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Appears to be the apartment over Underwater Safaris.

— On the neighbor message Fire near Lincoln and Wellington
2:08 p.m.

Search EB for USPS. There have been a number of threads about the mail problems in various neighborhoods. Not long ago, someone in West Town put together a neighborhood forum about it. Start with these threads, but there are more:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/apr05-community-solution-usps-delivery-problems-6072970/
http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/mar31-public-forum-usps-mail-theft-and-delivery-errors-6029580/

— On the neighbor message I haven't received any mail in two weeks!
12:48 p.m.

We know that Target pulled out a few months ago. The speculation is that after the data breach and other difficulties they can't afford to open new stores right now. That may mean we get a WalMart. They've looked at that property in the past.

Regarding Panera, I don't know why they can't find a home on the west side of Lake View. I don't love the idea of a chain, but we do need some lunch places. And, I don't get Vitamin Shoppe's existence at all.

4:21 p.m.

Lots of people like them, but when we tried them once five years ago we were not impressed. The appointment was very expensive and the vet was trying to up-sell us the whole appointment. Things may have changed since then.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a Veterinary Clinic
9:54 a.m.

Since there's lots of evidence the stats are wrong, data from the city is not to be trusted. See:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/04/07/fudging-chicago-crime-numbers

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2014/Chicago-crime-statistics/

In addition, due to the fact that there are fewer cops in the street to answer calls, fewer crimes get recorded. Not everyone is going to wait around for a cop to report their stolen phone. Second, less homicide can be a function of better medical care and not fewer crimes. Compstat or the push by the police powers to drive down numbers at all costs leads to fudged data. There's a This American Life podcast about what happened to one cop in NY when he tried to blow the whistle on the situation there,

— On the neighbor message Lotsa Sirens on Montrose near Clark
9 a.m.

Sometimes the property tax website will give the owner's name.

You should also contact your alderman if you aren't getting any help from the police.

— On the neighbor message Loud neighbors issue
10:36 p.m.

Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

— On the neighbor message Let us clean up the mess
4:06 p.m.

More coyotes = fewer rats. Go coyotes!

— On the neighbor message Coyotes in River Park?
9:53 a.m.

It is a known scam: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/scammers-hacking-victims-computers-calling-phone/story?id=18378841

If you have caller ID on your phone, don't answer calls from numbers you don't recognize.

— On the neighbor message "broken computer" phone scam ?
9:52 a.m.

WoooHooo!

— On the food inspection Osmium Coffee Bar passed inspection
11:33 p.m.

Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

— On the neighbor message Etno village grill
9:36 p.m.

Do we need to sign up in advance?

— On the neighborhood event Lake View history!
9:34 p.m.

In its previous incarnation EB was heavily moderated, now it doesn't happen or is done inconsistently.

— On the neighbor message EveryTroll Can Find a Home on EveryBlock
2:48 p.m.

It is against EB policy. If they want to change the policy to allow advertising, we can decide then if we want to keep using EB. As it stands, advertising is not allowed. I am tired of seeing advertisements for apartments for rent, homes for sale, cleaners who need clients, etc. Pretty soon EB will just be another craigslist.

11:05 p.m.

The question is, will there be one this year? I haven't seen anyone talking about them. You can always go to Winnemac park.

— On the neighbor message July 4th Fireworks at Belmont Harbor
2:23 p.m.

There isn't an organized fireworks (except for at Navy Pier) but there are lots of people who put on their own shows.

— On the neighbor message July 4th Fireworks at Belmont Harbor
10:02 a.m.

I just went through this and ended up going with a non-local company because of the high quotes I got from local companies. That said, there was another thread here a month or two back that had suggestions for local companies that weren't as expensive. Perhaps try using the search feature to find it. (Had I seen that thread before mine were ordered, I would have tried one of those places first.)

I used the Shade Store, which is a chain. It is sort of hybrid approach to online blinds. They have a showroom at the Merch Mart so you can touch, feel, and take home samples. But, you have to do your own measuring and installing. However, they can provide the name of a local contact to do that piece for you if you choose.

6:10 p.m.

Colin, I agree that parts of LV have been bad for a few years, but thankfully, most of the crime stays east of me (I live 1/2 mile west of the Belmont train stop). Thus, two men with guns on Racine on a Sunday night while it is still light outside is a big deal. In any case, we shouldn't downplay this sort of incident just because some parts of the neighborhood are used to it. We shouldn't have to be used to it.

— On the neighbor message 2014 Pride Parade Thoughts
3:54 p.m.

At 8:30pm last night a group of movers was robbed of their day's earnings at Racine and Wellington by two guys with guns. Would this have happened on a "regular" Sunday night?

— On the neighbor message 2014 Pride Parade Thoughts
2:58 p.m.

Try freecycle or the free part of craigslist if you don't have luck here.

— On the neighbor message FREE 29" Tube TV
9:53 a.m.

I'm not sure if this is what you are referring to, but according to Tunney's newsletter Diversey is getting partially resurfaced from Cambridge to Broadway/Clark starting July 3.

— On the neighbor message Construction on diversey near halsted
8:03 p.m.

Try Task Rabbit.

— On the neighbor message Moving a couch
2:33 p.m.

Is this your cat: http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/jun21-found-cat-6208494/

— On the neighbor message MISSING KITTY
4:32 p.m.

Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

— On the neighbor message The Cathford Group Credit Inc
9:41 a.m.

Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

— On the neighbor message Reinos tailor shop
7:03 a.m.

Are you asking for recommendations? We use Cats in the City and love them. Our sitter is Carol and she is spectacular. But, I've heard all of their sitters are good. Unless it is a packed holiday weekend, the sitters try to spend an hour with your cat so it gets play time as well as food and litter box cleaning.

http://www.catsinthecity.biz/

— On the neighbor message Pet sitter in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square
3:16 p.m.

Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

— On the neighborhood event Breakfast at Tiffany's
10:28 p.m.

Red Door Animal Shelter has lots of bunnies for adoption. You could try calling them and asking for advice.

— On the neighbor message Bunny needs a home
9:54 a.m.

They trimmed and inoculated the ash trees.

— On the neighbor message Forestry work?
9:46 p.m.

Hey Feihong, sort to thread jack, but is EB ever going to start moderating again? Pretty much all I ever see anymore under "conversations" are apartment rentals, houses for sale, garage sales, waxing services, and cleaning people looking for clients.

— On the neighbor message What's with all the monks?
6:16 p.m.

EB guidelines are pretty clear that you are not supposed to advertise, including apartment rentals.

— On the neighbor message Studio - $850 a month with utilities included
4:02 p.m.

Is there something going in? Or, will it be just another vacant Lincoln Ave. storefront?

— On the neighbor message What is replacing Powell's?
7:14 p.m.

I think someone else posted about this bird: https://chicago.everyblock.com/conversations/?start=201406071009

— On the neighbor message Has anyone lost a parakeet?
8:10 p.m.

Here is an epic EB thread from the past with lots of quotes from Pawar and Waguespack: http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/aug22-crabby-about-11-bus-being-eliminated-5271926/

Here is the petition started by the Chamber back then: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-11-lincoln-avenue-bus/

9:32 a.m.

If that was him, he escaped the hospital: http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/06/rock-out-grunge-rocker-escapes-from.html

— On the neighbor message Crime Alert
10:22 p.m.

I live north of you in Lake View and we had to invest in a UPS Store box so that we could get packages delivered.

— On the neighbor message Package Thefts
12:24 p.m.

I live south of Belmont near Southport. The south and west parts of Lake View are quite calm. (Lake View is a big area and in totality one of the densest in the city. What happens in one part of Lake View doesn't reflect what happens in all parts of Lake View.) There are property or car crimes occasionally, but very little person-on-person crime. The neighborhood groups meet regularly and the local Chamber is active. Mostly, I would say keep your wits about you.

I use the Belmont stop, but never by myself after about 10pm and I don't walk home from it after dark.

— On the neighbor message Southport corridor safety? Advice pls!
12:23 p.m.

Make sure you post here: https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois

12:22 a.m.

Make sure you post here: https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois?ref=ts&fref=ts

— On the neighbor message Found cat!!
9:30 a.m.

In Lake View there were also protests and the alderman pushed hard to keep it. Come here and see what has happened to Lincoln Ave. since it left. There are open retail spaces everywhere. The 11 bus change only saved about $1 million a year if I remember the news stories correctly. I wonder how much we've lost in tax revenues.

9:29 a.m.

Be sure to also post here: https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois

— On the neighbor message Orange cat found, Roscoe Village
10:12 p.m.

There are forestry signs up all over the neighborhood, which means they are going to trim. However, I don't know what that means for the ash trees. Even if they are just trimming them, they shouldn't be doing it in the summer because the cuts let in the borers.

— On the neighbor message Forestry work?
3:08 p.m.

Also Task Rabbit.

— On the neighbor message Do you know somone who..
4:14 p.m.

Make sure you report it as a sinkhole and not a pothole. The city has two different crews and if they send the wrong one, they just close the ticket without fixing anything.

— On the neighbor message Huge Sink Hole!!
6:43 a.m.

Here is the website to the Cook County project: http://urbancoyoteresearch.com/

Also some FAQs from the Forest Preserve: http://fpdcc.com/coyotes-faq/

— On the neighbor message Coyote
noon

I'm completely annoyed by all of the "ads" showing up here. In the old days, they would have been deleted immediately. I don't think asking to form a job group is an ad. But, this is probably the wrong platform for it, as others have noted.

Regarding discounts, there is Groupon, FB, Yelp, and others. Regarding yard sales, EB's crawlers will automatically pick up ads for them from garage/yard sale listing sites. They will be under the Events heading (these are different from self-posted events).

— On the neighbor message Who Wants to Start a Jobs Group?
9:32 a.m.

Be sure to post here: https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois

— On the neighbor message Lost Dog
10:37 a.m.

If it is an iPhone, Apple will help.

— On the neighbor message Cell phone found
4:11 p.m.

This isn't exactly Ravenswood, but I noticed a sign on a house on Barry across the street from Burley school. I think it has 3br and 1 bath.

— On the neighbor message Moving to the area.
12:42 p.m.

Per the Everyblock guidelines, please, "Don’t post advertisements or solicitations."

http://chicago.everyblock.com/help/guidelines/

— On the neighbor message Single family home in Lakeview
4:40 p.m.

Were you thinking of this thread?: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/may04-iphone-screen-repair-6124186/

(Not about battery replacement, but maybe helpful anyway.)

— On the neighbor message replacing iphone 4s battery
4:36 p.m.

Coal Fire Pizza is opening on Southport. Not sure if they will deliver that far.

— On the neighbor message Best Delivery Pizza in the Area?
4:34 p.m.

What are you accessing EB with? This used to happen to me (in the old days) on my iPad via Safari. But, I haven't been having the problem lately. I've always had access to the whole thread if I used a computer.

10 a.m.

This was announced last week. (Poor Patch. Always late to the party.) However, it got me thinking, what should go there?

It is a big parcel of land. At one point, WalMart was interested in it. In my perfect world, we'd get a health club or some other facility with a true 25m (or longer) pool. Decent lap swimming pools are hard to come by in Chicago.

11:26 a.m.

Scroll about half-way down this post for more info: http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/05/sunday-ticker-early-morning-in.html

— On the neighbor message Shooting at Ashland and Addison
6:41 p.m.

A guy got shot at Addison and Ashland: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140511/lakeview/lakeview-shooting-wounds-man

— On the neighbor message 3 a.m. Sunday Morning — Gunshots?
11:57 a.m.

Here is another thread about this: http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/feb12-valet-parking-5995019/

It doesn't seem like much happened after that discussion. You will all probably need to keep bugging the alderman.

— On the neighbor message Traffic 2000 Block of North Halsted
12:19 p.m.

http://www.deck-sealing.com/

— On the neighbor message Power Washing a Back Porch
12:07 p.m.

Mahogany Builders. (On Southport) Their guys do excellent, meticulous work.

— On the neighbor message KITCHEN REHAB
9:40 a.m.

Call or go in to the Apple Store.

— On the neighbor message Are You Missing an iPad Mini?
6:44 p.m.

Where in LV?

— On the neighbor message Water main break?
11:15 p.m.

Those are Ghost Bikes: http://ghostbikes.org/

— On the neighbor message Abandoned Bike
11:12 p.m.

The Care of Trees

— On the neighbor message Trees on 4900 Winchester
11:16 a.m.

The U-haul on Fullerton and Racine usually has a stack of free boxes to the right of the checkout.

— On the neighbor message Boxes?
11:13 a.m.

Posting here will not re-open the request. You need to call 311 or report online.

— On the Open311 service request Graffiti Removal was closed
12:16 a.m.

There have been lots of articles about the EAB in Chicago. There was even a forum held last year at Lane Tech. We paid out of pocket to treat our boulevard tree because the city can only pay to treat so many of them.
http://www.emeraldashborer.info/#sthash.uPKsfmfs.dpbs
https://www.agr.state.il.us/eab/

— On the neighbor message Trees on 4900 Winchester
7:45 a.m.

Did you send her an email? Or, do you have evidence she'll read this? (BTW, Aldermistress?)

— On the neighbor message Tribune Media's Red Plum
12:18 a.m.

Filing a report helps to make sure crime stats are accurate. He can do it by phone now. That said, I sort of remember a month or two ago someone else posting about a similar occurrence (bike, getting beat up). There were a number of comments and some people speculated that this was some sort of sick game to be video taped and put online. Try searching EB for more deets.

— On the neighbor message Cyclist attacked at Western & Logan
5:56 p.m.

At least in my area of LV, lots of people have signed up for Next Door, but no one uses it.

— On the neighbor message Neighborly.
9:14 a.m.

My mail was once held when someone a block over with the same numerical address went on vacation.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Mail
9:12 a.m.

Shade Store is online, but you can also pay them to measure and install. They have a showroom to see the materials at the Merch Mart.

— On the neighbor message Blinds
11:27 a.m.

EB was much more heavily moderated in the past.

— On the neighbor message Neighborly.
11:25 a.m.

The Forbes article doesn't completely turn me off. I know how to sort an Angie's List so the companies with coupons are not first.

This has been a really interesting thread and I appreciate everyone's contributions.

— On the neighbor message Any thoughts about Angie's List?
12:13 p.m.

Meetups with addresses happen automatically on Everyblock. Anytime an address appears in a Meetup on the web, the crawlers classify it in the relevant neighborhood. This is an automatic post and not monitored. Thus, you have to go to the Meetup link directly and ask the group organizer there how to attend.

— On the meetup Hegel: "Science of Logic"
12:08 p.m.

The BBB is also pay-to-play.

— On the neighbor message Any thoughts about Angie's List?
9:40 a.m.

There's a few things you can do depending on to what level you want to get involved. You can post here: https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois?ref=ts&fref=ts
You can take the cat in to a vet to see if it is chipped.
You can call vets in the area to see if anyone has reported it missing.
You can hang posters.
You can post on craigslist.
If anyone claims the cat, make sure it is really theirs by showing you pictures.

— On the neighbor message Beige and Brown Cat at Wolcott and Berteau
8:36 a.m.

I pay a monthly fee. I'm trying to figure out if they are charging businesses just to be listed.

— On the neighbor message Any thoughts about Angie's List?
8:50 p.m.

This isn't quite Roscoe Village, but I just walked by a sign for a 3bdrm, 1 bath on Barry. I believe it was on the 1500 block across from the Army/Navy store. I don't remember what it said about pets or parking.

5:45 p.m.

Yelp is also pay to play. Businesses that pay have the bad reviews moved to the "not currently recommended" section or deleted altogether.

I'm and Angie's List member, but I've been using them a lot lately. I do know that the providers that offer coupons show up at the top of the list in the default sort, but you can sort the list in different ways. My reviews have always shown up. In what other ways is Angie's List asking providers for money? Before I renew again, I want to understand this better.

— On the neighbor message Any thoughts about Angie's List?
5:40 p.m.

Hi, this is a friendly reminder not to post advertisements or solicitations on Everyblock. http://www.everyblock.com/comment-policy/

5:38 p.m.

To be fair, I'm not sure what the aldermen can do. Do they have influence over a federal organization?

— On the neighbor message Mailbox Notices
12:25 p.m.

If the entire mail system makes a change because of their precarious financial system, that's one thing. It is a whole different thing if a mail carrier just decides he doesn't want to deliver to a perfectly accessible mailbox.

— On the neighbor message Mailbox Notices
7:05 a.m.

If you do a search on EB for mail, there are many threads about how bad the service is in Chicago. There was a meeting in Lake View a few years ago that changed nothing and Logan Square or Humboldt Park had one recently. I don't know if they've seen any systemic changes.

— On the neighbor message Mailbox Notices
8:32 a.m.

Be sure to read this thread from a few years ago. Two different homeowners were asked to move their mailboxes because the mail carrier didn't want to do the steps: https://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul16-mail-delivery-throwing-down-the-gauntlet-5160572/

I'm sorry. I'm just fascinated by the incompetence of the mail system in Chicago. I've lived elsewhere and it works as it should.

— On the neighbor message Mailbox Notices
10:33 p.m.

I'm curious how this turns out for you. There isn't a nation-wide requirement that mailboxes be at street level. (There also isn't a requirement that mailboxes be labeled with names.) But, the Chicago mail bureaucracy is a world onto itself. I'd follow up with your alderman and state rep.

(In my part of LV, people attach the mailbox to the front fence. And, since you have to shovel anyway, no trudging necessary.)

— On the neighbor message Mailbox Notices
10:11 p.m.

