Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gentrify? De-Gentrify?

  • Concerned about a nearly 50 percent surge in home prices along the wildly-popular 606 trail, a pair of local aldermen have a plan to stop that gentrification dead in its tracks.

    At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Roberto Maldonado (26th) want the city to impose dramatically higher demolition fees along the trail and impose a new “de-conversion fee” whenever developers try to turn multi-family housing into more lucrative single-family homes.

    Housing prices west of Western Avenue have increased by 48.2 percent since ground was broken on the 2.7-mile urban oasis, according to a study by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University.

    The converted elevated freight line has become a mecca for bicycle riders, skaters, runners and pedestrians. Housing prices east of the trail are up by nearly 14 percent.
So aldercreatures are attempting to influence market forces via a questionable series of fees to discourage gentrification.

Compare this to what alder-asshole Arena is doing up north, building a pair of multi-story monstrosities to de-gentrify a huge swath of the Bungalow Belt and importing people who can't afford to live there while calling any who oppose him "racist."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Bloomingdale Trail"?

It will NEVER happen huh?

How many on this blog said that?

5/24/2017 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you said exactly what I was thinking when I first read the story earlier tonight. I'm racist for not wanting Section 8 in my area, but the Hispanic aldermen are not racist when the yuppies start gentrifying the 'hood. Chicago alderfucks are a truly stupid breed of fucktards.

5/24/2017 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

many years ago, a wise 023 dist copper opined about our district thusly:

The Boys want to be girls The Girls, want to be boys.
The Cowboys want to be Indians and the Indians want to be Cowboys.

Blacks want to be white and whites want to be black

Everyone else is just confused.

This city is like Alice in Wonderland

5/24/2017 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought diversity was the goal. Weird. Those damn Amish again

5/24/2017 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work over there and I can tell you 100% the reason is because they are both seeing their Hispanic constituent base moving westward. Most of them are the ones selling these rickety old frame houses to developers for way more then they are worth. With the demographics of their wards becoming less and less Hispanic, they see the writing on the wall that they too will eventually be replaced with an alderman who "more closely resembles the demographic makeup" of the ward. Think about it, a white alderman running a white ward? Say goodbye to Pr Fest, PR flags on division and everything else these Hispanic aldercrooks spent generations building in "their" Humboldt Park.
This is a last ditch effort to save their own asses. Hey Moreno and Maldonado...your constituents have voted with their feet and moved west. Go follow them. Then maybe we can get a District Commander other then a Hispanic one too

5/24/2017 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developers will just absorb the fees and pass them along to the buyers hidden in the cost of the homes, as with all costs.

What these aldercreatures are really afraid of, is not the gentrification resulting in more and higher property taxes that the City desperately needs, but the loss of their voting constituents; which means possibly being thrown out of office.

As for that POS Arena he wants to increases his voting base to ensure his continual re-election. Dilute the 45th Ward with thankful voters.

Machiavelli would be proud of this political maneuvering.

5/24/2017 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big money for permits to fix up existing homes. That permit fee will just get added to the new house price. Making homes even less affordable.

And what about if the building is damaged say, by fire? And is unsafe and needs to be demolished?

5/24/2017 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should do this with the tracks that go all the way to the lake front more or less

5/24/2017 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Communist. They just try and control everything. That's why I can't wait to leave. The leaders don't know what they want and are clueless. One day soon they will be praying some fool will invest in this City. I wouldn't invest a dime on the city. The city is broke and losing people to high taxes and crime.

5/24/2017 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when Politicians dabble in private enterprise real estate
trends, the result is always a disaster
just like Pittsburgh, you're gonna push once too hard to
many times, over too many years, and the response back is
gonna be: Fuck You, take it or leave it, me and my family are
outta here. I just work here; you CAN'T pay me enough to live
here. The jag off Pedudo used to catch a ride in Barry's limo
for a chance to bend his ear for 20 minutes on the ride to the
airport. The public is fed up with this Socialist bullshit.

5/24/2017 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arena should move to 1450 N Sheffield and see how great Section 8 is.

