Sunday, July 7, 2013

What would you like to see at 79th/Rhodes?

79th/Rhodes as seen in Fall 2009
Recently Worlee over at Concerned Citizens of Chatham noted this organization known as See Potential and this vacant lot near 79th & Rhodes as a potential project. This lot was the home of the former movie house Rhodes Theater that formerly stood there.

This lot has been featured in the past on this blog as because it used to be a theater standing here and that fact fascinated me. Of course learning that in recent years after its demolition there have been disagreements over what should be developed here. In the meanwhile it remains vacant waiting for a decent development.

In his recent posting Worlee also noted the conflicts in the neighborhood that has prevented development. See Potential has several projects throughout the south side. And unfortunately he sees nothing but conflicts in seeing potential for this site.

In one of the past posts I was keen on having another theater built here. Not necessarily as a movie theater but certainly as something of an arts center, but a recent comment shot that idea down noting correctly that there is the Regal Theater down the street at 79th/Stony Island. Although at the moment there's not a whole lot going on there as it sits for sale. Also another idea would be for a community center here.

This leads to a recurring question here on this blog. What would you like to see happen here? Most importantly what potential do YOU see here?

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