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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son robbed near North Side home
Posted: 12/20/2014, 07:30pm | Michael Sneed

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 17-year-old son was robbed Friday night across the street from his family’s North Side home, leaving him with a chipped tooth and fat lip, a source told the Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed.

Zach Emanuel went outside to take a walk around 10 p.m. Friday and was jumped in the 4200 block of North Hermitage Avenue in Ravenswood, according to the source.

Nice neighborhood. I’ve been to that area a dozen times. It’s near the El’s short but select Brown Line, which has a relatively upper-middle class ridership. Chicago has a tradition that the mayor’s house in the city is supposed to be respectable but not lavish. (You weren’t supposed to ask about the Daley family’s summer house across the lake in Michigan.)

… Two people approached the teenager from behind as he was walking and talking on his cell phone, according to a police report that said one of them “placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a bear chokehold.” Then, the other attacker punched Zach Emanuel in the face, knocking him to the ground, the report said.

Accoridng to the police, the teenager dropped his phone, and his attackers took it, then patted him down and asked, “What else you got?”

Then, they forced him “to enter his security code to unlock the phone” and ran off.

Zach Emanuel was left with a chipped tooth and a fat lip, the source said.

According to the police report, he was treated by his “personal physician for a laceration and blunt-force trauma to the mouth/face.”

No weapon was involved, the source said.

The mayor, who attended the funeral Saturday of slain teen Demario Bailey, was “crestfallen” over his son being the victim of a strong-arm robbery, the source said. …

Earlier this week, the mayor spoke about his teenage son when asked about the trip the family was taking to Chile for the holidays.

“This is Zach’s last year before he goes off to college — if I don’t kill him before he goes there,” he said then. “But that’s a side note. That has nothing to do with the vacation. That just deals with having a teenaged boy at home.”

So I’m not sure if I totally believe the mugging story. Hizzoner gets a police cruiser parked out front 24×7.

There’s always something interesting going on with the Emanuel clan:

“Rahm and Ari Emanuel Beat Me Up”

The Flight from White, Emanuel Clan-style

Has Mayor Rahm learned from Israel?

The Subtext to Ezekiel Emanuel’s “Why I Hope to Die at 75”

So perhaps this will be one crisis Rahm lets go to waste?

But whatever happened with the Emanuels, their public story is what happened in private to my in-laws, who didn’t get round-the-clock police protection, a few miles west of there in the Austin neighborhood in 1967-1970. Except it happened three times to their children and their children were ten years younger. I’m sure T.N. Coates could explicate how, if you study the footnote on p. 322 of some sociology book, you can see how it was all the children’s fault, but I must confess to not being up to speed.

 
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  1. A good lesson for this young person to learn.

  2. How much is 40 acres in rural Illinois?

    • Replies: @JerryC
    Tillable farmland runs around $10K an acre. Less for woods and wetlands.
  3. I don’t buy it either.

    Second City Cop has a post from which I infer that it may have been a physical domestic dispute between hizzonner & son. This would fit with Emmanuel’s reputation for bullying and physical violence.

  4. I got a possible scenario. Young Zach goes out to puff a big fatty. He needs stray far from the mayoral guards. Next time he’ll use the vent over the stove in the big kitchen.

    • Replies: @Realist
    No.... Zach was buying crack.
  5. Boy this will hurt a lot of heads here, too, but for another reason.

    The internal wars between that part of iSteve commenters brains that will want to believe the story and the part that will want to believe its a lie.

    Long live the memory of Leon Festinger!

  6. @Hipster
    How much is 40 acres in rural Illinois?

    Tillable farmland runs around $10K an acre. Less for woods and wetlands.

    • Replies: @Hipster
    The average city slicker is not likely to become a small scale farmer. What other uses are there for forty acres?

    I am guessing if that ever happened a lot of people would just sell it and take the cash.
  7. Were his assailants tanned, toned, and blond lifeguards? Those guys are trouble.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    "Were his assailants tanned, toned, and blond lifeguards? Those guys are trouble."

