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Changes on 35th Street

Alot happening in the area...development in Lake Meadows Shopping Center with Culver's opening this week, other retail soon to follow and shops closing before 6pm between Giles and Prairie.

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Construction Jobs - Illegal Immigration Anarchy

Chicago is having a Construction boom.

But there are few, if any Black African American construction workers on local (Hyde Park) construction projects.

The workers seem to be a 50-50% split between White - mostly older union workers and young Hispanics. Why is this so?

Chicago Black AA public schools no longer feature "trade school" education. The handy man type of training work is now all done by "undocumented" Hispanics and when the undocumented become citizens they have ethnic connections...

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Chicago is having a Construction boom.

But there are few, if any Black African American construction workers on local (Hyde Park) construction projects.

The workers seem to be a 50-50% split between White - mostly older union workers and young Hispanics. Why is this so?

Chicago Black AA public schools no longer feature "trade school" education. The handy man type of training work is now all done by "undocumented" Hispanics and when the undocumented become citizens they have ethnic connections in trade unions and it's a natural transition.

Many occupations that were once dominated by English speaking, native born and raised Black A. A. are now overwhelmingly Hispanic - jobs like cooks, bus boys, landscapers and especially nannies. Open borders advocates (the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation led by Sen. Dick Durban) always argue that the "undocumented"/Illegal aliens only do the jobs legal Americans don't want. But, if these jobs paid a higher, living wage - then native born Americans would take them.

The entire Black Congressional Caucus gets F immigration grades from NumbersUSA and go with the idea that mass immigration from Mexico and Central America is a good thing because these people will all vote Lib Democrat.

Since I lived in Southern California I noted that Hispanics have pushed out Black AA from historic places like Watts and Compton CA - and also taken over these service jobs once done by Black Americans. So far the Chicago Democrat machine has gerrymandered Aldermanic and Congressional districts to keep Black seats, but since Chicago the city has lost ~ 50% of it's Black AA population since 2000 - it's inevitable that many/most Black aldermanic and Congressional seats will turn to Hispanic.

I also go with the idea that Chicago should not be a city in anarchy where laws against illegal immigration, hard drug trafficking and human trafficking (slavery) are not enforced as are our laws against shootings and murder.

  • Juan from South Loop 16 year South Loop resident

    I wouldn't say that entire Chicago Democratic machine is on board with the current immigration process. Several AA alderman have taken a slightly different approach(passive aggressive). AA alderman had to donate a ward during the last redistricting. They gave up the historical black 2nd ward that was held by a white alderman at the time. Not sure it becomes that easy during the next redistricting. It matters when your job is on the line.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-chicago-budget-hearings-1025-story.html

    The congressional districts are probably safe for the next cycle.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-chicago-budget-hearings-1025-story.html

    The congressional districts are probably safe for the next cycle."

    I respond:

    Maybe safe for the next cycle - but after that... I see Rep. .Danny Davis losing his district, no amount of gerrymandering is going to keep the Black West side Congressional seat safe as young hipsters continue to flood in and the Hispanic population continues to rapidly decrease while Chicago's Black AA population continues to dramatically decline.

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Found cell phone this morning

We found a cell phone on the east side of King Dr in the parkway in the 3600-3700 block. It was in the grass on the esplanade between inner and outer King Dr. text me at 312-504-5741 or call your phone if it is yours

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  • L's Lego Jr. Legends

    Mrs. Lindsey is asking for $2197.72:
    My students need Lego kits to begin learning with technology and engineering concepts
    Bronzeville Academy Charter School Comment

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Jan 15

MLK Day celebrations call for public service, challenge divisive political climate

900-999 E. 50th St.

    MLK Day celebrations call for public service, challenge divisive political climate
    CHICAGO -- As the nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born 89 years ago in 1929, many observed the holiday in Chicago by using their day off to do acts of community service instead.
    http://wgntv.com

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Updated Jan 15

Cell phone found

We found a cell phone in a black case in our front yard at 3527-3529 S King Dr

  • Annette Bada North Kenwood resident

    Good and neighborly for you to reach out and attempt to find the owner. You are to be commended.

  • We found the owner. It is a neighbor. Cell phones are so expensive!!!

  • Sheila A. Donovan Have been an owner at the Stratford since 2001.

    I'll bet your neighbor is grateful. Thanks for being a good neighbor!

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Jan 09

Filming Notice - Monday and Tuesday, January 15 & 16 from 5 am - 9 pm.

