Considering the politics invading the nature sanctuary

When the Chicago Park District dedicated the three-and-a-half acre South Shore Nature Sanctuary in 2002, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) was eager to keep the credit for the space…

Timing is everything: Nicole Johnson, experience, and developers

I promised some Woodlawn residents that I would explain my developer-related concerns about 20th Ward aldermanic candidate Nicole Johnson before the election. So, here it is, as succinctly…

Rezoning 71st Street: A reminder about the crazy in this plan

by Gabriel Piemonte My subject for this post is a frightening flashback, a proposal which Leslie Hairston, if she had her way, would bring back from the dead….

Asset strategy must be at the heart of rebuilding the Fifth Ward

A couple of weeks ago, in a bid to appear proactive after 20 years of inaction,¬† Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston announced a plan to borrow our way…

Cindy and Richard’s story is the Fifth Ward’s story

by Gabriel Piemonte As I have traveled the ward during my campaign for Fifth Ward alderman, over and over again I have heard about service requests that are…

Can there be justice for Chicago?

There are too many essays being written about this week, its court decisions, and their meaning, and I do not want to be another pontificator. I do want…

Three priorities for the Fifth Ward

Throughout our website, we talk about¬† a number of issues. For the busy citizen, it can appear to be a lot to ask, spending time reading up on…

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…