Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ABC7: Millennials buy Englewood homes, help transform neighborhood

Let me say this from the jump, we all have the ability and indeed the right to live where we want to live. We can find people who stick out like a sore thumb in any community. The question is why do they stand out?

In this case the couple you see in this story from our ABC affiliate is one case in point. Not only that perhaps the future of many south side communities are couples like them. The main point we want the younger generation to come to these communities to essentially transform them.

I think JP Paulus - one of the bloggers here - stated that costs is what led him to Chatham. It's much less expensive to buy a house on the south side then to find a place on the north side. The couple you see in this video essentially says the same thing.

What may be a sore point for many who are looking for a good bargain when it comes to housing is crime. Englewood still has that reputation even though we know so many people are working to change that.

Either way what if Englewood eventually becomes the recipient of some new construction activity similar to what was reported by DNA Info if you simply drive due east along 63rd street.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Chicagoist: 6 People We Met In Chatham Tell Us How The Historic Neighborhood Is Changing


First got wind of this via Concerned Citizens of Chatham. Most of the people you see here are business owners in Chatham, the first one especially who is owner of Dat Donut. Here's the introduction:
Neat lawns and tidy bungalows line quiet residential streets in Chatham, a South Side neighborhood that, in some areas, still looks the part of a black middle class utopia.

Chatham represents the old bastion of black economic mobility in Chicago, where working class folk, political movers and shakers, business people and other professionals have formed the foundation of the tight-knit community since the 1950s. Yet the signs of decline are impossible to ignore, especially on once-thriving business corridors like Cottage Grove and 79th Street that are rife with empty storefronts and the types of businesses you’d expect to see in troubled urban communities: liquor stores, dollar stores, fast food joints, hair salons and payday lenders.

But if Chatham is anything, it is resilient. Despite its ailing local economy and high crime rate, despite the scores of residents and businesses that fled the neighborhood in recent years, the community still has a way of keeping people there—even luring new residents and entrepreneurs who see opportunity where others only see neglect. Though Chatham experiences more crime than some Chicago neighborhoods, it is not one of the city's most-violent communities. Between July 19 and Aug. 18, Chatham saw reports of at least 61 violent crimes, including 2 homicides, and just over 220 property and quality-of-life crimes such as thefts and property damages, according to a Tribune analysis of the city's data portal, making Chatham the 13th-most violent community in Chicago, tied with Chicago Lawn, in the past month.
The most interesting interview is of Artemus Gay who is a Liberian immigrant who moved to Chatham recently from Roger's Park. He wants to help build a community of African immigrants to Chatham to help keep up its prestige. Gay especially notes that other Africans seem to have an aversion to living on the south side.

The first part of this series produced by City Bureau was published in the Chicago Magazine. We see a group holding "church" out in the open at 79th/Cottage Grove. It's a great article I recommend you read and hopefully in the near future it'll be the next post worth discussing.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Obama movie fundraiser THIS Sunday!

This Sunday, both Greater Chatham Alliance and West Chesterfield Community Association are selling tickets for "Southside with you" a movie inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. Southside with you recounts the eventful summer days of 1989 when a charming law associate named Barack Obama tries to WOO reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson during daylong date that take them from Art Institute of Chicago to a Spike Lee's Screening of Do the Right Thing to a first kiss outside of a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Parlor.

The movie is showing Chatham 14 Theaters - 210 West 87th Street, Chicago, IL 60620

The movie is rated PG-13, and $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

If you wish to purchase for WCCA, then go to http://southsidewithyou-wcca.eventbrite.com/
or for GCA, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southside-with-you-the-story-about-barack-and-michelle-obama-tickets-27233332631?aff


Movies in the Park "Home" at Abbott Park TONIGHT

One of the last "Movies in the Park" will be showing TONIGHT. Meet us at Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th Street (That's 95th & Michigan).

The movie begins around 8pm (i.e. Dusk). You are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and food

We hope to see you
there TONIGHT!

Send an e-mail to bloh@thesixthward.us before 7pm today if you'd like to connect with one of the writers of this blog!

This event is sponsored by the Chicago Park District.

Monday, August 22, 2016

6th Ward Shred-A-Thon on Sept. 10th

It must be reiterated that this blog has no association with 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer.

6th Ward SHRED-A-THON

Saturday, September 10, 2016
10 a.m.—2 p.m.

6th Ward Service Office Parking Lot
8001 South King Drive

If you have accumulated any unwanted documents
Old Bills, Bank Statements, Junk Mail Tax Returns Check Stubs and Outdated Medical Records

Alderman Sawyer has dedicated this day for getting rid of your paperwork in a way that is safe for the environment and protects your personal information.
Residential only (not for Businesses)
(By way of Midway Moving Shredding Services)
For Information Contact the 6th Ward Office at 773-635-0006.

Here's another flyer below.

