Reginald Hudlin on the late great Chicago comedian Robin Harris.
For two years I would go by the abandoned Frank Cuneo Memorial Hospital at Montrose and Clarendon on my way to my apartment. It didn’t matter if it was the middle of the day or late at night, I always thought, “That building creeps me out.”
After years of trying to find a new development for the site, it looks as though luxury housing will go on the site, a project which will receive about $14 million in Tax Increment Financing funds. This led to protests and criticism from Uptown residents upset with the project.
Aha. Now I understand why Pulaski changes to Crawford up north. What I don’t get is why a section of Pulaski Road near Montrose is named in honor of…Casimir Pulaski (via those brown street signs).
In honor of Casimir Pulaski Day, here’s a newspaper cartoon depicting the controversial renaming of Crawford Avenue. PWA president Emilia Napieralska had asked Mayor Edward Kelly to rename to street after the Revolutionary War hero, which Kelly did in 1933. Local opposition led to a legal battle that continued for 19 years until the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in favor of keeping the street name change.
In case you’ve been wondering.
if u get on the bus at the right time u get to see the city on fire
On this episode of the Barbershop Show, we discuss the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show:
• Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation.
• J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
• Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville
• Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance
• Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
Tune in Fridays at noon on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5fm (Nwi).
(It’s the eternal struggle, y’all.)
Chicago is just that kind of place, too.
“I got challenges, yes,” he says, and he knows, better than anyone, how much is at stake. “The next two years will decide whether or not Chicago will be in the top tier of twenty-five global cities or not. London is secure. New York. Tokyo. Chicago could go up or down.” And for the mayor of Chicago, a man who, like countless others before him, arrived at his dream job only to find a godforsaken mess, the next two years will determine whether he’s the savior that he so desperately wants to be or just another politician who gets heckled at Walmart.
The skyline at sunset, 1964, Chicago.
Notice anything missing?