On Tuesday, July 15th, over 100 neighbors from South Shore and South Chicago gathered to demand a Community Benefits Agreement for the Lakeside Development.
Coordinated by a coalition of organizations, a proposed CBA was presented to 7th Ward Alderman Natashia Holmes, who is supportive, as well as to McCaffery Interests, the developer.
The document details many hopes and expectations for the development, both benefits it should provide to the existing community and harms it must seek to mitigate. View a draft here. See more coverage in DNAinfo. The slide image below also has ideas if you’d like to voice your support for the CBA.
We are pleased to spread the word about the Planning Coalition’s neighborhood self-empowerment campaign. Make sure to support our great local businesses! If we reward quality and entrepreneurialism, we will get more of it.
A number of exciting positive developments to report on this lovely Memorial Day.
The delegation from South Shore won first place at the Neighborhoods USA conference this past week! Congratulations to Mary Steenson for drawing national attention to positive work happening in South Shore.
Of course, those of us who live here know something special has been happening at 75th & Coles for a while. Just a couple of weeks ago on May 12, nearly 30 people gathered at the communal picnic table for a conversation about the community. Focuses included addressing problem businesses, as well as organizing to make sure the Lakeside development doesn’t negatively impact South Shore. The conversation was part of the Chicago Community Trust‘s #onthetable2014 initiative. A great time (and great food) were had by all – stay tuned for announcements of future pot lucks at the garden this summer!
Finally, on Sunday, May 25, the second Historic 71st Street Walking Tour took place. 26 people from around the city took part and learned about South Shore’s historic architecture and the importance of preserving what makes the neighborhood beautiful and unique. If you haven’t already signed the petition to create a Landmark District on 71st, do so now – we will be presenting it to elected leaders this week!
Alderman Holmes, Alderman Pope, and McCaffery Interests held an update meeting on the Lakeside Development on May 13, 2014. More than 100 local area folks attended, including representation from Reclaiming South Shore for All.
In our opinion, it was clearly a dog-and-pony type performance by McCaffery’s Senior Project Manager, Mr. Dan McCaffery, Alds. Holmes and Pope and a “community representative” who is involved in the project. They didn’t offer much in the way of substantive current news on progress of the project.
It was clear that none of them support the ideas promoted by the grassroots Coalition for a Lakefront Community Benefits Agreement. It looks like a business-as-usual approach between the elected officials and the private developer. For example, Mr. McCaffery said that he and the aldermen are meeting with commercial businesses, such as Target, about buying into the project. However, he said he wouldn’t name any other names, and indeed plans to keep the details secret.
The proprietor of the business just east of Coles on 75th has not been a good neighbor. They opposed the painting of the peace mural on the wall (the building owner gave permission), and have parked their cars on that community garden. They have dumped grease and garbage on the garden lot as well. After a verbal altercation between the proprietor and several garden volunteers, the mural was destroyed. Rocks were thrown at it, cracking the plaster badly enough that it all must be removed.
We will discuss and plan a response to this incident during this coming Monday’s potluck community discussion at the garden (see the Facebook event). Neighbors are invited to join.
Keiana Barrett, who will be a candidate for 7th Ward Alderman next year, will be describing the need for a concerted community response to this destructive business (as well as another that has been identified at 76th & Coles). For those who can’t attend, below is a summary of the actions needed.
We are pleased to announce our new logo! The winning design was submitted by Arthur Wright. We will be rolling our logo out across our channels over the coming weeks.
Arthur Wright is a South Shore resident with a background in advertising, and he has been working as an artist for at least 10 years (view his resume). He maintains studios in Bronzeville and South Shore, and he has done major design work to assist with the ongoing revitalization of Bronzeville. Please check him out on Tumblr to see more of his work, or connect with him on Facebook.
Arthur is available for projects, and we at Reclaiming South Shore for All recommend him highly!
- Makes it a priority to hire local residents,
- Provides training and education opportunities for local residents,
- Provides tax relief for long-time residents,
- Contains affordable housing for local residents, and
- Is environmentally sustainable and healthy.
See our calendar for details on this event, as well as Lakeside’s next open house on August 14.
The Coalition for a Lakeside Community Benefits Agreement is looking for owners and operators of small, local, community businesses to join a Business Advisory Group for the Chicago Lakeside development.
For further info, contact Karen Susan Roothaan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reclaiming South Shore for All was pleased to welcome mayoral candidate Amara Enyia to South Shore on Saturday, April 26, 2014, for a coffee talk. More than 20 neighbors turned out to learn about her vision and candidacy.
Additional photos are online here. If you weren’t able to attend, or if you’d like a refresher, we produced a video of the talk:
Reclaiming South Shore for All looks forward to hosting other candidates for office at similar events in the future. We are not endorsing any candidate for any office at this time. If you would like to connect and learn more about Amara Enyia, you might wish to visit her website, join her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.