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Added Apr 24 2011

It was suggested at the April 23rd Gladys and Hamlin cleanup that Fillmore and Troy be our next project. I hope everyone is willing to come out again. I prefer the fourteenth, the sooner the better. The lots at Fillmore and Troy look big, so to stick to our "finished at noon" goal we will need more volunteers. Passing out fliers and putting up signs can only help. Can Fillmore Troy count on you?

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    I have talked with the ward office and 311 to reserve tools. I asked for extra rakes, seven to be exact. Greg has volunteered to pick them up. When do you think you will do that Greg? Mike donated one dozen pair of gloves.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    Daniel donated gas money.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I'll chip in $10.00 towards refreshments, do an e-mail blast and help Seth getting the press release out. Do we want to leave sunflower seeds on this lot, and every lot we do from now on?

  • I like that, Valerie. Like the mark of Zorro!

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    We just made the citywide staff pick.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    Day Of Service Project : Chicago's Lawndale and Garfield Park neighborhoods will be hosting their second volunteer clean up. Saturday May 14th at 9:30, at 3132 West Fillmore, the corner of Fillmore and Troy. Everyone is welcome. Coinciding with Mayor Elect Emanuel's Day Of Service, and using tools on loan from the 24th Ward Streets and Sanitation Office, we will clean a trash filled empty lot. Starting with nine volunteers organized through the website EveryBlock and word of mouth, this second event on May 14th at 3132 West Fillmore starts at 9:30. Bring some gloves and meet your neighbors.

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    URBAN ART RETREAT would like to pledge at least one volunteer to help with cleaning up that lot. If we have more
    that day, we will send them. Please keep us on your list
    for info. pertaining to this activity on May 14.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Press or no press, Chicago Together 2011 or not, there is no denying we have great neighbors and we continue to have great days of service regardless of what day it is!! I'm glad to live in the 24th Ward.

  • Seth - I have to pickup the tools on Friday 6AM -1PM.

  • Interfaith House non-profit org

    this project of yours is awesome. We wish u success with it

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    Talked to Streets and San today, they are expecting you.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Seth, I didn't hear back from you regarding the press release. Let me know if you want to do a media alert, which usually goes out the day before an event. If so, e-mail me at valeriefleonard@msn.com. I'm doing an e-mail blast now.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Here is a copy of the e-mail message that I am sending out to some of my neighbors. I will also post this on Facebook.

    Hello, everyone. I am part of a group of 24th Ward residents who met on the Every Block Chicago bulletin board. We have decided to help one another by cleaning a vacant lot in the Ward every two weeks. Our first project was cleaning a lot on the corner of Hamlin and Gladys. Our next project will be this Saturday. To find out more about how this project got started click onto http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/apr24-fillmore-and-troy-neighborhood-cleanup-we-need-you-3895806/ The description of this project is found below. If you are interested in having your neighbors help you clean a vacant lot in your area, in the 24th Ward, come out and join the crew, and get onto the cleaning schedule. First priority will be given to people who actively participate in cleaning other lots.

    Day Of Service Project : Chicago's Lawndale and Garfield Park neighborhoods will be hosting their second volunteer clean up. Saturday May 14th at 9:30, at 3132 West Fillmore, the corner of Fillmore and Troy. Everyone is welcome. Coinciding with Mayor Elect Emanuel's Day Of Service, and using tools on loan from the 24th Ward Streets and Sanitation Office, we will clean a trash filled empty lot. Starting with nine volunteers organized through the website EveryBlock and word of mouth, this second event on May 14th at 3132 West Fillmore starts at 9:30. Bring some gloves and meet your neighbors.

  • Picked up the tools today - 60% chance of rain tomorrow, I really hope the rain can hold off until after 12 o'clock.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    In the landscaping business we find that most times we are not rained out. Lets see what happens. Bring your raincoat.

  • Thanks Greg, for picking up the equipment. I can't wait to see you folks again.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    SUCCESS!!!!

