. Hipolito Roldan answered by telling us that the new building fulfilled the legal demands and he told us that retirees don't have cars.

    I have not met Alderman Maldonado Roberto previously and I found him being a good listener. I encourage everybody affected by this new construction to go to his office and tell him about your concerns and ask him questions you need answers to. The more visitors he meet with the better he understand our concerns. The project will not disappear without YOU doing something. Please, knock your neighbors door and tell him or her to do something as well. Refer people to this discussion or if you are good at creating a website blog or good with social sites such as FaceBook, please, create a medium for us to help us get in contact with everyone in the neighborhood. This blog is very difficult to find if you do not know the initial headline. We need an easier-to-find medium to communicate.

    Also, Can anybody help. I was not able to post this entire blog at another discussion regarding this rezoning. The headline for that blog is: Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Be a great neighbor! Take Mental Health First Aid Training

Association House has recently started providing Mental Health First Aid training & certification to anyone in the community. 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental crisis at some point in their lives, and this course gives people the tools to recognize the symptoms and provide initial support to help friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors in need.

Fall/Winter Training Schedule:

Option 1:
Tuesday November 11,2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 1)
Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 2)

Option 2:
Tuesday December...

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Association House has recently started providing Mental Health First Aid training & certification to anyone in the community. 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental crisis at some point in their lives, and this course gives people the tools to recognize the symptoms and provide initial support to help friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors in need.

Fall/Winter Training Schedule:

Option 1:
Tuesday November 11,2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 1)
Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 2)

Option 2:
Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm (session 1)
Thursday December 18, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm (session 2)

Option 3:
Saturday January 10, 2015 9:0am-1:00pm (session1)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am-1:00pm (session 2)

Please Note: You must be present for both sessions to complete this training. There is a $25 reservation fee for this training.

Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/association-house-of-chicago-2570009008

It is an 8 hour course that will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions. The course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements.

Mental Health First Aid Teaches:

- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use.
- A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
- Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Mental Health First Aid is listed in the substance abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

  • This looks awesome! Thanks for posting. I am definitely going to see if I can do it.

  • Emily, that's great! I recently took the course and have found it easier just to console/talk with friends who are having a hard time but not necessarily a 'mental crisis'.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Cat Found

Short gray hair, green eyes, long body. Please help to find its owner. This sweet cat was sitting on my back steps for hours since this morning. It has no microchip. I posted flyers on Artesian, Campbell, and Maplewood off of North Ave. It's clearly a house cat because it's very sweet, went into a cat carrier on its own. I'm keeping it safe at my house for a few days hoping someone will respond.

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Judgeing Aldermen on 'People's Score'

Here's an interesting article.

I may not agree with everything they are advocating for, but I do agree with more aldermanic transparency.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141024/downtown/anti-rahm-website-judges-aldermen-on-peoples-score

http://takebackchicago.org/find-your-alderman/alderman-roberto-maldonado

  • I think I've already decided to vote against Maldonato, but I'm still kind of on the fence about which candidate to actually vote for.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Car-Radio Repair - Logan Square?

Hi All, My SUV (2003 Ford Escape) has a radio (6 x cd changer with radio) that is fried. Need it repaired or replaced with something else. All these mixed reviews on Yelp leave me wondering...does anyone have any good recommendations for guys in the area to take my car to? Good on price and service. Honesty is key. Thanks!

  • I would check the fuses first, since your car came with the CD changer, you might have more than one fuse for the radio. Even if you buy a generic radio, crooks are attracted to anything that is not stock. Always remove the faceplate or take apart your old radios face and use it as a decoy. I would check this place out. I bought car eq/amp there when i was in high school, I was able to haggle the price. But this was a long time ago.
    http://midwaykustoms.com/

  • Bethany Persons Christian, wife and new mom

    Yes they did, so it was a one stop shop. Hope it works out for you!

3 days ago

Taking a Drastic Turn for the Better

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Water being wasted - Have called - Still running

Hi, Have called in twice to 311 (last time about 1 month ago) to report water draining on the sidewalk in front of an abandoned building on Division near Spaulding. Received a service #, but can't figure out how to track it, even using the service tracker on the city's web site. The water is running slowly out of the sewer cover, and the sidewalk is wet, so it isn't as if it can't be seen.

