Sunday, June 3, 2012

WBEZ: 50 Wards in 50 Weekdays

I look forward to what they have in the cooker for the 6th Ward in the meanwhile you can check the wards they have written about currently. One ward of interest is the 24th Ward where they interview a woman who takes issue with "section 8" renters:
What is not so cool, according to [Loretta Scott], is a trend developing in her North Lawndale neighborhood.

“What I like about my neighborhood is, most of the people are homeowners, and they take very good care of their homes,” Scott says. But “we have new neighbors from Section 8 [housing vouchers] and what I don’t like about it is that they’re not taking care of the property that they’re renting. And it’s making the people who have been living there for a while kind of upset.”

This causes tension. Old-timers complaining to each other about the newcomers. Quietly complaining.

“We don’t really know them and we don’t know how to communicate with them,” she says.

Scott wants the city to put more regulations on landlords – or at least enforce current rules – to make sure they keep up with yard work. Overflowing trash cans are also a problem.
I'll be sure to keep checking to see who they interview in the 6th Ward and the other nearby wards!

1 comment:

  1. Born and raised in the Sixth Ward, Real Men Cook will present the 23rd annual Father's Day celebration 2 weeks from today. I'll be coming back from an invitation to the White House to recognize low-income dads, for which we have been advocates for some time. My only concern is being away for a day and not promoting Real Men Cook. Can you Sixth Ward residents show some pride and support and post, eblast and call folks to have them purchase tickets online in advance or donate? Thank you for considering:


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