    I'll disbelieve this story if someone mentions a beer bottle.

    Of course, it could have been the weather that really caused the son to black out and hit the pavement.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YgKpcG_g7o

  8. @JerryC
    Tillable farmland runs around $10K an acre. Less for woods and wetlands.

    The average city slicker is not likely to become a small scale farmer. What other uses are there for forty acres?

    I am guessing if that ever happened a lot of people would just sell it and take the cash.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8

    The average city slicker is not likely to become a small scale farmer. What other uses are there for forty acres?

    I am guessing if that ever happened a lot of people would just sell it and take the cash.
     
    And they'd be just as poor as they ever were, and just as dependent, after 20 years. (Compare lottery winners.) Which is why reparations makes no sense.
  9. The wished him a Happy Kwanzaa after mugging him

  10. Interesting idea that the fight was actually a domestic dispute. If that were to emerge, then Hizzoner would be in big trouble, insofar as child abuse is tied for first as the absolutely worst thing a human being can do (compare Adrian Peterson.) Of course “child abuse” doesn’t really fit the profile for 17 y.o. punched in the face, but, even so ……

    Poor impulse control, violent behavior, predatory behavior — these things tend to go hand in hand with a lack of intelligence, lack of a sense of empathy, improper education about the risks of breaking the law, and so on. I suppose it is more common in some groups than others, but I’m not sure that gets us anywhere. I do not think that it is the result of being “poor”, on the contrary I think that most poor in this day and age are poor because they have the cognitive deficits described.

  11. This story does seem odd. I lived in Chicago in the early 1980’s on the north side. I had just gotten into graduate school. I had walked to the lake in the early evening and was walking back around 10 at night when I realized that a friend of mine who gone to that school lived nearby. Since I was not sure if he was awake and I didn’t want to bother him, I looked at his large front window from across the street for a few seconds. I did not see anything and I started to walk away when an unmarked police cruiser drove by and said “Hold it there kid, you are under arrest.” They then woke up my friend who (sleepily) vouched for me and then they let me go. I called him the next day and asked him about the police. He said the reason for the police presence was that the Mayor’s daughter Katherine Byrne was his next door neighbor.

  12. Too many “wasted votes” in Chicago, spread them out, and say hello to permanent Democratic rule in Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.

    It’s time for the socialist revolution, Amerika has kept down its first sons for too long!

  13. Emanuel’s 17-year-old son went out to make a phone call when he was jumped by two men who stole the teen’s cell phone.

    Why did the 17-year-old leave the house to make a telephone call? Obviously to talk about something it was very important his parents not overhear.

  14. @Hipster
    The average city slicker is not likely to become a small scale farmer. What other uses are there for forty acres?

    I am guessing if that ever happened a lot of people would just sell it and take the cash.

    The average city slicker is not likely to become a small scale farmer. What other uses are there for forty acres?

    I am guessing if that ever happened a lot of people would just sell it and take the cash.

    And they’d be just as poor as they ever were, and just as dependent, after 20 years. (Compare lottery winners.) Which is why reparations makes no sense.

  15. I suppose it was done by “teens”.

  16. Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states…

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan. Blacks like to keep their places at about the average temperature for Cameroon, which is prohibitively expensive in places like northern Illinois.

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for. I live in a northern county on the Canadian border – over 90% white – and there just isn’t enough to go around to put up blacks here. Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    The thing about blacks is that they go where they can make a decent living, and given the ongoing dispossession of middle and working class white America, there just isn’t much opportunity for them outside of urban Democratic strongholds north of the Mason Dixon line, because life is more difficult and expensive where it’s cold most of the year. Especially for blacks, who aren’t physiologically or culturally adapted to it.