I haven't used them for a dryer, but Abt does appliance repair.

— On the neighbor message Dryer Repair
7:50 p.m.

I don't know. I don't have it and won't take delivery of it unless I have a home for it. It is a slab that has two back splashes cut from it. As soon as I have more info, I'll post or PM you. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?
9:32 a.m.

Remember to post both lost cats or found cats here: https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois?ref=ts&fref=ts

— On the neighbor message Found large cat on School St
9:31 a.m.

There are coyotes all over. You can read more about the project here: http://urbancoyoteresearch.com/

— On the neighbor message Coyote Sighting?
3:07 p.m.

If I get it, I'm going to have a big slab that I'll want to sell. You would have to find some way to cut it.

— On the neighbor message Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?
3 p.m.

Kelly sounds like a good choice. But, if something happens and she can't make it, try Task Rabbit.

— On the neighbor message Large Plant Relocation
2:55 p.m.

It is pretty solid gray, without veining. I'm not sure how much there is, but I only need to have two back splashes cut from it.

— On the neighbor message Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?
11:14 p.m.

I live in the other side of Lake View and am really happy about this. The space they are going to occupy is now a big, empty storefront that does nothing to help Lincoln Ave. revitalize.

12:09 p.m.

I've seen EB eliminate some sources from their crawler. Maybe that will happen in this case.

12:13 a.m.

A Building Permit application happens automatically on Everyblock. Anytime an address appears in the city data portal, the crawlers classify it and post in the relevant neighborhood. The owners of this property are unlikely to see your solicitation (which aren't really supposed to be on EB).

— On the building permit Permit issued for easy permit process
2:28 p.m.

A Media Mention happens automatically on Everyblock. Anytime an address appears in a news story on the web, the crawlers classify it as a Media Mention in the relevant neighborhood.

2:24 p.m.

Panera has been scouting for a location for at least three years, so that is a distinct possibility.

— On the building permit Permit issued for wrecking/demolition
2:18 p.m.

The bigger question is if Dark Matter will ever open.

— On the neighbor message Pour House on Southport
2 p.m.

You should contact both Waguespack and Tunney because I think they split at Belmont right there. (And, while you are asking, bug them again about the crosswalk at Lakewood. It need reprinting and better signage.)

9:34 a.m.

This is not my area of expertise at all, but I understand you'll need two egresses.

— On the neighbor message Cost to add roof deck and stairs?
9:31 a.m.

A Media Mention happens automatically on Everyblock. Anytime an address appears in a news story on the web, the crawlers classify it as a Media Mention in the relevant neighborhood.

— On the media mention Good fast food in Chicago
3:47 p.m.

Where in Lake View?

Be sure to post on Lost Cats Illinois FB page.

— On the neighbor message Lost Cat
11:25 p.m.

http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/cta/redeye-cta-working-on-cubs-cta-station-during-home-opener-20140403,0,1295275.story

"Cubs fans heading north on the Red Line Friday will now able to access Wrigley Field via the Addison stop as the Cubs open their 2014 season at home, the CTA said late Thursday.

The CTA decided to allow northbound trains to stop at the Addison stop from 10:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The CTA had previously said northbound trains could not stop there during that time so the agency could perform maintenance work."

6:15 p.m.

If you like old pictures, go to this site: http://themanonfive.com/ (It is done by a young guy who also works at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.)

You can see more pictures of the showboat under his tagged year, 1936: http://themanonfive.com/tagged/1936

— On the neighbor message Diversey and Logan in 1936
10:44 a.m.

I've always wondered why there are so many pigeons by the Baskin Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Roscoe Village Food Ninja
10:39 a.m.

The Bucktown Chamber hosts one every month in the good weather.

— On the neighbor message Free Paper Shredding Events
10:09 p.m.

Is there a Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce or an SSA? Generally those organizations pay for waste/recycling receptacles and their upkeep on commercial streets.

— On the neighbor message Trash Receptacle -- Roscoe and Claremont
12:06 p.m.

I can't have them delivered to work, so I had to pay for a box at the UPS store.

— On the neighbor message Has anyone else had packages stolen?
7:42 a.m.

If you click through, you'll see that they have since passed their inspection.

— On the food inspection Tandoor failed inspection
6:04 p.m.

I don't think anyone is suggesting the city clean up the boulevard. We're suggesting the trash not get thrown there in the first place. It isn't like there aren't garbage/recycling cans in every alley.

And, I don't live near Cubs stadium or the big festivals, yet I'm cleaning up cans, bottles, paper, etc. on a regular basis. So, it isn't just those events causing the problem.

— On the neighbor message Anyone else noticed a big increase in litter?
3:47 p.m.

Along Belmont, Ashland, and Lincoln on the west side of Lake View are garbage cans paid for by an SSA managed by the Chamber over here. I assume the east side Chamber has something similar. However, those cans are on the commercial streets not on the more residential blocks.

I have to admit that we're likely going to leave LV next year. We are still making our decision, but we are leaning toward moving. The lack of shoveling, the trash plopped next to the cans because people are too lazy to walk 20 feet further down the alley, the people who are too lazy to put the recycling in the recycling can vs. the garbage can, the stolen mail/packages, the lack of police, my plants being destroyed, the neighbor who lets his weeds grow over 6ft tall and never picks up his dog waste in his backyard (yay, stinky rat carnival), the litter, etc., etc. Of course, other variables go into making this decision, but the lack of caring about the neighborhood is a big one. I have met some really great, neighborly people here. I enjoy living on my quiet block and moving probably isn't the best decision financially, but it is one we may make.

— On the neighbor message Anyone else noticed a big increase in litter?
11:30 a.m.

Oooh, I'm happy to see Barbara too! Hi! (Sorry for hijacking.)

— On the neighbor message Helicopters overhead
6:08 p.m.

We're on the other side of Lakeview, but South Lakeview Neighbors has a neighborhood cleanup day every April (the Saturday before Earth Day) and we encourage participation from our members. Perhaps you could contact your neighborhood group to do the same?

(But, I agree. I'm always surprised what I see left in gardens, on sidewalks, etc. even in front of nice houses. But, then again, lots of people don't shovel either...)

— On the neighbor message Anyone else noticed a big increase in litter?
1:54 p.m.

Ahhhh, I wish I could edit. Barry and Racine (not Wellington).

— On the neighbor message Parking
6:27 p.m.

No parking permits if you are south of Belmont and west of Racine.

If the above garage doesn't work out, sometimes the garage next to the dry cleaners at Barry and Wellington has a spot available.

— On the neighbor message Parking
6:26 p.m.

Are they ash trees? It probably means they have been treated for Emerald Ash Borer. The tag tells the city which trees have been treated and when it will next need treatment.

Where on Southport?

— On the neighbor message Red Medallion on Tree?
9:34 a.m.

Doe anyone know how big the pool is?

— On the neighbor message LA Fitness and Mariano's on Lawrence opening?
8:28 a.m.

These guys should be able to help you: http://www.chicagopermitservices.net/Pages/default.aspx

But, generally, full service Chicago contractors will pull permits for you.

Good luck.

— On the neighbor message How to apply for a building permit?
10:05 a.m.

We've only ever used Abt, but I don't know if they do home warranty/third-party payments. Maybe Angie's List can help?

2:25 p.m.

We walked out our door yesterday to find a big plop on the sidewalk right in front of our home. This after navigating piles of snow and ice on the sidewalks all winter because people refuse to shovel, makes me so crabby.

Last summer, as we were arriving home, we saw a very slow moving SUV in front of our house. The passengers were taking pictures of a college-aged guy who didn't pick up after his dog. They yelled at him so much they shamed him into returning home and getting a bag. So, shaming can work.

— On the neighbor message Curb your dog...
2:24 p.m.

This post was made automatically by EB. It crawls through the web looking for articles/posts/blogs/etc. that match a particular neighborhood or address. The original post about the lost kitchen items was made to craigslist and picked up by EB's crawler. Thus, you should make your suggestion by emailing the person who made the original craigslist post. You'll have to click through to the original article.

3:49 p.m.

Here is the link for Lost Cats of IL: https://www.facebook.com/lostcatsofillinois

— On the neighbor message Fluffy the cat
10:55 p.m.

This is a thought - John Fritchey is a dog lover. He's gotten involved during the previous cold spells when people have left their dogs outside. Try contacting him on his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/John.Fritchey or at his office: http://www.fritchey.com/

He can call people inside city hall to make things happen.

— On the neighbor message Dog Freezing Outside
11:57 a.m.

If you search through other neighborhoods here on EB there are lots of posts dedicated to the horrid mail service we have in Chicago. Here is a recent (long) thread including some tips on how to make it better: http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/jan24-problems-usps-5971500/

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery in Lincoln Park
6:37 p.m.

Check the garbage cans, recycling bins, and bushes in about a 2-block radius before the garbage collectors come through again.

Regarding packages in general - we had to get a box at a UPS store because of theft problems.

— On the neighbor message Mail theft at 3727 N. Pine Grove
9:21 a.m.

Cats in the City. Highly recommended. catsinthecity.biz

— On the neighbor message Cat sitter?
12:39 p.m.

Wha...? Luxury lofts? Where?

I actually just had to buy a few because we are getting rid of stuff. I ended up going to the U-haul on Racine and Fullerton. U-haul does have a webpage to post if you want to get rid of them. You can check there to see if anyone has them. But, there is also a guy who will deliver used boxes that gets good press. I've not used him: http://movingboxesnow.com/ . There are other local places that will deliver new ones for free if you google it.

— On the neighbor message Moving Boxes, anyone!?
1:07 p.m.

This might not be exactly right, but it will be something like what's on this page: http://chicago.menupages.com/restaurants/big-littles/menu

7:37 a.m.

Juniper, thanks for the details. I can imagine doing something like that, but was wondering if anyone had and if it was successful.

8:33 a.m.

Back room at Will's Northwoods Inn.

— On the neighbor message Community Room Rentals
8:21 a.m.

Lynn Becker is still posting on FB and tweeting. You could try contacting him through one of those channels.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Architecture Plus?
8:20 a.m.

I appreciate the suggestions and am aware of the FB groups. But, they are similar to CL in that I have to photograph everything and individually sell each item. I guess what I didn't explain well enough in my post is that I'm looking for ways to sell lots of stuff at once. Has anyone done a home sale? A popup store? A tent at a flea market?

12:34 p.m.

...but, I don't have a yard.

12:20 p.m.

That's a good idea, I don't have a yard.

12:14 p.m.

Have you contacted the alderman?

— On the neighbor message Valet Parking
8:58 a.m.

What?! Didn't you just redo your website and form neighborhood block watches?

— On the neighbor message Belmont Harbor Neighbors
7:56 a.m.

Post it in the Free section on Craig's List just as you take it outside. It will be gone quickly.

8:47 a.m.

This is a long thread about what they are doing in Humboldt Park to help get their mail delivered: http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/jan24-problems-usps-5971500/

Maybe you can use some of their suggestions.

— On the neighbor message Mail Only Delivering Every Other Day
12:50 p.m.

SJG, in theory, I guess. But, almost no one ever gets fined. And, until that starts happening, the landlords can keep telling the tenants to do it. Honestly, considering how this city needs to raise revenue and nickels and dimes everything, I can't believe there isn't more shoveling enforcement.

— On the neighbor message Snow Sidewalk Removal
12:36 p.m.

Read the comments on this article. There's some discussion of the empty storefronts on Lincoln: http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/01/30/lakeview-developer-first-to-use-tod-ordinance-to-reduce-parking/

— On the neighbor message Empty Storefronts on Lincoln at Roscoe?
10:59 a.m.

I actually think the ordinance, which requires everyone with access to a property to shovel, actually deters shoveling. Landlords can just not do it and tell tenants that if they want something shoveled, they should do it themselves.

I don't mind the cold and snow that much, but the lack of shoveling in Chicago makes me insane.

— On the neighbor message Snow Sidewalk Removal
10:59 a.m.

And that rental apartment is supposed to have retail on the first floor. If we can't rent out the vacant places we already have, is this going to become another empty space?

— On the neighbor message Empty Storefronts on Lincoln at Roscoe?
1:06 p.m.

There's the same problem just south of Belmont. I keep thinking that when the Target goes in it will bring more small restaurants and such. But, they haven't presented revised plans to the community and everything else seems to be in a holding pattern.

— On the neighbor message Empty Storefronts on Lincoln at Roscoe?
9:51 a.m.

This just popped up in my thread. You might find it interesting: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jan29-missing-packages-amazon-5978125/

— On the neighbor message no mail delivery
5:18 p.m.

You need to contact the tenant organization mentioned up thread.

— On the neighbor message Rats in my apt. What do I do?
5:10 p.m.

I don't have a solution for you, but am considering buying property near that intersection along Michigan Ave. I'm worried about the siren and car noise. Is it really that bad? Can you ever have your windows open?

5:08 p.m.

I went and found the old Everyblock threads about mail in Lakeview
http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul15-mail-delivery-60657-4108606/
http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/aug12-mail-delivery-forum-scheduled-having-problems-please-attend-4176655/

There's lots of documentation in them about how the mail has been awful for years.

— On the neighbor message no mail delivery
4:43 p.m.

There are multiple threads on EB about mail delivery in Chicago. Mail delivery has been horrendous for years. If this is your first time having a problem, consider yourself lucky. I've attended meetings with our congressional reps and the mail service. The managers basically said they can't do anything. Carriers can call in sick or not make deliveries on crappy days without consequence. Sometimes there will be a sub, but that person will end up with multiple routes and will end up delivering mail well into the evening/night hours. Hopefully, now that it is warming up, your mail will appear. (We didn't get it for five days the last time it was cold. This time, we got our mail.)

— On the neighbor message no mail delivery
3:31 p.m.

I use Mark at Chicago Alley Cats. He lives very near you.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Alley-Cats/226837997348271
http://chicagoalleycats.com/

— On the neighbor message Snow shoveling in Lakeview
6:06 p.m.

There is another thread in another neighborhood asking the same thing. Chicago mail delivery is terrible. It has been terrible for years. If yours is normally working, you have a good carrier. But, if you have a bad carrier, nothing can be done. Postal carriers can almost never be fired or disciplined.

— On the neighbor message Slow First Class Mail for Packages
11:01 a.m.

Same in 60657. I've gone to meetings. I've complained. There's no point. It is almost impossible to fire a Chicago mail carrier.

— On the neighbor message Problems USPS
12:37 a.m.

Everyblock uses software to crawl the web looking for updates based on neighborhoods and addresses. Yelp review show up automatically. You can always click to read the entire review, ignore the posts, or change your settings so you don't see restaurant updates.

— On the neighbor message Don't post Yelp notices
12:37 a.m.

These updates happen automatically via software that looks for addresses and neighborhoods.

— On the media mention LGBT events in Chicago this weekend
12:29 a.m.

I mark them as unneighborly. And, eventually, I'll post a polite response asking them to stop if it continues.

— On the neighbor message Restrict Ads on EB?
5:41 p.m.

There was an update at the last West Lakeview Neighbors meeting. I wasn't there. That group or the alderman would know more, but I do know that a tallish (for the area) building was proposed. I would think it would need a variance and Waguespack is usually pretty picky about variances. So, check with them.

— On the neighbor message Paulina El Station Update?
10:21 a.m.

Contact http://energyimpactillinois.org/

They can help you find a company that will do an energy audit for $99. Then, they'll recommend things to do to make your home more energy efficient. If they can save you 15% in efficiencies, you'll qualify for up to $1750 in rebates. This is funded through stimulus dollars and the money runs out in the spring.

— On the neighbor message Weatherproofing a condo
6:43 p.m.

Quit creating accounts and fighting your neighborhood battles on EB.

8:54 a.m.

Also, read this: http://urbancoyoteresearch.com/

It is about Cook County.

— On the neighbor message Coyote Sighting
5:55 p.m.

One of the first posts I made on EB, way back when, was about how bad the postal service is here. (It isn't like this everywhere. I long for my old Twin Cities mail carriers.) I even went to a neighborhood meeting hosted by the post office and attended by the offices of our local US congresspeople.

I came out of that meeting not feeling any better. The one time the managers did try to fire someone who never worked and dumped mail in a garbage can, they were reversed for not following an arcane procedure.

I've rented a box at the UPS store for all of my packages and tell my family members not to send money or checks (my mom, of course). We regularly don't get stuff we are supposed to. Right now we are missing some CTA passes bought through the Groupon deal and we never received our open enrollment insurance information from last fall. There's other stuff I can't think of now.

We always get mail for others in our neighborhood and hope that they deliver our stuff that goes to them.

I throw up my hands.

(As an aside, I did catch a utility truck in my alley with the female driver next to it going to the bathroom. I live two blocks from a Starbucks and a few more from a McDonald's. She had no idea I could see her from my balcony.)

6:12 p.m.

Feline Friends: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Feline-Friends-Chicago/133015060067226?fref=ts

Do you know more about the cats? Ages, are the bonded, clawed/declawed, indoor only, etc?

Thanks for taking this on.

— On the neighbor message Cats need a Home
4:02 p.m.

That is scary. My cousin and his finance live quite near you. Keep the door to your unit locked and bolted. Make sure that the door is not the hollow, interior type and that it is securely in the frame. The next time it happens, tell 911 that people are breaking in your building right now. Because, if the alarms were going off, that is likely true. Keep your windows closed and locked.

You should also consider calling your alderman (I think it is Smith, but it might be Waguespack.). S/he might have some advice or be able to connect you with the police captain. You should get better response to your calls.

4:21 p.m.

Where did this happen? Were your landlords home? What did they say?

