May 15

Updated 1 hour ago

Segregation in Chicago won't be solved while anti-"gentrification" sentiment flourishes.

The Metropolitan Planning Council recently published a report of 25 steps we can take to address the segregation epidemic in Chicago.

Know what's funny? Or, maybe I should say, sad? Nowhere in the report do they address the fact that in today's political/social climate, when 'whites' move into any one given area on the South and/or West sides...they're not welcomed as "segregation busters". No, they're more often called 'gentrifiers'.

It's the new trendy bigotry...and its been cultivated and allowed to...

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The Metropolitan Planning Council recently published a report of 25 steps we can take to address the segregation epidemic in Chicago.

Know what's funny? Or, maybe I should say, sad? Nowhere in the report do they address the fact that in today's political/social climate, when 'whites' move into any one given area on the South and/or West sides...they're not welcomed as "segregation busters". No, they're more often called 'gentrifiers'.

It's the new trendy bigotry...and its been cultivated and allowed to fester to the point where, even local alderman have come out amongst the ranks of the Chicago machine to decry its atrocities: "How dare white professionals think they can move into one of these areas!" Think that's hyperbolic? Look at some of the anti-development ordinances being proposed by these political 'leaders' in traditionally underserved communities. Wake up friends. They want to keep these areas economically depressed and artificially deflated to secure votes of their own prosperity - not yours. The first black POTUS can't even open his community center without legions of protests and controversy from the "where's mine!" crowd ... and we think segregation is going to be busted by a few talking points on educational policy and equity?

Nah. This is a top-down epidemic. Years of race-baiting and pandering have created this cultural cancer. Race relations have gotten worse, not better. And this disparity of equity has been created, curated and maintained by the Chicago machine. Let's not forget that.

Tough conversations and new ideas are what will solve these issues. We'll end segregation when we celebrate our individual strengths vs obsessing over our petty differences. And they are just that...beyond petty. White, black, we're all the same. But we can't fight REAL racism when we're too busy chasing fake boogeymen.

http://www.metroplanning.org/costofsegregation/roadmap.aspx?utm_source=%2froadmap&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=redirect

    Our Equitable Future: A Roadmap for the Chicago Region - Metropolitan Planning Council
    http://www.metroplanning.org
  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    Call me crazy, but I think you two agree about most things.

    It’s fair to say that owners benefit more than renters from improving neighborhoods.

    It’s fair to say we should have compassion for those renters who can’t afford paying to live in a nicer area.

    It’s fair to say that people who are making a neighborhood nicer shouldn’t be demonized for trying to make it better.

    None of that is controversial.

  • Your last comment is comical. “Evidence”, eh?

    I could sit here and source every single study/article/academic paper on the web regarding Chicago “gentrification” (almost all of which will inevitably touch on the race angle), but I’m not going to do that. You just keep believing what you want, I’m just...

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    Your last comment is comical. “Evidence”, eh?

    I could sit here and source every single study/article/academic paper on the web regarding Chicago “gentrification” (almost all of which will inevitably touch on the race angle), but I’m not going to do that. You just keep believing what you want, I’m just a huge conspiracy theorist. Never mind what I go through, see, read and experience on an everyday basis.

    As I said, it’s actually kind of laughable how you’re trying to pass the issue off. But that’s cool, weather is much too nice to sit here and argue with you.

28 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

All Lives Matter - Black Professor Says "Unleash those troops"

Here is a very interesting Op-Ed piece publishing in Washington DC "the Hill" by Chicago based Black American, Jamaican immigrant Jason D. Hill - an honors professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

Professor Hill argues that Chicago's criminal street gangs have created fiefdoms where they are extorting regular citizens offering "protection" from their own robbers, rapists and killers. He is calling on President Trump to bring in Federal law enforcement including armed troops.

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Here is a very interesting Op-Ed piece publishing in Washington DC "the Hill" by Chicago based Black American, Jamaican immigrant Jason D. Hill - an honors professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

Professor Hill argues that Chicago's criminal street gangs have created fiefdoms where they are extorting regular citizens offering "protection" from their own robbers, rapists and killers. He is calling on President Trump to bring in Federal law enforcement including armed troops.

