Posts in category "Neighbors"

Barbara Ann Smith: Will Her Murderer Ever Be Brought To Justice?

On March 21st, 2011 my neighbor, Barbara Ann Smith was found murdered in her apartment. Four years later, and to the best of my knowledge, her murderer  has not been caught. If any of Barbara’s family members read this post, I’d welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your experiences seeking justice for her murder. The... Read more »

The Metropolitan And The Woodlawn Organization Are A Hazard To My Neighborhood

I’m officially done with the the Woodlawn Organization and their building The Metropolitan. DONE! First it was open doors that allowed access to the building, now it’s an open perimeter along the back of the property.   Anyone can easily nestle themselves into its various nooks and crannies. Which wouldn’t be so bad if the... Read more »

Another Condo Unit Is About To Go Rental

Here we go again. Yesterday  I found out that my downstairs neighbors have received an offer for their condo unit and will be moving out this Saturday. I very much understand their reasons for moving—ease of commute, being closer to their children’s daycare and the wife’s job—I get it.  My cause for concern is when... Read more »
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Barbara Ann Smith: The Cold Case Murder

Barbara Ann Smith:  The Cold Case Murder
Three years ago last Thursday, my next door neighbor Barbara Ann Smith was found murdered in her apartment. Her killer has never been caught. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm on the south side rather than the exception. Despite the fact her killer has yet to be apprehended, I know she hasn’t been forgotten.... Read more »

The Metropolitan Goes From Bad To Worse

The east side of the former Metropolitan building on the south west corner of 65th Street & Blackstone Avenue.  Note the crumbling gutters and roof.
It seems like the proverbial writing is on the wall for the TWO (The Woodlawn Organization) owned Metropolitan.  The troubled building can add a few new items on its list of woes—falling gutters and roof. This winter has been decidedly harsh.  As freezing temperatures give way to the spring thaw and eventually torrents of water,... Read more »

White Gentrification In Chicago: Why Not Woodlawn?

In my previous post a sharp eyed reader asked me why I didn’t recommend my own neighborhood of Woodlawn to a young woman inquiring about moving to Chicago. The reader raised a very good point. I wrote back to her with the following reply: XXXX, Now that’s a head scratcher. And an excellent question. Because... Read more »
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Vacant Building + High School Kids = Trouble

I’ve written extensively about the Woodlawn Organization owned vacant Metropolitan building for years. In its former incarnations the building was once the former Loretto Academy, Christ Apostolic Church and most recently Entry House which ceased operations a few years ago.  Since then it’s been sitting empty. And an empty building is never a good thing... Read more »

Woodlawn Vacant Lot Sold

Walking south on Stony Island last Thursday, I saw an unexpected change on a real estate sign:   The vacant lot at 6538 South Stony Island has finally sold. As long as I’ve lived in Woodlawn (12 years as of last Friday) that lot has been vacant, used as a staging area for construction and... Read more »

Now I Know Why Moms Drink And Swear

Raising children can be hard work and endless self sacrifice. Which is exactly why I don’t do it. Nonetheless, understand two things about me:  The first is that I know what you parents are doing is hard work—I truly (somewhat) get it.  The second is that despite my understanding of how challenging it is to... Read more »
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The Grass Gets Cut---FINALLY!

Finally!
At the end of July I wrote a post about the overgrown grass at the TWO owned Metropolitan/Entry House building. Believe it or not (and I’m sure it was a coincidence) the grass finally got cut a few days after the post was published. Thank God. It wasn’t the best lawn job but at least... Read more »