Posts tagged "Sleuthing"

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 »

My Healthcare Journey Before Obamacare

Being uninsured sucks. It sucks even more when you are in your mid forties and unemployed. Yet, as we’ve all been told, in order to remain healthy you have to have your yearly exams—preventative maintenance for your body.  A tune up so to speak. In case you didn’t know, unemployment = COBRA.  COBRA = Expensive... Read more »

Blackhawks Fever: Chasing The Stanley Cup Is Best Left To Young(er) People

God my head hurts. And my mouth is dry.  And I have seemingly lost my will to live. All from attempting to find the Stanley Cup Tuesday night. After being the model of responsibility on Monday night and staying in to watch game six, I got the crazy idea in my head to attempt to... Read more »

CTA South Branch Red Line Shutdown: Haven't We Been Here Before?

This south branch red line shutdown seems to be going well. At least according to all of the media reports I’ve been reading. I received an email from a reader in response to my red line shutdown tweets. Here’s what he had to say: @woodlawnwonder just now reading thru your tweets. CTA could have made... 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 »

For Profit Parties In A Non Profit Owned Building---Does Tragedy Have To Strike Before Something Is Done?

The parties at The Metropolitan are a disaster waiting to happen. Then of course I’ve felt that way for years—ever since the congregation that filled the former Metropolitan Apostolic Church moved to Bronzeville. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the late night parties across the street from my building. Depending on the night,... Read more »

The Loan

This post was originally published on September 6, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 Well here’s where it gets interesting folks. We need money to get the porch project started but it would seem that we may not be the best credit risk at this point. Let’s go over what we know so far:... Read more »

Seeing Eye To Eye

This post was originally published on August 24th, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 Now to make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s have a quick recap. Our building is like Glen Close in “Fatal Attraction,” very attractive on the outside but not quite right on the inside. Our developer seemingly (perhaps... Read more »

Fight The Power

This post was originally published on August 23, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0    With some new blood on the board (myself and my neighbor across the hall), we set about sorting through the friggin mess that comprised our business affairs. We did all of the mundane stuff like set a permanent date... Read more »

Welcome To Woodlawn---Part II

This post was originally published on August 23, 2005 in I Hate My Developer 1.0 There’s always a learning curve when you’re dealing with any new situation so owning your own unit in a condominium is no exception. The difference is that a learning curve mixed with naiveté and conniving developer are a potentially costly... Read more »