3:56 p.m.

...on every page?

(We need an edit button.)

10:36 a.m.

I never heard of the place and we would have been customers. So that's one problem they had. But, also, those of us in the west side of Lakeview (think Lincoln and Belmont) want a place like this. The Chamber says we have the income to support it. Why won't someone put up a decent sandwich restaurant or deli over here?

— On the neighbor message City Provisions Deli Closing
10:34 a.m.

Isn't it because they have an event calendar or every page?

10:26 a.m.

Yay Shelly!

— On the neighbor message Belmont Bus Reroute
10:23 a.m.

I don't know that this is the case here, but sometimes the time the crime is reported is what shows up rather than when it occurred.

— On the crime report Robbery: Armed: handgun
3:34 p.m.

One of the Lake View Chambers might have some advice.

— On the neighbor message Yoga and Smokers - help!
10:44 p.m.

T-Mobile is spotty, but I do know they have towers in some of the tunnels.

— On the neighbor message Phone+data coverage in the L tunnels?
9:46 p.m.

There have been threads about someone in the neighborhood having a device which can deactivate the car locks. Usually nothing of significance is taken and often, but not always, the cars are Hondas.

— On the neighbor message Car broken into in Lakeview
9:42 p.m.

Sue F. posted earlier looking for a lost iPod. I assume this post is her way of telling us it has been found.

— On the neighbor message Ipod found
11:50 a.m.

No. Toni likes to post snarky comments and is a sock puppet for Festa Events.

— On the neighbor message FYI
10:31 a.m.

Has your cat been missing since October? What area? You might want to create a new post if it was recent.

— On the neighbor message Found Orange Tabby
5:38 p.m.

Dr C. or Urban Vet Care. I know other people have had different experiences, but I wouldn't use Higgins if you paid me.

— On the neighbor message I need a vet that is great with cats....
10:41 a.m.

I saw a sticky note notice on the ground yesterday on Barry. They probably didn't stick so well because of the cold and were probably placed on fences instead of doors. Hence, people missed the notice.

(I'm not on Barry and was gone all day, but I'm pretty sure ours was off too because when I got home and ran the water it was intermittent for a moment.)

— On the neighbor message Water Shutoff - 1300 W. Barry
6:25 p.m.

In Waguespack's newsletter, it said a week. But, you know how these things go.

4:35 p.m.

I support the School Street Playlot and would like to see it built. But, that doesn't change the fact that Festa Events are using a loophole in the laws/ordinances to make oodles of money. If you have a street fest, you schedule street closures, hire cops/security, have portable bathrooms, pay fees, etc. But, call it a pub crawl and you have to do none of these. I think the organizers of the Gay Pride Parade should start calling their event a pub crawl and then we'll see how fast Rahm allows Tunney to move forward with his ordinance.

— On the neighbor message BeadQuest: Cool party?? Haha JK
4:12 p.m.

Check out Lakeview Patch. I think Andy wrote about it.

— On the neighbor message Future of Cubs Green Parking Lot at Grace
6:08 p.m.

Since there is no alert, I'll bet the people who get off at Damen are pretty crabby if the bus goes all the way to Western.

12:35 a.m.

I didn't see this either.

You could try contacting West Lakeview Neighbors or the Lakeview Citizens' Council.

— On the neighbor message Cubs Community Meeting Date?
12:33 a.m.

We have a long-haired rescue and have had to shave her in the past and $60ish is the going rate. (We used Kreiser's on Belmont.) That said, long-haired cats often shed in clumps which are a lot easier to cleanup then the hair from short-haired cats which comes out individually. (Your cat may differ.) Our cat doesn't like the furminator comb thing (it is supposed to pull out the undercoat, I think). But, she likes regular combs/brushes and we use those a lot.

P.S. Please don't shave it yourself.

— On the neighbor message Cat Grooming
3:42 p.m.

If you stand at the northwest corner of Racine and Nelson and say a prayer to Vince Lombardi, the moose will appear.

— On the neighbor message Black and white chubby cat
10:19 a.m.

Bob and the ferals seem to coexist okay.

— On the neighbor message Black and white chubby cat
10:53 p.m.

There is someone in the North Center and Lakeview area with a device that allows cars to be unlocked (often Hondas). Most of the cars are rifled through, but nothing (or not much) is stolen. There are old threads about this on here.

— On the neighbor message Car entered 1900 block of Grace
5:22 p.m.

There were a bunch on Twitter. Also, Gizmodo.

— On the neighbor message Apple Store Mayhem
10:35 a.m.

There was a thread about something like that earlier this year. It had a name like elephant.

7:08 p.m.

Like this?: http://www.amazon.com/dVault®-Mailboxes-Curbside-Delivery-DVCS0015-1/dp/B00066S9BK

There are other types, but none can hold a really big package. You also have to figure out how to mount the vault so it doesn't get stolen.

6:31 p.m.

Update on the process and the results of the neighborhood meeting and survey: http://lakeview.patch.com/articles/lathrop-home-developers-to-present-feedback-based-sole-design-plan

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Redevelopment
9:49 a.m.

It also bugs me to no end that I have to rent a box so I can get packages delivered!

— On the neighbor message Package Theft
12:33 a.m.

I can't make it. Can someone report back as to what happened? Thanks.

— On the neighborhood event Lakeview Caps Meeting Thursday January 10 - 7pm
6:13 p.m.

I have no idea if this is good news or bad news: http://lakeview.patch.com/articles/emanuel-mccarthy-announce-new-caps-police-program

— On the neighborhood event Lakeview Caps Meeting Thursday January 10 - 7pm
2:12 p.m.

What kind of tips did you get? We have a similar problem.

We're also signing up for an energy audit from Energy Impact Illinois ($99) to get recommendations from them about air sealing, etc. They'll refund a portion of work we have done. I'm not sure if they will find anything that we will be willing to pay for, but it is worth a try.

— On the neighbor message HVAC Recommendations?
2:03 p.m.

Julius Meinl cafes often have live music on the weekends (at least they used to). I'm not sure of start time.

Some places have brunches with live music, which might be an option for you.

— On the neighbor message Dinner and Music
11:55 p.m.

I could be wrong about this, but I think each provider adjusts prices per kw/h once (or maybe twice) per year. So, as long as you follow when price adjustments are made, it is easy to determine what's cheaper for you. ComEd adjusts in late spring or early summer, I believe.

— On the neighbor message City of Chicago Electric Aggregation Program
11:52 p.m.

Hilarious. Since the huge blinking sign went up already. Thanks for checking.

No, SLVN doesn't meet in January. Next meeting is the second Tuesday in February (the 12th).

1:38 p.m.

They replied and said there isn't a reroute. So, I guess they are letting the busses through.

12:55 p.m.

Maybe they are letting the WB busses through - just not the cars.

11:33 a.m.

Nope.

11:31 a.m.

I was waiting for tomorrow when someone might be around.

12:33 a.m.

Still nothing onthe CTA website. But, there is a big sign and Belmont and Lincoln saying that west-bound Belmont is rerouted starting Monday.

11:55 p.m.

Redeye also tracks homicides.

11 p.m.

@Kewpie, I can't remember. I think it might be housing for people with dementia.

— On the neighbor message Gloomy forecast for Market Place
10 a.m.

Lots and lots of relocation help here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/chicago/

— On the neighbor message Apartment Searching
12:54 a.m.

Correction to post above: if a Target goes in, it will be at Belmont and Ashland (not Addison). The development at Addison and Ashland is a nursing home.

— On the neighbor message Gloomy forecast for Market Place
12:51 a.m.

Can you take him to get checked for a chip? Can you post on the Lost Dogs IL Facebook page?

— On the neighbor message Found lost dog on Leavitt and Thomas
11:10 a.m.

There has been many posts about this. One member did post pictures from his security camera of a thief at his house. It would be interesting to see if it was the same person.

— On the neighbor message Theft
11:09 a.m.

I live in that Beat and Waguespack is my alderman, so be sure to tell people to call him too. I'll do it and I'll also try to get the word out in social media and come if I can.

Bring this article: http://lakeview.patch.com/articles/19th-chicago-police-district-down-34-beat-officers-in-2012 and also send it to the police commissioner and the mayor.

— On the neighborhood event Lakeview Caps Meeting Thursday January 10 - 7pm
11:05 a.m.

The Target would be at Belmont and Ashland, not Addison. I'm also curious what the development plan is for Addison and Ashland.

— On the neighbor message Ashland and Addison Development
1:46 a.m.

I might be (in the west side of Lakeview)

— On the neighbor message Book Club to join or create
5:41 p.m.

I seem to remember Best Buy taking electronics recycling. Otherwise, the aldermen or chambers run electronics recycling and paper shredding events pretty regularly. I know Wicker Park has one every few months when it is warmer.

— On the neighbor message TV recycler
5:39 p.m.

Open Books. There are a number of different programs for working with kids in the public schools. You can also volunteer at their used bookstore.

2:41 p.m.

Alert Protective is a local company and you buy the equipment outright.

— On the neighbor message Security System/Company Recommendations
12:57 p.m.

Thank you so much for collecting trees. Yesterday, there was one in a dumpster on the 3100 block of Lakewood north of where the street is blocked at Barry. There was also one just east of there in the alley that runs north of and parallell to the 1200 block of Fletcher.

— On the neighbor message Recycle Your Xmas Tree
4:05 p.m.

You need to click through and read the article. Many of the reports are from months ago.

12:10 a.m.

Roscoe Village, Southport Cooridor, and the west side of Lakeview in general are quieter and skew a bit older than the east side of Lakeview, but the crime stats are lower.

— On the neighbor message 828 W. Grace
12:09 a.m.

"Meanwhile, a new city electricity bulk-purchasing plan is expected to reduce rates by about $20 a month for the average household from February through May. Starting June 1, when ComEd's power rates are expected to drop, the savings will narrow."

From this article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-2013-taxes-and-fees-20130101,0,7511217.story

— On the neighbor message City of Chicago Electric Aggregation Program
1:31 p.m.

Sorry. I posted that in the wrong thread.

— On the neighbor message Gunshots at 12:25am
12:57 a.m.

Serena, are you working on a story? If so, please indicate that in your note.

— On the neighbor message Do you budget for parking tickets?
1:08 a.m.

I noticed the sign today too. I was surprised to see it.

— On the neighbor message Pompei closed permanently
1:03 a.m.

If I'm not seeing an art house flick, I go to the AMC by Navy Pier because it has stadium seating.

— On the neighbor message Movie Theater?
1:17 p.m.

I've had Apple products delivered to my box at the UPS store. I hate that I have to pay for a box, but I'm resigned to it.

— On the neighbor message Delivery theft
11:24 p.m.

Groupon often has limo coupons.

— On the neighbor message Transport from Lakeview to Midway Airport?
11:15 a.m.

If Target goes in at Ashland and Belmont, I'm wondering if we can get them to pony up. It is only 1.5 million a year.

6:57 p.m.

What do you mean by striped?

— On the neighbor message Crosswalks with Stop Signs
6:54 p.m.

Yes. A Gap and maybe a Piperlime. I wish the Gap on Lincoln wasn't closing as a result of this, but it is. It seems as if Southport is now really only affordable for chains.

— On the neighbor message J.Crew coming and SPAC Closing?
11:01 a.m.

Yes. I guess they never really figured out how to use that location.

— On the neighbor message J.Crew coming and SPAC Closing?
10:10 a.m.

I pay for a box at a UPS store.

— On the neighbor message Stolen UPS packages in Lakeview
8:46 a.m.

The thieves follow the trucks.

— On the neighbor message Stolen UPS packages in Lakeview
9:13 p.m.

From what I understand, only rides from O'Hare cost $5 unless you have a 7-day or a monthly pass.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
7:38 a.m.

Ann, Roscoe View Journal reported the one on Lincoln Ave. will definitely close.

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
4:28 p.m.

Booooo. You know darn well the one on Lincoln will close now. Why couldn't they have put a Banana Republic or Old Navy there and left Gap alone? This isn't a net gain to the neighborhood.

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
2:15 p.m.

Uverse or DSL?

— On the neighbor message AT&T vs. Comcast
7:46 p.m.

If in fact Target does go there, it would be great if they would chip in the 1.2 million needed to keep the 11 bus intact.

— On the neighbor message New Target Store?!?!
5:16 p.m.

At Ashland and Webster is Mariano's, I think.

— On the neighbor message New Target Store?!?!
11:57 a.m.

There are some old threads about a guy in the area with a device that can open cars. Maybe someone else will see this and chime in as to the details.

4:58 p.m.

I'd love to see a huge pool on that site. But, the Lutheran church wants it and WalMart has also been rumored as a potential buyer. Last I heard, the lot was caught up in a foreclosure mess. The Lakeview chamber would be the people who would know what's actually going on there.

— On the neighbor message New Target Store?!?!
4:55 p.m.

Have you tried the alderman? He's usually pretty good.

— On the neighbor message 1506 W Diversey Coach House
7:07 a.m.

Cats in the City: http://www.catsinthecity.biz/

— On the neighbor message Cat sitter recommendations?
11 p.m.

Also, you can always search on here by address to see crime reports, restaurant reviews, etc. For example, here is the 900 block of Montrose crime reports: http://chicago.everyblock.com/streets/montrose-ave/900-999w/?only=crime

— On the neighbor message New to Chicago
7:45 p.m.

You should probably post this in an Uptown thread or via the cross streets. Lincoln Parkers might not know anything about that neighborhood.

Also, read this thread at City Data: http://www.city-data.com/forum/chicago/1565081-safety-n-sheridan-montrose.html

and hunt around there for more info. The people on that board answer a lot of questions about relocating.

— On the neighbor message New to Chicago
7:41 p.m.

Kathy Voltmer, will you contact me through EB so I can ask you some questions. Thanks.

3:36 p.m.

It took me a long time to find a dentist that I liked after moving here. I found that many had terrible reviews for doing unnecessary procedures or used high pressure sales tactics. I ended up finding and really liking this guy: http://www.ehrlichdental.com/.

He does have weeknight hours, but they fill up quickly as it is a small office. He isn't in Roscoe Village, but he isn't too far away.

— On the neighbor message Dentist Recommendations
11:22 a.m.

Kindly stop spamming the board with your advertisements. Thank you.

— On the crime report Burglary: Unlawful entry
3:13 p.m.

Depends if you want shoveling or plowing. Shoveling - try Alley Cats: http://chicagoalleycats.com/

— On the neighbor message Snow Removal Services
3:05 p.m.

Open Books receives many donations of new books, some of which they can't sell. Contact the administration.

— On the neighbor message Independent Book Stores?
1:42 p.m.

You should connect with Open Books administration.

— On the neighbor message Independent Book Stores?
11:32 a.m.

On my block people will randomly get ticketed for parking too close to the corner. If the enforcers need to make quota, they'll ticket you for random offenses. You can try fighting it.

— On the neighbor message Question about parking ticket
7:53 p.m.

Welcome Jessica. I've been here 3.5 years so I don't have the wisdom that some people on this board will have. But, you should also check out the threads here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/chicago/ There's a ton of info about relocation there. (Don't post until you've read through the relevant "intro" and relocation threads.)

— On the neighbor message Relocating!
5:36 p.m.

While I agree with you that the developer proposals are all way too dense and are geared toward making as much money as possible, all of the proposals include a mix of housing types including low income. Low income housing is there now (and people are still living there) and that isn't going to change. You need to attend the open house tomorrow to get a full understanding of what the proposals from the developer entail. If you want to see what the neighborhood groups put forth, you should follow the links above. But, you will likely have little to say about what happens there unless you get involved with the process and your local neighborhood group (if you live in one of the ones surrounding the development). You can also make your voice known to your alderman (if you are represented by Waguespack or Moreno).

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Homes
12:47 p.m.

Which proposal(s) do you object to? All of the proposals, regardless if they were put forth by the CHA or the community groups, have a mixture of housing types.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Homes
12:29 p.m.

I third the microbrewery.

If a Gap did go there, I'm assuming one of the other ones would close, which doesn't solve the problem of getting businesses into our open storefronts.

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
10:02 a.m.

The plans are different, but at least one has low-income, affordable, and market-rate housing. The plan put forth by the neighborhood group was all low-income and affordable housing, I believe.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Homes
6:46 p.m.

Now Racked is citing us as a source for what's coming to this spot: http://chicago.racked.com/archives/2012/11/15/word-on-the-street-is-that-gap-is-coming-to-southport-could-it-be-piperlime.php

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
4:02 p.m.

Contrary to what you all may think, I realize the 11 bus is gone. But, I thought I would circle back here one last time to tell you that I received an email from the CTA addressing my concerns. It contains mostly party-line statements about how the route is redundant with the brown line, train service is increasing, etc. It is long, so I'm not going to paste it here. However, I did think one comment was too ridiculous not to share.

In my email to the CTA I indicated it will be more difficult for people living along the eliminated route to get to Union Station with their luggage. (This is one of my main reasons for using the 11 bus. I don't have to slog my luggage down the Quincy steps.) I realize that I will be able to bus to the brown line and then transfer to the new Sedgwick bus at Fullerton if I have luggage. However, the CTA is suggesting the following routing: "an alternate to the Brown Line from your neighborhood is to take route #77 Belmont east to Sheridan and transfer to route #151 Sheridan, which serves Union Station directly". I'm wondering how long that would take 1.5 hours? 2 hours? If this is the best the CTA can do to get people from up here to Union Station by bus, then they have completely failed in deciding to get rid of the 11 bus.