Monday, August 15, 2016

9th Ward events this week

9th Ward Paper Shredding Event!
  • Friday, August 19, 2016
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Dollar Function Parking Lot
    319 East 103rd Street
9th Ward Back to School Picnic and Health Fair
  • Saturday, August 20, 2016 
    12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Palmer Park
    201 E. 111th Street
For more information on these events call 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale at 773.785.1100

Click here to view e-mail

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Marathon Pundit: The abandoned homes of Chicago's violent West Pullman neighborhood (or Roseland part two)


More urban exploration with John Ruberry - the Marathon Pundit. I don't agree that Chicago is a dying city, my belief is that we're a long way from becoming Detroit. The question we have to ask now is what to do about those many neighborhoods in our city that has foreclosed homes, vacant lots or even boarded up abandoned buildings and homes. That seems to be a frequent feature we've seen at the Marathon Pundit blog of late. Is there a way Chicago can turn around the decline in our neighborhoods?

For additional reading he did another post about the South Works project near the South Shore/South Chicago neighborhoods. There have been some ambitious plans for that area over the years and then as of this year nothing. Developers have pulled out of any project and now the future of this site is up in the air. Which is a shame too because the Lake Shore Drive extension is certainly looking for more activity.

BTW, I must note the above photograph. This is the corner of 115th & Michigan which when the Red Line extension is built I hope will become a hub of activity. For now unfortunately the site remains vacant until the Chicago Transit Authority is ready to construct this extension. And until the right developer is ready to further develop this land whether or not this extension is built.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Capitol Fax: Today's number 20,000

It has been in the news during the summer that Quinn - our former Governor who lost his re-election bid in 2014 - wants to put a ballot measure either this year's or 2018 election. This ballot measure would term limit the mayor of Chicago and give Chicago an elected consumer advocate.


Not sure about term limits even if many politicians in this state let alone Chicago have served too long in elected office. However a consumer advocate could get my vote. Perhaps something similar to NYC's Public Advocate.


Either way Quinn hasn't been too successful in getting the necessary 53,000 signatures let alone Quinn's own projected 100,00 signatures. Since 2016 is off the table he has another two years to get the job done.


Also bear in mind there's a possibility that the former Governor would run for his old job in 2018. He hasn't entirely ruled it out.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chatham hit hard by the storm

So we had a strong, though brief, storm last night (Sunday July 24).

As I was going through the neighborhood, I noticed that Chatham got hit pretty hard. In particular for the streets of Indiana, Wabash, and along 80th, 81st, and 82nd.

Some of it seems to be due to termites and other bugs, which have rotted away several branches (see the photos).

The damage has been so severe in some places that roads have been closed.












Do you have any stories or photos? Please share!

Or any thoughts on how we can minimize damage for the next time?

Indiana and Wabash streets closed south of 80th

We wanted to let you know ASAP that streets such as Indiana and Wabash are closed, starting at 80th and going south.

We'll write more about some the details, how last nights storm "tore up" some of our streets.




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Marathon Pundit: Abandoned homes of Chicago's violent Roseland neighborhood and my look back

"Once a bustling retail side street, 112th Street sits forlorn."
 John Ruberry's post exploring the Roseland neighborhood had been published on Monday night. I'm sorry it was never shared until now. I had been out of town and all I had was a pair of mobile devices (a tablet & smartphone) to stay connected to the web.

Anyway the Marathon Pundit had been doing some urban exploring around the Chicago area this year. Some of those posts were shared here especially Englewood, Auburn Gresham, and more recently Pullman. Of course he shares some personal anecdotes about some of those places and Roseland was no different.

Ruberry has some connection to Roseland his family left that neighborhood in the 1960s. He talks a lot about "white flight" and "blockbusting". He relates stories of Black children chasing around white children. Of course there's more to discuss from this period in addition to what happened after white flight ended. That is how this area turned out 50 or so years later.

Because Ruberry is Irish and has been documenting various parts of Chicago that are predominantly Black. He always notes the situations he has been in. He gets confronted by people in these neighborhoods. He always notes that he has a plan for these situations.

In my case I'v done my own urban exploring. Look no further than our instagram account where I've shared shots of Pullman and Roseland. And I'd be concerned about running into someone who decides that I took a pic of them and decides to object. Marathon Pundit is brave for what he is doing and sharing this with the rest of the world.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

SCam season again in Chatham!

It's that time again. Scammers are hitting our neighborhood. We last posted this 6 years ago.

Today, they hit the 7900=8100 blocks of South Calumet a few minutes ago. 2 women and a man, with orange jackets, individually going door to door They are asking to see/get your electric and gas bills, and claiming they can remove some charges.

Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking fast enough to take photos... but if you can describe them and the direction they are going, you can call 911 and they can send a patrol car.

Just some warnings/advice --


  • do NOT open the door -- use your screen door.

  • NEVER give them any info

  • Ask them about the last neighbor they talked to -- you will see if they are lying.. and if not, then call and verify with your neighbor! 
  • As soon as they leave, CALL or visit your neighbors! I was able to help one of mine with a quick text

Please forward  to social media and other community leaders. Thanks!