    • Replies: @Gallo-Roman
    Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states…

    Yeah, right? Hell, yes right. He and predecessor could, and did, in the northern state I used to live in. (Heard the local euphemism "our friends from Chicago" a few years ago when asking a local small business owner what had happened to the beautiful planters that had once adorned the entrance to her shop.)

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan.

    Since when has overloading the local social services budget to the breaking point stopped our betters' social engineering efforts?

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for.

    (And they'll say, "Tee hee, OK, we designate Minneapolis to be the wealthy northern city.")

    I live in a northern county on the Canadian border – over 90% white – and there just isn’t enough to go around to put up blacks here.

    Never stopped 'em before. If it's not OFFC, it's the munificent bestowals of vibrancy from the Refugee Industrial Complex.

    Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    A Mexican can dream for a lot longer than Flyover Whitey can keep his property taxes from rising and his living standards from falling.

    , @Gallo-Roman
    Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states…

    Yeah, right? Hell, yes right. He and predecessor could, and did, in the northern state I used to live in. (Heard the local euphemism “our friends from Chicago” a few years ago when asking a local small business owner what had happened to the beautiful planters that had once adorned the entrance to her shop.)

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan.

    Since when has overloading the local social services budget to the breaking point stopped our betters’ social engineering efforts?

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for.

    (And they’ll say, “Tee hee, OK, Minneapolis is a wealthy northern city, right? We'll send 'em there.”)

    I live in a northern county on the Canadian border – over 90% white – and there just isn’t enough to go around to put up blacks here.

    Never stopped ‘em before. If it’s not OFFC, it’s the munificent bestowals of vibrancy from the Refugee Industrial Complex.

    Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    A Mexican can dream for a lot longer than a Flyover Whitey can keep his property taxes from rising and his living standards from falling.
  17. Well, we’ll soon find out who dunnit if Rahm’s son appears on Oprah next week.

  18. I’m sure T.N. Coates could explicate how, if you study the footnote on p. 322 of some sociology book, you can see how it was all the children’s fault, but I must confess to not being up to speed.

    T.N. Coates dropped out of Howard University many moons ago. I doubt he reads much literature in academic sociology or has much critical engagement with it.

    • Replies: @Abe

    T.N. Coates dropped out of Howard University many moons ago. I doubt he reads much literature in academic sociology or has much critical engagement with it.

     

    I have to admit I'm developing sort of a soft-spot for T.N. He's blisteringly honest, even about his own intellectual limitations. Would Obama ever admit he didn't know the first thing about statistics, rather than just BS his way through it? Let's put it another way- would you rather have TM in the foxhole next to you, or Obama as your squad officer? Obama is from Generation Douche- which treats every responsibility as if it were just another line to put on their college application. If Obama had been hired to write the official press release for the Bay of Pigs Invasion (unreleased), he'd later claim he had experience in blue water shipping and Latin American trade. I sense a basic honor in TM, and would not be surprised at all to see him become a Stanley Crouch-like social conservative fellow traveller in 15 years.
  19. If rahm did it how did it make the news?

  20. Maybe the son is queer and went out to phone his crush (really, who just goes for a stroll at 10pm a few days before the Winter solstice in Chicago?). Then perhaps Pop demanded sonny unlock the phone to reveal the call log, lost his temper, gave sonny a love tap, and shattered the glass of the young man’s cell phone on the tile floor.

    Hey, if this theory proves true you read it here first.

    (Remember that fine scene in Braveheart, when Patrick McGoohan’s King Henry deals with his son’s distraction?)

    • Replies: @Ernst Rohm Emanuel
    First you start out by sending dead fish, then you move on to "Long Knives"
  21. I visit Ravenswood periodically and can confirm it’s still a nice place. I don’t recall stories of people being attacked there, although the odd bike gets stolen. People who live there sometimes see Rahm on the L.

  22. Steve, you don’t buy it? Not sure I do either. Although the part where they make him enter passcode makes me think could be true. It’s a detail that makes sense…..unlike every other hoax story we head. I’m going 74/26 truth.