One last thing, in my email to them, I noted that the brown line partially shutting down next year for 18 days would be a good reason to keep the 11 bus, at least for a while. In their response to me, they did not address this point.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
2:07 p.m.

Where on Lakewood?

— On the neighbor message Car Break In On Lakewood Ave.
12:39 p.m.

Eh. I reject Gap and Gap Kids. They already exist in the neighborhood.

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
12:39 p.m.

Zac, read all the links in the two threads. The current residents of Lathrop are against the large-scale redevelopment. The old residents of Lathrop are against them also. The original plan called for keeping the park-like setting, restored small buildings (they are on the historic registry), and 800 units. It was going to be a "green" or LEED development. No one is against redevelopment completely. The complaint is that the current plans are not "smart".

The current plans calls for tall buildings, demolishing the historical buildings, and upwards of 1600 units. In all plans, the housing is supposed to be mixed between market rate and low income. The new plans also call for lots of big box retail - 70,000 square feet. Other than the Diversey and Damen busses, the area is not well-served by transit (I take both busses frequently and they are crowded, infrequent, and slow. They will both get worse with the planned large-scale redevelopment that is scheduled to last 10-15 years before it is completed). Also, as far as the aldermen know, no traffic study has been done. I don't drive more than once every few months, but even I know this area is a problem for traffic.

The neighbors have very little influence here. There has been a group based out of Logan Square working with the folks currently living there and those who were kicked out as well as with neighborhood groups to develop a "smart" plan, but they have been ignored by the CHA. Right now the only winner in this plan is the developer.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Homes
12:35 p.m.

South Lakeview Neighbors also came out against the three proposed plans.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Homes
10:49 a.m.

Gap was mentioned months ago when the restaurant first closed. That's rather disappointing, but since Gap owns Athleta it sort of makes sense. However if the Gap closes on Lincoln, it leaves another big commercial spot open there, which doesn't really help the area much.

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
10:41 a.m.

I started a thread about this earlier this year and there has been little conversation about it, which surprises me. This will really change the makeup of the west side of Lakeview and south North Center. The construction alone is slated to last 10 years. The traffic will be horrendous and it is already bad through there.

As a reminder there are Open House meetings today and Saturday. Here is the link to the earlier thread which has more info about what is going on: https://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/sep28-lathrop-redevelopment-5383613/

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Homes
10:33 a.m.

The Chamber and the developer are being hush-hush, but I'd really like to know too.

— On the neighbor message Old Ann Sather building on Southport
11:46 p.m.

We keep our heat set at 66 when we are home and 62 at night or when we are gone. That said, you could consider doing an energy audit through this program: http://energyimpactillinois.org/. The initial visit is $99 and if you decide to do the work recommended 70% up to $1750 is rebated.

— On the neighbor message Crazy People's Gas Prices?
11:27 a.m.

Sometimes trash cans are paid for by SSAs (Special Service Areas) that are often run by the local chamber of commerce. Justin, if you are looking for cans along Ashland north of Diversey, you should call the Lakeview Chamber as it is covered by SSA 27. http://www.lakeviewchamber.com/

— On the neighbor message Where are the trash cans on Halsted?
4:13 p.m.

Meetings this week to discuss the Lathrop redevelopment: http://www.lathropcommunity.org/index.html

If you want to be heard, now is the time.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Redevelopment
11:21 a.m.

Thanks for taking him in. Are you able to have him checked for a microchip? Also, you could post on Craigslist and the Lost Cats IL FB page. Don't give him up unless you are sure you found the owner. Some people will claim animals that are not their own.

— On the neighbor message Cat Found!
11:13 a.m.

Did they actually break into your car or was the door mysteriously unlocked? There was another thread on here from North Center or Roscoe Village that describes a device a guy used to automatically open car doors. Once in, he more often than not, just threw everything around.

— On the crime report Vandalism: Criminal damage to vehicle
9:09 a.m.

Northwestern just opened a clinic on Belmont near Southport (big, new building). I'm not sure which physician's group, however.

— On the neighbor message General Family Doctor
3:01 p.m.

I don't actually think we'll win either, but there is a slight hope since they continue to take comments from the community. So, on we go. Thanks.

12:56 p.m.

Thad, you certainly are entitled to think the service is redundant or unnecessary. But, there are over 1700 people who signed a petition saying the 11 bus is vital for personal reasons or for their businesses.

12:54 p.m.

Thad, people have been working at this since August including three Chambers and three aldermen. It might be final, but we don't know that until the bus stops running and the poles are taken down.

12:50 p.m.

Also note that people keep signing the petition. Over 1700 signatures so far: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-11-lincoln-avenue-bus/signatures

Even though there is evidence this route is widely used and popular and increasing in popularity according to Waguespack (links in the long thread from August 22), the CTA cut it without really listening to community feedback which indicated the necessity of this route from three Chambers of Commerce, three aldermen, lots of citizens, and numerous community councils.

Finally, parts of the brown line will be shut down next year for 18 days. The complete 11 bus would help with the congestion during that time, but it will not be an option.

I encourage you to read all the links, threads, and news (yes they are long) and then send off your email or make your phone call. Reference the petition in your communication.

1:45 p.m.

Barbara, you are awesome!

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
1:38 p.m.

I wonder if we didn't pay the workers, if that would actually improve the experience.

10:59 a.m.

I saw the fliers on Southport attached with tape. I was disappointed to see them

— On the neighbor message Are fliers frustrating you?
8:59 a.m.

It is illegal to put flyers in mailboxes, so please don't encourage that approach.

— On the neighbor message Are fliers frustrating you?
9:05 a.m.

Sorry. I don't like them either. In my neighborhood they often end up being litter and I have to pick them up. I generally make a choice NOT to use a business that flyers my neighborhood.

— On the neighbor message Are fliers frustrating you?
9:32 a.m.

Roscoe Village has kiosks along the sidewalk.

8:10 a.m.

When we moved to Chicago a few years ago, we ended up in one of the apartment rental places after striking out on Craigslist. We rented a 3br upper on the west side of Lakeview near RV. Our landlord, who only owned the one duplex did all his rentals through the agency. But, I got the sense that he gave up some freedom in choosing his renters (and, of course, it wasn't cheap) by having them handle the transaction. We ended up with some guys below us who thought they were in 3rd grade.

— On the neighbor message Apartment Rental Services
10:48 a.m.

Edited to add: only parts of the brown line will be closed, not all of it.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
11:10 p.m.

After the CTA claims the 11 bus duplicates service on the brown line and chooses to eliminate the 11 bus they announce that the brown line will be closed for 18 days next year. Don't you think it makes sense to keep around the 11 bus at least until then?

From the Tribune:
During the two nine-day closures of the Wells rail bridge, CTA will provide alternative bus and rail service, officials said. On weekdays, Brown Line trains will alternate between terminating at Merchandise Mart or continuing into the Loop through the State Street subway. Shuttle buses will operate from the Mart as well as special shuttle service on the Loop elevated track.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-wells-street-bridge-reconstruction,0,3545212.story

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
11:05 p.m.

I don't think tmobile is on the sprint network. Nonetheless, I live near you and don't have any trouble. I do have a dead zone on the train around DePaul, however. Their version of LTE will be coming to Chicago soon and at least one of their new phones supports it. They also have some interesting pricing strategies right now. I stick with them because they are cheap.

— On the neighbor message Cell Service Opinion
9:02 p.m.

There is a brand new place under the train at Wellington that has a famous Thai chef that is supposed to be good.

— On the neighbor message Thai Restaurants
8:42 p.m.

Also, I'm curious how you're going to get private property owners to let you use their land for parks, gardens, and etc.

— On the neighbor message Experience with Alderman regarding land use?
10:54 p.m.

He's approachable. Just email him or stop by on Ward night. You should also talk to the neighborhood grops involved. From Ashland to the Ravenswood tracks, north side of Belmont is West Lakeview Neighbors and south side of Belmont is South Lakeview neighbors. On the west side of the tracks are groups associated with North Center. Maybe Hamlin Park Neighbors and Roscoe Village neighbors. You'll have to look those up. Also, after the ward barriers change soon, part of your effort might be in Pawar's ward. You should look that up too.

— On the neighbor message Experience with Alderman regarding land use?
10:51 p.m.

See this thread for more info and links to articles and the petition, which people continue to sign: https://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/aug22-crabby-about-11-bus-being-eliminated-5271926/

4:44 p.m.

Check with these folks: http://www.lakeviewcitizens.org/

— On the neighbor message No-Man's Land for Neighborhood Association
4:42 p.m.

Is this the same cat?: http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/oct21-found-orange-tabby-lakeview-5453613/

— On the neighbor message Found Orange Tabby
9:59 p.m.

Bob is a fairly well-known kitty around Lakeview. And, he is known to travel far and wide. If it is him, he'll make his way home where he is fed and loved. But, since you said he was so hungry and likely a female, my guess is it isn't Bob.

I'd take him to a vet to see if they can find a chip to scan and then call Treehouse.

— On the neighbor message found orange tabby in lakeview
3:01 p.m.

It is a long way, but that could be Bob. Is he super friendly? Does he let you pick him up? Did he follow you around? Bob is an outside cat that lives at Lakewood and Nelson.

— On the neighbor message found orange tabby in lakeview
9:29 a.m.

BTW, people are still signing the petition.

— On the neighbor message Hel Save the #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus
5:37 p.m.

Are you able to pick him up? If not, you'll have to lure him into the box or borrow a humane trap. Treehouse is the org that helps with strays in the area.

— On the neighbor message Brown/white Tabby found
4:45 p.m.

You are talking about Bob. That's not him. I just saw him the other day. And, he is incredibly friendly and will let you pick him up and will follow you down the street. He's at Lakewood and Nelson, I believe.

— On the neighbor message Brown/white Tabby found
4:43 p.m.

I noticed you posted to Lost Cats IL. You could also try calling Treehouse in Bucktown. They might be able to help trap. Are you feeding him in the same place all the time? If you are, he'll keep coming back which will make him easier to catch.

— On the neighbor message Brown/white Tabby found
2:56 p.m.

You have a kind heart.

There's another thread about a similar scam in Ravenswood or North Center or Lincoln Square, maybe? I don't remember all the details as I skimmed by it, but it sounds like it could be the same person. Did she say something about a dog?

1:50 p.m.

@North Center Guy, are people talking about this in Roscoe Village or South North Center? Maybe someone should post about this in those threads.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Redevelopment
12:34 p.m.

Often restaurants do a first inspection to find out what has to be fixed and then they do another one before opening day. Perhaps that is what is going on here.

— On the food inspection The Big Cheese On Lincoln failed inspection
12:28 p.m.

The three plans proposed by the CTA are on Waguespack's website. All propose more than 1300 units. One has a 28 story tower. All leave the historical preservation money on the table because they completely or mostly get rid of the buildings currently there. The Patch article helps clarify: http://lakeview.patch.com/articles/chicago-lake-view-lathrop-homes-how-do-we-put-the-brakes-on-this

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Redevelopment
7:53 a.m.

Two kids were hit today by Lane Tech: http://touch.chicagotribune.com/#section/545/article/p2p-72904480/

— On the neighbor message Pedestrian Safety in Crosswalk
10:45 p.m.

A mom and kid were hit today on Clark in Lincoln Park and the intersection had one of the new signs: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-mother-child-hit-by-vehicle-in-lincoln-park-20121015,0,4175296.story

— On the neighbor message Pedestrian Safety in Crosswalk
4:17 p.m.

At the SLN meeting last week, current residents and a representative from Lathrop Homes alumni attended. They support the plan put forth by the Logan Square group. With the exception of the developers and the CHA, it seemed that people want to maintain the historic low profile buildings and the park-like setting.

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Redevelopment
12:01 p.m.

I cross Belmont frequently and am often surprised at the behavior of cars. I know that these signs can't be put everywhere, but it would be nice if we could get the streets re-striped. I was in an area of the Kinzie Corridor the other day. There is very little foot traffic on Damen there, but they have all these beautiful, zebra-striped cross walks, while Belmont is completely faded.

11:52 a.m.

Andy from Lakeview Patch attended the South Lakeview Neighbors meeting and wrote a good summary of what's happening with Lathrop. If you even drive Damen, Diversey, or Clybourn in this vicinity or like going to Costco or the other retailers in the area, you should read this. I don't even think there has been a traffic study done and the CHA is planning on 1300-1600 units constructed over 10-15 years: http://lakeview.patch.com/articles/chicago-lake-view-lathrop-homes-how-do-we-put-the-brakes-on-this

— On the neighbor message Lathrop Redevelopment
11:31 a.m.

I pay for a mailbox at mine, so I don't know if you can have packages delivered there for free.

— On the neighbor message Multiple missing UPS packages
2:39 p.m.

I have found that for packages that end up with USPS, the postal carrier will sign for it immediately even if they don't deliver it for days. Sometimes they will hold the package on their truck and sometimes it stays at the post office.

And, we use a UPS Store too. We were tired of trying to figure out how to get packages delivered.

— On the neighbor message Multiple missing UPS packages
1:38 p.m.

http://urbancoyoteresearch.com/

— On the neighbor message Coyote
11:49 a.m.

I was at a fundraiser last night for Feline Friends and started thinking about the number of lost and found cats (and dogs) I see here on EB. I wonder if it would make sense to have a shared document that a few of us could edit for cats lost and found in the Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, and North Center areas. Other people could do it in their own neighborhoods. But, maybe this duplicates something already out there. I know the lost cats FB page exists and there are other online resources, but this would be more local. Or, maybe, (I'm thinking off the top of my head), we could get Patch or Roscoe View Journal to host something editable for us. Hmmm. What do you all think? If there is interest and we're not duplicating some other service, I'll do some research.

11:36 a.m.

There is a tour of part of it next weekend: https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoSculptureExhibit?ref=stream

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Park Trail sculptures
10:53 a.m.

We got a similar notice in Lakeview (different addresses; many businesses), but it sounds like the same people.

— On the neighbor message Rash of Armed Robberies in Lincoln Park
4:27 p.m.

Also, at the bottom of the first post is a Hide button. Click that so it no longer shows up when you refresh.

— On the neighbor message Lost Chicken in Bucktown
12:22 p.m.

In the upper right corner of the initial post is a star. Click it to unsubscribe.

— On the neighbor message Lost Chicken in Bucktown
12:21 p.m.

If you click on the small picture once, the larger version pops up and is readable.

— On the neighborhood event Brunch Fundraiser
11:42 a.m.

You can email me through EB and I'll respond.

— On the neighborhood event South Lakeview Neighbors
8:47 a.m.

If you are interested in the Lathrop Homes Development, you really should attend this meeting. If you live in the neighborhood boundaries and are a member, you can vote too.

http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/sep28-lathrop-redevelopment-5383613/

— On the neighborhood event South Lakeview Neighbors
3:50 p.m.

According to the Patch article on the 11 bus, the state rep is looking into finding funds to keep the route. Do I believe this will happen? No. But, I have an email into some people to ask them if there's any progress on it. I don't think people realize how cutting this bus route will negatively affect those communities along the route.

(It isn't like they'd consider cutting the Milwaukee bus, which runs along the blue line. Look how vibrant parts of that street are.)

— On the neighbor message Su Van's Cafe closed
3:10 p.m.

On the positive side, south of Belmont has seen an uptick in new businesses recently including some exercise facilities, yoga studio, and a restaurant.

— On the neighbor message Su Van's Cafe closed
2:52 p.m.

I wish I knew. We liked them too.

— On the neighbor message Dona Torta
8:42 p.m.

Did the farewell sign say why she was closing?

— On the neighbor message Su Van's Cafe closed
1:56 p.m.

Nooooooooooo. Really? So bummed. I loved her chicken salad.

— On the neighbor message Su Van's Cafe closed
12:09 p.m.

It seems far, but this could be Bob who lives just north of Wellington on Lakewood. He is one of the friendliest orange cats I know.

7:46 p.m.

In case you want to gather more supporters, there is a similar thread about this issue here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/sep23-blue-light-bar-total-nuisance-5366440/

3:59 p.m.

We live near 6 townhouses without space for their own cans, so they use ours. And, often people are too lazy to find the next free can, so stuff just piles up all over. It used to bug me (I was new to Chicago), but after 3.5 years, I just let it go.

(I had this plan in my head where cans would only be located in one or two places in the alley if we could get everyone on board. Now I know that will never work.)

I agree with Amy in that if you separate out the aluminum cans, it does help stop the rummaging which can add to the pieces of litter on the ground.

— On the neighbor message Garbage Cart Antics
3:52 p.m.

That link doesn't work.

— On the neighbor message Congratulations Chicago
10:59 p.m.

That's what I wondered. I even took a picture of the flyer in the window and it says Friday.

— On the neighborhood event Community Shredding
12:11 a.m.

I think I read Jersey Mike's subs or something like that.

— On the neighbor message Chili Mac
3:11 p.m.

Make sure you post to the Lost Dogs IL facebook page.

— On the neighbor message LOST DOG
11:36 a.m.

I'm rather new to Chicago, so I didn't even know there were other places to report.

— On the neighbor message Jury Duty
11:01 a.m.

Thanks everyone.

Having the TVs on all day is annoying. I'll have to bring the good headphones!

— On the neighbor message Jury Duty
5:46 p.m.

I like cats. :)

(Pretty soon we are going to need a separate listing for all lost and found black cats.)

— On the neighbor message Found black cat
4:27 p.m.

Here is the EB link to that cat: http://chicago.everyblock.com/pets/sep16-lost-black-cat-5340344/

If that isn't correct, there is at least one other person (maybe two) looking for black cats in the west side of Lakeview or Roscoe Village areas. Let me see if I can find those posts.