"We teach, as we should, the values of self-reliance and personal responsibility. But those virtues needs a clean space to thrive and flourish, a place where an innocent 13-year-old Hispanic girl trying to earn some extra money as a babysitter is exempt from having to negotiate with extortionist gang-bangers who extract half her earnings from her under the pretense of protecting her life and her virginity. In Chicago, some neighborhoods are overseen by gangs that ought to be viewed as operators of terror cells, nihilistic institutional organizations that invade the sphere of civilized life. These gangs have declared themselves above the law. "

http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/389056-mr-president-please-send-the-troops-to-chicago

Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Hill, please pass this around and encourage others in our city and in places of power (Washington DC) to honestly look at the crime situation in our city. What should we do?

    Mr. President, please send the troops to Chicago
    President Trump Donald John Trump Comey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job Seattle Seahawks player: Trump is 'an idiot' for saying protesting NFL players 'shouldn't be in the country' MORE , during your presidential campaign you made a promise to send federal troops to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.
    http://thehill.com
  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Thanks Ria Rai,

    I just go with the idea that Chicago is a City like other cities and towns in the USA or in other countries. Our problems with crime are not unique - let's look at how other cities are handling things or not doing so well.

    New York...

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    Thanks Ria Rai,

    I just go with the idea that Chicago is a City like other cities and towns in the USA or in other countries. Our problems with crime are not unique - let's look at how other cities are handling things or not doing so well.

    New York City and Los Angeles have been doing well with crime since the mid 1990s. London England has fallen down and for the first time since the year 1800, London had more murders than New York City. In London, the thugs use knives instead of guns like here in our Chicago.

    I hope everyone has a safe Memorial day weekend.

  • Rai - What are the stats on who is killed in this city every year? What are the stats on who is convicted for the violent crime in this city every year? What you’re saying is great for running for office, or for keeping things nice and politically correct. But...

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    Rai - What are the stats on who is killed in this city every year? What are the stats on who is convicted for the violent crime in this city every year? What you’re saying is great for running for office, or for keeping things nice and politically correct. But I don’t think the cops need to stop and frisk little old asian grandmas .... or white surburban college kids from DePaul. Not because they’re NOT black, but because they’re NOT the ones being systematically murdered on the streets.

    At a certain point, black Chicagoans are going to have to ask themselves a real question: what’s more offensive? Hurt feelings, or dead bodies?

    I would think that’s a pretty easy question to answer, but apparently not.

2 days ago

2 days ago

New City - Safe and Peaceful Communities

In May 2018 The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities has awarded AWOFINC a 2018 grant, one of 132 rapid-response grants to support activities that promote safe and peaceful conditions in 19 prioritized Chicago communities. AWOFINC's Parent Information & Resouces, Violence Prevention Consortium and Youth Leadership & Development initiatives seek to identify and establish Community-Based Participatory Partnerships with groups and organizations. The consortium will be actively engaging multiple communities. Find out how you can participate in Leadership Training, Community Engagement, Violence Prevention initiatives as well as youth programs by contacting our office or send a message to any of our cooperating initiatives Facebook pages.

5 days ago

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BAG LOST "GROCERIES" JEWEL OSCO 35TH South State Street, North West Corner, May 14, 2018

Blood Glucose Medical History, Keys, two Bungee cords, computer equipment. Please return. $100. reward, no questions asked (All contents must be intact and inspected) Lost on May 14, 2018 between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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May 18

Updated 6 days ago

Found Dog

Found this little guy near the corner of 43rd Street and S Indiana Ave around 6:45 this morning. He's been dropped off at Chicago Animal Care and Control at 2741 S Western Ave where he'll be held for 4-5 days and then put up for adoption and/or released to a rescue organization. Please help him get back to his family.

  • Don't forget the reality of euthanasia due to lack of space at shelters or due to not being in perfect health. People, you need to get your dogs microchipped. A dog is not a toy, it is a living being

  • I talked to several neighbors and it appears this dog had been a stray for a long time so he might not have a family looking for him. I called several no-kill shelters before I took him to CACC and they wouldn't accept him as a stray off the street. Because he's small, cute and relatively well behaved, the consensus is he'll find a forever home soon.

May 16

Wilding Mob Attack Criminals Still At Large

Some of the mainstream Chicago press is FINALLY at least covering the brutal crime story of a large wilding mob that originated around us (~ 47th and Dan Ryan Red Line) invaded North Michigan Avenue, proceeded to stop traffic, jump on people's cars and in one case viciously attack a young couple. The last I heard the victim was in critical condition with a fractured skull!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-scrambles-to-explain-why-parents-of-injured-suburban-man-ignored/

Local pols and police spokesmen have been covering up this terrible flash mob,...

