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What's your view

As I look out my window, I was wondering what do my neighbors see out of their windows. Are there sights that bother you and ones that you love? There is a tree in the next yard that crows live in, I find them fascinating. Next to that is a garage that has never been finished. It is half sided and half roofed, has been that way for years.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Plz post the results on this thread so others can see the results! It astounds me that the concept of top down is not what people do. They go to the lowest level of phone support, 311 telephone operators or an alderman telephone answerer and expect for good things to...

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    Plz post the results on this thread so others can see the results! It astounds me that the concept of top down is not what people do. They go to the lowest level of phone support, 311 telephone operators or an alderman telephone answerer and expect for good things to happen.

    The world is not like that anymore. The BOSS has to say: get this done or nothing happens.

    We pay taxes whether we own or rent. We typically do not get the service we pay for. It is in our best interest to BE SURE that the workers who come out DO THE WORK.

    This is where the citizen falls short. The citizen needs to show the BOSS that someone came, they did not do their job....and to get rid of the SLACKER. Until we do this; taxpayer $$ is wasted in huge volumes and it bankrupts the city.

    We all have the ability to help the mayor clean house. We just have to buckle down and do it and not wait for someone else.

    Test these email requests. Send one everyday for things you see that are not right. Attach a photo. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast it got done....

    You will feel relevant, empowered, happy!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The view outside my front window is significant architecturally interesting buildings. 20 years ago it was vacant abandoned buildings. Out my back window is a very large complex of section 8 buildings that are meticulously groomed but have problematic tenants. That has changed to fewer problematic tenants from an alley...

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    The view outside my front window is significant architecturally interesting buildings. 20 years ago it was vacant abandoned buildings. Out my back window is a very large complex of section 8 buildings that are meticulously groomed but have problematic tenants. That has changed to fewer problematic tenants from an alley full of drug dealers . We owe that to Phil Cline and the old Mayor Daley who helped put up a fence along the entire block at the alley because drug dealers would dart in and out of the buildings to avoid police. We owe that to Charles L Williams who was patrol deputy.

    That is the change for us in 20 years. Our block is also 17.8% more populated than 20 years ago due to the Building Department shutting down all the abandoned buildings. That is significantly better than adjacent blocks with negative (-) growth.

    This +17.8% population growth is a testimate that emails to the mayor and commissioner will improve the situation of the neighborhood. They do a better job than our alderman.

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Meet the 27th ward aldermanic candidates

Candidates for alderman in the 27th ward took part in a forum hosted by the Chicago West Side Branch of the NAACP. Watch it online at: http://ow.ly/I37tC

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  • Firing Our Way Into The Future

    Ms. Garcia is asking for $632.07:
    My students need four Kindle Fire tablets with headphones and protective cases for integrating technology into their learning.
    Morton School of Excellence Comment

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Updated Jan 22

"Bad Landlords"

Some of you may have heard by now that the City is planning on posting a list of "Bad Landlords". Granted there may a few here and there. However, I feel that if the city post a list of "Bad Landlords then there should be a list for "Terrible Tenants" as well!

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

    Nothing kills a lie better than truthful info.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round...

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    The world is just a different place than 50 years ago. The internet has changed everything, Email has changed everything. Hackers have changed everything. Revolution is just not the same anymore with all the media stuff facebook, twitter, etc.

    Things are just different and a trillion dollars could travel round the world with the click of a mouse in a second. THINK on how fast that is! Things that were a twinkle in someones' eye can be a 3 dimensional item within hours thanks to 3d printing.

    Things are just different, faster, maybe better and maybe worse. It is hard to sort out but one must do the best they can.

    In 50 years China built itself up into a superpower. In the same 50 years the south and west sides of Chicago cratered to unlivable conditions where 1/3 of the population has fled to the suburbs. 1.2 million have left; most in minority neighborhoods because living conditions are the worst.

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Updated Jan 19

Jason Ervin continues to get caught up in questionable activities

A Multimillion Dollar gets a $2000 per month rent agreement for a $2k donation . No wonder these neighborhoods do not improve
http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/301614/watchdogs-movie-studio-boss-pays-20k-debt-city-hall-sun-times-inquiries

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Ervin does not campaign, would be interesting to see if he gets investigated for campaign funds that he
    doesnt spend. He simply challenges everyone who wants to run

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Updated Jan 18

Maybe next election!

I have read a look of post in regards to replacing Alderman Ervin in this up coming election. From what I've read It seems like we'll be stuck with Erivn for another four years.
Going forward I think the plan now should be selecting a qualified candidate and we all rally behind that one person. Get that person out there so that he/she can gain some notoriety.
Also, After reading a lot of the posts it seems like there maybe serval candidate among the group?

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I absolutely agree. I'd like to see Amara Enyia run for Alderwoman. The only other alternative is to prepare to get the public media involved to put a spotlight on our living conditions. Such as the time when the 2 ladies contacted the local news to expose the heroine smoke...

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    I absolutely agree. I'd like to see Amara Enyia run for Alderwoman. The only other alternative is to prepare to get the public media involved to put a spotlight on our living conditions. Such as the time when the 2 ladies contacted the local news to expose the heroine smoke den located in the middle of Garfield Park.

