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1358 North Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

Water Main Break on Chambers in Manhattan

From Notify NYC:

UPDATE:

Notification 2 issued 10/31/08, 5:00pm. Starting at 10:00pm this evening, there may be temporary water service disruptions in the vicinity of Worth Street and West Broadway due to water main repairs. Further info will be provided as it is available.

UPDATE:

10/30/08, 6:20 pm. Worth Street is closed from West Broadway to Church Street due to a water main leak. There are water service disruptions in the area.  DEP crews are on scene making repairs.

There is a water main break at Chambers Street in Manhattan.
Street Closures:
Eastbound on Chambers Street from West Street to West Broadway
Westbound on Chambers from Greenwich Street to West Broadway
Further info will be provided as it is available.

Me Take Nice Nature Photo

Three Moar Weeks of 7th Grade CCD Lesson Plans

Wherein, in Week 4, I parse the Nicene Creed. Just posted here.

Sobbing Southbound

Sometimes, and more, recently, I cry on the train while reading the New York Times and heading into the office. Like the other day when I read Maureen Dowd recounting a conversation with Colin Powell in "Moved by a Crescent":

But what sent him over the edge and made him realize he had to speak out was when he opened his New Yorker three weeks ago and saw a picture of a mother pressing her head against the gravestone of her son, a 20-year-old soldier who had been killed in Iraq. On the headstone were engraved his name, Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, his awards — the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star — and a crescent and a star to denote his Islamic faith.

“I stared at it for an hour,” he told me. “Who could debate that this kid lying in Arlington with Christian and Jewish and nondenominational buddies was not a fine American?”

A man with that name, that religion, that youth, who died in the service of his country. A general -- a great man -- an architect of enormous violence, staring dumbly, powerless, at the picture of a soldier's grave for an hour.

My knees buckled and my face went flush. Hot, quick tears rushed around my eyeballs. I laid the folded-up paper across my nose, hiding and composing myself.

And I want to know why I cried. What combination of those words and my mind made that physical reaction. On Election Night 2004, we had a chance to stop this useless war and we didn't. And this grave is a consequence. And normally we keep ourselves so far from seeing it. We stuff ourselves with silliness and money. And this General couldn't take his eyes off it, and I loved him for it, and I cried.

This morning, I read of Joe Biden's really moving life story, and the strength of his father that drives him deeply:

“My dad always said, ‘Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up,’ ” Senator Biden said of his father, who died in 2002 at age 86.

This is the recurring theme of his speeches as running mate to Senator Barack Obama and the coda to many of Mr. Biden’s appearances on the stump.

“I’ve never seen a time in my career when so many Americans have been knocked down,” Mr. Biden said last week at a campaign appearance in Rochester, N.H., his voice rising, his face reddening beneath a thin crown of white hair. “As my father used to say, when you get knocked down, GET UP!”

He is almost screaming now, and the crowd is on its feet. “So GET UP! Get up and win in New Hampshire! Bring back the promise of this country!”

And that was enough to choke up, but I kept it together. I was so proud of him, so glad someone spoke like this. I always say that to my kids, but in a more practical sense. I say if you fall down or spill something or screw something up, fix it as a fast as you can. Act. And they do -- I've seen it -- and I love it. I moved on to a blurb about campaign party planning:

Mr. Obama – who kicked off his campaign at a chilly rally in Springfield, Ill., and delivered an al fresco convention speech in Denver – will hold his election night event in Grant Park on Hutchinson Field, an open-air venue used for concerts and sporting events.

And that was enough to actually set off a crying jag right there.

Because the enormity of where we are, and how precious it is. And my own personal fear and biography. We just might elect a black President on a Tuesday night in November in Chicago, IL. In the spot where I've seen Chicago Bulls victory celebrations, in the city of Harold Washington and the state of Abraham Lincoln. And then, like these things tend to go, it flashed in my mind that my father was actually a bum, a fucking bum, and I don't want to be that. And then synapse-style I knew I had to bring my sons to that spot, we had to see this together. And I just want it all, and I'm scared and excited and proud and exhausted. And I sobbed with shoulder-jerk heaving as softly as I could, grateful for the Blue Line speed and clamor beneath the river.

I really do love the New York Times.

Detail of Louis Sullivan Storefront, 28 S. Wabash

Here's some detail of the lost Louis Sullivan storefront. I've been walking by it the last few days and they just took the tarp off, exposing the detail. See my complete set here and more about the place here: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/theskyline/2008/10/lost-louis-sull.html.

