Posts tagged "City of Chicago"

I Hate People Who Don't Pick Up After Their Dogs

Let’s just put it out there—people who don’t pick up after their dogs are a*sholes. Scratch that.  They’re lazy self entitled a*sholes. And I’m not talking about people with mobility problems.  I’m talking about you able bodied pukes who can bend over and do the right thing but refuse to. Now that the snow has... 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 »

Do Your Part, Shovel Your Sidewalk

It’s been five days since the “blizzard.” Yet some sidewalks haven’t seen the pass of a shovel or a sprinkling of salt. Guess what?  I’m about to call 311 on you for your sidewalk not being shoveled. Yeah, I’m that person. There are few legitimate excuses for homeowners or commercial real estate owners to not... Read more »
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I Admit It, I Mocked The Blizzard

I mocked our rather sizable blizzard because it really didn’t feel like a blizzard. It felt more like a bad storm. As a group, Chicagoans are used to unpredictable weather.  We don’t piss and moan about the cold weather here in Chicago because we understand that—well—we live in Chicago.  Residing here means that we have... Read more »

Poor Taxi Service Is Why Uber Is Winning

I have a very contentious relationship with the taxi industry in Chicago and it keeps on getting worse everyday. As a rule, taxis are an expense that I can rarely afford but sometimes you can’t put a price on your personal safety.  If I have the money and the situation warrants it, I’ll take a... 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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Idling Trains In Woodlawn: Are We Safe?

For as long as I have lived in Woodlawn, I can always remember seeing or hearing some type of train idling. My section of the neighborhood is a block from the Metra Electric or IC (Illinois Central) tracks. Frankly, I’m not sure who owns or maintains the tracks—that’s the one fact I haven’t been able... Read more »

White Gentrification In Chicago: My Response

Yesterday, I posted a letter from a reader who was concerned about potentially gentrifying neighborhoods of color when she moves to Chicago. Her issue is that gentrification will raise rents and property values making it increasingly expensive for families who have been there for years—or in some cases generations–and they’ll be priced out of the... 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 »
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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 »