East Side of Blackstone between 51st/Hyde Park Blvd & 50th Street.

Jan 09

U of C professors work to move Obama library

There is some good news - 100 plus University of Chicago professors have publicly called to change the location of the proposed Obama Library and huge above ground parking garage currently proposed to grabbed up large parts of Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance.

Their arguments are sound - the Jackson Park/Midway location destroys sacred green space, creates traffic and parking nightmares and will have very limited jobs, economic benefits to poor Black AA communities. The alternative location West of...

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There is some good news - 100 plus University of Chicago professors have publicly called to change the location of the proposed Obama Library and huge above ground parking garage currently proposed to grabbed up large parts of Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance.

Their arguments are sound - the Jackson Park/Midway location destroys sacred green space, creates traffic and parking nightmares and will have very limited jobs, economic benefits to poor Black AA communities. The alternative location West of Washington Park at 55th street is so much better - on the Green El Line, no destruction of park space an anchor to create an up and coming mixed income community west of Hyde Park. Let's all get behind this:

http://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/8/university-chicago-tell-barack-obama-move-library/

    University of Chicago faculty tell Obama to move presidential library - Washington Times
    More than 100 members of the University of Chicago faculty are asking the Obama Foundation to move the proposed library honoring the 44th president to a new location because the plan as currently constituted is "socially regressive."
    http://amp.washingtontimes.com

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EDUCATION YEAR IN REVIEW 2017

A class of 50 freshmen walked the halls of Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., which reopened this year. The school was closed in 2016 due to low enrollment rates and financial struggles.

...restored funds to Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., Kozminksi Elementary Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., Reavis Elementary Math & Science Specialty School, 834 E. 50th St., Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330...

...St., Kozminksi Elementary Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., Reavis Elementary Math & Science Specialty School, 834 E. 50th St., Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone...

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In August, Ari Frede, principal at Ancona School announced that he would be stepping down as the Head of the Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. In a letter to the school community, Frede said that he would transition out of the position over the remainder of 2017.

While it is his first year serving in the role as principal he is no stranger to Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St.

Two years ago, Bright was the resident principal at Bret Harte as a part of the New Leaders Program. He worked alongside Parks. Bright was the assistant principal at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, 917 W. 88th St., during the 2016-2017 school year.

In June, The University of Chicago named Charles Abelmann as the new director of U. of C. Laboratory Schools (Lab Schools), 1362 E. 59th St.

University of Chicago (UChicago) Charter school students will spend the remainder of the school year in a brand new building located at 6300 S. University Ave.

The main entrance will be on the south end of the building facing the campus’ current school at 6420 S. University Ave.

He is also one of four co-founders of Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools, 7822 S. Dobson Ave., where he served as CEO until 2012.

...St., Reavis Elementary Math & Science Specialty School, 834 E. 50th St., Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. and Hyde Park High School, 6220 S...

...E. 50th St., Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. and Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave...

...50th St., Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. and Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave.

Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E. 51st St., $3,328,690

Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., $4,587,883

Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., $6,030,399

    EDUCATION YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 - hpherald.com
    Changes in school and district leadership, budget woes and local events shape up 2017 in education By TONIA HILL Staff Writer There were numerous changes in leadership in both public and private schools in the neighborhood over the last year. Shakeups also occurred in the Chicago Board of Education.
    http://hpherald.com

Jan 03

POLICE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017

A 33-year-old woman was shot late Sunday night, Feb. 19, on the 5000 block of S. Drexel Blvd., at 11:52 p.m.

March – A 28-year-old man was shot Wednesday night, March 23, on the 1100 block of East 48th Street. The man was in a vehicle at approximately 7:23 p.m. when he was...

The shooting happened in the 5200 Block of South Cottage Grove Avenue at 2:45 p.m.

Chicago Police said the victim was standing in the 5400 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and an offender began firing at the victim from the inside of the car.

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The Chicago Police Department breaks up a fight at the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue. – Spencer Bibbs

January – 25-year-old Robert Jones was shot on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, on the 5100 Block of South Blackstone Avenue at 9 p.m., and later died from his injuries.

February – A man was shot Monday night, Feb. 13, on the 4700 Block of South Drexel Avenue.

A friend took him to St. Bernard Hospital, 326 W. 64th St., in stable condition.

...pain. The driver of the vehicle transported the victim to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, 2525 S. Michigan Ave with a gunshot wound to the back. The victim was later transferred to Stroger Hospital...

...with a gunshot wound to the back. The victim was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, 1969 W. Ogden Ave., in critical condition...

