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Added Jul 21 2015

I am proposing to Bronzeville residents that for one day out of the week we spend in our community as not only a way to demonstrate our purchasing power, but to contribute to the growth of home buisnesses who thought enough of us to invest with us.

  • Excellent idea!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Ray, the rapidly developing south lakefront has emerged as an African American oriented heritage tourism destination and Gateway to the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area. (35th Street at Martin Luther King Drive includes the proposed Bronzeville 35th Street Illinois Main Street Project)

    Black Metropolis National Heritage Area - Home - …
    www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/85980/Bronzeville NHA...
    Feasibility Study and Project Overview 1. What is a National Heritage Area (NHA )? 2. The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission 3. NHA Feasibility …

    In 2011, Illinois residents and non-residents spent $3.8 billion on wildlife-associated recreation. A recent report by Trails for Illinois:

    Trails for Illinois | Connecting communities to trails ...
    www.trailsforillinois.org
    190,000+ users; $18 average spending at restaurants & bars. ... GITy Up! Tunnel Hill: October 10-11, 2015. Go bike-camping this Columbus Day weekend!

    shows that 35% of trail riders surveyed spent money in restaurants and bars. In a 2008 survey, over 97% of Illinois residents thought outdoor recreation areas are important for health and fitness and almost 94% though community recreation areas are important for quality of life and promote economic development.

    A. West Woodlawn: Take some advice from the Bronzeville Curmudgeon:

    You are a complete white supremacy idiot, if you think for one moment that African Americans living in the south lakefront region of Chicago from McCormick Place to the city limits, are going to pack our bags and migrate out of the northern destination of the Great Migration.

  • And your a perpetual victim. Those who can afford to stay will stay, those who can only stay through government subsidies should go wherever the government is willing to house them. This forum has proven that we are ALL tired of low life parasites holding the area hostage and lowering our quality of life. You obviously sympathize these lowlifes as evidenced by your constant excuses for their anti social behavior while completely disregarding their victims who most of the time are also AA. Your outdated and should move to the south where people still think the way you do.

  • FYI I am currently in the process of purchasing another (3) flat in the heart of Bronzeville. Trust when I say I am not going anywhere :)

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I am a "Native Son" of Bronzeville, born in Ida B. Wells Public Housing at 662 East 38th Street in the spirit of Walter Lee and bigger Thomas, we will be here for the next 100 years cracker!.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Welcome to Bronzeville, you racist sucker!

  • "we will be here for the next 100 years cracker!......" "Welcome to Bronzeville, you racist sucker!" Just keep your mouth closed nothing but stupidity spews out everytime you open it Your are an absolute nobody and your welcome isnt needed, your insignificant bigot. Who are you again?.....never mind it doesn't matter.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I see you can't take it, you arrogant racist when the venom is turned back on you.

    Ain't nobody scared of you honkie.

    Again sucker, welcome to Bronzeville!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Here is a tribute to you and your racist buddy Anthony Downes at the University of Chicago, cracker!

    SPATIAL DECONCENTRATION
    skillshares.interactivist.net/housing/spatial_d_2.html
    SPATIAL DECONCENTRATION. In 1970, Downs wrote a little-known book called URBAN PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS, in which he more graphically detailed the theory of spatial ...

  • Growing up in the projects I can see you never learned self control and personal accountability. Today you will though, I will be forwarding a transcript of this conversation to the board members at BVIC as well as their community partners including SEAWAY BANK as well as East Lake Management Development Corp. They should know what the Executive Director of BVIC really thinks. If action is not taken I will then contact the Illinois Attorney General and ask that they open an investigation into BVIC.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Here is the quintessential quote from the racist and elitist federal government policy, funded by our tax dollars that were designed to remove 3 out of 4 lower income African Americans from Bronzeville, to make it safe for the white elitist gentry to return and re inhabit prime south lakefront real estate in Chicago.