— On the neighbor message Found black cat
4:17 p.m.

There have been other posts made in Lakeview about a guy on a bike who flashes women. I haven't found them using the search feature, but perhaps other readers will remember where specifically they happened or what the guy looked like. I would like to see him caught.

4:11 p.m.

I live near Southport and Belmont. There is a big tree a few lots down that we used to call the "rat tree" as so many of them lived there. But, it got pruned back and the landlord made some changes. So, now I suspect it is the "raccoon tree".

I live in a townhouse so I have a very small backyard, but the thing we did to get rid of most of the rats is to make the ground impermeable (to rats, not water). We had gardens on the perimeter of the yard and a stone patio in the middle. The rats loved to dig up through the gardens from my neighbor's yard. This year, we raised all the beds and put the rat mesh on the bottom before we filled with soil. All parts of our backyard that are ground level are now some sort of patio stone. In theory, the rats could still tunnel up and chew through the mesh if they were sufficiently motivated. (Apparently, they've also been known to tunnel up through patio stone, according to our yard guy.) And, they can crawl over the fence. But, we don't eat out there that often and rats are lazy. They prefer the garbage cans in the alley. Or, my neighbor's yard which is full of weeds and dog poop.

Last summer our motion light went on almost every night because of rats. This summer, I've seen it once for a rat and once for the raccoon.

— On the neighbor message Skunk Alert!
10:44 a.m.

Last winter there were snowy owls along the lake, which was unusual. But I don't know if they'll eat something as big as a skunk.

We've done a good job of getting rid of the rats in our yard through landscaping and having no food for them. But, now I just saw a big raccoon. I'll take that over the skunks.

— On the neighbor message Skunk Alert!
12:03 a.m.

I can't speak to Pawar's failings as I don't live in his ward, but I can tell you that I am not blaming Waguespack for the loss of the 11 bus. And, that is what this thread is about. It is not about every problem in the city and with the government of Chicago.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
2:05 p.m.

I don't think you should blame aldermen for this. They were completely circumvented by the CTA. The city council was not informed of the plan until it went public. All three chambers of commerce were also not informed until it went public. This decision was made behind closed doors and there was nothing anyone could do to change it.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
10:30 a.m.

There is a gal on EB looking for her black cat. If she doesn't post here soon, I'll find her link.

— On the neighbor message Black Female Cat Found
2 p.m.

Some of these orgs are legit, but they should have ID and a professional demeanor.

— On the neighbor message People "checking your electric rate"
11:57 p.m.

Matt, again we'll have to agree to disagree. I think the CTA could have found the 1.4 million on (a) different, less-vital route or routes (especially since now they'll have to pay for the disabled folks to take Pace).

Also, PM brown lines are not getting any additional trains, plus they'll have to add in the people who were taking the 11. So, this plan actually makes it worse. Your morning commute should see an improvement, however.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
8:58 p.m.

Matt, what we discovered in the last two weeks through the hard work of the neighrborhood groups, the chambers, aldermen, and the local media, is that the 11 bus isn't being used as a substitute for the brown as often as Northwestern/CTA would like us to believe. It isn't like the researchers tracked or interviewed particular riders. That's the issue here.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
7:03 p.m.

This proposal saves no money. It just transfers existing dollars elsewhere. When I ask if they couldn't have found the money elsewhere, I meant from another line. The 11 is used and ridership is increasing. I read every single comment on the petiton. It is clear that this elimination will be very detrimental to people's lives, particularly those who can't advocate for themselves. Not everyone that uses public transit is a commuter from a neighborhood to the Loop.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
6:28 p.m.

According to Tracy Swartz who covers the CTA for the Redeye, this cut will save 1.4mil. That's it?! They are taking away the transportation route of numerous disabled and elderly folks for 1.4mil?

I'm so disgusted by this. Did they even try to find that money elsewhere?

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
4:34 p.m.

Rob, I'm a board member. I have you on my list to email this week.

— On the neighborhood event South Lakeview Neighbors Meeting
4:01 p.m.

Well, Athleta is owned by the Gap (or their corporation), so that makes some sense. Does that mean the Gap on Lincoln will close? That would be a bummer for Lincoln, which needs some decent businesses. At this point, I'd take better chains to keep that corridor alive.

— On the neighbor message SOPO on Southport Closed
5:39 p.m.

Ummm, I'm going to try to rein this conversation back in by posting a link to Waguespack's letter to the CTA: http://www.scribd.com/doc/105169152/CTA-Decrowding-Initiative-Waguespack-Statement?utm_source=Schools+and+the+Circus+-+32nd+Ward+Update+Sept.+7%2C+2012+-+Alderman+Waguespack&utm_campaign=09-07-12+Update&utm_medium=email

This is the money quote:
"CTA’s ridership data reveals that this route served 1,659,004 rides in 2011, an increase of 6.1 percent, compared to a system-wide increase of 1.4 percent in bus rides in 2011. Through July 2012 ridership onthe #11 is up again, increasing by 2.4 percent over the same period in 2011, compared to a system wideincrease of 2.1 percent. Considering that year-to-date figures reveal that 37 different routes have seen declines in their ridership compared to 2011, it is difficult to understand how there are not other routes that would be superior candidates for elimination or reductions in frequency of service, assuming fiscal constraints compel the CTA to reduce service in order to afford the proposed increases elsewhere."

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
10:09 a.m.

Might not be yours, but thought I would try: http://chicago.everyblock.com/lost-found/sep07-keys-on-running-trail-5315845/

— On the neighbor message Lost keys at Belmont Harbor wall
12:39 a.m.

Might not be the same, but I am going to cross-post your thread here as well: http://chicago.everyblock.com/lost-found/sep02-lost-keys-belmont-harbor-wall-5302056/

— On the neighbor message Keys On Running Trail
12:38 a.m.

From talking to people who went, it sounds like the 145 and the 11 were talked about a lot. Many people asked if the meeting actually mattered. The board said it did and that people's comments would be taken into consideration. The online and hand-written petitions were turned in and had over 2,000 combined signatures to save the 11 bus.

One interesting presentation was by a guy who does something for the mentally disabled. If the 11 is cut, it will cost the community over $100,000 for the Pace vans to pick those folks up. (This is my recollection of what someone told me, so take that with a grain of salt.)

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Bus Update
12:07 p.m.

See the last post in this thread: http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/aug22-crabby-about-11-bus-being-eliminated-5271926/

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Bus Update
11:31 a.m.

My husband has had a colleague who finally had to sell his place on LSD because he couldn't stand it any longer. He moved in a few blocks.

— On the neighbor message Motorcycle Wake Up Call on LSD
11:29 a.m.

"CTA concedes that #11 is a busy route. “We have pretty good ridership on this route,” said Tammy Chase, CTA spokersperson, citing statistics that show an average of 5,800 riders per weekday. “It’s not a ridership issue.”"

http://www.roscoeviewjournal.com/news/campaign-to-save-the-11-lincoln-avenue-bus-from-cta-axe

— On the neighbor message Last Call for Signatures #saveroute11
6:41 p.m.

The CTA admits the route is well-used and not under subscribed. Almost 1000 people have signed the petition to keep the bus, including the owners of many businesses along the route.

— On the neighbor message Last Call for Signatures #saveroute11
5:49 p.m.

This was happening along Southport recently and Waguespack's office sent out an email warning people about it. So, it seems this scam is spreading.

— On the neighbor message Scammers at Starbucks
9:10 a.m.

@Matt K - at this point there is no indication that the number of trains will be increased in the middle of the day, nor has there been any announcement that they will run long trains. So, expect them to get way more crowded.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
6:21 p.m.

Here is the info. I am going to try to attend one of these to answer my own question.

http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/aug22-44th-ward-property-tax-assessment-appeal-assistance-cook-5271979/

— On the neighbor message Board of Review Property Tax Appeals
1:36 p.m.

Try .org not .com

— On the neighbor message Looking to Donate a Queen Bed
10:51 a.m.

I found an EB post last night from a Cook Country Commissioner saying you can appeal based on valuation. She is holding office hours to help people. I will find it and link to it later.

— On the neighbor message Board of Review Property Tax Appeals
10:48 a.m.

Is there a way to untint windows? We relocated here with a car with tinted windows and can't buy a new one.

— On the neighbor message "Parked with Tint" $250?
8:58 a.m.

One more thing, according to the Trib article yesterday, Alderman Smith doesn't seem too alarmed about the loss of the 11 north of Fullerton. But, just because the elimination of the middle portion of the route doesn't fully affect Lincoln Park doesn't mean that people there don't use it to go north. Please contact her as well.

2:41 p.m.

Here is a big ol' discussion about it in the Lake View threads: http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/aug22-crabby-about-11-bus-being-eliminated-5271926/

2:39 p.m.

Sorry, I forgot to come back to this and respond. We're having our boulevard tree treated at a cost of $240 (the price depends on the circumference of the tree). It is a two year product. Yes, we'll have to treat it every two years, forever, but we can budget for it. I'm going to try to get my neighbors to get their trees treated as well.

— On the neighbor message Emerald Ash Borer...
12:38 p.m.

Please, please, please go to the forum if you can.

— On the neighbor message Save the #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus!
12:31 p.m.

Here is the petition started by the Lakeview Chamber: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-11-lincoln-avenue-bus/

I did receive an email back from CTA encouraging attendance at the meeting. But, I'm a cynic about city meetings. In my experience, people get a chance to complain, but nothing changes. Unfortunately, I can't attend the meeting anyway because I have a non-negotiable commitment that night. It is scheduled for the first night of school. I don't have my own children, but do have to attend something then.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
10:14 a.m.

Matt, when I first posted, I assumed the 11 was getting cut because of low ridership. I still maintained that it was a bad move for businesses, but if the ridership wasn't there, it wasn't there.

But, with the news that the ridership IS there, I'm puzzled and mad about the decision. If the point is to cut redundant service, there are multiple train and bus lines servicing east Lakeview and Lincoln Park including the red, brown, and purple lines, many busses along the lake, the clark bus and the broadway bus and the newly minted sedgwick bus. I know there are more people there but, over here on the west side of Lakeview, we have the brown line and the 11 bus as the only two routes to downtown. Yes, the ashland, damen, and western busses exist, but they don't service downtown.

To your point about the CTA being damned if they do and damned if they don't, I'm not generally one to harp on the CTA. I've chosen to live mostly without driving and walk or use public transit 99% of the time. Thus, I think this move is not good for this part of lakeview and north center.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
8:36 p.m.

From the Roscoe View Journal:
'CTA concedes that #11 is a busy route. “We have pretty good ridership on this route,” said Tammy Chase, CTA spokersperson, citing statistics that show an average of 5,800 riders per weekday. “It’s not a ridership issue.”

Rather, service was considered duplicative with Brown Line rail stops. “There’s plenty of transportation there,” Chase said. East-west bus routes along major arterial streets shuttle passengers to and from Brown Line stations, she noted, and walking from, say, the Wellington station to the Lincoln/Wellington/Southport intersection is less than one mile. “We factored all this in.”'

This makes me more than crabby! If it is being used, it should stay. Old Town/Lincoln Park has other bus routes (within a mile!) and the Brown Line and they aren't losing the 11 bus.

Citation from here: http://www.roscoeviewjournal.com/news/campaign-to-save-the-11-lincoln-avenue-bus-from-cta-axe

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
5:26 p.m.

It is being eliminated between Fullerton and Western. If I read between the lines of the Trib article, the part from Fullerton into downtown will become a new bus route (perhaps called the Sedgwick bus) and the part north of Western will remain the Lincoln Ave. bus.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
12:17 p.m.

When we moved into the neighborhood, we had an Ashland express bus and a more-frequent Lincoln bus. I see both of these changes negatively affecting our area of Lake View.

We're not going to agree on this, but at least we're civil about it. :)

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
11:49 a.m.

The biggest argument to keep this bus is that businesses are slowly returning to Lincoln Ave. We need transit to serve businesses.

This bus goes directly to Union Station, which makes it a good choice for Metra commuters.

Also, not everyone is able-bodied enough to walk 10-20 minutes or to stand on packed trains.

While the 77 bus is reliable and consistent, we call the 76 bus "Sasquatch". It might be out there, but you never see it.

(Also, I think there should be an Elston bus.)

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
11:07 a.m.

I also emailed the Lakeview Chamber and they are strongly in support of keeping the 11 bus. They have already talked to Government Affairs and are drafting a letter to them.

If you care about this bus personally or for the revitalization of Lincoln Ave., please send emails and make phone calls.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
10:40 a.m.

Another thing that occurs to me that should bother people is that Lincoln Ave. south of Irving Park is just starting to come back from the recession. Not having a public transit option on this road, could defeat those efforts.

— On the neighbor message Crabby About the 11 Bus Being Eliminated
9:57 a.m.

Gahhhh, was so hoping for fast-casual on Lincoln between Belmont and Diversey..

— On the media mention Burger chains heading to Chicago
6:18 p.m.

This is the link to the Cook County coyote project:
http://urbancoyoteresearch.com/

— On the neighbor message Coyote Spotted
2:07 p.m.

Also, according to one of the Red Eye writers, “in the wake of reported attacks in lakeview, the guardian angels will escort women at the corner of newport and halsted, 5-9 am today.”

I wonder how long that will go on.

9:44 a.m.

Elaine, I don't live too far from you and had to rent a box to collect my packages.

I know the cops did catch a guy and his house was full of stolen packages and bikes, but he's not the only one out there.

— On the neighbor message Missing Mail
11:02 p.m.

I'm moving forward with my boulevard tree myself. I'm using The Care of Trees. They don't guarantee the tree will survive, but have had good luck with the product they use. It requires re-treating every two years.

— On the neighbor message Emerald Ash Borer...
1:38 p.m.

After contacting the alderman (ahem, Waguespack) by email repeatedly, I never received a response. So, I decided to move forward on this myself.

I picked a well-reviewed arborist (The Care of Trees) to come out and assess our ash trees (there are 8 or 9 on my side of our block). All look good at the moment, but likely have the beetle. By the end of 2013, they will look "funny" and by the end of 2014, they will need to be removed.

We're having our boulevard tree treated at a cost of $240 (the price depends on the circumference of the tree). It is a two year product. Yes, we'll have to treat it every two years, forever, but we can budget for it. I'm going to try to get my neighbors to get their trees treated as well.

The arborist's opinion was that he wasn't sure what was going to happen with the city's treatment plan. He knows we don't have money for this right now, but every single ash tree in the city now likely is infected. So, they will have to treat or remove (which costs more) and then replace.

Our streetscapes will be remarkably different if we have to remove all these large trees and replace them with saplings.

I know that Alderman Smith said that parts of Old Town were going to be treated. But, that doesn't mean that those trees will continue to be treated, since this is an ongoing process. I feel like that even if this is a "city problem" since the trees are on its property, that we homeowners have to step in and help.

— On the neighbor message Emerald Ash Borer
1:34 p.m.

I love how everyone chimed in here at once. Clearly people are using EB in their daily lives.

— On the neighbor message Low Flying Plane in Lakeview
12:49 p.m.

Air and water show practice.

— On the neighbor message Low Flying Plane in Lakeview
12:21 p.m.

Sorry to be a downer, but we had a dreadful experience with Higgins. We have cats. Dogs might be a different story.

2:22 p.m.

ATT has been reliable for us, but is expensive. I think it really depends on exactly where you live, your building/home, and if you get lucky with installers.

— On the neighbor message ATT or Comcast internet?
12:02 p.m.

I like Urban Vet on Lincoln Ave. However, our favorite vet just left there to open up her own practice. And, we haven't had an appointment with one of the new vets yet.

12:01 p.m.

They had a fire a few months back. I think they plan to reopen at some point.

— On the neighbor message Dona Torta
9:38 a.m.

So strange. I'm trying to comment on this post, but there's a weird technical glitch happening. Anyway, there is a facebook page called Lost Cats Illinois. Please post that you found this cat there. They help to reunite cats.

— On the neighbor message Found Cat
5:36 p.m.

Rats crawl into the holes in the garbage cans to get access to food. Well-sealed cans, without holes, are best to eliminiate one of their food sources.

— On the neighbor message RATS!!
3:50 p.m.

That was quick! Thanks very much.

— On the neighbor message Urban Vet
3:32 p.m.

If you've ever been interested or even considered hosting a teenager, I encourage you to take a chance. My husband and I did it last school year and had a very good experience - even though we don't have kids of our own. Plus, AFS is top notch. They have been doing this a long time and they do it very well. The local group is strong and their staff and volunteers are always available to help out.

— On the neighbor message Study abroad/host
2:48 p.m.

Peter, who did you use?

— On the neighbor message Emerald Ash Borer...
9:30 a.m.

I'm also interested in this question. I have heard there are vent fans to draw more air into some vents, but I have no idea if they work.

— On the neighbor message HVAC Recommendations?
9:02 a.m.

I'm in Lakeview and this happens all the time to me. I often find them dead in the road or down the sidewalk. So, the people are not stealing them; they are just vandals.

My neighbor purposely puts out ugly silk flowers and they get pulled out too.

Also, one of the condo associations tends a giant concrete pot on a Belmont corner and the plants get pulled out of there too.

It irritates me to no end. We just want to make our neighborhoods look nice and idiots can't leave our things alone.

— On the neighbor message flowers
3:58 p.m.

You could also try contacting this guy: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/problemsolver/

— On the neighbor message Irazu is not a good neighbor
1:16 p.m.

The indoor pool options around the city basically suck. You cantry joining one of the masters clubs and you'll get access to better pools, but you have to swim with them at their times.

