Showing posts from April, 2017

On this day in 1983 Harold Washington becomes mayor

This ig post from @blackownedchicago marks that historic day when Harold Washington is sworn in as Chicago's first Black mayor. This is something reposted to our blog's ig . On this day in 1983 Harold Washington was sworn in as the 1st Black mayor of the city of Chicago. #blackownedchicago #chicago A post shared by Black Owned Chicago (@officialblackownedchicago) on Apr 29, 2017 at 6:35am PDT is live #englewoodrising

Was announced last night via Mrs. Aysha Butler ig ( @mrs_englewood ) who is the President of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood. There have been hints of this with other posts on ig with photos of Englewood Rising billboards around greater Englewood - which had been regrammed on The Sixth Ward's ig. Support the good folks of and with great hopes that this will prove to be a success in rebranding that community. The website is live! #EnglewoodRising A post shared by Ay-Sha (@mrs_englewood) on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:26pm PDT

Ashland/63rd CTA bus boarding 1975

With all the good news coming from Englewood it seems this blog has been posting a lot of news from that community. Even reposting from those Englewood folks who are on ig. Today we share this ig post from the Chicago Transit Authority a scene from 63rd/Ashalnd. Riders boarding the 110 Marquette bus to 71st/Pulaski back in 1975. I got to see if that bus got cut in later years. It's even noted that the Ashland/63rd Green Line station is the terminal for some Red Line trains during rush hour period as work is underway to revamp the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line terminal. Bus at Ashland/63rd: CTA riders change at the Ashland/63rd station to a GMC-made CTA bus in service on the 110 Marquette route to 71st/Pulaski in 1975. Today, this station is served by Green Line trains as well as some Red Line rush period trains that operate between Howard and Ashland/63rd, a temporary routing today to allow for reconstruction work to proceed at 95th. During the era where this photo was taken, a

Jewel-Osco is coming to 61st/Cottage Grove

Brian Berg / MK Communications / Jewel-Osco On Monday, it's news that there are plans to upgrade the CTA green line terminal at 63rd & Cottage Grove. You saw that post Tuesday morning, and then on Tuesday afternoon a new development out of Woodlawn. A new Jewel-Osco coming to 61st & Cottage Grove. Tribune writes : Jewel-Osco is planning to open a grocery store in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, with expectations for job creation and an influx of outside commerce into the South Side community. The announcement comes on the heels of the highly anticipated September opening of a Whole Foods Market in nearby Englewood. The same developer, DL3 Realty, is set to work on West Woodlawn's Jewel. The 48,000-square-foot grocery store is planned for the northwest corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. It is set to fill one of the last undeveloped parcels of the old Grove Parc Plaza, once a dense string of federally subsidized apartments that the nonprofit

Curbed Chicago: CTA to upgrade Cottage Grove station on Green Line

While I'm glad that the CTA green line stop at 63rd & Cottage Grove is finally getting the attention it deserves in light of increased investment in the Woodlawn community, here's hoping that one day in the near future we can revive the green line beyond Cottage Grove. After a two year closure to rebuild one of CTA's old rail lines this part of the green line was contracted to Cottage Grove with the remaining portions of the line ultimately removed . Upgraded CTA station, new affordable-rate TOD headed to Chicago’s Woodlawn — Curbed Chicago (@curbedchicago) April 24, 2017 Mr. Greg Hinz has lots to say about this project and of course lots of questions.  Since I brought up what happened to the segment beyond Cottage Grove [ VIDEO ] EDIT 11:25 PM - Should've added this post from the Mayor's ig page . Here it is from Monday's announcement of the upgrade of the Cottage Grove green line stop

President of R.A.G.E. featured on a documentary about Whole Foods Market Englewood #teamwfm

Below I will share both screencaps shown from the R.A.G.E. instagram page. Unless someone from R.A.G.E. corrects me there didn't appear to be any advanced notice that this documentary was going to are on WCIU Too! Hopefully as indicated in the gram that was reposted to The Sixth Ward's ig we may learn about future replays. The Whole Foods store in Englewood has been open since September 2016 to great fanfare. Disclosure: One of the bloggers here is a Whole Foods Market team member. A post shared by R.A.G.E. (@rage_englewood) on Apr 23, 2017 at 7:03am PDT Spotlight on Englewood now on WCIU Too! It's a documentary about the opening of Whole Foods...#EnglewoodRising A post shared by R.A.G.E. (@rage_englewood) on Apr 23, 2017 at 6:53am PDT

The former St. Nicholas Church in Roseland

You might see this reposted onto our ig page . In the meantime here's Eric Allix Rogers photo of this vacant church in Roseland at 113th Place and State Street. There are some great buildings and architecture in our communities. Someone out there appreciates them, if only there was a way to keep these buildings in use so they won't meet the wrecking ball. The former St. Nicholas church (William J. Brinkmann, circa 1900) is rotting away in Roseland A post shared by Eric Allix Rogers (@ericallixrogers) on Apr 19, 2017 at 8:35am PDT

