Tag: South Side

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 »

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.
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

#SaveTheShrine: The Archdiocese' Major Announcement

The Archdiocese of Chicago released this statement yesterday: Chicago, IL (February 28, 2016) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced that it has deeded the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn and the land on which it stands to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The members of the apostolic institute have... Read more »

#SavetheShrine: Why Is The Archdiocese In Such A Hurry To Tear Down A Historic Woodlawn Church

Look at this masterpiece.  It is the Shrine of Christ the King. Even with no roof and severe fire damage, she is still an impressive structure. I live so close to the Shrine that when she burned in October, I was close enough to see the smoke from my balcony. When I saw the live... Read more »
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Ten Tweets About The New South Side Trauma Center

Late last week, the University of Chicago released the news that the south side of the city was going to get a Level 1 Trauma Center for the first time in over 20 years. Like many others, the news left me both elated and wanting more.  These ten tweets reflect those feelings. Planning for a... Read more »