Tag: Chicagos

Central Camera to reopen in Chicago’s Loop after being destroyed amid civil unrest

CHICAGO (WLS) — Central Camera needed to close its doors after $1 million of inventory was damaged during the civil unrest this summer in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The 121-year-old store will reopen for the first time since the incident by the end of this month.

Don Flesch’s grandfather opened the store in 1899, and it has become part of the community since.

“It is uplifting for us, and it has been uplifting to them to know where to go, or where they can buy something, or we tell them we don’t have it. If they need right away, fine. If they can wait, then we special order it, so it’s a community feeling,” said Flesch, owner of Central Camera.

“Because it has a history, it has a neighborhood even though it’s the city, and he is a wonderful person, and it’s something that’s really missing” said Kiyomi

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Chicago’s new public safety plan is promising but will be tough to deliver

But in talking with outside experts on Chicago and crime, my gut reaction was confirmed. Talk is cheap. Lining up the money and the political will to actually accomplish things is the trick.

An indication of just how difficult it will be to implement this report is embodied in the person Lightfoot’s office provided to discuss this plan with me: Susan Lee, deputy mayor for public safety.

Lee says the report was designed with an eye toward “shifting from police-only solutions to a public health approach” toward violence. Consistent with that, the financially strapped city is hoping that foundations and other private sources will come to the fore with money to back things such as economic development, mental health services, youth crime-diversion programs and the like.

One particularly promising idea, I thought, is establishing a pilot program that in some cases will dispatch not only a police officer but a

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Creative placemaking could be the key to catalyzing real estate development on Chicago’s South Side. One success story is garnering international acclaim

CHICAGO — It’s no secret that some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have suffered from a certain level of financial disinvestment, often systemic and spread out over decades.

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But one Chicagoan’s efforts to inject new enthusiasm and a sense of community, anchored by artistic and cultural endeavors, are attracting global attention — and similar efforts might be the key to stimulating more equitable real estate development on Chicago’s South Side, a new report suggests.

The report reflects three years of studying creative placemaking and the impact it has on communities. It comes from the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of real estate and urban development professionals dedicated to the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities.

ULI reports that cities are finding success with the concept of placemaking, in which developers, designers, planners and investors come together to sync up their efforts in residential, commercial

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Creative placemaking could be the key to catalyzing real estate development on Chicago’s South Side. Here’s how one success story is garnering international acclaim.

It’s no secret that some of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods have suffered from a certain level of financial disinvestment, often systemic and spread out over decades.



a person standing in front of a window: Dance instructors Daniel "Bravemonk" Haywood and Kelsa "K-Soul" Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.


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Dance instructors Daniel “Bravemonk” Haywood and Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative.

But one Chicagoan’s efforts to inject new enthusiasm and a sense of community, anchored by artistic and cultural endeavors, are attracting global attention — and similar efforts might be the key to stimulating more equitable real estate development on Chicago’s South Side, a new report suggests.

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The report reflects three years of studying creative placemaking and the impact it has on communities. It comes from the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of real estate and urban development professionals dedicated to the responsible use of land in creating and sustaining thriving communities.

ULI reports that

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University of Chicago’s Polsky Center, Argonne, and Fermilab Discuss Leadership in Water Innovation at First-Ever Chicago Water Week

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, is hosting a webinar as part of Current’s inaugural Chicago Water Week. The event will highlight Chicago’s innovative, cross-sector water leaders from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2020.

On Monday, Sept. 28 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT, the Polsky Center, Argonne, and Fermilab will present a webinar titled, “Partners in Innovation: How to Collaborate with Universities and National Labs.” The discussion will demystify the “tech transfer” process and explain how easy it is to collaborate with universities and national labs on the development of new technologies.

Panelists include:

  • Bill Payne, executive director, science and technology, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Phil Smith, business development executive, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mauricio Suarez, deputy head of technology development and industry engagement, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Register for

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