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Some of the mainstream Chicago press is FINALLY at least covering the brutal crime story of a large wilding mob that originated around us (~ 47th and Dan Ryan Red Line) invaded North Michigan Avenue, proceeded to stop traffic, jump on people's cars and in one case viciously attack a young couple. The last I heard the victim was in critical condition with a fractured skull!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-scrambles-to-explain-why-parents-of-injured-suburban-man-ignored/

Local pols and police spokesmen have been covering up this terrible flash mob, wilding attack, trying to spin it off as just teens acting a little rowdy or worse the police lied and said it was a case of two groups fighting. No, it was a case of a young suburban man and his girl friend coming off the Oak Street Beach and getting jumped and nearly or maybe even murdered by a large group of 25-50 South Side punks who organized these attacks on Social Media. We should set up an award for information that leads to the arrest, prosecute and severe punishment of these dangerous criminals who do these violent attacks for fun.

    CPD scrambles to explain why parents of injured suburban man ignored
    The Chicago Police Department is scrambling to explain why the parents of a 21-year-old suburban man - who suffered a serious head injury after a Gold Coast attack by a mob of teenagers - were ignored for days when they tried to file a police report. Local Ald.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

May 12

Updated May 16

Teen wilding mob from 47th street invades Mag Mile

CWB (Boystown) anti crime blog is reporting that huge mob of teens from our South Side (reportedly ~ 47th street around Red Line) organized a large (500 plus) teen wilding attacks on the Magnificent Mile. Many people were terrorized and one suburban young man and his girl friend were surrounded and viciously beaten. The young man victim had his skull fractured and was/is listed in critical condition. The mainstream media has completely censored this story for political reasons and also...

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CWB (Boystown) anti crime blog is reporting that huge mob of teens from our South Side (reportedly ~ 47th street around Red Line) organized a large (500 plus) teen wilding attacks on the Magnificent Mile. Many people were terrorized and one suburban young man and his girl friend were surrounded and viciously beaten. The young man victim had his skull fractured and was/is listed in critical condition. The mainstream media has completely censored this story for political reasons and also the tourist industry on North Michigan ave works hard to suppress crime stories of tourists being robbed or attacked.

The reports that I trust indicate this was an organized gang wilding attack - gang colors were Red and Black and might be some gang initiation for teens ~ 13 and 14 years old.

Please use your neighborhood contacts to find out exactly who organized this murderous flash mob, wilding invasion/attack. We should be prepared for similar organized wilding attacks in our communities.

I highly recommend this anti crime blog based in Boystown:

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/05/mag-mile-goes-wild-at-least-four.html

    Mag Mile Goes Wild: At Least Four Injured As Dozens Of Teens Run Rampant Near Historic Water Tower
    UPDATE MAY 8: Local alderman now says cops were "vastly outnumbered" and an internal review is underway to determine why police "early warning" system about mob actions failed. See our full update on this development HERE. Our original report follows.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com
  • Tony B in RP neighbor @ Lunt

    Thank you for this info because it's very important.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    More lies, cover ups by the Chicago Dem elite including some in the Chicago Police Department. This terrible wilding mob attack on this young suburban couple - the victim last I heard is in critical condition with a fractured skull! Police failed to even make a police report and lied that said it was just a fight between two groups! yeah right: At least the Sun Times is reporting on this brutal crime story instead of covering it all up like the rest of the fake news, lying press: https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-scrambles-to-explain-why-parents-of-injured-suburban-man-ignored/

May 09

Updated May 11

Pop Up Car Parties

These street parties have to end. Between State and Wabash on 37th street every day people park their cars during “happy hour” and basically drink, smoke, urinate and litter. On weekends this will grow into a bigger problem. I don’t understand why the police don’t stop this. It causes litter, property damage and will ultimately lead to crime. Who wants to come home to a pop-up block party of people drinking beer in the street? Not me. And this wouldn’t be allowed in most parts of Chicago. Please tell me what I need to do to make this stop.

May 10

Preschool enrollment open

...at a Family Resource Center, the nearest to Hyde Park–Kenwood being Coleman Elementary School, 4655 S. Dearborn St., open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applicants must...

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Local CPS preschool programs are at Reavis, 834 E. 50th St. (full- and half-day programs during the school year); Kosminski, 936 E. 54th St. (half...

...Reavis, 834 E. 50th St. (full- and half-day programs during the school year); Kosminski, 936 E. 54th St. (half-day during the school year); Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (half-day during the...