— On the neighbor message Gym with Pool?
1:41 p.m.

Here is an old thread about it that has some info: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/apr11-have-you-switched-comed-4892935/

— On the neighbor message Electricity Suppliers
2:24 p.m.

Maybe this?: http://www.44thward.org/filming-july-22/

— On the neighbor message Filming on Ashland
6:10 p.m.

Not the same neighborhood, but this came up yesterday: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul23-lost-black-dog-saturday-pm-help-5183511/

— On the neighbor message Found dog
9:11 a.m.

Call 911 for the possible crime. Call your alderman and 311 for the other stuff.

— On the neighbor message Illegal apartment business
12:03 p.m.

I talked with one of the local security companies about cameras. They told me they haven't found a decent wireless solution yet. They want to sell these to their customers, but the products they've tried don't work well enough in the winters to recommend them. So, I had them write up a quote for a wired camera with installation, monitor, and DVR. The price was $2340. That's too expensive for me.

Thus, I'm really interested in what is actually working for folks here in Chicago. I read the Defender's reviews on Amazon and they are not great and indicate that a Windows computer is necessary. So, I'm hesitant to go in that direction. I'll keep reading and watching this thread.

— On the neighbor message Security Camera
12:32 p.m.

Beware: many of the prepaid plans might be labeled "unlimited" but the data portion of their plans are most certainly not.

12:25 p.m.

I should have said, How do both the Defender and Foscam cameras do?

— On the neighbor message Security Camera
10:55 a.m.

How do the Defender cameras do in the winter? Do they get foggy? Do the batteries die all the time?

— On the neighbor message Security Camera
10:53 a.m.

There was just another thread about this. (I wish EB had a search function). They move in when it is warm.

— On the neighbor message Centipedes.
11:48 p.m.

If you have enough, Open Books will pick them up.

— On the neighbor message Where to donate books in the neighborhood
4:44 p.m.

Apparently, this is happening all over: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul07-2004-jeep-grand-cherokee-battery-stolen-5121674/

There appears to be a hood lock you can buy.

— On the neighbor message Battery theft in my jeep grand cherokee
11:37 p.m.

Nolan, some of the suggested companies in that thread install and service security cameras.

— On the neighbor message security camera system installation/service
2 p.m.

You might find some tips in this thread: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/mar28-alarm-company-4847928/

— On the neighbor message security camera system installation/service
11:43 p.m.

Read the reviews and talk to other people before you buy the outside, wireless cameras. If you find a good one, please post about it. I've found that many of them don't stand up to our winters or the quality is so poor they aren't worth it.

You can get wired ones installed, but they cost more.

— On the neighbor message Back door mats being shifted?
3:03 p.m.

Us too. The cat hunts them.

— On the neighbor message House Centipedes on the Rise?
12:11 p.m.

I'd love one at Belmont and Lakewood. There's a bus stop and a crosswalk, but drivers often don't care.

9:30 p.m.

Your neighborhood association likely has a board which you can run for. Then you can learn about the crazy world of zoning.

— On the neighbor message Looking to get into political activities
4:37 p.m.

This happened to a Honda Civic on Barry near Southport two summers ago.

— On the neighbor message Honda Missing Tires on Wolcott
4:36 p.m.

West Lakeview Neighbors has been advertising it there, but they should have included more people/places in their planning.

— On the neighbor message Rock Around the Block this weekend
10:19 p.m.

SLN is South Lakeview Neighbors. You need to live between Racine and the Ravenswoods tracks and Belmont and Diversey to become a member. If you do and show up that night you can join and participate.

— On the neighborhood event SLN Summer Party
10:11 p.m.

Just south, on the west side of the street.

11:13 p.m.

Try airbnb.com or vrbo.com

— On the neighbor message need Roscoe Village area sublet for July only
11:19 p.m.

I wish there was a way to find out about crimes/attempted crimes in a particular neighborhood right after they are reported. I know that we can use Everyblock which sources its information from the police website, but that information is not complete and it is not timely.

I watch here. I read the local blogs, etc., but those sources don't account for everything. If neighbors hear about problems more quickly they can do a better job of looking for cars, perpetrators, etc.

I'm not going to call the cops if I see someone walking down the street. However, if I know that person matches a description of someone causing problems, I will.

— On the neighbor message Lakeview Crime Spree/Attempted home invasion
3:56 p.m.

Was in big and furry? We saw a long-haired black and white kitty sauntering along Barry a few nights ago. But, it seemed to know where it was going and wouldn't come to us, so we left it alone.

— On the neighbor message Anyone missing a black and white kitty?
11:39 a.m.

Tunney tweeted the sketch and the ChiTrib had it on its website earlier.

— On the neighbor message Crime alert
10:50 p.m.

"In the sense that marijuana use typically precedes rather than follows initiation of other illicit drug use, it is indeed a "gateway" drug. But because underage smoking and alcohol use typically precede marijuana use, marijuana is not the most common, and is rarely the first, "gateway" to illicit drug use. There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs."

Source: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6376&page=6

"Since then, numerous other studies have failed to support the gateway idea. Every year, the federal government funds two huge surveys on drug use in the population. Over and over they find that the number of people who try marijuana dwarfs that for cocaine or heroin."

Source: http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/29/marijuna-as-a-gateway-drug-the-myth-that-will-not-die/

3:45 p.m.

I called 911 at 10:36. There were 8 bangs in total. I wasn't sure what the noise was and it totally startled me (and the cats). I'm glad to know the cops came and it was only fireworks. But, I agree about the dryness. My plants are wilting.

— On the neighbor message Fireworks in Lakeview
11:36 a.m.

@John, I'm not sure if you can delete a comment once it has been posted, but if you can, I'd encourage you to do so.

11:02 a.m.

I didn't really have an opinion on this topic until I got cancer a few years ago. Then, I did a lot of research. The link I posted above is a summary of the reasons why I think weed should be legalized; however there are better web sites that offer more scholarly support for legalization. Norml.org is a good place to start to find those articles.

I encourage you to do your own research on this topic. Read the well-supported articles defending marijuana legalization and try to open your mind as to why it might make sense for our society.

11:01 a.m.

I'm for legalization. The arguments in this article are why: http://ivn.us/2012/03/20/ten-reasons-to-legalize-marijuana/

11:44 p.m.

Since they can't cook in the trucks, burgers probably wouldn't be that great.

There is a dining out Meetup group that occasionally follows the food trucks around: http://www.meetup.com/chicago-dining-out/

— On the neighbor message I Miss Food Trucks
10:53 p.m.

My husband also likes Tamale Spaceship.

I have no idea why it is taking so long for this issue to be resolved by the aldermen. However, one is a restaurant owner and that might have something to do with it.

— On the neighbor message I Miss Food Trucks
12:12 p.m.

I too love the food trucks in NY. The food trucks in Chicago are not allowed to cook their food. So, they cook it somewhere else and keep it hot or cold in the truck. They also have trouble finding places to park. There is ongoing discussion among the aldermen to change the laws to allow real food trucks, but as far as I know nothing has happened yet. I encourage you talking to your alderman.

— On the neighbor message I Miss Food Trucks
3:38 p.m.

I walked over there today. The cans are marked as being part of SSA227, which is run by the Lakeview Chamber. You need to call them.

— On the neighbor message Rats On Lincoln Avenue
12:46 p.m.

I'm pretty sure SSA 227 is managed by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. Try calling them: http://www.lakeviewchamber.com/

— On the neighbor message Rats On Lincoln Avenue
9:40 p.m.

Here is an article about it: http://www.roscoeviewjournal.com/news/bus-rapid-transit-not-so-fast

Of course, we used to have the express routes that didn't stop on every corner and those were removed a few years ago.

— On the media mention Bus Rapid Transit: Not So Fast
1:44 p.m.

There was another thread about parkway beautification and everyone on that thread said not to pull permits because the city makes it impossible to actually do anything. So, my guess is there isn't a permit.

— On the neighbor message Parkway violation
1:39 p.m.

So, I walked by there last night. Apparently, SAC is taking over two spaces separated by a few businesses. One looks like a class studio and the other looks like an actual fitness club, possibly on multiple floors. I guess we'll see when they open later this summer.

— On the neighbor message New gym
10:38 a.m.

Jacque, I think you are talking about Southport Fitness. Southport Athletic Club isn't open yet (I don't think) and will be at 3436 Southport. However, since it will be part of the "Athletic Club" chain, I'm guessing there will be reciprocal memberships of some sort with their other locations: http://chicagoathleticcl1.reachlocal.net/

— On the neighbor message New gym
4:18 p.m.

I heard it was going to be classes only, but that could just be rumors.

— On the neighbor message New gym
1:43 p.m.

Alley Cats
http://CHICAGOALLEYCATS.COM/

— On the neighbor message Looking for lawn care
6:12 p.m.

Thanks to all who commented here and to the Alderman. I'm in the 32nd ward, so I've sent an email there and will see what happens.

I may also pursue my own treatment in the fall if the city doesn't take care of it by then.

— On the neighbor message Emerald Ash Borer
10:38 a.m.

From what I understand, the cost of the unrealized parking money is part of the budget for the street spaces.

10:34 a.m.

Sorry for the unusual question. Does anyone know if this place has any seating that is not counter or bar height? I can't tell from the pictures on their website.

— On the neighbor message New Restaurant "Brazilian Bowl"
3:03 p.m.

From what I know, it has been seen in the south loop as well as in the forest preserve.

— On the neighbor message Emerald Ash Borer
1:42 p.m.

Our car is generally in the garage, but petty stuff happens to us and our neighbors all the time. Our plants are pulled out, our retaining walls broken, our security signs stolen, etc.

— On the neighbor message Car Buglery
12:54 p.m.

I'm really looking forward to the one on Lincoln Ave. It will be taking the place of a parking spot or two and will be surrounded by planters. It isn't located in traffic.

I was just in NY after not having been there for a few years and one of the things I noticed was all the street and sidewalk tables just for "positive loitering". The city shut down entire lanes of traffic to place tables and chairs so people can sit outside, socialize, and get to know their neighbors. Some of the businesses even offered free wireless.

11:58 a.m.

A few weeks back (end of May) a car on the 3000 block of Lakewood was stolen.

— On the neighbor message Car Buglery
11:53 a.m.

Have you tried vrbo.com or airbnb.com?

— On the neighbor message Looking to Sublet
11 p.m.

I don't live too far from there and lived closer a few years ago. The streets are safe and there are restaurants and bars in close proximity. However, I find the people in this part of Lake View to be older than the people on the east side. It isn't party central. But, you can get to party central easily enough.

(Is your apartment right up against the L? That might be a consideration. It can be noisy, particularly if you want your windows open.)

— On the neighbor message Living near Paulina Brown Line Station
1:03 p.m.

I ate there Tuesday and met the chef. Great food, friendly service.

— On the neighbor message Batter and Berries
3:10 p.m.

I noticed them too at Barry and Lincoln and Barry and Lakewood. Far more cops than usual for this part of Lake View.

— On the neighbor message Security/Unmarked squads
9:36 p.m.

There was a carnival at Lane Tech.

— On the neighbor message carnival
12:06 a.m.

I'd like to know the answer to this also. I know that I read about a company in the Chrib a while back, but I can't find the article online.

— On the neighbor message Replace Thermal Pane Glass Only
6:03 p.m.

Here is a recent thread about movers: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/feb25-who-your-favorite-movers-4773179/

— On the neighbor message Need Movers
10:39 a.m.

CVS is going there. So, yes a giant Walgreens (modeled after the new one in the Loop), a CVS, and a WalMart all in close proximity.

— On the neighbor message Mega-Walgreens in Lakeview
10:41 p.m.

I agree and contacted EB privately to express my annoyance at the No Thanks button. I lose a little faith in humanity every time it is used for a petty reason. It is supposed to be used for comments and posts that are "unneighborly", not for those that one disagrees with.

— On the neighbor message The No Thanks Button Is Killing This Website
9:45 a.m.

I third Open Books. Every donated book goes to support literacy in Chicago in some way or another. Plus, they have an awesome, fully inventoried used bookstore in River North staffed primarily by volunteers.

— On the neighbor message Unloading a book collection?
9:37 a.m.

Reminder - Meeting tonight.

5:31 p.m.

No water bottles or backpacks on the L? Do you mean the Metra?

5:39 p.m.

Larry Asimow Landscaping. He lives on the north side and has a great crew.

— On the neighbor message Landscaping
11:05 a.m.

Try contacting the Lakeview Chamber: http://www.lakeviewchamber.com/

— On the neighbor message is there any commercial space available?
6:39 p.m.

If you need more books after your book drive, you can try asking Open Books for a book grant: http://www.open-books.org/bookgrants.php

Good luck!

5:40 p.m.

There are websites and FB groups for posting info about lost cats. Google, lost cats Illinois.

— On the neighbor message Lost Cat in Bucktown
10:59 a.m.

Maybe this: http://www.georgeseeleygarden.org/

— On the neighbor message Community Gardens
9:03 a.m.

It is a sad state of affairs when Minneapolis is leaps and bounds ahead of Chicago when it comes to food trucks. You should try some of them there. They are great.

Re: getting sick. Chicago is known for its robust food inspection department. If you are actually getting sick from restaurant food in Chicago, you should contact the health department.

10:53 p.m.

Gahhhh, I wish a decent restaurant would go in this location.

— On the food inspection Sofra Turkish Kitchen failed inspection
9:38 a.m.

I know she's no longer the president, but you could ask Diann.

— On the neighborhood event Join LVCC before 4/30
3:42 p.m.

I'm not sure which website you're referring to. I'll look at the EB map, but if you read the descriptions of South and West Lakeview Neighbors, you'll see that both end at the tracks.

— On the neighborhood event Join LVCC before 4/30
3:42 p.m.

Art fests and street feats are two different things.

— On the neighbor message More on the Art Fests
11:15 p.m.

This meeting has been changed to May 15th due to a conflict with our honoree's schedule. (We're giving out our annual Good Neighbor award).

We will not be talking about property valuation assessments.

Snacks and beverages will still be served.

12:36 p.m.

It is easy to spoof names and/or numbers of legitimate businesses for the purpose of caller ID. Scammers do this all the time. It is how they get you to answer the phone or call them back.

11:19 a.m.

Two thoughts
Jane Addams Resource Center is around the corner. They offer computer training and lots of people go in and out. You could check with them to see if someone lost it.
The Western Union there was robbed yesterday. Did it come from there, perhaps?

— On the neighbor message Flash drive found
9:49 a.m.

The LVCC goes all the way to the Ravenswoods tracks. South and West Lakeview Neighbors and Southport Neighbors are a part of the LVCC.

— On the neighborhood event Join LVCC before 4/30
10:21 a.m.

According to an article in the Trib today (can't find online), an organization in West Town put out garbage cans and went around and collected the trash. Now they have to pony up $6,600 ($75/can) for using the public way. No fee wavers allowed.

— On the neighbor message Save the Neighborhood Arts Festivals
12:55 p.m.

Think about little farmers' markets. Every booth. Every week. Neither the organizer nor the farmer can afford that? ($125 per vendor other than those selling fresh food.) Plus, no one in the city seems to be able to answer the question if the fees are charged for holding the event on private ground (like a parking lot).

— On the neighbor message Save the Neighborhood Arts Festivals
11:17 p.m.

Thanks to both of you. The assessor's office doesn't have the square footage for units in associations.

I'll try to make one of the meetings, but as of now I can't.

— On the neighbor message Square Footage - Property Tax Assessment
10:47 a.m.

CNR posted today they are quitting.

— On the neighbor message CNR s/b Renamed 'Chicago Racist Report'
11:29 p.m.

It didn't occur to me that this was affecting art fairs too. I knew about the farmers' markets. Thanks for posting.

— On the neighbor message Petition to Save the Neighborhood Art Fairs
1:04 p.m.

Sometimes ou can also see the space station streak across the sky. It is pretty neat.

— On the neighbor message Bright star in sky last night?
12:27 a.m.

Here is the link to find all the neighborhood groups in Lake View: http://www.lakeviewcitizens.org/

And, welcome to the neighborhood.

— On the neighbor message Neighborhood group for Southport/Belmont?
9:13 a.m.

If you are on the south side of Belmont, you are in the South Lakeview Neighbors area:
http://slneighbors.org/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/190594077676435/

— On the neighbor message Neighborhood group for Southport/Belmont?
9:10 a.m.

Deets not deeds.

12:05 a.m.

Anyone have the deeds on this one?

12:04 a.m.

I thought I read somewhere that buildings couldn't ban satellite dishes. Maybe I was dreaming.

Anyway, we have the true U-verse and have been satisfied. But, we're past our initial cheap rate and it is very expensive. Also, even good wiring to the pole doesn't mean the wiring to your house or inside your house doesn't need to be upgraded.

— On the neighbor message Clear Internet Slow? Any alternatives?
11:40 a.m.

South Lakeview Neighbors had ComEd at their monthly meeting last night to discuss how this whole process works.

First, make sure the energy provider is certified by ComEd. They have a list.

Second, it might behoove you to wait until the end of June to switch. In June, ComEd sets their prices for the next year. If you need to sign a year contract with the new provider you can actually see if you will save money over the ComEd prices. This also means you shouldn't sign more than a one-year contract.

Third, always check your bill to see that you haven't been slammed by a provider without your permission.

Personally, I don't answer the door to people I don't know, so I encourage people not to sign up with people wandering around the neighborhood. If they are not successful, maybe they will stop. You can do your own research and find a company that suits your lifestyle.