  • EveryBlock Becca Director of Community Management

    It was great meeting you guys this morning! I'm sorry I missed all of you who came later.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Go, TEAM!!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I'm sorry I missed you, Becca. Perhaps we'll meet in person another time. Thanks for the Donut holes!

  • Awesome job, it was great to see everybody again, great day and great turn out. We filled over 40 bags of trash, wow!!!

  • Looking forward to the next cleanup....

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    Thirteen was our lucky number. Thirteen people decided to come out today and show what can be done when residents work together. Our Fillmore, Troy clean up is a great success. With over 45 contractor bags jammed full and a four foot pile of debris, the clean up was a major undertaking. My thanks to Greg, Loraine, Remel, Valerie N., Melissa, Stanley, Jim, Pete, Rose, Mike, Valerie L., and Liam for pulling together and making a difference. And to top it off, Greg and Loraine's BBQ hit the spot. Great to meet you in person Becca, thanks for the donuts. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barneys_snapshots/

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks, Seth,for leading the charge!!! The pics are priceless.

  • I agree with Valerie, Seth, you are a blessing!
    What a great time I had at the clean up! It;s so rewarding to see a positive difference made, and to know that we did it together with all these awesome people. Greg and Lorraine were so gracious, sharing their home with us and providing burgers and dogs And Greg rounding up the tools, and donating from his own supply.
    There are so many to thank! Let me just say, I am extremely proud of our group. Great going everyone!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Followup on e-mail blasts to neighbors and media: We didn't get media coverage, and we kinda knew that, given the activities surrounding the new Mayor's inaugural activities. However, I got someone from Univision asking me to add her name to my list of media contacts. This suggests to me that she liked what we're doing and there may be an opportunity for coverage in the future. I got a call from someone at a City agency indicating that she knows of a program that our cleaning crew might be interested in. I called her back late Friday, and hope to hear from her by Monday.

    Seth, I concur with Mike that you are a blessing. So are you, Mike, and Greg, Loraine, Valerie, Remel, Melissa, Stanley, Jim,Rose, Jose and Liam.

    Go, Team!!!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Daniel, I forgot to call you out for your role in the development of this project. You weren't able to make it yesterday, but you have been there from the beginning, mind spirit, body and finances. You also have been a blessing, and I thank you. I won't speak for Seth, as he is perfectly able to do so on his own as project leader.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Haha, thanks Valerie, I tried to pass by the site yesterday before the Sesame Street thing but, I was unable to locate it before I had to cut and run; either way I still have my $10 contribution I want to give Seth for gas and misc. Still I appreciate your mention and I will monitor to see where I can contribute time, effort, ect... It sounds as if things went well and I am happy to be associated.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    Concerned Mother would you like to suggest a location? Daniel you were there in spirit, would you like to suggest a date?

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I can do either or both of the next two Saturday mornings (21th & 28th) After that my weekends get pretty busy for about 3 weeks.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    I like the 28th, a great start to Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    If we have the 28th locked in, I'll call the North Lawndale ATC and see if they will be available to help out as well. We just need a place.

  • concerned mother 3-year North Lawndale resident

    I would like to suggest 1443/41 s Springfield. There is plenty of trash that are already in piles that I would like to see cleaned up.

  • Pete and Rose S. are willing and able to help on the 28th. Let us know the time and place. :-)

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    @ Concerned Mother, what about the lot to the north? Does someone take care of it?

  • You folks are beautiful!
    Thank you so much for all the support. What a wonderful opportunity to serve the community and make new friends. Some of you, I feel, I have known for years, after just a few encounters.
    If you are following this thread, and you have not yet joined us, I encourage you to be a part. It is a great effort, that brings immediate rewards, and lifts the body and soul!
    Thank you, Seth for initiating this worthy project. It has brought some awesome people together, and, without question, has made a difference! A big difference. Although our efforts only effect a small microcosm of our great city, they have impacted our community in a very positive way. Each corner of our neighborhood that we work on tells the people who live, work, and play there that our surroundings, and our quality of life can be raised. We are worth it! We deserve it! Taking pride in our home is a primary step in raising community values.
    Keep it up, gang! We are doing a great thing! See you on the 28th..............................