  23. “Earlier this week, the mayor spoke about his teenage son when asked about the trip the family was taking to Chile for the holidays.”

    Question: What kind of college student’s family goes off to Chile for the holidays?

    Answer: The top 1%. “There are two Americas.” And here is a most prominent example.

    Mighty big of the dad, attending a gangbanger’s funeral. Like putting in hours for a charitable organization or the local soup kitchen, he can say that he really “cares” about the ordinary folks and that he “truly understands” them and the obstacles they face in life.

    Bets on where littl’ Zach is enrolled next fall? Harvard? Yale?

    Perhaps his uncle can help set him up in Hollywood (e.g. eventually heading Paramount, Warners, etc). If so, then its UCLA film school for him.

  24. If there is another angle my money would be on a “drug deal gone bad”-scenario rather than a father-son fight.

  25. They have around the clock police protection. It sort of takes the steam out of the constant calls for hiring more police based on the idea that crime would be lowered as a result. Here we have a mugging taking place right under their noses. More hires would just be sent to the neighborhoods where there are a lot of gang shootings. Rahm’s neighborhood would probably not get any police boost although it’s those neighborhoods that pay the taxes to pay the police. It’s the neighborhoods that don’t pay much in taxes that get the most police and the residents themselves don’t seem to appreciate them very much. That’s assuming the story is true, of course.

  26. We lived in Ravenswood, near Rahm’s house, before moving to Margate Park. I would run our dog down Hermitage in the afternoons, and there was always a police detail outside Rahm’s house in an unmarked car. My husband would run the dog down Hermitage at night (we have a high-energy border collie), and also see the unmarked police guard. But if you weren’t looking for them, you wouldn’t notice them. I bet the thieves had no idea they were on Rahm’s block. So I think it’s totally plausible that a 17-year-old boy would want to get out of the house to make a phone call in private. He was robbed a couple houses up the street, beyond the eyes of the CPD guards.

    That area has traditionally been very safe, but in the last two years there’s been a drastic uptick in crime in Ravenswood, the Southport Corridor, and Wrigleyville/Lakeview. All neighborhoods off of the nice, middle-class Brown Line. The blogger at Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown has been all over it. (http://www.cwbchicago.com) Black teenagers come in from the South and West side, and prey on middle class whites for their Apple products.

    Commenting on the Emmanuel robbery, CWB noted that they have heard “Chicago police handle hundreds of strong-arm robberies in the 19th district over the past 18 months—including 2 others on the mayor’s block. None drew the “special attention” of last night’s incident.” (http://www.cwbchicago.com/2014/12/close-to-home-robbery-on-rahms-street.html)

  27. @Art Deco
    I’m sure T.N. Coates could explicate how, if you study the footnote on p. 322 of some sociology book, you can see how it was all the children’s fault, but I must confess to not being up to speed.

    T.N. Coates dropped out of Howard University many moons ago. I doubt he reads much literature in academic sociology or has much critical engagement with it.

    T.N. Coates dropped out of Howard University many moons ago. I doubt he reads much literature in academic sociology or has much critical engagement with it.

    I have to admit I’m developing sort of a soft-spot for T.N. He’s blisteringly honest, even about his own intellectual limitations. Would Obama ever admit he didn’t know the first thing about statistics, rather than just BS his way through it? Let’s put it another way- would you rather have TM in the foxhole next to you, or Obama as your squad officer? Obama is from Generation Douche- which treats every responsibility as if it were just another line to put on their college application. If Obama had been hired to write the official press release for the Bay of Pigs Invasion (unreleased), he’d later claim he had experience in blue water shipping and Latin American trade. I sense a basic honor in TM, and would not be surprised at all to see him become a Stanley Crouch-like social conservative fellow traveller in 15 years.

