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Neighbors’ Growing Frustration With Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, June 6, 2013

Neighbors’ Growing Frustration With Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

The Chicago Housing Authority’s planned redevelopment of the Lathrop Homes public housing project seems to have stalled. But nobody knows for sure since CHA hasn’t held public meetings in months and aldermen aren’t getting any answers either.

Neighbors Conflict On Wrigley Renovations: We Have A Seat At The Table; No, We Don’t

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, May 2, 2013

Neighbors Conflict On Wrigley Renovations: We Have A Seat At The Table; No, We Don’t

None of the neighborhood groups with a stake in the future of the ballpark are directly represented at conversations between the Cubs and the city of Chicago. Instead, their interests are being represented by 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney. That seems to suit some neighbors just fine. Others, not so much.

Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

Confirmed: Gordon Tech, DePaul In “Partnership”

By Geoff Dankert | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Confirmed: Gordon Tech, DePaul In “Partnership”

DePaul University today confirmed it has entered into a partnership with Gordon Tech College Prep High School, a move that is expected to trigger sweeping changes for the Catholic institution at 3633 N. California Ave. Confirming speculation first reported by Roscoe View Journal, DePaul will apply its expertise in Catholic education to virtually every part Read the Rest…

CTA Won’t Say Why Empty Paulina Stop Lot Still On Hold

By Geoff Dankert | Monday, October 8, 2012

CTA Won’t Say Why Empty Paulina Stop Lot Still On Hold

Having annoyed scores of West Lakeview transit riders with the decision to halt #11 Lincoln Avenue bus service, the Chicago Transit Authority appears to be in no hurry to dispense with another lingering issue in the neighborhood: the sale of the former Just Tires property at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. The plot of land adjacent Read the Rest…

Gordon Tech-DePaul Univ. Alliance Possibly In Works

By Geoff Dankert | Friday, October 5, 2012

Gordon Tech-DePaul Univ. Alliance Possibly In Works

Students at Gordon Tech College Prep High School may see a big change in their educational experience in the coming weeks as the school appears poised to announce a new alliance with DePaul University. It is not clear what form DePaul’s involvement with the Catholic high school at 3633 N. California Ave. will take, though Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Gets CPD Roll Call

By Geoff Dankert | Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hamlin Park Gets CPD Roll Call

The woman in the long purple dress and matching hat looked perplexed as she approached the brace of Chicago Police Department officers lined up in the service lot of Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne. “What’s going on?” she asked loudly. “Is the mayor here?” He was not, but she could be forgiven some confusion. She’d Read the Rest…

CTA Postpones Lincoln Sale, Offers New Property Near Trader Joe’s

By Geoff Dankert | Friday, July 20, 2012

CTA Postpones Lincoln Sale, Offers New Property Near Trader Joe’s

The Chicago Transit Authority has hit “pause” on the sale of its star-crossed property adjacent to the Paulina “L” station, even as it offers a second piece of land along the Brown Line to prospective buyers. A planned vote on the sale of the parcel at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. was left off the agenda Read the Rest…

Woman Stabbed at Roscoe Village Bar

By Geoff Dankert | Sunday, July 15, 2012

Woman Stabbed at Roscoe Village Bar

Chicago police are interviewing someone they call a “person of interest” in connection with a stabbing early Sunday at a bar in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Police News Affairs spokesman John Mirabelli tells Roscoe View Journal that someone stabbed the woman around 4:53 a.m. at the Bluelight Bar, 3251 N. Western Ave. The bar is Read the Rest…

CTA Conceals Identity of Potential Buyer of Vacant Lot Next to Paulina Station

By Geoff Dankert | Friday, June 22, 2012

CTA Conceals Identity of Potential Buyer of Vacant Lot Next to Paulina Station

A new chapter in the saga of the long-vacant plot of land next to the CTA’s Paulina Brown Line station is about to begin, following word that a prospective buyer has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the property from the transit agency. Roscoe View Journal has learned that the sale agreement for 3400 N. Read the Rest…

Police Say New Gang Graffiti in Hamlin Park Designed to Taunt Rivals

By Geoff Dankert | Monday, June 18, 2012

Police Say New Gang Graffiti in Hamlin Park Designed to Taunt Rivals

Chicago police say a new appearance of gang graffiti around the pool deck at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., is likely designed to “taunt” rivals, leading some neighbors to fear an escalation in violence around the park. Neighbors say the latest example of “tagging” appeared after midnight on Sunday on the outside of the Read the Rest…

Jahn LSC Bypasses Assistant Principal, Hires From Outside to Fill Principal Opening

By Geoff Dankert | Friday, June 15, 2012

Jahn LSC Bypasses Assistant Principal, Hires From Outside to Fill Principal Opening

When students return to the classroom this fall at Jahn World Language School, 3140 N. Wolcott Ave., they’ll find a completely new face in the principal’s office. Members of Jahn’s Local School Council voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Stephanie Bloom-Washofsky, who will replace retiring Principal Sulma Grigalunas. According to LSC members, Bloom-Washofsky accepted the Read the Rest…

Bus Rapid Transit: Not So Fast

By Geoff Dankert | Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bus Rapid Transit: Not So Fast

The Chicago Transit Authority took a step Wednesday night toward establishing dedicated bus lanes on Western and Ashland Avenues, while acknowledging that such a development could take as long as four years to become reality. More than a dozen representatives from CTA, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Active Transportation Alliance gathered at an Read the Rest…

Black Dog Opens on Belmont

By Geoff Dankert | Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Black Dog Opens on Belmont

The first round in what hungry historians will one day describe as the Roscoe Village Gelato Wars has gone to Jessica Oloroso’s Black Dog Gelato. Her new store at 1955 W. Belmont Ave., an address most recently inhabited by Bleeding Heart Bakery, opened to little fanfare but many customers on May 22. Since confirming her Read the Rest…

‘Habitat For Hamlin’ to Raise Funds for New Playground

By Geoff Dankert | Friday, May 25, 2012

‘Habitat For Hamlin’ to Raise Funds for New Playground

Do you remember 1988? A gallon of gasoline cost 91 cents. Rain Man cleaned up at the Oscars. NASA launched the Hubble space telescope. And the Chicago Park District renovated the playground at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Twenty-four years later, gas has topped $4, Tom Cruise and NASA have both lost their mojo, Read the Rest…

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