Posts in category "West Side"

Chief Keef's Neighborhood

Let me see if I have this right. A landlord that doesn’t perform proper tenant screening. Questionable characters coming and going at all hours, stirring up a ruckus. Quality of life going down the shitter. Pissed off neighbors making frequent calls to the police. And those very same neighbors afraid to give their names to... Read more »

White Gentrification In Chicago

Before anyone gets all huffy, the title of this post is exactly what was in the subject line of the email I received from a reader last month. How could I not open that email and take a look? The reader writes: Hi, I’ve been trying to research gentrification history in Chicago and came across... Read more »

Sick Of Living In A Food Desert?

There have been many discussions in the past about food deserts in Chicago. I’ve also chimed in a time or two about my own personal experiences.  As you may or may not know, access to healthful food is a bit of a challenge for a majority of Chicagoans on the south and west sides of... Read more »
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I Don't Care If The French Won't Come To The South Side

I could give a flying fig that the French government advises its citizens against going south of 59th Street. Luckily, I’m not offended that a sovereign state is trying to “go in” on the south side.  Frankly it’s par for the course.  At least the French have the stones to actually say it instead of... Read more »

Foreclosure Stories: My Home Is Worth $20,000

The south and west sides are ground zero for mortgage fraud in Chicago.  Wave after wave of foreclosures and vacant or half finished buildings have decimated property values. If you have the available money, you could take about $100,000 and literally buy a city block in certain neighborhoods. That’s how much the property values have... Read more »

A Big Girl Saves The Day

I am not a small woman. Even when I weighed less, I wasn’t what anyone would describe as small.   And you know what?  I’m okay with that. I take up space.  I exist.  You see me.  I stopped being uncomfortable with that notion a long time ago.  Professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reese sums it up... Read more »
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Seven Deadly Sins: Anger - "Gun Violence In Chicago"

I am seething with anger over all of this shooting. On Sunday a man was shot in the head two blocks south of my home.  Yesterday five people were shot in the vicinity of a South Shore Currency Exchange. The gun violence in this city is out of control.  Scratch that—gun violence in Chicago was... Read more »

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 Wire": Chicago's West Side

Why pay your hard earned money to watch a fictional drama about drug dealing when a fellow Chicagoan has already provided you with the real live version for free? Chicago24thWard has put a series of real videos on You Tube detailing the corners where drugs are sold, the routes that drug users take from the... Read more »
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