...abdomen and the leg. He transported himself in stable condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., he was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, 1969 W. Ogden Ave., in stable condition...

According to police, at 8:05 p.m., the man, was riding in the back seat of a car driving northbound on 5500 Block of South Hyde Park Blvd. when he was shot.

The man was self-transported to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medical Center, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the abdomen. The man was later transferred to Mt. Sinai, 1500 S. Fairfield Ave.

The suspect approached the victim as he was exiting a vehicle on the 5300 Block of South Cornell Avenue at 5:16 p.m., according to the Chicago Police.

The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the side and arm and was transported to Northwestern Hospital, 251 E. Huron St., in stable condition.

It happened in the 5700 Block of South Lake Shore Drive at 11:45 a.m.

Police say the woman was riding in the passenger seat of a car that was driving in the 1400 Block of East 53rd Street at 11:39 p.m. when several men fired shots from the sidewalk.

...are both students at Jones College Prep, and Wint, who attends Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., led a massive peaceful protest in downtown Chicago last summer in response to the killings...

Kalven’s Hyde Park-based Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., previously won the Hillman Foundation’s monthly Sidney Award in December 2015 for its Citizens Police Date Project, which is the most extensive interactive database of police misconduct complaints.

Police sought out new ways to deter violence in the city – In July, the Chicago Police Department rolled out new patrol vehicles at the Wentworth Police District, 5101 S. Wentworth Ave.,

During the public announcement, the department said that it would issue 550 new Ford Explorers and Interceptors across the city that will be built at the Torrence Avenue Ford plant, 12600 S. Torrence Ave.

Rainey is originally from Chicago. He grew up near Dunbar High School, 3000 S. King Drive, and attended De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave. before his family moved to California in the late 1970s.

Rainey is originally from Chicago. He grew up near Dunbar High School, 3000 S. King Drive, and attended De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave. before his family moved to California in the late 1970s.

    POLICE YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 - hpherald.com
    Crime, shootings, UCPD gets new police chief and more in 2017 By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The number of shootings in the city at large is down in comparison to 2016. Shootings in Hyde Park are relatively low in contrast to the entire city. However, robberies continue to be an issue in the neighborhood.
    http://hpherald.com

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Updated Jan 01

FOUND @ 41st & Drexel

"We found a very sweet dog today in our neighborhood (found at 41st and Drexel). She was found in between two houses, barking out in the cold all day. She has no identification. We brought her to MedVet (24 hour vet) and found out that she has no microchip, and recently had puppies. We think she may have been abandoned, but we are hoping to see if we can spread the message far and wide in the case that someone is looking for her. Please share - especially South Side folks!" ~ Neil Maude 12/29/17

Dec 27

Updated Jan 01

U. of C. to host Dr. Martin Luther King bus tour and discussion

Black, who worked with King, will speak about him and the Civil Rights Movement in relation to Chicago. The tour will visit the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St., Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr., and other sites in the city that were significant to King’s work and his legacy.

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Black, who worked with King, will speak about him and the Civil Rights Movement in relation to Chicago. The tour will visit the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St., Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr., and other sites in the city that were significant to King’s work and his legacy.

The event will begin with refreshments at the Center for Identity and Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday.

    U. of C. to host Dr. Martin Luther King bus tour and discussion - hpherald.com
    By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Professor, historian and civil rights activist Timuel D. Black will share stories about Civil Rights Movement Leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the University of Chicago's annual legacy of "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bus Tour and Discussion" on Saturday, Jan. 13.
    http://hpherald.com

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    BC I agree that "Gentrification" is a real problem in many parts of the United States - poor Blacks are now being pushed out of Washington DC, pretty much all of New York City including Harlem, gentrification is pushing Blacks or just all poor people out of the Bay Area,...

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    BC I agree that "Gentrification" is a real problem in many parts of the United States - poor Blacks are now being pushed out of Washington DC, pretty much all of New York City including Harlem, gentrification is pushing Blacks or just all poor people out of the Bay Area, and mass Hispanic immigration and ethnic cleansing is pushing Black African Americans out of Southern California - places that were considered Black AA for ever - Watts, Compton have tipped to Hispanic. Soon there won't be any Black AA elected officials in the States of Calfiornia.

    But I just don't see Gentrification as a big problem in the neighbors directly West of Hyde Park - this area needs investment, needs people who want to build things.

