Posts in category "city living"

Happy New Year...oops, I mean Valentine's Day!

This display greeted me when I walked into the Clark and Howard Dominick’s on New Year’s Day. “Gee, you guys don’t waste any time,” I said to the guy with the Dominick’s shirt on. He looked like he was still putting the Christmas/ New Year’s decorations away. I’m still getting used to the fact that... Read more »

What Else Can I Do? (to stop the violence)

What Else Can I Do? (to stop the violence)
I just looked at a VERY disturbing photo on Laura Washington‘s Facebook page. I’m not going to publish the photo here because it’s too sick. I’ll briefly describe it: Two young black men in a car, slumped against each other, covered in blood, dead. The caption reads: “WAKE UP! this is the damage a AK-47... Read more »

North of Howard Neighbors Clean Up the 'Hood

North of Howard Neighbors Clean Up the 'Hood
People generally fall into one of two groups: those who talk about doing stuff and those who actually do it. I think it’s safe to say my neighbor Darrin Flynn falls squarely in the latter group. My biggest complaint about my neighborhood is the litter. There are too many teens, kids and uncaring adults who... Read more »
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THIS Is Rogers Park

THIS Is Rogers Park
Wednesday on the Red Line. Best buddies Blake, Isaiah, and Rodrigo took turns with the ear buds on their way to the beach. Chaperone/teacher Delores Hamilton from Little People Day Care, 7428 N. Rogers in Rogers Park, kept close tabs on them and herded the well-mannered group of 7- to 12-year-olds off the train at... Read more »

Kudos to 49th Ward Streets & Sanitation!

Kudos to 49th Ward Streets & Sanitation!
With all the complaints, gripes, moans and groans swirling around the blogosphere about public service agencies, it’s nice to be able to report some GOOD NEWS for a change! I live in a 30+ unit rental building in the north of Howard community in Rogers Park. Our garbage is collected by Flood Brothers Disposal/Recycling Services,... Read more »

It's Friday Night: Do You Know Where Your Teen Is?

When a “herd” of teenagers exploded around the corner after curfew and went tearing down the street toward the Red Line, I experienced a slew of emotions: anger (they were scaring my dog), fear, excitement—but in the end there was only one that really mattered: concern. It’s 11:30 on a Friday night. I just got... Read more »
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Honesty IS the Best Policy, Right?

Honesty IS the Best Policy, Right?
Here in Chicago some people shop at Jewel. Some people shop at Dominick’s. A&P is looooong gone. And I guess some people aren’t loyal—they shop wherever the best deals are. I’m a Dominick’s shopper. Now that I am car-less, the Dominick’s at Clark and Howard is my primary grocery store cuz it’s within walking distance.... Read more »

Lost and Found Dogs: ID Tags Help Bring Them Home

Lost and Found Dogs: ID Tags Help Bring Them Home
I’ve been seeing a lot of “Lost Dog” postings online lately. It breaks my heart to think of somebody’s precious animal lost, alone and afraid, wandering hungry through the city streets. In every instance, I believe an ID tag on the dog’s collar could make the difference between that animal getting home safe and sound... Read more »

Something You Should Know About Clothing Drop-Off Boxes

Something You Should Know About Clothing Drop-Off Boxes
I just learned today that some of the clothing drop-off boxes sprinkled in parking lots throughout the city are for-profit entities. I assumed the Gaia boxes, for instance, were for a non-profit. This Tribune article reports that recycling used textiles in developing countries is a billion dollar industry! Lesson learned: From now on I will... Read more »
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Tempers Can Flare in This Heat—Or Anytime

Man, it’s hot. Damn hot. It’s dark—almost 9:30 p.m.—and still a sultry 92 F. So much for cooler by the lake tonight. No breeze, no nothing. This is the kind of heat that drives people without air conditioning out to their stoops, fanning their faces and praying for a breeze, because it’s just too hot... Read more »