Showing posts with label Mt. Greenwood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mt. Greenwood. Show all posts

Monday, May 18, 2020

Parts of Mt. Greenwood are reverting back to swamp!

Horrible flooding over the weekend.



Until the early 1950's the area east of Kedzie from 104th to 106th was known as Lake Ridge.


Check the old relief maps. At some point it was filled in and the houses were built.


Now it's flooding again as old swamps so always do. Many houses there have experienced shifting


and flooded basements. At least one insurance company has redlined the area. A check on Google


Earth shows the area has sunk 3 inches since 2011. The USAC map shows the area has sunk 5


inches since 1998.






There are calls for the construction of a super-sewer that will take the excess


rainwater from the neighborhood to the Alsip swamp. This sewer was designed in the early 1950's but

never installed.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Tree

Whoever erected the Christmas tree at the corner of 111th and Kedzie, did a great job. Just what the neighborhood needed.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Another Nasty Sign

Drive down 111th St and you will see a bank branch building with a massive crooked "available" sign  on the lawn in front of the building. Further east, a newer nice restaurant put up a sign using 5 ft high lighted letters. Another establishment rings their windows with LED lights. I mean is there anyway these signs can get any bigger and brighter? Are gigantic signs and LED lights really that good for business? Are they good for the neighborhood or do they send another message? Perhaps a darker message that hints at desperation? A tremendous positive effort has been put into our commercial strips by our local officials. The improvements to our commercial strips are great but they are greatly cheapened by over the top signage.

What the 19th Ward needs are local guidelines to stop any further over the top signage and of course strict enforcement of the guidelines. Make every applicant for a sign appear before a beautification committee, which will make recommendations to Ald. O'Shea.  O'Shea can look to some of the suburbs, which have passed sign ordinances.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PI looking for this guy

Known to frequent the area near 111th and Sacramento, hard to miss

Friday, December 22, 2017

Mount Greenwood is Chicago's Upside Down


No demogorgon roams this netherworld, but a majority of its electorate did back the man who's been called the swamp monster: President Donald Trump.

JAMIE RAMSAY
  • JAMIE RAMSAY
It's been said a trillion times: Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. With some 246 of them, it would stand to reason that the task of choosing the city's worst would be nigh impossible. After all, what makes a particular neighborhood worse than any other? Is it the crime rate? Underperforming schools? Undesirable housing stock? Lack of cultural amenities? As I chewed the question over, I kept landing on the same answer: Chicago's worst neighborhood is the one that is least representative of the city—demographically, politically, culturally. The neighborhood whose annexation to the nearest suburb would be

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I have to ask

what are they building at 111th and Harding? It's big and contains allot of steel. Somebody said it's a computer backup center for Chase. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Better than Section 8

MOUNT GREENWOOD, CHICAGO - WHERE THE RULES OF ECONOMICS TRULY APPLY — It came as no surprise that several headstones were found as construction began on the new Extra Space Storage facility in Mount Greenwood.
The building on the northeast corner of 111th Street and Harding Avenue replaces St. Casmir Memorials, a long defunct vendor of such things. None of the headstones were engraved, said Gary Delaney, president of Banner Storage Group LLC.
"I had expected that," Delaney said Monday. "I figured when we knocked down that shed, we'd find some of them in there."
Construction on the 70,000-square-foot building began about a month ago. Workers are now laying the foundation for the three-story building that will

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mount Greenwood

I like the new look. New sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting. The whole project looks great. Long overdue. Very good work Ald. O'Shea. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

111th and Kedzie is becoming a traffic nightmare!




This past Friday and Saturday mornings, we were driving to Jewel and encountered a slow moving traffic jam at a time when all the other traffic was moving good. It was caused by every other car pulling out of 7-11 and Dunkin Donuts trying to make a left turn. In doing so they are blocking 2 lanes of arterial traffic while they inch out. 

