Posts in category "City of Chicago"

The Politics Of Park Benches: Problem Solved

Remember this picture?   Yesterday I took a picture of that very same spot in the park and guess what the difference is?   The park benches are gone! Not too long after I penned the first blog post about these park benches, I called 311 to supplement the call I put into my Alderman’s... Read more »

The New York Times Wants Chicagoans Opinions On Mayor Emanuel

Ladies and gentlemen, someone—a powerful entity as a matter of fact—actually gives a flying fig about the opinion of average Chicagoans. The New York Times wants to know what we think about Mayor Emanuel. “New York Times reporters covering the Chicago mayoral race would like to hear from Chicago residents about their experiences living in... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel And Community Values

Did Mayor Emanuel question the values and morality of the residents of violence plagued neighborhoods? Did those words seriously come from his mouth? That, ladies and gentlemen, take a set of stones.  An honest to God brass pair. The mayor has the gall to lay the bulk of the continuing violence at the feet of the people... Read more »
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The Enigmatic Carlton Knight

Ever so often, someone e-mails me a question or volunteers information about my real estate developer Carlton Knight. For those of you who don’t know the history, he is the driving force behind me starting my blog.  He is the reason “I Hate My Developer” exists. In the pre-Chicago Now version of this blog, I... Read more »

The CTA Fare Hike Wouldn't Be Necessary If They Signed A Reality Show Deal

Mayor Emanuel and CTA Board, I’ve found the solution to your budget woes.  A fare hike wouldn’t be necessary if you inked a deal with a production company for a reality show about the CTA. Think about it. I’m fairly comfortable in the assumption that most of you all don’t ride the CTA very often... Read more »

Good Luck Getting A Cab To The South Side: Why Discriminatory Cab Drivers Have Got To Go

Dear Discriminatory Cab Drivers of Chicago, Consider this your official notice that I will not tolerate your foolishness any longer. Because your behavior on Friday night really took the cake. Living on the south side for 11 years, I’m fully aware that you don’t want to go too far south of Cermak.  I get it,... Read more »
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Race, Real Estate and The Bank Of America

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune reported that Bank of America has been accused of taking better care of foreclosed properties in predominately white neighborhoods than they do in minority neighborhoods. Oh boy here we go. Topics of race and racism are always incendiary. Nonetheless, when I do discuss issues of race with people I don’t know... Read more »

The CTA's South Side Problem

Next week, the CTA will conduct two public hearings about it’s five month shut down of the south branch of the red line. Unlike some of my fellow south siders, I will not waste my time attending a meeting with an agency who has clearly demonstrated that they believe me to be a second class... Read more »

Illinois Concealed Carry: Perhaps It Isn't Such A Bad Idea

It pains me to agree with the NRA but I’ve got to support the passage of concealed carry in the state of Illinois. According to Chicago Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas‘ Twitter feed, the first ten days of March brought 51 people shot city wide with 9 of those shootings being fatal. It doesn’t take a... Read more »
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Stop Giving Away Your Tax Refund!

I’m not a fan of the large tax preparation services. Where I live, their offices are only open for a finite time and in my opinion take more from a neighborhood than they contribute. I know the purpose of a business is to make money.  I didn’t fail capitalism 101.  Nonetheless, I’m a firm believer... Read more »