Posts tagged "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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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"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 »

Why Would You Think Anyone Would Want To Live With Violence? Debunking The Myth of The Bad Neighborhood

The armchair racists think they have all of the answers when it comes to crime ridden neighborhoods. And to be clear, when I say crime ridden I mean black neighborhoods. Because when the armchair crowd speaks, they usually do so in code.  Knowing this, it’s important that we all be on the same page for... Read more »