...the school year); Kosminski, 936 E. 54th St. (half-day during the school year); Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (half-day during the school year) and Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. (half-day...

...year); Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. (half-day during the school year) and Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. (half-day during the school year) elementary schools...

Preschool programs at local community-based sites, both offering full- and half-day programs year-round and during the school year, are at the Chicago Childcare Society–Hyde Park, 5467 S. University Ave., and the Cuddle Care Academy, 4800 S. Lake Park Ave.

Preschool programs at local community-based sites, both offering full- and half-day programs year-round and during the school year, are at the Chicago Childcare Society–Hyde Park, 5467 S. University Ave., and the Cuddle Care Academy, 4800 S. Lake Park Ave.

    Preschool enrollment open - hpherald.com
    By AARON GETTINGER Staff Writer Applications for preschool programs are open through Chicago Early Learning. Requirements for registration are that students be 3 or 4 years old before Sept. 1 and reside in Chicago. Some programs may be free, though others may require a small co-pay.
    https://hpherald.com

May 01

Updated May 08

35th and indiana

so is anyone going to do something about the heavy drug dealing and homeless that hang out on 35th and indiana. Those people are not homeless cause the street is empty when the drugs run out. I really think the police are scared of these hoodlums. any ideas?

  • Hendrix333 new to Chicago

    @Douglas_Peep
    Yes! "Robust community policing and strategic, targeted approaches" - we've got to find a way to make this a reality.

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    Watkins - great way to lay out the balance needed. Hopefully you got the name or some identification of the officer you mentioned and made a complaint. Letting the Alderman of the beat that officer is on is a good idea also to keep the pressure on. You can tell what beat an officer is on by looking at the number on the top right of the vehicle. Need to get the bad ones out to let the good ones do their job.

May 04

Updated May 07

Crime News Update

...was listed in serious condition. Police added that they later recovered a handgun from the 4500 block of South Wentworth. Malewski’s next court date is Friday, May 11 at 51st and Wentworth—the same...

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...of Sacramento, was apparently stabbed as she sat in a car parked in front of 5959 S. Sacramento at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Witnesses told police that they saw Gonz...

...your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to St. Symphorosa School, 6135 S. Austin, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. Hear...

...aggravated battery in connection with a shooting that occurred in Canaryville. Senia Malewski, of the 6400 block of South Austin, was arrested at her residence at about 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19. The crime...

...crime occurred at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at a home in the 500 block of West 44th Street. Police said Malewski “entered the victim's residence…at which time with another offender attempted...

...4500 block of South Wentworth. Malewski’s next court date is Friday, May 11 at 51st and Wentworth—the same as Blake, who also is being held without bond...

...beat a 46-year-old Tinley Park man at the CTA Orange Line terminal at 4612 W. 59th St. at 1:31 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tituse D. James, of the 300 block...

...59th St. at 1:31 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tituse D. James, of the 300 block of West Superior Street, reportedly hit the victim over the head with a wine bottle and then punched him...

...in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), come to Vittum Park, 5010 W. 50th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. Hear...

...man reported that he was robbed as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 5760 S. Archer at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 26. The victim told police that an attacker pushed...

allegedly burglarized a home in the 5500 block of South Kolin at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Victor Visinaiz was apprehended while he...

...April 25. Victor Visinaiz was apprehended while he was found hiding in a yard at 5632 S. Kolmar, according to police, who initially responded to a call about a man stealing packages off...

...10:55 a.m. Monday, April 23, when 18-year-old Mikhal Wynn, of the 3400 block of West 83rd Street, allegedly punched a 17-year-old boy in the face. Other students jumped in and...

police on Tuesday, April 24 at a convenience store where he works--at 6832 S. Pulaski.

Burglars broke into a construction site at 4700 S. Pulaski and stole a generator, a chop box, a miter box, a frame nailer, a power stapler and two fans. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man representing a Villa Park construction firm, at 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 23.

...a cinder block to smash the glass front doors of the Cricket wireless store at 5133 S. Cicero at 4:26 a.m. Friday, April 27. The crime was discovered by police responding...

Burglars smashed the front window of the Metro PCS store at 8117 S. Pulaski at about 4 a.m. Friday, April 27. The crime was discovered when an alarm...

Burglars forced open the front door of an apartment in the 5300 block of West 63rd Street and stole two TVs, two designer purses, a video game console and two DVDs. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old woman, at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

Burglars entered a garage in the 6500 block of West 64th Place and stole a power washer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, who added that she saw no sign of forced entry.