— On the neighbor message Have you switched from ComEd?
11:37 a.m.

The reason certain law firms do better is because of connections. It's the Chicago way.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Appeal
4:59 p.m.

Lakeview Chamber may be starting one in June under the L at Southport on Thursday nights. South Lakeview Neighbors is also trying to start one.

— On the neighbor message Farmers Market in Roscoe Village?
9:26 a.m.

Have you talked to the workers at the Starbucks on Paulina/Lincoln or Barry/Lincoln? They might know. She frequents them.

— On the neighbor message Homeless Lady
9:42 a.m.

Red Door Animal Shelter has many rabbits available for adoption (and some cats/dogs too). You could call them and ask them for vet recommendations.

— On the neighbor message Rabbit Specialist Veterinarian
2:54 p.m.

I'm pretty sure the AMC by Navy Pier is going to show it starting the 13th.

— On the neighbor message BULLY, The Movie: Showplace ICON Theatre
8:56 a.m.

A crosswalk is a crosswalk (white lines and/or yellow sign with people). Even if there isn't a stop sign or light, cars are supposed to stop for pedestrians.

— On the neighbor message Almost got run over today
6:53 p.m.

Google Lost Cat Illinois - there are a bunch of sites that you can post to which will advertise your lost cat. Then, if one is found, they try to link up owner to animal. Also, don't forget Craig's List. Keep calling him and checking every little space around your house - even places you don't think he'll fit. Put out food. Good luck.

— On the neighbor message Lost: orange tabby cat in Wicker Park
6:51 p.m.

Biden?

11:34 a.m.

I knew I could rely on EB for responses to my question. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Alarm company
8:02 p.m.

I didn't even know that was something to ask for. I really don't know anything about the different levels of alarm service. And, clearly, the salesperson didn't do a good job or he would have explained all of this.

— On the neighbor message Alarm company
1:31 p.m.

I think the Inside-Booster just wrote about this location. Unfortunately, they put very few of their articles online, so you'd have to find one of the paper copies.

— On the neighbor message Irving and Broadway
11:35 a.m.

I'm in Lake View and we have the same problem. The rats live under my neighbor's garage and tunnel up into our little yard. I'm hiring a landscaper to do some raised beds and pavers. The base will be the mesh, class five, and sand. Where I've used this in other places, the rats have been unable to chew the metal mesh and dig through. But, they will find other ways out.

I've had the city come out too, but I think some of the super rats we have are immune to the poison.

We inspect the garbage cans daily and have hired Alley Cats to clean around our cans. However, the scrappers, can guys, and lazy neighbors still mean there is food for the rats. I'm am picking up greasy garbage regularly. It does require vigilance and the help of everyone that uses the alley.

— On the neighbor message Rats
12:26 p.m.

Plus, even if you're not into the bikes, it is a cool place to hang out and drink coffee.

— On the neighbor message Have you guys been to Heritage bicycles?
3:21 p.m.

Now that's bad. Definitely call your congressional office. The aids there have been working with the USPS. Also, you could try walking into the post office where your trucks come from. Your local post office can tell you the location.

— On the neighbor message Another Post Office Discussion
6:57 p.m.

I assume Hamlin Park Neighbors will be talking about it: http://hamlinpark.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hamlin-Park-Neighbors/289966527703358

— On the neighbor message West Lakeview Shooting
11:12 a.m.

I want to know too, because this place seems cursed.

8:25 p.m.

Ehrlich Dental
Joshua H. Ehrlich
3118 N. Sheffield, Ste. 1N, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773.935.0300 |Fax: 773.935.0302
www.ehrlichdental.com

He's the only dentist I've ever been to that's been able to freeze my mouth all the way.

— On the neighbor message Good dentist on north side
6:34 p.m.

If you find out, please post. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message racine/wellington
9:04 a.m.

@Jan, I contact you through Everyblock's messaging service. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a cat
11:20 a.m.

@Laura, I emailed her. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a cat
9:54 a.m.

Good to know that Paws can take requests. I wondered about that.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a cat
6:53 p.m.

We go to here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/urban-veterinary-care-chicago

The reason we like them is they don't force old cats to have unnecessary shots and tests. (Our first vet refused to see our cats without rabies shots, going so far to tell us they were going to quarantine them. They are indoor cats and had received shots in the past, but were getting too old for them.) They've also given multiple x-rays and only charged us for one. Their regular appointment costs are reasonable and once a year they have a discount on teeth cleaning that's done under sedation. I do find their lab costs a bit high, however.

— On the neighbor message A good, reasonable vet
12:36 p.m.

I don't think elected officials can fix the Chicago post office. (I've lived a number of other places where the post office is great.) Read this section to understand how the governance of the post office works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Service#Governance_and_organization

I've attended a number of meetings about the post office problems here. Management doesn't have much ability to influence how the carriers work. And, if they do decide to discipline a carrier, it has to be addressed in a particular way. If not, the disciplinary action might be reversed by the NLRB.

The other issue in Chicago is that carriers with seniority can switch to better routes almost at will, which moves other carriers around. So, if you are on an undesirable route, you are going to get new carriers all the time as the current one gets more seniority and moves to a better route.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
12:17 p.m.

Even though many prescription plans mandate it, try not to have your drugs sent to your house. I've heard way too many stories about them not being delivered.

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery in 60657
4:04 p.m.

I hate that we have to resurrect these threads. But, the problems still persist and I believe nothing is going to change.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
4:02 p.m.

Last night Waguespack told SLVN that he is against them too.

— On the neighbor message Speed Camera Bill Based on Phony Data
3:12 p.m.

Oh, and one other thing: Waugespack is against the speed cameras for a variety of reasons.

— On the neighbor message South LakeView Neighbors Meeting 2/14
12:04 p.m.

The meeting was decidedly less interesting than it might have been. Both of the presumptive committeemen talked briefly about their roles and about their parties. This was preceded by a vote on sidewalk seating for the restaurant A Plate on Southport. (There were no "nay" votes, so I assume the alderman will approve the outdoor tables). The evening wrapped up with Waguespack putting on his alderman hat and answering questions about redistricting, crime, etc.

— On the neighbor message South LakeView Neighbors Meeting 2/14
12:02 p.m.

I did not get the robocall, but only have a cell phone. Regarding the third guy, he's a republican and is unopposed, so he'll represent the interests of that party.

— On the neighbor message South LakeView Neighbors Meeting 2/14
12:22 a.m.

Here is what the committeeman does: http://www.centersquarejournal.com/news/ward-committeeman-what-do-they-do-again

In any case, the debate is becoming more public. See this article: http://www.roscoeviewjournal.com/news/tomorrows-political-valentine

— On the neighbor message South LakeView Neighbors Meeting 2/14
6:12 p.m.

I'll be there and can report back. Plus, if you are a member, you should get the newsletter which will summarize the meeting.

— On the neighbor message South LakeView Neighbors Meeting 2/14
10:09 a.m.

The Chrib had a picture of the gang sign as well as a picture of the sticker. I don't know about the kid's intent, but there were some similarities.

— On the neighbor message New City Sticker - I see no gang signs
5:30 p.m.

Some companies don't allow deliveries to their employees. Some people can't get to distribution centers. UPS by my house requires signatures on all deliveries whether requested by the sender or not. You can ask for this for your address. But, then, someone has to be home to get it.

— On the neighbor message Theft Incident on Wabansia
3:52 p.m.

They have to do it periodically. It takes about 5 minutes. They go to your meter and check the connections and make sure there are no gas leaks.

— On the neighbor message People Gas Inspection ?
12:15 p.m.

I'm going to bookmark this thread. My neighbors have rats under their garage who burrow up into my yard. The neighbors do nothing about it. I'm going to do a tiny bit of landscaping in that area this summer, so I'm going to try to put the mesh stuff down under the soil. But, I'm sure the rats will find a way around it. Maybe a contractor can help me.

— On the neighbor message Rat Problem near Clark & Grace
11:23 a.m.

There's a proposed ordinance about it, but I don't know the status of it: http://ward32.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/O2011-9772.pdf

— On the neighbor message The New Phone Books are Here! Really?
2:34 p.m.

The first and second are dreadful.

8:02 a.m.

Bob, I have to be honest, I'm disappointed in Smith after all of this. She should have stood strong against the power base and with the 8 other dissenters to push for a map that was more fair to citizens of all wards. She heard the folks from the 36th and the Back of the Yards give impassioned speeches. They got nothing out of this deal, and arguably they needed the support more than the folks in Lincoln Park. She was the deciding vote. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-city-council-new-ward-map-20120120,0,334617,full.story

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Park Redistricting Meeting 1-11-12
12:09 a.m.

Super cool interactive ward identifier from the Trib: http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/ward-redistricting-2012/index.html

midnight

I'm pretty sure Smith rescued the 43rd and got much of it pushed back up to Diversey. But, in the descriptions of the 32 and the 47, both skip a portion of the west side of Lakeview. Either way, at least we're in a mostly contiguous ward, unlike the 1 and 2, which are just crazy town.

6:04 p.m.

Interactive map: http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/approved-ward-map-95662

— On the neighbor message The New 47th Ward Boundaries
4:48 p.m.

Or, maybe we're still in the 32nd. Interactive map: http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/approved-ward-map-95662

4:47 p.m.

It appears that my new ward, 47, isn't described accurately.

4:41 p.m.

I think I'll now be in the 47th, if the map is correct rather than the description. Does Pawar live within the new boundaries? Where is the office?

— On the neighbor message The New 47th Ward Boundaries
4:40 p.m.

A revised version of this map was passed today.

11:31 a.m.

The mayor has called a meeting for tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am to vote on the ward maps. However, it can be delayed. See the two links:

http://www.chicityclerk.com/headlines/2011/dec/F2011-371.pdf
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-city-council-could-vote-thursday-on-new-map-but-delay-possible-20120117%2C0%2C6475884.story

4:39 p.m.

Thanks. I'm trying to avoid that. :)

— On the neighbor message Black Caucus and Northside Remap Proposal
4:33 p.m.

Can you tell me where you found the KML file for this map (with the understanding that changes have been made since it was first released). Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Black Caucus and Northside Remap Proposal
4:24 p.m.

The Chicago Tribune had an article on their website on Tuesday night about the meeting on Wednesday. Here it is: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-national-expert-gives-blessing-on-comprise-chicago-ward-map-plan-20120116,0,7441505.story

There is also an article today that says the vote will likely be delayed for a few days: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-city-council-could-vote-thursday-on-new-map-but-delay-possible-20120117,0,6475884.story

I haven't checked the Sun Times in the last few days, but they may have more info.

I follow the Chicago Tribune Breaking News feed on Twitter and that's how I saw the Tribune article before I went to bed on Tuesday night. I posted about it in the Ward 32 part of Everyblock (that's where I live and where most of my posts on this topic have been located. Under the likely new map, I'll be moved to Ward 2.)

I think the thing that bothers me the most about all of this is that the independent north side aldermen like Smith and Waugespack, who are most effected by the Black Caucus map, haven't been able to put together 10 people to stand strong against it. Even Pewar, the new golden boy, is for it.

But then again, they are both supporting the Latino Caucus map, which still messes up the 36th. They should stand against both maps. Maybe they could get 10 people together then.

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Park Redistricting Meeting 1-11-12
10:18 a.m.

I'm fairly new to Chicago and I've followed this process very closely because I will be put into one of the displaced wards. I want to keep my current alderman, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. What is surprising to me about the whole thing is how pointless the meetings are. I attended the first one and heard the impassioned speeches. I read about the second one. I cringed for the folks in the 36th who are losing their aldermen. I was flabbergasted that this process would mean a school is cut into three wards. However, the meetings and articles don't matter. The powerful aldermen are going to do what they are going to do.

4:36 p.m.

I don't know. However, aldermen like Smith are advertising it.

12:19 p.m.

Here are the details on the meetings today and tomorrow.

Today, Tuesday January 17th, 1:30 pm
City Council Chamber, Second Floor
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.

Tomorrow, Wednesday January 18th, 6pm
North-Gand High School Auditoriam
4338 W. Wabansia Ave.

11:20 a.m.

Bob posted this article in another thread. It is about the second restricting meeting. http://www.thegatenewspaper.com/2012/01/residents-express-concern-over-proposed-ward-maps-in-second-remapping-hearing/

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of the remap meeting - part 1
9:41 a.m.

...for one school

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Park Redistricting Meeting 1-11-12
9:38 a.m.

Bob, thanks for finding that article.

Also, I feel for the folks in Back of the Yards. Three aldermen or one school is nuts.

— On the neighbor message Lincoln Park Redistricting Meeting 1-11-12
9:38 a.m.

@mratcheson - This is what I understand - after the new map is approved and any court cases are settled, the aldermen will pick a date in the future when they "flip a switch". On that date you are represented by your new alderman. What usually happens is that a relocated alderman resigns prior to the "switch flip" and is given another job somewhere else in city government. Then, the mayor appoints a replacement who lives in the new ward. If the alderman does not resign, s/he has only a certain amount of time before s/he must move to the ward. I have no idea what happens with the ward office.

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of the remap meeting - part 1
12:03 a.m.

Remember when Mell said he hadn't seen the fourth map from the Pro Bono group. Apparently, it was submitted a week ago. Here is the link: http://www.probonothinking.org/new-wards-of-chicago/

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of the remap meeting - part 1
2:58 p.m.

I get what you are saying. My experience has been the opposite, but I find my alderman engaged. If I had a different one, I might think differently.

There was another meeting last night on the south side. However, with the snow and such I wonder what the turnout was like.

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of the remap meeting - part 1
2:25 p.m.

In terms of a commercial corridor, like Clark or Southport, it is very difficult to do smart urban planning and negotiate with landlords and developers when there is more than one alderman involved. If the alderman on one side of the street provides zoning variances for any reason, while the opposite side of the street person does not, the street will start looking very strange.

If you don't attend your neighborhood group meetings, you should. You'll start to see why having only one (or sometimes, two) aldermen in a community is important.

Finally, this is the second in a series of posts I did about the meeting. The first post and the other two can all be found here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jan12-quick-summary-remap-meeting-part-1-4655991/

Comments should be limited to that post. This one and the third one are being deleted.

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of ward remap hearing - part 2
1:57 p.m.

Wendi, I'm not sure if you heard the folks from the 36th, but I was struck by their passion. They also elected a new, outside-the-machine alderman. Now, most of them will be outside his ward.

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of the remap meeting - part 1
10:57 p.m.

Thanks to Rebecca for untwisting my mistake and posting parts 2 and 3 here.

— On the neighbor message Quick summary of the remap meeting - part 1
3:36 p.m.

There are so many threads here on Everyblock for problems with mail and stolen packages in different parts of Lake View (and elsewhere). Last summer, one of the neighborhood organizations held a meeting with higher ups at the postal service and congressional aids. Lots of people complained (as they have been doing for years). Nothing has changed. I have no words of wisdom for you. I've given up. I pay my bills online. I rented a UPS Store box for all packages, regardless of delivery method, and realize that I won't receive any of my Christmas and birthday cards from my elderly relatives (They never, ever arrive. I assume someone is checking them for cash. There isn't any.)

— On the neighbor message Missing Mail
4:27 p.m.

Definitely file a report.

You should instruct your drivers not to leave packages without signature. However, we had to resort to renting a box at the UPS store because we weren't home to get the packages.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Packages
10:01 a.m.

During my walk today, I saw approximately five trees in the alley between Fletcher and Barry along both sides Lakewood. I don't have the means to transport them, but if someone does, I'd appreciate your effort in keeping them out of the landfill. Thanks.

— On the neighbor message Recycle Your Xmas Tree
10:15 p.m.

I like this map too, but I doubt it will ever be submitted to the clerk's office. (I also like the third map as the boundaries aren't nearly as weird, but the powerful aldermen say it is a non-starter. Historically, however, the organization who submitted the third map has been influential in making the ward boundaries less gerrymandered. Maybe that will happen this time.)

To your question, this is my understanding, which might be flawed. If a ward moves, the current alderman still represents the ward (unless s/he quits) until the next election. At that time, the alderman would have to move to the ward to run for reelection. If the alderman quits before the next election, a new one is appointed by the mayor.

However, I have no idea what happens if the number of aldermen is reduced. I imagine a scenario where some areas of the city would have two aldermen in the boundaries of a new, larger ward. In that case, what happens? Again, it probably doesn't matter because my guess is that fourth map won't be submitted.

— On the neighbor message A Fourth Ward Map?
11:06 a.m.

To understand people vs. folk, read these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_Nation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Nation

and then click through on some of the reference material.

— On the neighbor message Gang graffiti in Bucktown
5 p.m.

Question: Can people outside your neighborhood attend your meetings (without voting, of course)? Will anyone from the city be there besides Alderman Smith?

— On the neighbor message Do you want to help?
12:37 p.m.

Make sure you post here: http://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois via the form on the left. You can also check their albums of lost and found dogs.

— On the neighbor message Found Missing Pug
11:07 a.m.

Last time I was in there, the salon people said it was routine maintenance.

— On the neighbor message 1635 W. Belmont Ave (Belmont Theatre/Salon)
9:58 a.m.

The west side of Lake View supports you.

2:15 p.m.

Considering Lake View goes all the way to the Ravenswood tracks, I don't think the west side starts until at least Racine.

— On the neighbor message Curbed Cup pits Lake View against Uptown
8:51 p.m.

I think the funniest thing about that poll is that they say Wrigley Field is in West Lake View.

— On the neighbor message Curbed Cup pits Lake View against Uptown
12:16 p.m.