    "In this report, Downs made it clear that he wasn't projecting the inner-cities being rebuilt for its present residents--the minorities--but for the white middle class; the so-called urban gentry; a theory completely compatible with the Community Development Act of the previous year, Weissbourd's 1968 writings, and the Kerner Commission findings. Under point four in SUBURBS, Downs wrote that "...new means of comprehensively 'managing' entire inner-city neighborhoods should be developed to provide more effective means of withdrawing economic support from housing units that ought to be demolished." In his "triage" report, he wrote that Community Development funds should be withheld from inner-city neighborhoods so as to allow "...a long-run strategy of emptying-out the most deteriorated areas..." A city's basic strategy, he wrote, "would be to accelerate their abandonment..." The land having been "banked," it could be redeveloped for the gentry. He argued that instead of being given increased services, minority neighborhoods should be infused with major demolition projects."

    Yes, you racist cracker, let's take about who are real parasites, plutocrats and white supremace exploiting African Americans in Chicago!.

  • FGFM

    Snitches get stitches.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    A. West Woodlawn, please don't tell nobody in authority in Bronzeville, on me for being an absolutely belligerent bad boy at 73 years of age, who does not know his place in a white supremacist society. I do metaphorically, reflect the moral principals of both "Walter Lee and Bigger Thomas['.

    I am truly sorry cracker, if I hurt your feeling. Can't we all get along?

    Oh, by the way, I am no longer the the Executive Director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center.

    The new executive director is Stephen Cokely II

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pzK8ladcu90

    I move onward, the only direction. Can't be scared to fail in search of perfection
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Steve Cokely Jr. live on BRONZEVILLE RADIO 7/19/15

    Steve Cokely Jr. live on BRONZEVILLE RADIO 7/19/15

    If you think I am a bad boy at 73 years of age, wait until you view our succession plan and meet the next generation of emancipators from Bronzeville!!!

    Again a. West Woodlawn, welcome to Bronzeville, the ultimate northern destination of the Great Migration experience!!!

    I do have some good white friend also!

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  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Hey a. West Woodlawn, at this stage of the game, I work every day to make sure that my legacy of Restoring Bronzeville lives beyond my lifetime.

  • Vee E. Digital Media Distribution

    I'm not sure how or why the responses to Ray's suggestion turned nasty, but I think it's a great idea. Thanks, Ray.

  • Hello Vee, I agree with your comment. I was mortified with the responses!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Because you have white elitist and racist people, who refuse to except African Americans in a leadership role in the revitalization of the south lakefront region of Chicago.

  • Mr Gill don't be so fast to thank Vee. "Growing up in the projects I can see you never learned self control and personal accountability."

    That statement says a whole lot about Vee. That's coded language and a very casual racist statement.

    I don't agree with the bickering but Vee played himself and show us who he really is.

  • Vee? I think you mean Mr. A. Who by the way is fed up with BC like most of us are when hijacking a perfectly clean and interesting blog and turning it into a nasty racist debate just so he can listen to himself speak. (Ya'll know what i mean)

  • Considering Bronzeville's rich history in music it would be nice to hear samples of the artist that we are honoring in these establishments. Not 24/7 but frequently enough to remind a person that they are in a historic area.

    It would be a big contrast to the profanity filled music forced upon us from drivers cars. You know where you're at when you hear that.

  • To the businesses located in Bronzeville please provide links so as we can become aware of and begin to patronize your establishments.

  • Marc of Bronzeville Homeowner, longtime Bronzeville resident

    Curmudgeon, you are older than either of my parents and look at how you talk to people on this site who happen to disagree with you. It is deplorable and unfortunately overshadowed a great idea by Ray. I think your heart is in the right place- generally- but it is lost in how you talk to people. That is NOT what we want Bronzeville to be about

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Your point is well taken Marc in Bronzeville. You challenge me for being strong in support of the African American culture in Bronzeville, while you protect the white racist, in A West Woodlawn.

    Typical of people who operate from the top/down..

