2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

City Water Lot @Sunnyside + Lamon: Workers going down the alley the wrong way daily

The headline about sums it up. I've contacted the Alderman's office several times, over the past 3 months, lodged complaints with 311, with no real results. Anyone else have this issue with city workers not respecting the neighborhood they work in? I happened to be walking down the alley today and made them back up and go out on Lamon. One guy got really mad and tried inching his car up on me. His description: middle aged WHITE MALE.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    It's a race to retirement and then the bank.

  • Bocephus Johnson Regular guy

    "MinnieVanDriver: Why did you put WHITE MALE in all Capital Letters?"

    Because one would think that they have more common sense, that's why!

Jun 10

Updated 3 days ago

Bird mess from feeders

I have a neighbor who has hung not 1 but 2 bird feeders approx 1 foot from my property line. The mess in my yard and patio is not just bad but seriously bad (and unhealthy). I really don't care if they want to feed the birds but I asked them to move them more into their yard to prevent the mess in my yard...I told them that I am tired cleaning the mess in my yard and this mess is not only unhealthy but it has been attracting the rats and now pigeons (and they laughed at me).
Is there any sort of code that determines how close a neighbor can put anything near my property line?

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    from the Cornell Ornithologists web site:

    Sunflower

    There are two kinds of sunflower—black oil and striped. The black oil seeds (“oilers”) have very thin shells, easy for virtually all seed-eating birds to crack open, and the kernels within have a high fat content, extremely valuable for most winter birds. Striped...

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    from the Cornell Ornithologists web site:

    Sunflower

    There are two kinds of sunflower—black oil and striped. The black oil seeds (“oilers”) have very thin shells, easy for virtually all seed-eating birds to crack open, and the kernels within have a high fat content, extremely valuable for most winter birds. Striped sunflower seeds have a thicker shell, much harder for House Sparrows and blackbirds to crack open. So if you’re inundated with species you’d rather not subsidize at your black oil sunflower, before you do anything else, try switching to striped sunflower.

    Safflower

    Safflower has a thick shell, hard for some birds to crack open, but is a favorite among cardinals. Some grosbeaks, chickadees, doves, and native sparrows also eat it. According to some sources, House Sparrows, European Starlings, and squirrels don’t like safflower, but in some areas seem to have developed a taste for it.

    Cardinals and grosbeaks tend to prefer tray and hopper feeders, which makes these feeders a good choice for offering safflower.

    Nyjer or thistle

    Small finches including American Goldfinches, Lesser Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, Pine Siskins, and Common Redpolls often devour these tiny, black, needle-like seeds. As invasive thistle plants became a recognized problem in North America, suppliers shifted to a daisy-like plant, known as Guizotia abyssinica, that produces a similar type of small, oily, rich seed. The plant is now known as niger or nyjer, and is imported from overseas. The seeds are heat-sterilized during importation to limit their chance of spreading while retaining their food value.

    www.allaboutthebirds.org

  • THNX cc!! omg... that's a lot of info (mostly didn't know) ... well, I'll toss Safflower on our patio (the ultimate platform feeder) and see what happens.

Apr 29

Updated Apr 30

45th Ward Budget

I VOTE for a new Library! Past several years majority has gone to street repavement. We did/do need it BUT we have one of the oldest/least desirable libraries in the city. Please put your vote for a new Library.

Thanks!

Apr 24

Updated Apr 26

Rain Barrel Resources

Hi,
Has anyone found a good resource for rain barrels? I brought this up a few months ago, but all the programs had expired. I spoke to our alderman's office and they haven't done this in a while. I see Home Depot, Amazon, etc. have them for about $80. Craigslist has some posts too, but I've heard they can be contaminated even if they are "food grade" material.

If this is a dead end, I've found these sites that look like a decent option.

http://upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=4341

    http://upcycle-products.com
  • Costco has them.

  • A neighbor threw one out in the alley behind 4500 block of Lavergne and Laporte. It was still there this morning - and garbage day is Friday. It look exactly like the orange one pictured above and looks to be in good shape.

Dec 01

Updated Apr 24

Rain Barrels in Chicago

Does anyone know if Chicago offers free is affordable rain barrels for home owners? I was shocked when I saw they were being sold for $80 - $180. It seems like something the water management department would advocate.

  • Well it was good of them to send the letter. Unusual.

  • Hi, has anyone heard about active rain barrel programs? I did contact my alderman, but they are not doing one now.

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