Posts in category "South Side, Chicago"

What Do Ferguson and The South Side Have In Common? Nothing.

As our collective national debate swirls around the events in Ferguson and Cleveland, I have a simple story to tell. A story that illustrates why race still matters and why we as a nation have difficulty advancing towards a meaningful dialogue on the subject. Wednesday I was making arrangements with a long time friend about... Read more »

Voting Today? The Question Every South and West Side Resident Needs To Ask

Of course you’re going to the polls to make your voice heard.  This is a big election. Today and in February various established and aspiring politicians will ask you for your vote. I suggest that any resident of the south or west sides respectfully ask these politicians if they publicly commented on the French government’s... Read more »

The Backyard Garden: What A Difference Two Months Makes

The backyard garden on 5/31/14   Overview of the back yard garden that used to be four abandoned vacant lots.   The backyard garden on 7/31/14   The pictures don’t even do it justice.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and... Read more »
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Backyard Garden Timeline

5/7---Turning over the garden bed and amending the soil by adding mushroom compost.
Much like the Jackson Park Garden, the backyard garden has been a labor of love mixed in with a great deal of hard work. Here is this growing season’s timeline through pictures. If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create... Read more »

Gang Graffiti: Should The Neighborhood Be Concerned?

I was out early yesterday morning and saw this bus bench defaced with gang graffiti a block from my home.  In my nearly 13 years of living in Woodlawn, this is the first significant tagging I've ever witnessed.
Early yesterday I noticed something I’ve never noticed before in my part of Woodlawn—an overdose of gang graffiti on a bus bench. It seemed like there were warnings to “Maui town” and  “Hoodgang” to “Lee (leave?) block or get shot.”   Is this the foreshadowing of a gang war off of Stony Island or am I... Read more »

Jackson Park Garden Timeline

5/31---Starting out.  The Jackson Park (or East Garden) plots before weeding.
The Jackson Park garden—otherwise known as the East Garden—has come a long way since I went over to weed the plots on May 31st.  This is a timeline through pictures.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription”... Read more »
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Jackson Park Garden Is Off To A Slow Start

The weeds grew way faster than I intended in my beds at Jackson Park.  I took the path of least resistance and cleared out the less weedy one on the right and finally put down my tomato plants.
While the back yard vegetable bed is planted, I still had to go to Jackson Park Community Garden to get those beds in order as well. As you can see from the pictures below, what greeted me was not a pretty sight. The garden is secluded from most foot and vehicle traffic and it was... Read more »

Death of A Teenager: Reality Sets In

On Monday afternoon Endia Martin lost her life allegedly over a boy. Truthfully, the teenager lost her life over misplaced aggression, the actions of a hyper violent adult and a poor choice by another girl. I couldn’t help but think about this scene from season 3 of “Homicide:  Life On The Street:” Now another girl,... Read more »

Good Gardening News And Bad Gardening News

Finally!  A plot out back in our little community garden.
The garden out back continues to grow thanks to the hard work of my neighbor Hank. If anyone thinks gardening is a leisurely pursuit, they clearly have never cleared a foundation left by an old building by hand in the blazing sun. Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog already knows the immense... Read more »
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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 »