    We need to prepare to reach out to local media outlets, journalist and the national media outlets as well. We need to put Ward 28 under the spotlight for the next 4 years.

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Updated Jan 16

Fioretti as 28th Ward Write In Candidate

Why can't Fioretti be written in as 28th ward alderman? He has no ward, knows the west side and is experienced.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    If there are enough illegal actions and convictions...I think one can loose their seat. Then the mayor appoints a candidate.

    Not sure how all of that plays out in the legal system.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I don' think you have to foia. I think there are websites that publish donors to candidates. Is moveon.org one of them? Does anyone know what site that would be? If so, please post here.

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Any FOOD entrepreneurs out there?

https://www.chobanifoodincubator.com/

Chobani the yoghert place is doing some kind of innovative food thing. Take a look if you are a FOOD entrepreneur!

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Updated Jan 14

4 more years of ervin

well it looks like Ervin knocked everyone off the ballot.so I wouldn't expect to much change over the next four years. Its sad that a person who claims to be a democrat try's and succeeds in stopping the democratic process.its also a sign of how bad a job he has done.that he is so fearful of any one else getting on the ballot.he knows he has done nothing for the residents of the 28th ward.

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    It looks like you all have 1 write-in candidate. Has anyone reached out to help out? Does anyone care?

  • I would support McGill , Jackson and anyone against Ervin.
    If it takes a write in, so be it.
    circulate McGill's name heavily to all of the 28th ward.

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How Taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

I went to this last time, and it was very surprising how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent. They are having another free/public meeting. This time the meeting is in the Near North with plenty of free parking. I highly recommend attending.

Saturday, January 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Marcello’s ~ Father and Son Restaurant
645 West North Avenue

Here is the URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27th-Ward-TIF-meeting

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

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Updated Jan 12

All-Star Cheer Program

I'm in the process of starting an ALL STAR CO-ED COMPETITION DANCE/CHEER TEAM for ages 5-18 in the Spring of 2015 in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Are there any businesses that can donate practice space for 3 evenings during the week from 6:30-8:30 for us to hold practice and store mats (which is also something we need). We will also need the facility at least 1 Saturday per month just to meet up before going out to do group...

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I'm in the process of starting an ALL STAR CO-ED COMPETITION DANCE/CHEER TEAM for ages 5-18 in the Spring of 2015 in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Are there any businesses that can donate practice space for 3 evenings during the week from 6:30-8:30 for us to hold practice and store mats (which is also something we need). We will also need the facility at least 1 Saturday per month just to meet up before going out to do group community service work at shelters, senior homes, etc. (teaching to give back) or to have self-development classes for the kids in the program. MY GOAL IS TO BUILD MORE POSITIVE YOUTH PROGRAMS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD because OUR YOUTH,TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS ARE WORTH IT! Also please let me know if you are interested in being a participant (fee based program) or volunteer. Thanks!

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Updated Jan 07

If Detroit can bounce back....WHY NOT ....us????

http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-bounces-back-from-bankruptcy-211308136.html

Bankruptcy is bringing Detroit back. Why haven't politicians brought back the south and west sides?

Something is really wrong.

Anybody with thoughts please contribute.

  • OK it's me who is foolish if that's what you read but your wise self should be able to show me the error of my ways with more than

    Sean, you sound foolish. I'm sorry that you cared enough about me to go back and study up. I didn't mean...

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    OK it's me who is foolish if that's what you read but your wise self should be able to show me the error of my ways with more than

    Sean, you sound foolish. I'm sorry that you cared enough about me to go back and study up. I didn't mean to hit a nerve.

    However, thank you for explaining to us your life threatening sacrifices on the big bad west side. Be careful out here Rambo.

    I wish you luck in finding a place to put down roots that you feel is deserving of your commitment to the community. To end this discourse with you and to follow the advice of gp I leave you with this observation, I see you won't be satisfied with less than $100,000,000 at your funeral. Me? I sleep well knowing I'll have a 100,000,000 roses at mine(shout out to ASAP Ferg). I don't have hundreds of complaining comments to my "name" because I have already been paid back by the Chi for my actions. I need to get back to doing something so let's stop bothering the other EBers. Most the time I'm at 145 S. Cambell, I'm the only Sean there. I'd ask my friend Amel to leave you a ticket next time she is in town but I don't know who to leave it for or whether you've moved on to "greener pastures".
    Salam

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It appears our job creation has fell 200% since last year. YIKES!

    We were 41 and are now 118 is it in job creation amongst states.

    Maybe the unemployed here could go to Alibaba...figure out how to buy on Alibaba vendor and sell on line at home!

    Anybody know how...

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    It appears our job creation has fell 200% since last year. YIKES!

    We were 41 and are now 118 is it in job creation amongst states.

    Maybe the unemployed here could go to Alibaba...figure out how to buy on Alibaba vendor and sell on line at home!

    Anybody know how to do that or have experience in it? For a while people became Ebay sellers and could earn a small living. Could we be Alibaba wholesalers and supply consumers direct or stores?

    We need to do something to INNOVATE and create a sustainable economy in EGP. The government has failed for 30-40 years. We need to make solutions ourselves.

    Geez...no wonder roommates can't find jobs!

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