5/24/2017 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't that corrupt, asshole, "everyone cop is a racist", former terrorist, terrorist lover, friend of a freed terrorist Aldercreature Maldonado buy up some property along the 606 and was able to make more money. How selfish!
Typical corrupt City politics

5/24/2017 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm brown and you can call me racist. I want nice respectable neighbors. I want neighbors who take care of their properties, not government t*t sucking animals. I hope the developer's have deep pockets and call the aldermutts bluff. Gentrification to me is not about color, but people who toll to have nice things and not see them detroyed.

5/24/2017 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Multi-unit buildings and rental properties attract transient populations.

I thought the whole argument about our residency is so that we take a stake in our community.,why is it that people who don't work for the. It's can sign a 1-year section 8 lease, eat through the walls, destroy the property and wreak havoc on the community, and then just pick up and move a short time later.

But the people who want to establish a long-term investment investment in the community, and purchase a home are being punished?

It's the nature of things. The people who work hard, go to school, get good jobs, and are responsible with things like saving money and maintaining a credit score can in the end have nice things.
When and why did we, as a country, become OK with the fact that people who can live their lives irresponsibly and not work hard be afforded the same opportunities and live right next door to the people who live impulsively and make poor decisions?

The American dream is dying, by the belief that we should all have equal no matter what.
You want better/nicer things- you should have to work for it.

5/24/2017 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City Council zoning committe approved Alderman Arena's 45th. Ward Jefferson Park housing plan. Alderman Raymond Lopez of the 15th. Ward pulled out the race card against the residents of the 45th. Ward who oppose the housing by saying; "You have subverted your own process, your own arguements, because of your own racist tendencies." The plan now goes to the full city council. So now you have no say in your own neighborhood and if you do you are racist. Another page out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Welcome to Communism comrades.

5/24/2017 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote him out of office

5/24/2017 04:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troll: I hope everyone enjoys their oasis in the city. Don't forget what comes with those inflated prices. It is still IN the city. The public school system mostly collapsed years ago. You still have a dangerous community and you have to travel through Indian country to get to the oasis. You have the CTA transporting crime to and from the oasis and best of all, you never know when an alderman bought by special interests will benefit from the approval of a section 8 so called mixed use apartment building in your oasis. So you pay the 48% up market value to get there. With those values, now is a most excellent time to sell and get the heck out of there while the getting is good.

5/24/2017 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing that the politicians that are supposed to be stewards of the taxpayers dollars, and caretakers of the city infrastructure, don't want people moving into Chicago, bringing their tax dollars, raising property values, and on their own, making the city a more attractive place to live. Or is this just because the new people don't look like them? That's racist!


5/24/2017 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Chicago story with the biggest example being the Slim Coleman/Schiller cabal which kept Uptown a shithole for their agenda to flourish.

5/24/2017 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything to keep the shitty city shitty. Instead of cleaning up the shit the aldermen just spread it everywhere. Keep voting democratic and help the shit spread.

5/24/2017 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Democrat has to do what a Democrat does, destroy every urban area. Keep voting Democratic and this is what you get/deserve. They aren't trying to hide it any more.

5/24/2017 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell Arena to pay market rent and live on the same floor as the section 8 renters and then get back to us after six months. Let us know how it is working out.

5/24/2017 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a recent article that Maldonono already made his $$$ by flipping vacant property next to the 606 at a nice profit but now wants to stop it for others
I don't get the appeal. Every photo I have seen shows the place mobbed with people and bikes, what fun

5/24/2017 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proctology Joe has been pretty quiet until last week when he joined the PR politicians fawning over the FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera. What's even more ridiculous is that Maldonado has been making money in the real eastate business for years. Now he is trying to reverse the market since his voters are anti-gentrification? The stupidity never ends.

Retired .38 spl +P

5/24/2017 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crime is the real racist. It happens most often in areas where minorities live. It's so racist that it's also disproportionately committed by those same minorities. We need to stop crime because it's racist. Now, how do you stop the crime without someone accusing you of being racist?

5/24/2017 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aldermans personal addresses should be posted. Then the companies that are building section 8 homes should surround their homes.

5/24/2017 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Typical north side Bizarro thinking. No improvement necessary.

5/24/2017 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger stash the polski guy said...

those two alderthieves are watching their constituency's slowly fade away in favor of yuppies. i am sure they can get jobs in the sewer department when these two stellar examples of plantation politics get voted out.