Burglars broke into a garage in the 5200 block of South Kilpatrick and broke into a vehicle parked inside—but nothing appeared to be stolen, according to the victim, a 31-year-old woman. The crime was discovered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, when the victim saw the garage’s overhead door open.

Since the Southwest Chicago Post broke the news a few days ago, about arrests near 48th and Cicero--full story here--police have arrested two more women, apparently in connection with CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson's public vow to rid the strip of prostitution, illegal

She was arrested at 47th and Keating at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.

She was arrested in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.

    Crime News Update
    Gage Park mom stabbed, dies two days before wedding leaving behind an eight-year-old son. Carolina González, of the 5600 block of Sacramento, was apparently stabbed as she sat in a car parked in front of 5959 S. Sacramento at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
    http://www.swchicagopost.com

  • Bruce Brighton Park

    The prostitutes they they arrested have been arrested more than once and they keep coming back. So whats the use there not learning. Sorry for the mom who was killed in her car but you don't just sit in your car anymore its not safe.

  • emj1900 bp lifer

    after reading all the articles, this whole city is under seige.....so so sad.....makes yeah want to just stay in doors...

Apr 29

Apr 24

Updated Apr 28

Why no Venues for Blues, Gospel fest on Southside and Westside

You have venues on Northside and Downtown, what is the deal here? This has to stop, we like entertainment as much as the next person. Are our tax dollars being used to finance others entertainment?

  • Who insulted you, are you being serious? I never once insulted you ... everyone on this thread has been having a completely rational, engaging conversation. We don't always all have to agree with one another, that's a good thing, it's called a dialogue. It's not about holding hands, signing kumbaya and acting like there aren't really tough, interesting conversations to have. Sheesh ....

  • Marc of Bronzeville Homeowner, longtime Bronzeville resident

    Ray, I respect your wisdom. I grew up in Bronzeville in the 80s and am glad to be a part of its renaissance now. I make it a point to support our local institutions as do you.

Apr 24

Updated Apr 28

What can I do?

Heard 15-20 shots and saw 5 adult males brandishing guns on the 47 block of Ellis Saturday morning (approx 330am). Called 911 and the operator hung up on me. Do people really not care about the Southside that much???

  • Amanda Dennis Transplant from Seattle.

    Without wanting to get political and using buzz words - human trash is human trash - no matter what race, color or creed. I don't have time to get shot, I don't have time to organize another HOA meeting to get our vintage brick siding fixed due to bullet holes,...

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    Without wanting to get political and using buzz words - human trash is human trash - no matter what race, color or creed. I don't have time to get shot, I don't have time to organize another HOA meeting to get our vintage brick siding fixed due to bullet holes, I don't have time to stay home from work in order to wait for the glass/window guy to fix my car window that has been shot out - which is what is going to happen if I can't get law enforcement to do a little preventative maintenance and patrol an area that clearly has an issue. I have reached out to management companies, towing companies, lot owners and I call 911, instead of turning a blind eye (or ear) and pretending it's not my problem. For the love of all good and holy, children live in that building! I've done my due diligence as a human being - what other actionable behavior can I do to get the result (safety) I want?

  • Report it to the news media ... they have clout, and their clout is, they blab it to the general public. They might not do anything about this specific incident, at least they keep tab.

Apr 27

Apr 26

Our filthy public schools at a cost of $259 million a year!

There are so many, many reasons Chicago's one party Lib Democrat rule isn't working. Obscenely expensive government contracts are given to non competitive insiders like

Aramark - a Philadelphia based company. Aramark was recently given get this a

$289 million annual contract for the exclusively rights to clean and do maintenance for Chicago public schools!

That's over 1/4 of a billion $! what kind of job are they doing? Well public schools in Bronzeville failed board of health inspections with rodent infestation, filthy bathrooms etc. https://marathonpundit.blogspot.com/2018/03/rat-droppings-filth-and-bugs-most.html

https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com.tr/2018/04/nice-school-cleaners-rahm.html

    Second City Cop
    Per CPS rules, anyone who works in a facility has to pass a background check. A background check requires that they submit to a drug test. Sounds like Aramark is skirting rules. What's also interesting is that CPS just got their credit rating upgraded ever so slightly. How does that tie into Aramark?
    http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com.tr

Apr 20

Updated Apr 25

Man charged with Canaryville shooting

...was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.Investigators later recovered a weapon from the 4500 block of South Wentworth, police said.Blake, who lives in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood, was expected to appear...