How can I get this fixed? Who do I call, besides 311? Water is a precious commodity, and all this wasted water is really irresponsible.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Thanks, gpblight! I've just fired off an email to Laporte. We'll see how fast it gets repaired now!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    That's a cool site, Robin in WRP! I have bookmarked it for future use.

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Oct 06

Updated 4 days ago

Former Sausage Warehouse Acquired to House New Arts Center in Humboldt

smh

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support...

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support the Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park with the purchase of the warehouse at 2713 W. Division St., the former home of the Ashland Sausage Company.

“The acquisition of those properties is a major step in trying to commercially and culturally anchor our community as it faces the onslaught of an ever encroaching gentrification process which seeks to erase our historical memory from the Greater Humboldt Park community,” read an announcement from Ald. Roberto Maldonado’s office.

The properties will be converted into the new center, which will include 14 live/work space for community artists, a 99-seat theater for performance arts and dramatic productions, a retail arts gallery and a “wines of Latin America/Spirits of the Caribbean Piano Lounge,” according to Maldonado’s office.

The 3,000 square foot building sits across from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center along Paseo Boricua.

“The project will definitely invigorate the financial development of the community, and will provide a place where artists can realize themselves both economically and creatively,” according to Maldonado’s office. “It will truly foment a sense of place for our cultural workers.”

Belmont Bank will provide financing for the project. The Division Street Business Development Association, and its executive director Eduardo Arocho, will manage the initiative.

  • A group of neighbors affected by the zoning change around the Norweigan American Hospital in Humboldt Park will meet at the Alderman's office tomorrow Monday October 27 at 3:00 PM at 2511 W. Division Street. Please, be there to question the Alderman and to make an initial complaint about the huge 60 feet 4 story buildings that is planned for our neighborhood.

  • I wonder what Mssr. José López and company would have to say about a Hispanic owned gastropub that pays homage to the European roots of Humboldt Park on the Paseo. In case anyone thinks the idea of such a place is sacrilegious, there is such a place in Pilsen called...

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    I wonder what Mssr. José López and company would have to say about a Hispanic owned gastropub that pays homage to the European roots of Humboldt Park on the Paseo. In case anyone thinks the idea of such a place is sacrilegious, there is such a place in Pilsen called Pl-zeń. The name pays homage to the Bohemian roots of the neighborhood. I don't see such an establishment threatening the Mexican identity of the neighborhood.

    Heaven forbid a business minded Puertorrican dare think to open a place called Von Humboldt, paying homage to the botanist Alexander Von Humboldt after whom the park was named. What would happen if I entered Maldonado's office dressed in my very best guayabera and proposed such an idea to him in Spanish? Would it sit well with the honorable Mssr. López?

Oct 21

Updated 4 days ago

Forming a ceramics/pottery co-op!

Hello, we are in the process of forming co-op for ceramicists that need a space to throw and fire their work. The goal is to pool our resources together so that we can get a space where we can work. We can also use this space to have monthly gallery openings so that we can show our work to the neighborhood. We have three people interested so far, anyone on here interested?

Also, does anyone know of potential places where we could set up a kiln? It would have to be a place that we could vent, like somewhere that used to be equipped for a kitchen.

Thanks neighbors!

  • Hi there!

    I'd definitely be interested! I too currently throw at Penguin Foot Pottery but would love a space I can go to in the evenings and on weekends. I'd love to join you guys for a lunch to chat about everything.

    Are you thinking of a place to rent? How much are you thinking the place would cost/mo?

  • Aimee, awesome! I'll send you more info about our meet up - we are having dinner tonight if you're interested.

    As for the place - yes we are looking for a place to rent (particularly warehouse, storefront, and commercial spaces) - maybe to lease if the rent goes down with that. We're thinking the more people we get, the better the facility - but we are hoping that nobody pay more than 300 a month, although lower would better. Right now we are at 6 possible people!

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Oct 03

Updated 5 days ago

Donations Needed for Shelter Dogs and Cats

Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
- dog...

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Hi good folks of EB!

The shelter is (again) in desperate need of the following items if you're able to donate (used items are more than ok, they just need to be clean).

I'll be dropping off the donations on Sat Oct 25, so there's plenty of time. I can pick up at your house or you can drop off at mine (near North and California Aves - message me for phone number and address).