  28. @Veracitor
    Maybe the son is queer and went out to phone his crush (really, who just goes for a stroll at 10pm a few days before the Winter solstice in Chicago?). Then perhaps Pop demanded sonny unlock the phone to reveal the call log, lost his temper, gave sonny a love tap, and shattered the glass of the young man's cell phone on the tile floor.

    Hey, if this theory proves true you read it here first.

    (Remember that fine scene in Braveheart, when Patrick McGoohan's King Henry deals with his son's distraction?)

    First you start out by sending dead fish, then you move on to “Long Knives”

  29. Then, they forced him “to enter his security code to unlock the phone” and ran off.

    Can’t be. I don’t know how many tons of categorical ink I’ve read just recently that torture never works…

  30. I gotta go with uptown resident. I was in Ravenswood today. I had no idea that the South Siders were commuting north to ‘go to work’. It seems safe to me in the daytime. But I don’t live there and hadn’t seen (http://www.cwbchicago.com) until Uptown’s comment. And, the way pedestrians walk around with earbuds and texting smart phones, it is absurdly easy to grab one.

    Technology to the rescue:

    “The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the first new smartphones to have the kill switch on by default. Because iPhones are the most commonly stolen smartphone — law enforcement have dubbed iPhone robberies “apple picking” — any reason for thieves to believe their targets are likely to have phones with kill switches should lead to a drop in crime.

    Smartphone crime rates have already dropped since Activation Lock debuted. Thieves, wary of robbing someone but ending up with a dud phone, stopped trying as often. In the first five months of 2014, smartphone robberies and thefts dropped significantly in San Francisco, New York City and London, a June study found.

    “It’s a simple game of odds on the streets,” Szabo said. “We’ve already seen a change in street behavior.””

    I remember when car stereo systems were ripped out of cars routinely. As soon as you needed activation codes, that was done. I haven’t even heard of one being stolen in a few years. With the 6, the Activation Lock is a default. And you can remotely ‘brick’ the phone. Plus, you can’t “turn off Find My iPhone”. That feature … find my iPhone …. it would deter me.

    • Replies: @Uptown Resident
    I never bring my iPhone with me when I run or walk the dog for this reason. But I worry about a situation in which a mugger demands my phone/wallet, and I tell him honestly that I don't have anything. Will he beat me up for not having anything to give him? A couple weeks ago a Loyola student in Rogers Park resisted an armed robbery attempt and got shot in the face and died (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-20141205-story.html).

    I wish I didn't have to worry about stuff like this.
  31. I would love to be a fly on the wall at the Emmanuel house these next few days; I’ll bet some real vibrant conversations are taking place …

  32. @David
    I got a possible scenario. Young Zach goes out to puff a big fatty. He needs stray far from the mayoral guards. Next time he'll use the vent over the stove in the big kitchen.

    No…. Zach was buying crack.

  33. I see no reason to doubt the story. If it had been how Zach had been called “Dirty kike!” during the robbery by a couple of recently arrived Poles (in Polish, of course), as several German tourists laughed sadistically in the background in encouragement and satisfaction while holding back (read, fondling) Zach’s girlfriend as she pleaded for help (I don’t think she was there, but it’s a lot more interesting to imagine she was) and all the while a plain clothes Irish cop drunkenly fumbled for his gun, then . . .

    No, this seems like the stupid kid just got what hundreds of stupid White kids in our cities get every day usually around their Urban university–a brute encounter with blacks looking for an easy target. The kid’s lucky it wasn’t worse.

    And it changes nothing. Certainly it won’t infuriate Zach’s parents, won’t change the Emmanuel family’s vacation plans, and Zach will be encouraged and will project his humiliation and terror and pain onto his real enemies. Hell, the kid could’ve been shot and lost a spleen and it wouldn’t change a thing.

    Will this redouble Emmanuel’s efforts to gentrify as much of Chicago as he can? I’m sure it will. But Section 8 and shuffling blacks around is a lot like shuffling the chairs on the deck of the sinking Titanic. The problem is just too big and the moment (which seems to have arrived) most urban law enforcement recognizes it has nothing to gain (and a lot to lose) with aggressive policing . . .

