Tag: Cassandra West

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal

Stop, before they privatize: Groups want to save Chicago from another parking meter deal
Everywhere you turn these days, another plan to privatize a city service seems to be in the works. Ventra cards, a new payment system for the CTA and administered by a San Diego-based company, have made headlines all this week. Before that was the plan to privatize Midway Airport, though the deal fell through when... Read more »

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos

Both hope and despair depicted in Sophia Nahli Allison’s school photos
Most photographs of schools show children running, playing, seated in a classroom. But the Chicago Public Schools in Sophia Nahli Allison’s photographs are devoid of any life. The black-and-white images highlight the imposing, impersonal nature of school buildings, planted next to empty playgrounds and concrete stretches. That’s because what Allison’s photographs represent are not what... Read more »

The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »
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Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’
Urban gardening, or as some call it, urban farming is taking root in low-income areas across Chicago, as green plots spring up on the thousands of acres of vacant lots that dot the South and the West Sides. And with it come skills, revenue and a greater sense of community. The growth of urban agriculture... Read more »

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ
Little Village is just across from where “The Barber Shop Show’s” airs its weekly broadcast in North Lawndale. It’s primarily an immigrant neighborhood that’s home to both the Cook County Jail and the street known as the other Magnificent Mile. Now, Little Village will be home to one of WBEZ’s neighborhood bureaus and staffed primarily by... Read more »

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village
It’s around 10 p.m. and things are winding down at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission. The church is a storefront on Little Village’s 26th Street, one of the busiest in Chicago, and rarely a moment goes by when a car doesn’t rush past the church in a blur. But inside the church, the street... Read more »
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A slice of Little Village on “The Barber Shop Show”

What makes up for the days you just want to quit? It’s the kids, says, Victor Rodriguez, a coach with the Chicago Youth Boxing League and pastor of Little Village Community Church. Rodriguez and the other guests on last week’s “Barber Shop Show” work in Little Village, a vibrant immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side... Read more »

How not to judge Chicago’s violence number

There are two ways of looking at almost anything. So it’s little surprise that the shooting numbers put out by the City of Chicago are framed in a way to make the city look good. But they also skew our understanding of the urban violence we are really dealing with, says Rob Wildeboer, criminal and... Read more »

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment
Affirmative action–one way the government tried to address America’s racial and economic gap –was intended to reduce education barriers by mandating that public universities consider race in admissions decisions. By now, chances are you have heard of the Fisher v University of Texas at Austin case, in which a young woman, Abigail Fisher, accused the... Read more »
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Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market

Fear, mistrust linger in immigrant neighborhood after weekend raid of South Side flea market
Days after a Saturday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a popular flea market, immigrant rights advocates are calling for an end to federal operations in their neighborhoods that they say only incite fear – and could make immigrants mistrustful of immigration reform. At 10:30 a.m. on June 29, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland... Read more »