Established in 2003, West Ridge Bungalow Neighbors is a voluntary group of neighbors in Chicago who desire to assist each other in preserving and appreciating the homes in our neighborhood; educating each other and the broader public in the value and the story of our neighborhood; and providing resources to each other to improve the quality of our homes, enrich our lives and assure our neighborhood's future.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A wonderful new story from our neighbor Lynette, required reading for all bungalow dwellers:

1 comment:

Dan Miller said...

Another beautiful piece of reporting and insight from Ms. D'amico. Many thanks.

When we had our Chicago brick bungalow tuckpointed and cleaned two years ago, the Polish crew used a mixture of vinegar and water, and scrubbed each brick and mortar line with a brush. For weeks afterward, our bungalow smelled like a pickle.

Regarding Bernie's Wall. I don't believe erection of the wall was racially motivated -- that is, to keep the black folk of southern Evanston from mingling with the white folk of northern West Rogers Park. Black alderman in the Chicago City Council voted with Bernie to authorize construction of the wall.

Bernie was more concerned about keeping Chicagoans trapped in Chicago, preventing Chicago consumers from spending money in the stores (Target, Best Buy, Jewel-Osco food-drug store) on the Evanston side of the wall, where the sales tax is noticeably lower than in high-tax Chicago.

That was easier than lowering the cost of government in Chicago, and reducing the Chicago sales tax.

Dan Miller
Talman Avenue