There are lots of threads on here about the mail delivery. Call you congressperson because mail is federal and not local. The congressional aids know all the problem spots.

— On the neighbor message stolen mail
10:12 p.m.

Us current members of the 32nd who would also end up in this ward are crabby too. A few people are talking about it here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/dec19-new-alderman-portions-32nd-4538256/

8:14 p.m.

I can understand the arguments for fewer aldermen. But, selfishly, I like the idea of keeping 50. If aldermen had twice as many constituents, wouldn't that mean it takes twice as long to deal with problems and situations?

10:48 a.m.

Yikes!

— On the food inspection Alinea Restaurant Llc failed inspection
5:10 p.m.

Sometimes restaurants fail inspections for paperwork reasons. That could be the case here.

— On the food inspection Alinea Restaurant Llc failed inspection
5:04 p.m.

I'm so crabby about all of this. Probably more so than necessary. I'll be in the new carved out ward (20th or 2nd or whatever). I watched Pavlik run against Waguespack in the last election and wasn't impressed. I want a non-connected alderman. I want someone to stand up to the corruption. I want someone who responds to phone calls and emails. For me the Taxpayer Protection Map makes more sense because the new ward is less crazy than in the other map, but both suck. (I mean, seriously, both maps have parts of LV, LP, NC, and LS in the new ward. WTF is that about?)

— On the neighbor message New Ward Maps!
8:45 p.m.

Anyone have the deets on this?

— On the crime report Robbery: Armed: handgun
5:22 a.m.

The big ones? Usually that means the president is coming.

— On the neighbor message Helicopters
3:52 p.m.

Does it have to be someone who lives in the new ward?

— On the neighbor message Roscoe Village no longer in the 32nd Ward?
3:43 p.m.

So, this means Ald. Cochran would no longer be an alderman because he doesn't live in his district any longer and our portion of 32 would have an appointed alderman? Bah!

— On the neighbor message Roscoe Village no longer in the 32nd Ward?
3:03 p.m.

Does anyone have any feedback on Cochran?

— On the neighbor message Roscoe Village no longer in the 32nd Ward?
6:11 a.m.

I didn't start this thread to have an anonymous discussion about Waguespack. My intent in posting was to inform neighbors of the possibility of losing him. Neighbors can choose to cheer or complain to the relevant parties.

— On the neighbor message Ward 32 - Potential Remap
5:07 p.m.

Last year, when Lake View was open for appeal, the alderman had people who work for the city in his office. I brought a whole bunch of information about my house, the local comps, etc. The lady from the office made copies of everything and submitted it. A few months later we received word that our appeal was successful. (Our home came down almost 100K. We live in a town home.)

I'm cheap and didn't want to pay the law firm. However, I have heard that if you use a firm that has some association with the appeals folks, you have more chance of being successful.

— On the neighbor message Property Taxes Appeal
11:02 a.m.

I did it myself last year by submitting supporting documentation with my appeal.

— On the neighbor message Property Taxes Appeal
12:05 a.m.

They were on my block too. We make it a rule not to answer the door unless we know someone is coming.

— On the neighbor message Door to Door Salesmen
10:47 p.m.

Of course I meant up the street, not across the street. (And, of course, the Walmart might still go in.)

— On the neighbor message CVS at Century?
5:40 p.m.

Isn't Walgreens taking over the old Borders across the street?

— On the neighbor message CVS at Century?
12:32 p.m.

It is very East Lake View oriented. What about Southport Bakery? Or, the Northdown Cafe? And, she should acknowledge that Wilde's and Beckett's are owned by the same people.

— On the neighbor message Thoughts?
10:53 a.m.

The original name of the expressway was the Edens Parkway, named after William G. Edens, a banker and early advocate for paved roads. He was a sponsor of Illinois' first highway bond issue in 1918.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edens_Expressway

— On the neighbor message Who was Edens?
10:59 a.m.

If you want regular groceries, you could try Peapod. (peapod.com)

3:45 p.m.

I hope someone will turn it in. Make sure you post on Craigslist as well.

(We have an Austrian high school student staying with us this year.)

— On the neighbor message lost my passport
12:51 p.m.

My husband and I are a bit younger than you and we live near where Caty lives. If you do venture south of Belmont between Racine and the Ravenswood tracks, north of Diversey, you'll be part of South Lakeview Neighbors. The interesting thing about this part of Lake View is that many of the residents have lived here a long time and the neighbors are involved in the community. It is quiet and small town-ish.

10:58 a.m.

Where is this, I wonder?

2:45 p.m.

Thanks for all the responses. I'll be in touch with the printers.

— On the neighbor message Local printer
10:08 a.m.

All in favor. I'm a walker and really appreciate those who shovel. And, it really makes it hard for those with disabilities, strollers, and the mail carrier to get around when people don't shovel.

12:23 p.m.

There is a metal similar to platinum in catalytic converters. They sell them to scrap yards and metal shops.

— On the neighbor message Catalytic Converter
3:24 p.m.

I'm on the other side of Lake View and it is happening around here too. I've heard cars that are higher up, like Jeeps, are easiest to target.

— On the neighbor message Catalytic Converter
11:27 a.m.

What's interesting about the name vs. no-name thing is that when I attended the post office forum (click through on one of the links far upthread), the administrator said it is not a rule or a law to put your name on the box, but that all the carriers think it is and so it is enforced.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
11:44 a.m.

My typical responses to men, who raise my spidey sense, are:
Can I ask you a question? Me: "No." Or, "You just did."
You're beautiful/gorgeous/whatever. Me: "Go away." Or, if I'm feeling surly and I'm in the right environment, "What makes you think I want your attention? Go away."

Remember, women are often conditioned to be nice to people. You are under no obligation to be nice or to respond. And, generally, men know not to stop a woman by herself, at night to ask questions unless they are really desperate. This is just a ploy to get you closer or to get you talking.

12:15 p.m.

The Economist got back to us. Our mail had been marked undeliverable. Gahhhh, this is frustrating sometimes.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
4:25 p.m.

My husband hasn't received his Economist in weeks either. According to their subscription website, it says the magazine is "undeliverable", which probably means that it has been returned to sender. He's trying to straighten it out with them. You can check your status at economistsubs.com

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
10:56 p.m.

This isn't my story. It is from CL, per the link above. I just wanted to make people aware of it as I didn't see it on EB.

— On the neighbor message Creepy Crime
6:18 p.m.

Thanks. I linked to the article on the South Lakeview Neighbors FB group. If anyone finds out more details, please let us know.

— On the neighbor message Attack near Diversey and Lincoln
4:50 p.m.

I helped unpack some of the books, which will be for sale tomorrow and Sunday. Lots of excellent choices including some valuable vintage mysteries.

— On the neighbor message Open Books Open Boxes Sale
5:15 p.m.

I'd also like to know.

— On the crime report Robbery: Armed: handgun
2:45 p.m.

I'm on Team Hopeless. I don't think anything will ever change. This has been a problem for years. I've made changes to minimize the problem for myself including getting a box at a UPS store for packages.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
11:02 a.m.

If you click through on the links above there is a recap of the meeting recently held to address Lakeview's issues. Congressional aids were there. It seemed a total waste of time. Maybe one particularly bad route got fixed, but even that is up for debate.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
8:46 a.m.

I've often thought that the Belmont station was a good anchor for that area. There's lots of people coming and going from Lane, DeVry, and the shopping area and having a police station in the midst of the hustle and bustle gives the appearance of, and might increase, safety.

11:11 a.m.

Here are two threads about this issue: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/aug12-mail-delivery-forum-scheduled-having-problems-please-attend-4176655/ and http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul15-mail-delivery-60657-4108606/

Anytime you have a sub, the service deteriorates a great deal. I have found that when a new person is assigned a route permanently, the accuracy improves a bit. However, I never get my magazines on time (and, for some, timeliness matters) and occasionally my bills are so late I have to pay them the day they arrive.

— On the neighbor message Mail Service
10:54 p.m.

What do you expect the owners to do? I'm not trying to be confrontational, just wondering what the solution might be. Would a sign reminding people not to double park be sufficient? Should they hire someone to stand on the street and ask people not to double park? Drivers know they shouldn't double park, yet do so anyway.

— On the neighbor message Scooter's Parking Issues
10:17 a.m.

In my old house, in a different state, the chipmunks (ground squirrels) would get in and nest. I got rid of them by shoving dryer sheets in places they liked to nest. I also put moth balls in nylon stockings and hung them around the perimeter of my garage and car.

— On the neighbor message Rodents in Engine Compartment
10:08 p.m.

Seems pretty far away, but is this the cat?: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/laf/2608098192.html

— On the neighbor message Is anyone missing a small black cat?
12:48 p.m.

Just found out tonight that the 1500 block of Fletcher was hit at the end of August - a whole bunch of cars had their catalytic converters stolen.

— On the neighbor message Beware: Auto Part theives in Lakeview
10:52 p.m.

I live near here, closer to Belmont. The neighborhood is relatively low on crime, but if you pay attention to Everyblock, you'll see that there is petty crime all the time and an occasional mugging. So, keep your wits about you walking home from the L at night. And, don't leave anything valuable in your car or anything outside you don't want stolen, including mail/packages.

I don't know about that specific block, but the neighborhood is generally pretty quiet. There are lots of families, kids, and older folks. I've found that many of my neighbors have lived in this area since they were kids.

— On the neighbor message 1300 block of W. George
9:41 a.m.

This is interesting to read. Of the two places we've lived on the western side (officially South Lake View) of Lake View, I've never seen a single trick or treater. Nor, have we had one ring our bell.

— On the neighbor message Trick or Treating in Chicago
4:50 p.m.

We've had UVerse for 1.5 years. If you have crappy wiring in the house or to the pole, it doesn't matter how great UVerse is, your picture or speeds can have problems. We also had one problem last fall that took three truck rolls and one really motivated technician to solve. That said, besides being expensive, we have no complaints about our service.

— On the neighbor message Internet Service
9:14 a.m.

Every time we buy LaCroix (not sweeteners of any kind) at Target, we get the tax. We've even asked about it and have been told it is legit.

3:26 p.m.

And, soft drinks include carbonated water.

2:27 p.m.

We buy the LaCroix carbonated water in aluminum cans (no calories, no fake sugar) and are assessed an additional tax. It drives me nuts. It is water! (And we recycle.)

11:38 a.m.

The bands are what keep us away too. Yawn!

— On the neighbor message Northcenter Summerfest
11:37 a.m.

I'm not sure if folks saw this article yesterday, but if I was getting shot at, I'd try to bid for a new route too: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-postal-carriers-in-danger-20110818,0,2123673,full.story

1:44 p.m.

This sounds very much like what happened around my house. My carrier was on this route for 20ish years, but he got to move somewhere closer to home, so now we are stuck with nobody for the time being.

10:16 p.m.

Can I recommend donating some of them to Open Books? They are a literacy organization with an associated used bookstore. All money raised goes to helping kids read and write. (They are local.) They'll even pick them up: http://www.open-books.org/

— On the neighbor message BookMooch
3:51 p.m.

Continued:

-The three things I learned from this meeting are: 1) the carriers are generally the people responsible for the mail problems. If you get a consistent carrier year after year, your problems probably aren't that bad. (If they are bad, you need to contact the post office, because they will start working with you on documenting the problems.) But, if you are on a route that the carriers don't like, for whatever reason, that will cause high turnover as carriers can move whenever they want (if their seniority-based bid for a new route is accepted). It takes a carrier about a year to become really comfortable with their route; 2) the post office hasn't been doing a good job of documenting problems with individual routes so they can discipline/terminate under the terms of the union contract; and 3) the mail is sorted into address bundles before the carrier gets it. If you are getting mail for your neighbor, your carrier isn't paying attention.

-It turns out, my problems are because the long-time carrier left this route. There have been subs for about three months. At some point soon, we should get a new carrier, which might help with the problems.

1:09 p.m.

I attended the meeting last night and wanted to provide a summary of what I observed:

-The post office sent a good contingent of people: A leader, the managers of the three zip codes, and a customer service person.

-Two congressional aids also attended.

-There were 40-50 people in the room. Although, many were from the same two addresses. (Apparently, there are some buildings on the lake in 60657 which are really having trouble. The congressional aid is working with them and the post office to improve their problems. They have a carrier who isn't doing her job.)

-The meeting was somewhat pointless and we left shortly before 8pm because we had to get home. Everyone got called on to speak and state their complaint. There were no solutions provided. However, a complaint phone number was issued.

-More might have happened after we left. There was a room full of people who still needed to complain.

-An interesting thing that came out is that Chicago is considered one post office. As such, the carriers from the entire city can move around under the terms of their contract. There is always bidding going on for different routes. So, if your carrier moves, it takes a while to get a new carrier assigned. Then, that carrier might stay only a short time before he or she bids on a new route.

1:08 p.m.

Here is the original thread about this if anyone wants to go back and read: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul15-mail-delivery-60657-4108606/

2:44 p.m.

Oh my gosh, I can't imagine cutting down a healthy boulevard tree. I have ashes on my street and I'm already mourning their eventual death.

I plant under my tree. The shade and partial-sun perennials do very well. (Most good Chicago nurseries have a lot of hardy shade perennials.)

— On the neighbor message Tree Removal Catch-22
1:50 p.m.

I had it in my head that you wanted to stay in Lakeview or North Center. But, I realized there is a place in the Loop that might work for you. The Exchequer hosts meetup groups in their back room all the time. They'll even give you individual checks.

10:14 a.m.

10 Cat Tavern? They have a back room where book clubs meet.

6:31 p.m.

There have been a number of crimes along the 1100-1400 block of Barry including a rape, three home invasions, and now this armed robbery. It is a dark street at night because of the lovely trees.

— On the neighbor message Armed robbery on the 1100 block of Barry?
2:41 p.m.

http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/aug02-found-cat-orange-tabby-4152221/

This is the link to that post.

— On the neighbor message Lost cat
5:16 p.m.

Scroll through the posts here to a few days ago. Someone found an orange cat on Damen.

— On the neighbor message Lost cat
5:13 p.m.

Here are the atheist/freethinking meetups I'm aware of. Most involve a bunch of people getting together once a month and having dinner:
http://www.meetup.com/brights-6/
http://www.meetup.com/cfichicago/
http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoSecularSingles/
http://www.meetup.com/atheists-198/

You can also join CFI, which has periodic Sunday speakers and events.

— On the neighbor message Secular Parents
2:50 p.m.

I second Open Books. It isn't your dusty, used bookstore. All books are inventoried and sorted into common categories. Plus, they have a great kids' section. (You can donate your books to them too. If you have enough, they'll pick up.)

— On the neighbor message Book Stores
5:46 p.m.

Rather than opt out, I wish they were opt in.

Also, when not placed on the porch or off the sidewalk, they are litter. (I'd say they are litter anyway, but some would disagree.)

— On the neighbor message The New Phone Books are Here! Really?
11:42 p.m.

Isn't it illegal to sell spray paint inside the city limits? (Not that that would stop people from going to the suburbs.)

— On the neighbor message Gang tagging in Ravenswood
11:22 p.m.

Today I got mail twice. I don't know if the second delivery (about 7pm) was a neighbor dropping off something mis-delivered or if it was the carrier coming back.

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery in 60657
11:16 p.m.

There have been times when I've received mail after 7pm. I think once it came at 9pm. But, honestly, I'd rather have it be accurate than on time.

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery in 60657
5:48 p.m.

We have a box at the UPS store that we use for packages and oversize mail. But, having regular mail sent there doesn't work. It is just another address in 60657 that has problems.

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery in 60657
4:37 p.m.

Our carrier had our route for over 20 years and recently got reassigned. It hasn't gotten better or worse. When I introduced myself to the new person, she actually took me to the truck to show me that it contained no magazines on a day when it should have been full. Thanks for the tips on how to solve the problem.

— On the neighbor message Mail delivery in 60657
2:58 p.m.

Thanks for the tip. No real new on their FB page. But, maybe I'll wander in there this weekend.

— On the neighbor message Paper Boy
11:12 p.m.

If the tree was blocking your door, I would think your landlord would have a duty to clear it so that you had a fire escape route.

— On the neighbor message Downed Trees
11:16 p.m.

According to the linked article, the thieves got away in a car. Also, someone in the comments there is saying one of the crooks looks like the same person who robbed the 7-11 on Broadway.

This block has some nice houses, but all of them have alarm systems. Prior to this, the places getting broken into have been rentals with less security. The block is generally quiet with lots of families. Maybe the combination of dark and quiet with less secure properties is what attracts the bad guys.

9:24 a.m.

Thanks for all the info.

— On the neighbor message Fireworks at Winnemac Park
8:30 p.m.

We're a family of two and didn't join because we worried about the big sizes. We've found the membership valuable for vitamins and health and beauty items alone. We also buy frozen items and occasionally will freeze bulk items in smaller packages. Costco is also good for parties or when the whole family is visiting and you want larger amounts of food. (I buy the big container of hummus, for example.)

— On the neighbor message Costco, worth the $ for crunchy fam of 3?
3:10 p.m.

Thanks Nancy. That helps.

Fellger is on the corner of Damen and Belmont.

— On the neighbor message Fellger sprinklers
9:35 p.m.

I know of a number of people who have had mail/packages stolen. We require a signature for all deliveries and have opened a box at the UPS store so we can have things delivered when we are not at home.

— On the neighbor message mail theft
6:18 p.m.

A few years ago, Cost Plus closed a number of the stores around the U.S. If they are still hurting financially, I can imagine them being willing to take a lease buyout from WalMart.

— On the neighbor message box store in LV
2:54 p.m.