Posts in category "Woodlawn, Chicago"

A (Literal) Sign Of Confidence For The Obama Presidential Center

This is an interesting and very public development in the discussion about the Obama Presidential Center.  Apparently the residents of the Park Shore East Co-op have chosen a side and are displaying quite the vote of confidence. The only question is will trust be enough to serve both their & Woodlawn’s interests?

The Obama Library: A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity? Part 2

Note:  This is part 2 of an essay I read at last Thursday’s Frunchroom reading series in Beverly.   And that’s where the old sneaking suspicion starts creeping in.  That’s where the doubt about the intentions of this new shining center on the south side start to cloud my perception.  Because as much as I... Read more »

The Obama Library: A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity? Part I

Note:  This is the first part of an essay I read at last Thursday’s Frunchroom reading series in Beverly.    Like most of my neighbors, I’ve been paying close attention to every scrap of news released about the proposed Obama Presidential Library. The construction of the library and its campus will have a profound effect... Read more »
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A Mosaic Story Of Woodlawn

The outline and beginning mosaics of the 65th Street viaduct panels.
The folks who completed this beautiful mosaic last year on the Marquette Road are replicating their magic on the 65th Street viaduct this summer.  Last week I strolled down to check in on their progress.

In Woodlawn It's The Little Things That Matter

Believe it or not, this is more than a sign.  It is a sign of hope.  Possibly a sign of renewal. Explanation to come.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam... Read more »

Bill O'Reilly, Rudy Giuliani---Concerned About Chicago Gun Violence? Here's What You Can Personally Do To Help

Gentlemen, Thank you for your concern about the senseless violence gripping our city.  As you both have noted, quite publicly & quite vocally, these continuing levels of violence are unacceptable.  I know being busy people it’s difficult to focus on specific ways to address this serious issue. Luckily I’ve found a way for you to... Read more »
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Woodlawn Scored The Obama Presidential Library, Now What?

I knew something was going on when my phone started blowing up. Text message after text message started pouring in.  Private messages on social media accounts started piling up.  All of them said one thing: The Obama Presidential Library would be in Woodlawn. And not just any old spot in Woodlawn, a site that literally... Read more »

Dorchester Botanical Garden One Year Later

The corner of 64th and Dorchester.
A great deal has changed in a year since the Dorchester Botanical Garden was started. The garden has dramatically expanded with community and volunteer support.  It now encompasses the entire east side of the 6400 block of Dorchester. Garden founder William Hill has even started offering gardening classes. I can’t wait until the final plantings... Read more »

Barbara Ann Smith: An Unsolved Homicide Five Years Later

Five years ago today, my neighbor Barbara Ann Smith’s body was found in her apartment. The police came. The press came. Everyone left. And her murder still remains unsolved. Like I wrote last year: I wonder if anyone gives a damn. I wonder if  Ms. Barbara will ever receive justice. The only thing I do... Read more »
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Vegetable Garden 2016: The List

A few days ago, I sent off the order for the vegetable garden. Anyone in the Chicagoland area knows that planting before Mother’s Day is risky at best.  So I clearly timed my order to arrive closer to planting time. In a few weeks, I’ll be out back cleaning out the beds, turning over and... Read more »