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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…

The Framework Plan that wasn’t

by Gabriel Piemonte The meetings recently held by the Chicago Park District and featuring presentations by the Obama Foundation and Tiger Woods Golf Course representatives were touted as…

What will be lost: Another view on Jackson Park

Here is another voice from yet another South Sider who describes movingly the cast of these changes to Jackson Park: We are afraid of the new and that…

A voice speaking against development in Jackson Park

Here is another voice of a resident of the South Side who describes so eloquently why she treasures our opens spaces and her views about the plans in…

What Jackson Park’s living elements are really worth

This simple testimonial to the power of the nature center says more than I ever could about how backward the valuation of Jackson Park that is happening right…

Our South Side crisis in leadership

by Gabriel Piemonte Some people get a kick out of besmirching others in public. Still others like to throw a rock and hide their hand, starting rumors that…