Posts tagged "north of Howard"

Happy Anniversary, Emancipation Proclamation

I have to admit if I didn’t follow cool pages like TheRoot.com on Facebook, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation might have completely escaped my notice. Glad I caught it and shared it on my own Facebook wall before heading out into the frozen tundra otherwise known as Chicago winter with my goofy black... 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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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 »

Fire Leads to Dead Iguanas, Murder and Suicide

Fire Leads to Dead Iguanas, Murder and Suicide
So, I woke up in the middle of the night last week to use the bathroom and heard the sound of glass breaking and loud voices from the street below. Reflections of rotating lights flickered through the frosted bathroom window. Not sure whether it was a fire or if it was my building…. Hell, at... 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 »

Has Lying Become the Rule Rather than the Exception?

Are we a nation of liars? Politicians are notorious for lying. Talk shows such as “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Maury Povich” have turned lying into an art form. Lying can start as early as when a toddler accidentally breaks the living room lamp and, when confronted, insists it wasn’t him/her. “The monster did it!”... Read more »
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