Sunday, December 30, 2012

Looking back and looking forward...

It's New Year's and now it's time to look at where we've been in 2012 and where we'll be in 2013. A lot of events and circumstances happened this year that was of great significance.

This year the 6th Ward was drawn very differently with some residents going to either the 8th Ward or the 9th Ward. Also, the 6th will have a greater chunk of Englewood. In fact while no one is entirely certain when the remap will come into force many of these residents have in fact voted in precincts in different wards.

This leads to the future concerned of whether or not this blog can continue to cover those communities in new wards, and that lead to my "State of Mind" post last month. Another future concern if this blog needs to change names. Time will tell but no changes as far as that goes.

Also crime became a continuing concern. Our city has recorded 500 murders in 2012. Of course while we may not have seen most of them, there is still a concern over violent crime and other criminal acts. And with that in mind a group of citizens have opted to start their own citizen's safety patrol. Also note Ald. Sawyer's attempt at reaching out to find a solution to the violence that occurs in our communities.

Also it seems Chatham will gain some businesses. Eventually we will have an independent coffee shop and a bar. Hopefully a long time neighborhood restaurant will re-open under a new name. Our neighborhood movie house experienced a "hostile takeover" and remains in business.

Here's one thing to look forward to in 2013, Englewood on the rise in 2013.

Are there any other events of note that occurred in our communities this year? What are you looking forward to in the new year? Who else will be on the rise in 2013?

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