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Seth, I echo Mike's sentiments. After months of talking on the boards we are now at the point of action and momentum.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    1443/41 S. Springfield consist of two new construction foreclosures.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Just throwing this out there from reading some of these posts but, what do you guys think about acid washing of graystones in North Lawndale? Seth, you are in the landscaping business so maybe you can add some insights into this industry and Valerie, I think this would be a great project for Breaking Ground if we could get interest maybe spurred on by a little bit of TIF money. However, what I was thinking is North Lawndale's grandest accolade boasts on having the largest concentration of graystones. these buildings are really old and would probably do a great job of brightening communities if they were acid washed and brought to life. What do you guys think?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Paul Norrington is the resident Greystone Initiative expert. He, and Charles Leeks with NHS can provide more details about how TIF funding for the Historic Greystone Initiative works. At a gut level, this is a great idea, Seth. I believe the money is given out as a result of a lottery. The things that have been drawbacks in the past include the fact the City inspectors must inspect the property before money is given out; the fact that you cannot be indebted to the City in any way if you are to receive money from them; and the fact that you applied for public funds becomes a matter of public record. If there is a way to finance the project with alternatives to public funding, you may get more interest. That's my 2 pennies worth. Paul works closely with the Historic Greystone Initiative and he could share some of his experiences.

  • I got the impression there was a income limitation when it came to getting money through NHS for the greystones. I could be wrong but that's the impression I was giving when I checked into funds from NHS. I was also wondering how well acid wash works for greystones. I saw them "power washing" a building on Ogden but I'm not sure if they were just power washing or performing an acid wash. What ever they did wasn't that impressive. I'm curious about this process

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Yeah, pressure washing does little in the way of making much of a difference, acid washing can wear away the actual material. Basically, I need to do a little more research on the types of stone used and I will get back to this post. Here is a site which discribes a study of those efforts in Scotland -

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www4.rgu.ac.uk/graphics/ProvansLordship.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.sandstonerepairs.com/feedback.aspx&usg=___jHU_EzGx61vp4kDuFAqoUyeItY=&h=279&w=400&sz=49&hl=en&start=79&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Lu76HNrTuyW0BM:&tbnh=86&tbnw=124&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmuric%2Bacid%2Bwash%2Bbuilding%2Bexamples%26start%3D60%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D20%26biw%3D1251%26bih%3D590%26tbm%3Disch&ei=-ZXVTeywI4jk0QHS2aSeBw

  • Barney Seth Barnhart 15-year West Garfield Park resident

    The above link is for sandstone which is very fragile compared to limestone. Some people sand blast, however, I believe you can get fined in Chicago. I think sandblasting is illegal in the city. Acid washing is the way to go, there are two buildings on my block one was sandblasted the other acid washed. The acid washed one is much nicer.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    I would be interested in looking at this comparison, also it would be nice to find out whom did the acid washing and for how much. I really think this could make a difference if we could get it done in an effective, efficient, and modified cost kind of way. Afterall, there are a ton of these buildings which have lost their luster and the exploritory effort is worth while in my opinion.

  • Crew, just want to let everybody know, the collection of tree debris we collected at this location was finally picked up this week. No sure exactly who picked it up or when but it's gone and this lot is finally completely clean. Thanks crew, it looks great......

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    That's awesome! Have the sunflower seeds sprouted yet?

  • Our sunflower seeds have not yet sprouted. Soon, very soon....

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    The youth who planted seeds May 1 as part of Guerilla Gardening project (URBAN ART RETREAT) now see the plants coming up. They are around 18 inches tall. Soon sunflowers will be sprouting!

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    That's great, Dianna! Hopefully, we will begin to see results on Troy.

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