Here's the list:
- dog or cat beds
- towels, blankets, anything clean, warm and fuzzy they can lay on
- treats of any kind
- dog and cat food (for the pet food pantry so people in need can keep their beloved animals and those animals stay out of these kinds of kill shelters)
- toys: chew toys (like nyla bones or kongs) and non-stimulant stuffed toys (no squeekers please - gets them too riled up in their cages)
- puppy potty training pads (there's a huge shortage of workers/volunteers, so they don't get walked often. If they have these, it means they don't have to sit in their pee/feces and it helps reduce the spread of disease.
- cleaning products of any kind to help keep the place disinfected
- heating pads (for kittens, bunnies or even the little squirrels they help nurse back to health)
- leftover dog or cat medicines or vitamins

I was just there on Monday and would love to get them stocked up on towels/beds etc so all the animals have somewhere warm and comfortable to lay (it really helps reduce stress for them).

I've attached some pictures from the last run I did for donations from you great folks! You can see the animals really love the blankets and beds! :)

And if you're thinking of adopting or want to foster some of these sweet babies, hit me up! More foster homes = we can get more of these animals out of kill shelters!

Thanks so much folks!

  • meg

    You're not too late! I'll be doing a SECOND pick up Friday night!!! I just needed to do a couple trips because you guys are so rad! Thanks Janelle!!

  • meg

    UPDATE: Thanks neighbors! Your donations brought tears to my eyes and the dogs and cats all got their goodies today. It's AMAZING what a toy and a comfy dog bed/towel can do for them in there.

    Every single dog got a potty pad (helps keep waste off of them -...

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    UPDATE: Thanks neighbors! Your donations brought tears to my eyes and the dogs and cats all got their goodies today. It's AMAZING what a toy and a comfy dog bed/towel can do for them in there.

    Every single dog got a potty pad (helps keep waste off of them - they're like gold there!!!), a clean towel/blanet/dog bed to lay on, and tons of treats and pets. All thee cats got toys, treats and love too!

    There are so many loving, scared animals there. It breaks my heart to leave them. I have created a Facebook album with pics from today. Please take a look (settings should be so anyone can view) and please SHARE with your friends and family. This is really how they get out of there. If you're interested in fostering or fostering-to-adopt, I can find a rescue that will get a dog or cat out of there. If you foster, you will SAVE a LIFE, for real.

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202079944194990.1073741830.1678777235&type=1&l=a780536943

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Kindly pickup after your dogs...... and yourselves

Please neighbors, why is our area constantly dirty with trash, and doggie remains? What would motivate dog owners to pickup their dogs feces(Poo) as they walk them? Do dog owners like rats running around their neighborhood? Dog Feces is like a special meal for the rats including what small dog owners perceive to be just a cute tiny poop. To all the snackers walking down the street why must you toss your trash aside into the wind? Don't you see...

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Please neighbors, why is our area constantly dirty with trash, and doggie remains? What would motivate dog owners to pickup their dogs feces(Poo) as they walk them? Do dog owners like rats running around their neighborhood? Dog Feces is like a special meal for the rats including what small dog owners perceive to be just a cute tiny poop. To all the snackers walking down the street why must you toss your trash aside into the wind? Don't you see the trash cans everywhere? Can't you just put the garbage in the garbage can? To the scavengers: I know your trying to find metal and cash recyclables but must you toss out the garbage into the alleyway? Isn't it bad enough that you have to dig through the trash, now you have to walk through it?

  • MaB

    That's a good idea! Besides the rats, It is really gross when my husband mows the front grass strip and has to mow doggie doodoo :(

  • G

    The city itself is just a great big garbage heap on top of our natural planet.

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Oct 22

Updated 6 days ago

Bruno is having a blowout garage sale! He's cleaning out the warehouse to move!

Hello neighbors! My husband and I live on Haddon. My husband buys storage units and rents a warehouse in Humboldt to hold everything. Well, he is now moving to a new warehouse and getting rid of a lot of stuff this weekend for the move! Come to the warehouse sale at Warehaus West! Here is the link of location and the stuff he's getting rid of, most if which he is selling for $1. Records, electronics, instruments, tools etc.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/gms/4727286972.html

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    My partner is looking for 2000-3000 sq ft of warehouse space. Any chance you know of an available space?

  • Y_2_K I aspire to be who I am.

    I just read the CL ad you linked to. You said it starts at 10am on Saturday, what is the address? I'd love to look through the vinyl, and everything else. Thanks!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Umm, if you read the CL ad, you would see to the right of it is a map with the address.

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