Posts tagged "economic development"

The Bridge to Nowhere is Getting Close to Chatham

The Bridge to Nowhere is Getting Close to Chatham
Today, the Chicago Public Schools approved an application for Concept Schools, a charter school management company to open up a charter high school at 85th Lafayette. This application comes in light of the fact that 10 years ago taxpayers footed the $35 million bill for Simeon Vocational High School which will be less than a... Read more »

The Future of Transportation

The Future of Transportation
If names of companies like, I-GO, Zipcar, Divvy, Sidecar, Lyft, Uber all sound foreign to you., don’t worry because soon they won’t. While public transportation will not go away. Private services will see a dramatic change as the old transportation models are being turned upside down. Companies such as I-GO and Zipcar are involved in... Read more »

What Do You Want To Eat

What Do You Want To Eat
Recently a writer for DNAinfo-Chicago wrote an article on the status of two Chatham area restaurants. The two restaurants being Fleck’s Coffee and Luversia’s Soul Food. I have blogged about each in the past. In the article, the writer states that both restaurants have seen a decrease in business and in the case of Luversia’s... Read more »
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Is Rahm Pimpin Englewood

Is Rahm Pimpin Englewood
I guess my age is catching up with me. I can remember the dreary bus ride along 63rd street to Lindblom Technical High School. The only non blighted spot on 63rd street was the 63rd Halsted Street mall. The mall had stores that included Sears, Jewel Foods and a movie theater. From my freshman year... Read more »

Chatham: It's Time For a Unpleasant But Necessary Conversation

Chatham: It's Time For a Unpleasant But Necessary Conversation
Several weeks ago we celebrated the grand opening of Fleck Coffee Company on 79th street. The business has been well received and the owners energy has invigorated others to upgrade their businesses and some to seriously consider opening a business on 79th. On our other commercial strips 87th and 75th we are seeing new business... Read more »

Chatham's Newest Coffeehouse: Fleck's Coffee

Chatham's Newest Coffeehouse: Fleck's Coffee
Several years ago a long time business,Becky’s Florist and its successor Creative Florist, in Chatham closed its doors for good at 343 E 79th. Many felt it would be difficult to find a quality business to take the place of the florist. While the pessimist saw doom and gloom mother and daughter team Mrs. Olga... Read more »
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Do You Want To SEE POTENTIAL In The Sixth Ward

Earlier this year I saw a post on the now defunct Everyblock social media site about an organization SEE POTENTIAL. The organization  is a public art and community engagement project. They install large-scale documentary photographs to visualize community-driven development plans for Chicago’s South Side and to tally the community support for each idea. The primary goal... Read more »

Why Is The Chicago Police Department Causing KAOS In Chatham

Why Is The Chicago Police Department Causing KAOS In Chatham
Last week the Chicago Red Eye ran an a not so flattering article about a section of East 79th street which is covered by the 6th District of the Chicago Police Department . So when I received the attached letter that was mailed to my home on Saturday 6/22/13 from Chicago Police headquarters via U.S... Read more »

When Speedy Isn't Good

When Speedy Isn't Good
Recently, it was brought to my attention that a Payday Loan store was coming to the community. The site at 8701 S Cottage Grove, which was previously a Michaels’s muffler will be the new home to Speedy Cash. Speedy Cash of Wichita Kansas currently has no locations in Chicago and this choice of locations is... Read more »
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Is Chicago Seeing REDlining in Retail

Is Chicago Seeing REDlining in Retail
Last week LJ at The Sixth Ward Blog posted this article. The article from the Atlantic Magazine titled “Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America.”  The article centers around the response the Village Administrator from Olympia Fields received at a recent conference. In the article the Village Manager recounts a conversation... Read more »