Our Biggest And Best Stories Of 2011

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It has been a great year at Roscoe View Journal and as we look back on the year, we can’t help but think about all the stories we’ve written. Here’s what you read the most:

  1. Mariano’s Fresh Market Opens at Roscoe and Western
  2. Mariano’s Waiting For Dominick’s To Leave
  3. Meet Lake View High School’s New Principal
  4. Damen And Addison Shooting Likely Gang Affiliated
  5. Detailed Maps: Where Roscoe Village, South & West Lakeview Would End Up On New Ward Maps

But while you read those stories the most, we don’t necessarily think it was the most important work we’ve done. We stretched our boundaries quite a bit. So, I’d like to point out the stories I liked the most and the ones I would encourage you to read, if you haven’t already:

Proposed Hookah Lounge Meets Ethnic Prejudice At SLVN Meeting - It was a fluke that we attended this community meeting and our coverage of the meeting (we came with a audio recorder in hand) set off a firestorm of reaction. Ultimately the Hookah Lounge didn’t get built.

The Risks And Rewards of Street Festivals for Neighborhood Organizations - Freelancer Jordan Graham talked to the people sponsoring and running street festivals to tell the story of who is really making money in the streets every summer.

Old LaSalle Bank Building Stuck In A Holding Pattern – The hulking building on Ashland and Belmont is the biggest obstacle to West Lakeview’s development. We talked to everyone involved and asked, after so many years, why is it still untouched?

Lakeview Chamber and SSA 27 to Reveal LAMP – Stacy Jeziorowski followed the yearlong development of West Lakeview’s most important planning document in decades. Her reporting was so good, even Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamen referenced it.

Candidates Sound Off at RVJ 32nd Ward Forum – This was the first candidates forum we sponsored and it was an education for us, as we realized all of a sudden: Folks read us and really want to know more about their community.

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