    It is no question that my heart is in the right place as far as preserving Bronzeville as an international African American oriented heritage tourism destination!

    So you tell me what is Bronzeville about?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    So let me understand your therory Marc in Bronzeville and Chanel Latrice. As African Americans you support A. West Woodlawn, when he make racist and white supremacy comments about public housing and other lower income Bronzeville residents as in the attached:

    Mr. A. West Woodlawn
    And your a perpetual victim. Those who can afford to stay will stay, those who can only stay through government subsidies should go wherever the government is willing to house them. This forum has proven that we are ALL tired of low life parasites holding the area hostage and lowering our quality of life. You obviously sympathize these lowlifes as evidenced by your constant excuses for their anti social behavior while completely disregarding their victims who most of the time are also AA. Your outdated and should move to the south where people still think the way you do.

  • Marc of Bronzeville Homeowner, longtime Bronzeville resident

    Bronzeville isn't about childish name calling. This isn't the fifth grade. Look back at what you wrote...I am embarrassed that came from an elder who should know better.

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  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    It is not a childish games when white racist people like A. West Woodlawn denegrate lower and moderate income African Americans, who have lived in Bronzeville for the past 100 years, and ignorant negroes support him.

    It is intolerable, and I am not taking it on Everyblock or anywhere else.

    I guess racist Mr. Charles, does need some shuffling, buckdancing negros on Everyblock to protect them from an emancipator like me.

    Souljourner Truth could not free all the slaves.

    Some of them wanted to be on the plantation, just like some negros like to be on the plantation in 21st. Century Chicago politics!!

    God bless you gatekeepers for Mr. Charlie!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Marc in Bronzeville, you are not responsible for my comments on Everyblock!!!

    Therefore, you should not be embarrassed about what I might say about elitist Negros, white racist and racist institutions, that covertly and publicly conspire to disenfranchise, destabilize and displace African Americans from living on prime south lakefront real estate in Chicago!

  • I don't necessarily agree with everything anyone has said here but I am also not sure why it is "racist" to say that you want the gangbangers, dope heads and prostitutes out of the neighborhood so that it can be a safe, enjoyable place for everyone. Will housing cost more then? Probably - the area will be a very desirable place close to many jobs. But the neighborhood itself will also provide more jobs. None of that says the neighborhood will be limited to black, white, Hispanic, Asian or anyone else. What is the alternative - let it get worse so rent goes down even further and you can dodge the bullets on the way in the house? Do some want to limit the area to only African Americans? Didn't the supreme court toss separate but equal out the window years ago? Having segregated communities has not exactly helped the black community over the last 40 years.

  • Please read the original.
    "Spend where you live" and lets stay on topic!

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  • Here's another helpful hint for you. People who make a connection between "parasites" and "black" are racist. I not once mentioned race or color. Low life parasites come in all shapes and color. Do a little more reading and a little less trollin'

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  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Chicago is, and has always been the most segregated city in the nation, geographically, ethnically and economically.

    Young, lower income African American men are being systematically railroaded into the criminal justice and too survive, they are gravitating into anti social behaviors and gang affiliated drug dealing, is institutional and culturally racist!!!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    So now that we are about to build the Obama Presidential Library on the south lakefront community of Chicago, wealth white people and elitist African Americans want lower income black people to become further disenfranchised and displaced from "the low end" of Chicago.

    As Lou Palmer, use to say, " its enough to turn a Negro Black!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Meteorically, in the name of Walter Lee and Bigger Thomas, please excuse me for my indignation!!!

  • We need to start the conversation, reestablishing our community becomes more paramount each day. It seems our welcome has worn out and our dollars are not welcome in certain areas. The answer and only answer is get OUR community back.

  • We are being judged not by the content of our character but by the color of our skin, the time is long past that we readdress establishing our community for our own welfare and salvation and financial growth. Once we start funneling our dollars here in Bronzeville and other predominately African American businesses then we become less dependent and start the process of Wealth building right here.

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