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Archer Western TIF Establishing Documents

Here's a little something to wet yer whistle for tonight at the Hideout:

"Bark in the Park" in Charlotte-- This Saturday, at Metrolina Expo

Here's some news from our friends in Charlotte:


Charlotte, NC – The 2009 Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion invites "dogs and the people they own" to join the fun in a new location this year—at Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. The festival will be Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10am- 4pm. Now in its fifth year, Bark in the Park is Charlotte's premier dog festival, a signature event of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Admission and parking are FREE. 

Bark in the Park drew about 13,000 people last year, most with dogs. It threatened to become too large for Davie Park. To accommodate both its size and the safe arrival of dogs and people, Park and Recreation arranged the move this year to Metrolina Expo, near Exit 16 off I-77 at Sunset Road. This site has plenty of space and parking in the old fairgrounds. Admission and parking are FREE. Let your dog bring you! 

Join the Pooch Parade and contests like Pet/Owner Look-a-Like, Best Costume, Best Bark, Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, and Best Trick. New competitions this year include Frisbee catching and freestyle routine contests. Register for these events at the festival. Enjoy exhibits, dog products, adoptable dogs, prize drawings and so many great dogs to see and greet!  All dogs come on a leash, please. There will be a fenced-in, off-leash dog park on site. For more information, check www.parkandrec.com or call 311.

A-Z > Cemetary Gravestone Rubbings

Caleb had the idea of doing gravestone rubbings the other day. so we went and did it. Good stuff. Here's more info on the cemetery and here's the complete set.

Sunshine TIF, City Council Chambers, and the Hideout

This morning I'll be down at City Hall to see if, as expected, the full Council passes the Sunshine TIF ordinance (see final version here, PDF). Will be interesting to see if the Mayor has any comment and/or if he'll be on the dais when/ if it passes.

Then tonight on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 6 -  8PM, I'll be participating in a discussion at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, with ordinance co-sponsor Alderman Scott Waguespack and journalist Ben Joravsky, who has led the way in reporting on Tax Increment Financing in Chicago. More info below, courtesy of Progress Illinois. Join us!

On Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack will host a panel discussion on TIF awareness at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia). Also participating will be Daniel O’Neil, co‐founder of Everyblock.com and Ben Joravsky from the Chicago Reader. In conjunction with a special encore of the Hideout’s Soup and Bread event, the Alderman and guests will shed some light on one of Chicago’s most mysterious programs, TIF, or Tax Increment Financing. Following the introduction of his landmark TIF Sunshine Ordinance with Alderman Flores of the 1st Ward last March, Alderman Waguespack hopes to continue raising awareness about TIFs and educating residents who may not realize how the program affects them.

TIFs remain one of Chicago’s most difficult programs to fully comprehend. Of specific concern is that renters and younger Chicagoans think they are unaffected by TIFs or immune to TIFs effect on their neighborhood.

Alderman Waguespack, Daniel O’Neil, and Ben Joravsky will participate in a moderated debate on TIFs followed by a brief audience Q&A period. Admission is free but donations are accepted for a “Soup and Bread” dinner, with all proceeds benefitting the Chicago Food Depository.

Well Clean Car Wash Demolition, 1515 West Diversey

Things get knocked down in this city all the time. Here's the complete set.

Pedway to Illinois Center and Marshall Fields

Perhaps the last vestigal evidence...

Logan Square Skate Park

Logan Square Skate Park, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

Brand-new skate park in the middle of Chicago. On Logan Boulevard under the Kennedy Expressway just west of Western.


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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