Update: On Sunday, October 26, the scaffolding around the building was removed, and I was able to take a lot more pictures, including a cornice that wasn't visible before:

Detail of Louis Sullivan Storefront, 28 S. Wabash > Cornice

48 Newly Constructed Apartments for Rent at 3055 Third Avenue in the Melrose Commons Section of the Bronx

304730693rdave More affordable housing in New York City:

CS Melrose Site D LLC is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 48 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 3055 Third Avenue in the Melrose Commons section of The Bronx. This building is being constructed through the City of New York's Housing Development Corporation Low-Income Affordable Market-Place Program (LAMP), the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal's Homes for Working Families program (HWF) and the City of New York's Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

These are one, two, and three-bedroom homes with monthly rent of $770 to $1,089, depending on income and apartment type. See this PDF for the size, rent and targeted income distribution for the apartments.

Newly Constructed Senior Housing Apartments for Rent at 27-40 Hoyt Avenue South in the Astoria Section of Queens

27hoyt_2 Here's some info from our friends in NYC government:

Astoria Senior Housing aka George T. Douris Tower is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 164 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 27-40 Hoyt Avenue South in the Astoria section of Queens. This building is being constructed through the Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP) of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, the Special Needs Division of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

These are all 1-bedroom apartments made for one or two people each. Monthly rent runs from $483 to $723 per month, depending on income and apartment type. See this PDF for more information on size, rent and targeted income distribution for the 164 apartments.

Recent TIF Items of the City of Chicago Community Development Commission

Here's what our friends at the City of Chicago have been up to, TIF-wise, lately.

REVISED TENTATIVE AGENDA

I. ROLL CALL

II. APPROVE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 9TH CDC MEETING

III.  OLD BUSINESS

A. PROPOSED ARCHER/WESTERN TIF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA (WARDS 11 AND 12) Accept for review the feasibility study, housing impact study and redevelopment plan for the proposed Archer/Western Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, and set dates for a public meeting of the Joint Review Board and a public hearing.

IV.  NEW BUSINESS

A. KINZIE INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR TIF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA (WARD 27) Request authority for the Department of Planning and Development to negotiate a redevelopment agreement with Peppercorn Capital, LLC and European Designs, Inc. for redevelopment of property located at 240 N. Ashland Avenue in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, and to recommend to the City Council of the City of Chicago the designation of Peppercorn Capital, LLC and European Design, Inc. as Developer.

B. ROOSEVELT/CICERO TIF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA (WARD 24) Request authority to advertise and issue a Request for Proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the property located at 2118 S. Kostner Avenue in the Roosevelt/Cicero Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area.

C. WOODLAWN TIF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA (WARD 20) Request authority to advertise the Department of Planning and Development’s intention to enter into a negotiated sale with 62nd and Ellis, Corp. for disposition of the property located at the southeast corner of 62nd Street and Ellis Avenue in the Woodlawn Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, to request alternative proposals, and to approve the sale of the property to 62nd and Ellis, Corp. if no responsive alternative proposals are received.

D. ENGLEWOOD MALL TIF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA (WARD 16) Request authority to advertise the Department of Planning and Development's intention to enter into a negotiated sale with 901 W. 63rd, LP for the disposition of the property located at 901-23 W. 63rd Street in the Englewood Mall Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, to request alternative proposals, and to approve the sale of the property to 901 W. 63rd, LP if no responsive alternative proposals are received; and request authority for the Department of Planning and Development and the Department of Housing to negotiate a redevelopment agreement with 901 W. 63rd, LP for redevelopment of the property, and to recommend to the City Council of the City of Chicago the designation of 901 W. 63rd, LP as Developer if no responsive alternative proposals are received.

E. CENTRAL LOOP TIF REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA (WARD 42) Request authority for the Department of Planning and Development to negotiate a redevelopment agreement with 108 N. State Retail, LLC, 108 N. State Transit, LLC  and 108 N. State Residential, LLC for redevelopment of the property located at 108 N. State Street in the Central Loop Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Project Area, and to recommend to the City Council of the City of Chicago the designation of 108 N. State Retail, LLC, 108 N. State Transit, LLC  and 108 N. State Residential, LLC as Developer.

V.  ADJOURNMENT

Early Voting in Mecklenburg County, NC is Going Gangbusters

Every morning I get an email from a Communications Director in Mecklenburg County government indicating which of their early voting locations has the shortest lines. Below is the complete text of the poetic missive I received:

Long lines everywhere. Some relief by mid-afternoon. Get more.