Like other urban renewal projects of the pre-O'Shea era, this one too was half-baked. Something remedial can be done. Visible No Left Turn signs, enforcement of those signs, redesign of the driveways. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

McDonald's

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is losing customers, as the world’s biggest hamburger chain struggles to attract diners with its higher-priced sandwiches and new offerings like Mighty Wings.
“We’ve lost some of our customer relevance,” CEO Don Thompson conceded Thursday on a call withanalysts.
The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company reported disappointing sales for its fourth quarter, as fewer customers visited its established restaurants. Guest counts at those locations fell nearly 2 percent globally and 1.6 percent in the U.S. in 2013, according to a regulatory filing. And McDonald’s expects somechallenges to persist this year.
To win back traffic, Thompson said the chain will focus on speedier service, better value offerings and raising “awareness around McDonald’s as a kitchen and a restaurant” that prepares high-quality food. It’s expanding prep tables and plans to beef up staff during peak hours for better execution. It is also bringing in a new U.S. marketing chief, Deborah Wahl, formerly with homebuilder PulteGroup and automakers Chrysler and Ford.
After outperforming rivals for years, McDonald’s Corp. is facing a shift in eating habits toward foods people feel are fresher or healthier. The company has added options such as chicken wraps and breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites to keep up with the trend.
But it’s received a “muted response.” Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton said on the call that some of the new offerings “over-complicated” the restaurants, forcing longer wait times.
Thompson also noted that in the U.S., fast-casual restaurants now appear to be performing a bit better as customers with a little more to spend skew toward those chains. However, McDonald’s main customer base “isn’t faring quite as well in the current economy.” And that’s made competition with rivals such as Burger King and Wendy’s all the more fierce. All three chains have been aggressively promoting their value menus in the fight for customers.
To address concerns that the strategy could eat into profit margins, McDonald’s recently updated its decade-old Dollar Menu. The “Dollar Menu & More” now includes items that cost around $2 and $5. McDonald’s said the new menu is meeting expectations.
For the quarter, McDonald’s said global sales slipped 0.1 percent at established locations as weak sales in the U.S. and Japan were countered by strong sales in Britain, Russia and France. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations. For January, McDonald’s expects those sales to be flat overall.
McDonald’s earnings were about flat at $1.4 billion for the three months that ended Dec. 31.Earnings per share totaled $1.40, a penny more than Wall Street expected.
The opening of new locations lifted revenue 2 percent to $7.09 billion, shy of the $7.10 billion analysts expected.
McDonald’s edged up 44 cents to close at $95.32. Since peaking at an all-time high of $103.70 last April, the stock has zigzagged lower and is trending closer to its 52-week low of $92.25 hit last January.

Friday, August 2, 2013

111th & Homan looks worse than anything in the ghetto

Take a look at the NE corner of 111th and Homan. It's a parking lot owned by the Postal Service and it looks the part. A dead tree, weeds and bushes that have not been trimmed. 

To top it off, some postal employee sprayed some weed killer on half the weeds and ignored the other half of the weeds. It looks like crap. All of this on a main business artery and right next to a church. I get the feeling that in true postal service fashion, nobody cares. 

Can someone call a congressman or whomever is in charge of this agency and get this parking lot cleaned up. This lot is in the heart of Mount Greenwood and needs to be maintained. If they can't take care of this parking lot they should donate it to the adjacent church. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Real estate people

Why is it that these real estate people want to put their pictures up all over the neighborhood. Do they really think that the survivors of 87th and Ashland and beyond, want to see their ugly mugs peddling houses? Bus stops, front lawns, the sides of buildings, enough. Have some class and stop it. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

111th and Kedzie

It's looking better and better every day. They were out there planting trees today.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mt. Greenwood Streets

The gas company has torn up miles of streets in the name of new pipes and better service. I was wondering if theres's a plan to put these streets back together.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

111th and Kedzie

I have to say, it is starting to look good. Now if they can start to fill some of those vacant stores.