Guess how much we pay region wide to have one of the most segregated cities in the country. $8 billion annually. The Metropolitan Planning Agency’s report, The Cost of Segregation, (March 2017) calculated how much we pay in lost lives, lost potential, increased policing, lower earnings, and lower real estate values. The Chicago region’s homicide rate … Continue reading Cost of segregation – exorbitant
Welcome to Civilization 2.0. Like it or not, ready or not, we are in the throes of change. Since we’re going through this anyway, let’s get it right — more tolerance, acceptance, and nurturance; less prejudice and violence. Since the fall of 2008 – a mere nine years, if you do the math – I … Continue reading Civilization 2.0
Housing co-ops, home sharing, and intentional communities are possibilities for finding housing that you can afford, ideally with people you enjoy. The Chicago Co-op.net website is designed as a hub and directory for non-market rate co-ops and intentional communities in the Chicago area. Those interested in exploring shared home ownership with others should attend the … Continue reading Housing co-ops and intentional communities – affordable, social options
Feel stressed? Join the club. It’s a big one. The rug has been pulled out from under many people leaving them wondering how to keep the roof over their heads when, just a few years ago, they thought they were pretty well set. Then, the Big Squeeze happened. Being a member of a community in … Continue reading Stressed? Let’s socialize and end racism
A little corner of Buena Park is voting on a zoning variance to allow Haymarket Books to purchase the mansion on the corner of 800 West Buena. It would put a feather in our cap. Haymarket would be a boon to Buena Park because they are committed to being a community resource. They need a zoning … Continue reading Haymarket Books – Buena Park’s new neighbor?
Seeing The Projects, a 2015 production of the American Theater Company, about living in and growing up in public housing, provided a searing glimpse into what life was like. It was meaty and stays with me to this day. The theater’s Youth Ensemble is performing an abridged version on Friday (8 p.m.), Saturday (8 p.m.), and Sunday (2 … Continue reading The Project(s) – powerful play about public housing