If the numbers bear out, it's looking good for our man down there. Here's a document with early voting locations in Mecklenburg County.

Here's the Charlotte locations for early voting as taken from the PDF, along with a current library activitt or fun fact about the location.

VOTE EARLY: ONE-STOP EARLY VOTING FOR MECKLENBURG COUNTY RESIDENTS

CPCC – Central Campus, 1325 E. 7th St., Charlotte
October 16 – 31 (Weekdays)    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
October 25    (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
October 26    (Sunday)  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
November 1    (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  (Final Day)

Additional Charlotte Early Voting Locations And Hours of Operation

Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte. Two Tone Turkeys: Taking colors for granted will be allowed as we design turkeys to hang around. Join us for stories and other turkey fun!

Freedom Regional Library, 1230 Alleghany St., Charlotte. Paperback Purses: Have an art attack and transform a book into a purse! Guys are welcome too!

Hayes Building (Ballantyne), 11405 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte: The Irby Building and the Hayes Building, two six-story buildings on the 12th green of the Golf Course at Ballantyne Resort, are two additional Bissell Development current projects. These buildings will add approximately 300,000 square feet of environmentally sustainable Class "A" office space to Ballantyne Corporate Park.

Independence Regional Library, 6015 Conference Dr., Charlotte. Mystery/Thriller Book Club. If you like reading crime novels by authors such as Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Ed McBain, and Stuart Woods, join our Mystery/Thriller Book Club. This month's selection is Nothing to Lose by Lee Child. This book club meets every other month.

Main Branch Library (Downtown), 310 N. Tryon St., Charlotte: Robert Creamer is an artist/photographer whose work features photographs created by scanning natural objects such as flowers, leaves and feathers. This class will give you the opportunity to try your hand at this technique. You will create digital art using a scanner and found objects. We will experiment with these objects and see what the results are when we scan them using a flatbed scanner and Photoshop. If you would like to save the artwork you create in class, please bring a disk or money to print out your creations (regular printing fees apply). Bring several interesting objects (leaves, shells, flowers, etc.) that you would like to use in your artwork.

Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, The Marion Diehl Recreation Center opened its doors to the citizens of Charlotte in 1980.  It is named in honor of Mr. F. Marion Diehl who served as the Director of Charlotte Parks and recreation Department for many years.  The center provides year round recreational programs for persons with or without disabilities.

Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte. Anime Club The place for anime lovers old and new! In November, use your Anime & Manga drawing talents to make greeting cards for friends and family.

Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way, Charlotte. Batteries Not Included: Tuneful Tales! We'll break out the instruments and make some of our own to add music and rhythm to a few favorite books.

Plaza-Midwood, 1623 Central Ave., Charlotte. Winter Art Krawl: Holiday in the "Hood" An International Art Event. Our library branch will join the community for a fun night of art, music, and shopping.

South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Rd., Charlotte. Monthly Stitch-In: A monthly gathering of the needlework kind. All are welcome to bring projects and share ideas and fun. Meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Community Room.

Steele Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Rd., Charlotte. Oh SO Crafty: Soaps and bath salts -- Walk-in and make decorative sopas and bath salts to keep or give as gifts!

Sugar Creek Library, 4045 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Greeting Cards & Gift Ideas -- It's the holiday--- come join us as we learn how to create greeing cards for that special someone. Materials will be provided.

UNC – Charlotte (Cone Center): 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte: The Cone University Center is the community center of the University for all members of the University family-students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and guests. It is not just a building; it is also an organization and a program. The Center provides services, conveniences, and amenities that the members of the University family need in their daily lives on campus. It also provides a place for getting to know and understand one another through informal association outside the classroom.

University City Regional Library, 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte. Mask Making --  Come and learn why mask and mask making is so important in various cultures. We will look at examples of mask from different cultures and then create some of our own. Thursday, October 23rd 4:00 p.m. Registration is Required

West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd., Charlotte. Whatever Wednesdays -- Programs to assist Community Support Specialists with accomplishing the individual care plans for adults

October 16 – 31 (Weekdays) 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
October 25    (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
October 26    (Sunday) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
November 1    (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM    (Final Day)

Important: There will be NO Early Voting at the Board of Elections Office. For directions and further election related information visit our web site www.meckboe.org.

Don't let up. Let's win this thing.

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.

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