5/24/2017 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These alderthieves need to keep their wards undeveloped and uninformed so the aforementioned alderthieves can stay in office and continue to lie, cheat and steal from their constituents. Neither Maldonado nor Moreno wants educated, hard-working people in their wards. That would mean no more federal grants, no more "Food pantries ", etc. Anyone with a brain can see what these two assholes are trying to do - complete and total political self preservation.

5/24/2017 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maldonado had a lot of property in the area. He transferred it to his wife then voted zoning changes. Then it sold for a lot more than he paid for it. A true man of the community! ORL would be proud.

5/24/2017 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is simply a case where the Hispanic alderman want to retain power. Decades ago these areas were white and had white aldermen. It was fine back then when they took over control politically, but in this day and age black and hispanic aldermen are feeling the change.

5/24/2017 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

calling any who oppose him "racist."

Isn't it a bit 'racist' to assume that the people moving into the low income housing would be a minority? Maybe the area does want that big of a population boost at once.

5/24/2017 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more 5150 building are on the drawing board.....the democrats are supporting this new form of housing discrimination so sell and rent and bail when you can.....

5/24/2017 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proco Joe Moreno (1st) is onw of the bigger clowns on the City Council. Remember that this fool was Bathhouse Rahm's go to guy on the publicity stunt to ban Chik-Fil-A restaurants from Chicago for its alleged (Christian) bigotry.

5/24/2017 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the same aldermutts that named street after a convicted terrorist. ♠️

5/24/2017 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every single 45th ward resident needs to be calling every single Alderman on the city council........NONSTOP....
Let Arena's builders go build where THEY live......NONE of them live in this city, nor in this ward......
Pretty sure they are living in gated communities in the boonies, where THEY enjoy great schooling, great parks, and NO crime.....
Aren't they from Barrington and Glencoe?

5/24/2017 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When the PR's started moving into the Humbolt Pk area and pushed out the Jews, Poles, Swedes, Germans and Italians I dont recall any one group pushing back except the Ukies who held on and are now reaping the benefits of gentrification. These same PR's are now pissed that the houses they practically stole from these groups are become overpriced for them. They say they are losing their heratige from this gentrification. I dont recall any Jewish parishiners screaming when synogouges along the boulevards became MB churchs. Get used to it. The city is a living organism, times change, neighborhoods become populated by different groups. Take your terrorist street sign and go somewhere else! Life long resident!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/24/2017 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, but, I thought diversity was a cornerstone of liberalism?
Damn phonies, they are more racist than the ones they accuse of being racist.
It is amusing to watch liberals twist themselves into pretzels to get their desired utopia.

5/24/2017 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uptown had great potential for development in the 80's. The area is close to the lake, public transportation and has spectacular Art Deco architecture. Many of the apartment buildings were turned into condos. However, all of this was feasible, until a Radical Left Wing Aldercreature named Helen Schiller came into the picture. To ensure her chances for reelection, Ms. Schiller gave Uptown the largest concentration of Section 8 (Affordable Housing) on the Northside. And the result has been that Uptown never recovered, and never experienced the potential it possessed for a Renaissance. Now Helen is gone, to other ventures, her son is an attorney who specializes in suing the police; but her "Legacy" lives on. Uptown today is "Shit" and not improving. The area is violent and in decline. A lesson that should be noted by those in Aldercreature Arena's Ward. Both of these people were hardcore Radicals with political Leftwing Agendas, and their tax paying constituents suffered. Both of these Political Hacks, were from somewhere else, and after they profited and destroyed neighborhoods, they left and went back to somewhere else. Don't let history repeat itself, this time on the Northwest side. Baby "G"

5/24/2017 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't you want to live in sh*t city?.. Chance of being shot every 2hrs.40min(according to heyjackass), property taxes skyrocket last few years and keep climbing, water/sewage bill will keep going up 7% every year until 2021(for now) plus pay extra $ for garbage pick up which used to be free. Can't send my 2 kids to CPS for obvious reasons so Nazareth Academy tuition is $13,300 per kid plus $545 school fees per year. Now add stupid sh*t like water/soda or shopping bag fee at local stores and they wonder why we don't want to live in this fucked up city. Unless you make $200,000/year bills will pile up quickly.