    I'm excited that the Black AA tennis coach of US Open women's champion Sloan Stevens has built a huge tennis center at 53rd to 55th street on State Street. If the Obama Library had gone in near there there would be 2 pillars to revitalize this area and they would have positive Black AA owners, investors. But, the Obama elitist clique has to have everything on the Lakefront or Downtown.

    Again, this Obama elitist clique just wants the votes of poor Black AA =- but doesn't want to mix with them or really help them in any meaningful way.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Oh and happy New Year Bronzeville Curmudgeon and all my other nice neighbors in the Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville communities. Chicago can be a rough and brutal places, but it's been on balance good to me because of my nice neighbors.

    God bless you all and God protect you all in this new year. Stay safe.

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Updated Dec 31

Our Police Stations aren't homeless shelters

Our Chicago can be a very rough, mean and cruel city. It's not just the appalling numbers of shootings and murders - other basic city services are falling down and now we have a brutal, arctic cold wave and homeless people are in distress.

I note that the 51st street (by the Dan Ryan) Police station is being used as a homeless shelter. As is the downtown Harold Washington library during the day - the urine stench in the newspaper...

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Our Chicago can be a very rough, mean and cruel city. It's not just the appalling numbers of shootings and murders - other basic city services are falling down and now we have a brutal, arctic cold wave and homeless people are in distress.

I note that the 51st street (by the Dan Ryan) Police station is being used as a homeless shelter. As is the downtown Harold Washington library during the day - the urine stench in the newspaper room is very strong.

We need to pressure our representatives to restore our police stations for the service of policing and move the homeless to shelters or shame obscenely endowed none profit organizations (University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola, Depault) to build some new homeless shelters. Depaul University just got the City to build them a very expensive basketball stadium in prime real-estate in the South Loop. The Depaul basketball team hasn't been any good since the late 1970s. The Catholic Church has been really falling down in doing basic charities and now prefers to embrace PC Lib Leftist causes like making Chicago a sanctuary city where the laws against illegal immigration (drug trafficking, people trafficking, sexual slave trafficking) aren't enforced.

But, the key issue here is that we need our 51st street police station back as an effective police station and not a (diseased) homeless shelter.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-englewood-barbie-20171222-story.html

    Feeding the homeless at Club 51: 'They are my friends, I break bread with them'
    Aleta Clark says she was 18 months old when her mom dropped her off at a South Side police station and walked off. Nearly 30 years later, Clark walked into another station on the South Side in February to see a relative and noticed a lobby filled with people seeking shelter from the cold night.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • What a bunch of soulless scrooges. What would Jesus do?

  • west bridgeporter just trying to be a good neighbor

    I'm not soulless. I believe in helping the homeless but letting them reside in a police station doesn't provide the services they need.

Dec 30

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    REPLACE THE WATER LINES IN BASEMENT AND REMOVE OLD GALVANIZED PIPING AND INSTALL ALL NEW COPPER WATER LINES. INSTALL NEW WATER TANK.ALL WORK SAME AS EXISTING. NO STRUCTURAL. SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.

    5021 S. Drexel Blvd. Issued December 28, 2017 Comment

Dec 30

CPD issues community alert on December burglaries

5000 Block of South Drexel Boulevard on Dec. 9, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

5000 Block of South St. Lawrence Avenue on Dec. 16, at approximately

800 Block of East 49th Street on Dec. 26, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6:50 p.m.

4800 Block of South Drexel Boulevard on Dec. 26, at approximately 5:15 p.m.

    CPD issues community alert on December burglaries - hpherald.com
    The Chicago Police Department Bureau of Detectives issued a community alert Friday, Dec. 26, to give notice to residents in the Wentworth District (2nd), which includes the Hyde Park - Kenwood neighborhood, about burglaries that occurred during the month of December. According to police, during the burglaries offender(s) gained entry into apartments or residences through ...
    http://hpherald.com

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The Real Harper Court

Hyde Park, The once unique quiet little village.

  • And what was sad was the way the previous small business owners were kicked out of Harper Court leaving a void and giving it the appearance that nothing was ever there.

  • FitMom Neighborhood Blogger

    So nostalgic to see these pictures. It was one of my favorite dating spots. The Calypso and Dixie Kitchen restaurants were the best. I’m still wondering why Park 52 was closed yet it’s still standing vacant. We had a beautiful 70th Birthday Party there for my Mother. Sad, but I can help being happy about the new offerings in the area.

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The Real Harper Court

The once Unique Little Village

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The Real Harper Court

The Beauty that once was!

Dec 17

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