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...the victim's home during an attempted robbery at 10:47 p.m. in the 500 block of West 44th Street, police said. During the incident, Blake shot the 46-year-old man once in the...

    Man charged with Canaryville shooting
    A man has been charged with shooting another man during a robbery attempt last week in the Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side. Eric Blake, 23, was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with felony counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon for the April 11 attack, according to Chicago Police.
    http://abc7chicago.com

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Thank you Jean, for focusing on authenticity...it is actually the beginning of a constructive conversation! Working collaboratively with a civic engagement assocate Harold Hall in the Fuller Park/Armour Square predominantly African American community between 39th and 47th, to create "bottom-up", inclusive cultural heritage tourism, economic development and outdoor recreational opportunities for local residents, who because of the Dan Ryan expressway are somewhat isolate from the broader Black Metropolis National Heritage Area: www.bviconline.info

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Let me assure you political and cultural neophytes that I am not a racist!

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    www.bviconline.info

    Bronzeville Curmudgeon and "native son" operating in the spirit of Walter Lee Younger and Bigger Thomas!

Apr 24

'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' is where the disco ball spins the real truth

"Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. in New York; thedonnasummermusical.com

    'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' is where the disco ball spins the real truth
    "Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?" they sing in "Hamilton." Well, if you have control over the combination of your biography and all your hit songs, the answer is perfectly simple: you do. There's a big difference between pop stars and politicians: the ones whose hits stay in demand can control their material and their legacy, even from beyond the grave.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 23

Jul 21 2015

Updated Apr 20

Spend Where You Live

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.

  • 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.

Apr 20

Apr 15

Updated Apr 16

Car Crashes Into Multiple Parked cars on S Indiana

A car crashed into multiple parked cars around 1 am last night on S Indiana, between 44th & 45th. I heard the sound of the crash but it took a few minutes to realize what had happened. 2 occupants of the car were arguing loudly. Police were called and showed up in 5 minutes. If you live on this block, you might want to check your car!

  • Annette Bada North Kenwood resident

    Thank you for being informative. I do not live over these but it is good to know that conscientious neighbors are in my area.

Apr 10

Volunteer English (ESL) Literacy Tutors Needed!

Help adults learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center!
Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor for just 90 minutes a week at 1751 West 35th Street on the southwest side of Chicago. All tutoring is in English, so you don't have to speak another language to volunteer. Volunteer tutoring opportunities are 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday.

Join us for our next tutor training workshop: Friday, April 27 (6pm to 9pm) and Saturday, April 28 (9am to 4pm). Attendance on both days is required to become a tutor. Please register in advance. For a registration packet, please contact Sabrina at sabrina@aquinasliteracycenter.org or (773) 927-0512. Aquinas Literacy Center is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Apr 04

Free Trees!

Hi Neighbors,

In case you weren't aware, you can get FREE trees for your street from the city or working with a non-profit called Openlands. If it’s just one or a few trees then make a request through 311. If your street has open spots for 10+ trees then apply for a grant from Openlands. More details below.

For one or just a few trees, go through the city’s 311 online system (search tree planting) or call 311:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

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Hi Neighbors,

In case you weren't aware, you can get FREE trees for your street from the city or working with a non-profit called Openlands. If it’s just one or a few trees then make a request through 311. If your street has open spots for 10+ trees then apply for a grant from Openlands. More details below.

For one or just a few trees, go through the city’s 311 online system (search tree planting) or call 311:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

It takes time for requests to get fulfilled. My request took a couple of years before I got a call and something happened.

When I talked to one of the guys who runs tree planting for the city he said they plant trees based on demand. If no requests are made, no trees get planted. Be specific with your requests. For example, one tree at the curb outside XXXX S Calumet. The number of trees the city plants depends on the budget for the year. If the budget doesn’t cover the full list for the city (typical), then the list rolls over to the next year.

If you have space for 10+ trees then apply for a grant from Openlands:

https://openlands.org/trees/treeplanters-grants/

They will plant on city public land. Public land is considered to be the parkways between the curb and the sidewalk in front of residential houses, CPS school property, and some vacant lots. You need to organize a group of volunteers to help with planting. For example, neighbors, school group, church group, block club, etc.

Last Fall our group of neighbors planted 40 trees on two blocks in the neighborhood. It was a nice neighborhood event and a great way to fill in empty spots along the street that were missing trees.

Make the South Side even more beautiful!

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