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Old 02-01-2021, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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I love when greystones are gutted and modernized while preserving the exterior of the home. Much more practical to have open layouts, larger bedroom/closet sizes, kitchen islands, and central HVAC. Whats sad is the residents of EG took a great hood rioted and gradually destroyed it by tearing down all the old structures leaving vacant land.
You and many others. I'm a preservation nerd and I am very glad my Little Village building still has all the original woodwork and built-ins. I would never get rid of them for the world, even though the dining room takes up about 30% of the floor plan and is pretty much useless. So I see where somebody might want to change the layout to have more usable space.

When you start mandating preservation requirements, you start really limiting your market. EGP needs to have some rapid growth.

Agree 100% on the casino location. The ugly and empty most of the time UC parking lots would be a great place for it. There are going to be some nice hotels over there and there's great transit access, plus the draw of the UC itself and West Loop entertainment area.
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Old 02-06-2021, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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East Garfield Park, is one of those areas it seems like it might have potential to grow and come back in the future. I remember exploring that area a little bit, when I visited Our Lady of Sorrows church for Open House Chicago in the mid-2010s. Unfortunately it seems like there hasn't been a lot of investment near there, except maybe for like Pete's opening near Madison and Western. I know that's the Near West Side and not EGP, but at least its opening helps EGP residents out.

As for the casino, wouldn't mind it going near United Center if you ask me. Such an idea would help reduce the sea of parking lots feel, you see right around that stadium. Of course there are some boosters who want it near McCormick Place, no surprise about that. Though to me, I like putting it near the UC better. Also, it'd be nice if such a casino would help encourage growth into EGP, besides just the NWS.
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Old 02-06-2021, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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People have been speculating about EGP for some 15 years now, both rhetorically and even a bit monetarily. Granted I haven't been through EGP for probably 2 or 3 years now, but in those 15 years I never saw any real momentum toward revitalization.
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Old 02-07-2021, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Little Village
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People have been speculating about EGP for some 15 years now, both rhetorically and even a bit monetarily. Granted I haven't been through EGP for probably 2 or 3 years now, but in those 15 years I never saw any real momentum toward revitalization.
This could be something..

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/resi...lion-financing

But this article is a year old and pre-COVID. I wonder if this plan is still in the works.
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Old Today, 02:18 AM
 
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Some people aren't going to want to hear this but the only way to revitalize it is to bring diverse income folks into the area and you will only get that when you relocate families who have been on public assistance for generations to different neighborhoods. Middle class families aren't going to pluck down 300K to live on a block filled with multiple families who have lived on public assistance for 40 years. There I said it. Problem is that other neighborhoods or suburbs don't want to take in the families relocating. So the question is what to do???? That is the million dollar question. You can argue politics all you want but no political party has the power to change generational mindset overnight. At best it will take 20 years and that's with radical ideas which no politician has enacted.
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