Chicago Reader: South Shore is Chicago’s eviction capital

The Chicago Neighborhoods Newsalert shared a tweet from Chicago Reader with the heading: " Why Chicago's South Shore went from middle class neighborhood to the city's eviction capital ."  The tweet which will be shared at the end of this post is a link to an article discussing the high number of evictions in South Shore. Now I just want to share the context of Newsalert's heading: South Shore's high concentration of sprawling, multiunit apartment buildings owned by large property companies and its high poverty rates appear to explain the neighborhood's dubious distinction. The area's housing stock consists mostly of multifamily apartment buildings, and nearly 80 percent of the occupied housing units are rentals—20 percent more than the proportion of renter-occupied housing units in the city as a whole. And according to the 2014 American Community Survey , half of South Shore households live on less than $25,000 per year. Development bo

Englewood Good Friday Peace Walk

Occurred Friday afternoon starting at St. Benedict located at 340 W 66th Street. R.A.G.E. shared some pictures on their instagram profile. This is with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. Great turn out today for the #PeaceWalkChi in Englewood! #EnglewoodRising A post shared by R.A.G.E. (@rage_englewood) on Apr 14, 2017 at 11:32am PDT UPDATE 10:36 PM - Forgot to add this tweet from ABC 7's Stacy Baca The #PeaceWalkCHI today in Englewood. — Stacey Baca (@StaceyBacaABC7) April 14, 2017

AP: Cardinal Cupich to lead Walk for Peace through Englewood

via @cardinalbcupich This is certainly good publicity for the Englewood neighborhood via AP : CHICAGO - The Archbishop of Chicago will lead a Walk for Peace through the Englewood neighborhood on Good Friday. Cardinal Blase Cupich has invited Chicagoans to join him in tracing the Stations of the Cross and pausing along the way to remember the victims of violence. Pope Francis pledged to accompany participants in prayer as he walks the Way of the Cross in Rome's Colosseum that day. A statement from the archdiocese says the walk has been organized as an opportunity for people to come together and demonstrate the power of peace through prayer in the wake of continued violence in the city. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday in front of St. Benedict the African Church . Such a short article and helped me break my rule regarding copying whole articles. Either way to have a Catholic Cardinal or a Chicago Archbishop come to your community to take an interest in the iss

Charges filed in death of Cook County judge in West Chesterfield

You can read the most outspoken comments of Second City Cop : So...not random, as in targeted. And targeted why? Judges aren't usually notoriously rich. So from the Tribune article 2nd City Cop linked from: At a news conference Wednesday evening at police headquarters, Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples answered few questions, emphasizing that the investigation remained "open and ongoing" and that more details would come out in court Thursday. But she did call the attack on Associate Judge Raymond Myles and his girlfriend "a targeted robbery." However, Staples wouldn't say whether it was the judge or his girlfriend who was the target of the robbery. According to the Cook County state's attorney's office, Joshua T. Smith, 37, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and armed robbery. ... Police would not identify Smith's role in the attempted armed robbery, but multiple law enforcement sou

Judge was killed this morning in West Chesterfield

Judge Raymond Myles RIP The worst part about find out about this story is that I first found out about it on a widely-read right wing blog: Instapundit . If you don't want to go to that site, there's Jack Leyhane's For What it's Worth blog. The blog typically follows the Cook County judicial politics. According to an article from the Chicago Tribune , the fatal shooting occurred on the 9400 block of South Forrest and is said to be a suspected attempted robbery.

Governor's race 2018

JB Pritzker has thrown his hat in the ring as far as next year's Democratic primary is concerned. He won't the only wealth candidate to run, it was in the news that Chris Kennedy - who formerly ran the Merchandise Mart & a member of the famous Kennedy political family - announced that he raised over a $1 million as he himself is running for Governor. Pritzker who comes from a family that owned Hyatt hotels is far from the first person to enter this race . This is news for us because in a video shown on twitter he's meeting the electorate around the area especially at transit stops. For example you will see he made his way to 95/Dan Ryan to meet with commuters, it's an important stop for politicians apparently with all the traffic going in and out of the CTA terminal there. Some news: I’m running for Governor of Illinois to fight for a better future for our state. Join me: #jbforgov — JB Pritzker (@JBPritz

The Root: CPS clarifies Mayor Emanuel's "New Education Plan"

I'm glad that when I tweeted this story and then clicked link there were some updates to it. Some of the plan I like as far as allowing CPS students some leeway as far as their future plans. To be honest of only this policy was in force when it was time for me to figure out my path. Please click link in the tweet embedded below. Rahm Emanuel wants CPS students to have a letter of acceptance from a college or the military to get their diplomas — The Root (@TheRoot) April 5, 2017

Our municipal flag at 100 years

Today the Chicago flag - that you see in the header above - celebrates 100 years. You can read more about the flag and it's history over at Curbed Chicago . Happy 100th birthday of the Chicago city flag! — Dennis Rodkin (@Dennis_Rodkin) April 4, 2017