Three basic ideas from our campaign

Our campaign is constantly learning and growing from our neighbors, who not surprisingly have lots of ideas about how they want the ward to be run. Still, we…

Let’s be a ward that cares about all families

When I heard about the separation of families at the southern border of the U.S., I was immediately troubled and began thinking about what could be done locally…

Justice for South Shore!

There’s a lot of debate about whether Harith Augustus should have been shot, which is sad to me, but I think we should not get too caught up…

A note on posts after this one

Every post after this point is from a blog I set up last year that is connected to this effort. I have added copies of all of the posts…

Why east Woodlawn needs its ‘L’ back

by Gabriel Piemonte A petition, Facebook page, and website advocating restoration of the 63rd Street ‘L’ from Cottage to Stony Island launched two days ago, in part with…

Finding our own way

by Gabriel Piemonte I had the great good fortune to know Leon Despres a little when I worked at the Hyde Park Herald. Leon knew the true value…

A president’s purpose and the people’s voice

by Gabriel Piemonte Barack Obama never made a secret of his understanding of the role of the people in the political process. “You cannot make change from the…

Investment as extraction: The agenda behind funds for community investment

by Gabriel Piemonte The South Side is on the verge of dramatic change, and while we ordinary people talk about how we are feeling about it, major forces…

What does the South Side’s future require?

by Gabriel Piemonte When I began these essays about the changes coming to the South Side, my focal point was the unnamed development corporation being organized to control…

Moving beyond 71st Street

by Gabriel Piemonte The folks at Reclaiming South Shore for Everybody were the first to bring me (and the 464 other people in the group) the news that…