Archive for January 2012

The Top Ten Things Every Newly Minted 21 Year Old Must Know About Drinking

In less than an hour, my niece—my sister’s oldest child and affectionately known as “The Girl”—will turn 21. To say I’m filled with dread is an understatement. It’s not that I don’t trust her judgment; it’s everyone else I’m giving the side eye. Then I’m sure watching “Taken” a few days ago didn’t help my... Read more »

Why Is There Always One Neighbor Who Won't Take Their Trash To The Alley?

Dear Lazy Neighbor, You are a dumb ass. Because you dump your household trash in the corner can instead of the dumpster in the alley, I’m sure Streets & San will take it away sometime soon. It’s because of lazy humps like you we got our original trash can taken away years ago. When our... Read more »

Stop Giving Away Your Tax Refund!

I’m not a fan of the large tax preparation services. Where I live, their offices are only open for a finite time and in my opinion take more from a neighborhood than they contribute. I know the purpose of a business is to make money.  I didn’t fail capitalism 101.  Nonetheless, I’m a firm believer... Read more »

Does Your Neighborhood Have More Vacant Lots Than Actual Buildings?

Vacant lots are nothing new to the south side. In some places one can see across entire blocks without their gaze ever falling on a building. The Green Healthy Neighborhoods Community Workshops hopes to engage residents of several south side neighborhoods concerning vacant land use and investment.   The discussion may not produce an immediate... Read more »

Can Metal Scavengers Give A True Glimpse Into The Health Of The Economy?

Despite reports that hiring is up, unemployment is down and that the economy is slowly crawling its way back, what I see on the streets seems to prove otherwise. Last week when I was beginning my daily commute, I noticed a red pick up truck slowing down and backing up across the street from where... Read more »

Alderman Leslie Hairston To Hold Town Hall About Ominous Trend in G8 Security Measures

CORRECTION: The correct address for the International House is 1414 East 59th Street, not 54th Street as previously posted. Concerned about the lack of transparency and the permanent status of Mayor Emanuel’s proposed security measures for May’s G8 and NATO summits; Alderman Leslie Hairston will hold a town hall in conjunction with University of Chicago... Read more »

Will Negative Press About Leon Finney Spur Positive Change For Woodlawn?

This week has seen two excellent articles by Angela Caputo and Antonio Olivo on Leon Finney and his Woodlawn Organization. If you haven’t read them yet, I strongly urge you to do so. Angela is not only a reporter at the Chicago Reporter, but a part of their blogging partnership for ChicagoNow. As a matter of... Read more »