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Landmark Rosenwald Courts Once a Cultural Mecca, to be Reborn

Landmark Rosenwald Courts Once a Cultural Mecca, to be Reborn

Rosenwald Courts is coming back to life. After being vacant and neglected for nearly 15 years, the rehabilitation of the once storied apartment complex in the historic Bronzeville area is set to begin in the fall. But nearby residents are concerned the revitalized mixed-income housing building will revert to its rundown state without the support […]

Leading the Way for Young Creative Minds

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Leading the Way for Young Creative Minds

Danette King is a trooper. Still sore from back pain that landed her in the hospital, King sat on the steps of a modest two-story home on the 4700 block of West Race Avenue, smiling, eating ketchup-covered fries and quizzing some kids. “The doctors found some nodules in my back. They’re not cancerous or anything. […]

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Understanding the Cycle of Violence in Austin

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Understanding the Cycle of Violence in Austin

As gang violence and gun-related deaths continue to occur at an alarming rate in a community on the West Side of Chicago, residents are finding constructive ways to end the bloodshed that has plagued their neighborhood for years. Austin, the largest of Chicago’s 77 communities with a population of roughly 117,527, is part of Chicago’s […]

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Restoring, Building Communities One Park at a Time

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Restoring, Building Communities One Park at a Time

The construction of a new playground in Grand Crossing Park on Chicago’s South Side is the site of the first community building project in a decade, and no one could be happier about it than Friends of the Parks’ Director of neighborhood parks and community relations Maria Stone. “This project took about a year to […]

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CPS Approves Funding for Mentorship Programs in Schools

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CPS Approves Funding for Mentorship Programs in Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved the use of $25 million in federal stimulus funding during its June board meeting to implement mentoring, safety and support initiatives for at-risk high school students and communities. The new program, spearheaded by Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Public Schools, will provide mentoring programs for 1,500 high school […]

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