Posts tagged "South Side"

Activist, educator uses indigenous traditions to heal his community

Tomas Ramirez grew up with the understanding that to be healthy as an individual, his community had to be healthy. He believes it’s his responsibility to help maintain and heal his community. Ramirez moved to Chicago from Central Mexico 20 years ago to reunite with family. He has since become an essential member of Chicago’s... Read more »

Chicago lags four other major cities in income mobility

Chicago lags four other major cities in income mobility
Bootstraps, anyone? The chance that a child from a Chicago family at the bottom income level can ever climb to the highest level is lower than in four other major cities – New York, Los Angeles, Houston or Philadelphia. A Chicago child raised in a low-income household has a 6.1 percent chance of earning more... Read more »

Community keeps pressure on University of Chicago regarding Level 1 trauma center

Community keeps pressure on University of Chicago regarding Level 1 trauma center
Michael Dye found out the hard way that Chicago’s South Side doesn’t have an adult Level 1 trauma center. On May 7, his friend Kevin Ambrose, 19, was shot in the chest at the 47th Street Green-Line station. Ambrose, a Columbia College theater major, was taken to the nearest trauma center, nearly seven miles away,... Read more »
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Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography

Chicago Public School closings point up the dangers of geography
Lametrios West has made a point to separate himself from the trouble around him. Despite heavy rain and steady cracks of lightning, the 14-year-old Kershaw Elementary School student made his way on a recent afternoon to the nearby Teamwork Englewood, a community organization whose after-school programs draw boys and girls from the surrounding area. Here, he holes up to “get out of the neighborhood.” Staying out of trouble means closing himself off from the outside world. “It’s hard but I can do it,” he says. “By staying in the house, going to school, coming here. The only areas where I go is where I know people.”...

Author of study on inequality in TIF-funded CPS schools highlights potential dangers

Author of study on inequality in TIF-funded CPS schools highlights potential dangers
A Roosevelt University study released last week outlines several disparities in how the city has funded several Chicago Public Schools construction projects through Tax Increment Financing. The report, penned by sociology professor Stephanie Farmer, found that the majority of TIF dollars spent on CPS projects, 52 percent, went to selective enrollment schools. Those schools make... Read more »

Getting around town with bus rapid transit

Getting around town with bus rapid transit
Creating bus rapid transit corridors in Chicago has been on the local transport agenda for several years now. The Chicago Transit Authority and Department of Transportation expect to have a version of bus rapid transit in place on Jeffrey Avenue by the fall of 2012; the agencies are planning for a Western Avenue corridor now.... Read more »
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News Roundup: Weis to move officers to high-crime areas

Police Supt. Jody Weis revealed plans Tuesday to reassign officers from districts with low crime to neighborhoods with high levels of crime. His statements drew criticism from 38th Ward Ald. Tom Allen, as well as some concerns from North Side residents afraid that criminals will commit more crime in the area knowing fewer police will... Read more »

News Roundup: Austin residents worried about police scale back

Austin residents expressed concern that cuts to the Chicago Alternative Police Strategy program may leave the neighborhood even more vulnerable to crime at a Beat 1524 meeting  in September. In an area with more than 1,000 arrests a month, community members will have to assume some of the community policing duties to prevent the crime... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter returns to the airwaves Friday

The Reporter‘s Angela Caputo recently blogged about crime and violence on the South Side of Chicago. Publisher Alden Loury and Editor Kimbriell Kelly will take the conversation a step further on air from 10 a.m. to noon Friday on Vocalo, a division of Chicago Public Radio. Loury and Kelly will host a two-hour “public square”... Read more »
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South Side vs. North Side: Who got the worst of the CTA's doomsday service cuts?

Photo courtesy of flickr/Stephen Vance By many accounts, riders of Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains have brushed off the agency’s “doomsday” service cuts and still manage to make it to work without great difficulty, save the inconveniences of a longer wait, standing instead of sitting and leaving home a little earlier. However, an analysis... Read more »