5/24/2017 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can a Tech Savy Person start a running DUMP ARENA clock geared towards the next election? He called the residents of the 016th District "KNUCKLEDRAGGERS". What a colossal dickhead.

5/24/2017 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

johnny garrido for mayor, billy kuchner for supt. rudy guiliani for first deputy and singer tony bennet who is a WWII vet you are pricelss

5/24/2017 01:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should be thankful for those urban pioneers. Many nasty gangs resided along the Bloomingdales trail. Maybe the latinos want to go back to the good ole days? You know... one big shooting gallery. And a history lesson. That area was polish and Jewish along time ago.

5/24/2017 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's related.

Arena gets to play Social Justice Warrior and the developers have a place to ship undesirables from gentrifying parts of Chicago.

Only hold up is they're waiting to see if he gets indicted for shaking down tavern owners.

That's the only reason the 5150 bldng's apt. portion hasn't been approved yet. Zoning just approved the storage facility on Monday.

Arena wants to portray his likely impending indictment as retaliation for being a SJW.

Jill, if your reading this, for Gods sake think of your kids and flip on him.

5/24/2017 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't CongressmanGuiterrez's daughter pay super low taxs on new construction, can anyone get that deal?

5/24/2017 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"The Bloomingdale Trail"?

It will NEVER happen huh?

How many on this blog said that?
5/24/2017 12:04:00 AM

I think what people said was it was stupid and a waste of money. And it DID cost a fortune and it generates no income.
That being said, my $40,000 vacant lot is now worth $400,000 and people are pounding at my door to get their paws on it. I'm keeping it. These kids are willing to pay over two grand a month to live near that trail, so a 3 flat will bring me almost as much as my pension does. Thank you, stupid overpriced trail.

5/24/2017 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Louie GutterRatz was getting away with paying $600 a yr on his brand new crib taxes in the area, his relatives teamed up with BiggieSmall Carothers zoning and flipping scheme, it's not coincidence AlderThieves have a thing for real estate.
And if it's single family builders that RedDoor Shakedown Alderthief Maldo'nado is targeting now then there must be plenty of Lo-Rize Section8'Arena Flop Houses already in the area and there's no more large lots available.
Fucking thieves.

Never forget Daley forced all the factories out of the City that once lined the Bloomingdale-Wabansia railroad tracks from Halsted to Harlem and promised the unskilled free stuff and free housing. They're not getting money from the folks,
so only thing they can do is get the Democrat vote - the money is in developer shakedowns.
Threats of high fees and inspections is the ageold ruse.
$2 says RedDoor Shakedown Alderthief Maldo'nado is the next indictment, right after Da'IceHouse J-Dowg Ervin.

5/24/2017 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guiterrez paid very low property taxes for a long time, and got away with it. Who the the fuk votes for these assholes?

5/24/2017 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maldonado has a 5,000 sf palace just off of North Avenue. Moreno, much like Rahm, is not from here (though in his case, he actually came from the Quad Cities, which might possibly be more offensive). What's more, Maldonado didn't actually come here until he was accepted to Loyola University some 35-plus years ago. I don't know, it's just kind of strange that two carpet-baggers are trying to implement socialist policy in a free market when their own people can't even behave themselves (See: Humboldt Park).

5/24/2017 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still wouldn't live anywhere near there. The neighborhood is a shithole. Still way too many shitheads living there. And I like the way these real estate agents change the names of neighborhoods to attract these clueless yuppies. West Logan Square, really. Never heard of it and I lived in Chicago my entire life.

5/24/2017 09:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uptown had great potential for development in the 80's......
.....Don't let history repeat itself, this time on the Northwest side. Baby "G"


A big thank you to you, Baby "G"

Your comments are always some of the best on the blog, but that one knocks it out of the ballpark!

Call the next case. Not a cop.

5/24/2017 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be so fast to leave, check the conditions of the su urb you plan on moving into, check all of the fees for services, the laws on parking yourvehicles, some won't let you park a pickup in the driveway, some have crazy laws, and check to see what lives near you and what visits. Before you buy plan on visiting in thee early morning hours to see what exits your neigh or ing houses, see what attends the schools, etc. You will be quite surprised. I'm retired and can anywhere, but will your wife be happy somewhere new etc. I'm not saying Chicago is great but shop around first.

5/25/2017 09:03:00 AM  

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