  34. If my thoughts had not been corrupted by Mr Sailor I would never have thought of this. In 1867 NY State passed its first bill regulating tenement conditions, said to be a response to the 1963 draft riots. The provisions were stuff like rooms had to have windows, had to be of a certain size, etc. They would have tended to improve living conditions but also to have lowered population density. Best way to control a riot in Manhattan is to keep it in Brooklyn, I always say! Is this the Sailor principle in an early rendition?

  35. I can understand the chokehold, but why punch him in the face then? You don’t want him to drop to the ground— that brings down your buddy who’s holding him too. But maybe the punch puts him inthe right frame of mind to reveal his passcode.

    What I find interesting is that young Emmanuel was walking at 10pm talking on his cellphone and not looking at who might be around him. I guess it’s only a privileged kid who’d be that stupid. He’s lucky he’s not a girl.

  36. Nonono. You guys don’t understand. Much of the bad crime on the North Side is from gang bangers and other riffraff coming from the South and West sides to prey on naive white North Siders or to otherwise misbehave in our beautiful lakefront parks.

    For example, while an innocent bystander died from a stray bullet on Wilson two weeks ago, the target–a South Side banger–was uninjured in the event and has refused to help CPD with the investigation. (http://www.cwbchicago.com/2014/12/uptown-claims-innocent-murders-surge-400.html)

    Often, stolen North Side cars are found on the South Side. (http://www.cwbchicago.com/2014/07/found-it-vehicle-carjacked-in-lake-view.html)

    After the Mexican party at Montrose Beach turned into a riot that sent one CPD officer to the hospital, one proposed solution was to limit the acres of free parking at Montrose Beach, since that allows poor Mexicans living on the West Side to fill up their minivans and descend, en masse, on our beaches, rendering them unusable for North Side residents when the weather is nice.

    The common assumption is that if CTA shut down the Red Line service to the South Side, we would solve our robbery problem. This is misleading since many thieves *drive* from the Near North and West Sides (http://www.cwbchicago.com/2013/05/red-line-construction-answer-to-our_15.html). And of course Uptown still has enough CHA units to contribute its share of thieves. But honestly most of the Uptowners on public assistance are too intoxicated/mentally ill to be capable of any serious crimes other than, say, the unlawful dumping of waste (mostly urine, but I have seen human feces in the park).

    This is a problem with the gentrification plan. They’re going to have to move the riffraff *way out*–beyond CTA and an easy drive–if they’re going to solve the uptick in robberies.

    Subsidized housing is decreasing on the North Side (http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130430/rogers-park/affordable-housing-demand-unmet-on-far-north-side-report), but robberies are going up (http://www.cwbchicago.com/2013/12/mission-accomplished-neighborhood.html).

  37. @FWIW
    I gotta go with uptown resident. I was in Ravenswood today. I had no idea that the South Siders were commuting north to 'go to work'. It seems safe to me in the daytime. But I don't live there and hadn't seen (http://www.cwbchicago.com) until Uptown's comment. And, the way pedestrians walk around with earbuds and texting smart phones, it is absurdly easy to grab one.

    Technology to the rescue:

    "The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the first new smartphones to have the kill switch on by default. Because iPhones are the most commonly stolen smartphone — law enforcement have dubbed iPhone robberies “apple picking” — any reason for thieves to believe their targets are likely to have phones with kill switches should lead to a drop in crime.

    Smartphone crime rates have already dropped since Activation Lock debuted. Thieves, wary of robbing someone but ending up with a dud phone, stopped trying as often. In the first five months of 2014, smartphone robberies and thefts dropped significantly in San Francisco, New York City and London, a June study found.

    “It’s a simple game of odds on the streets,” Szabo said. “We’ve already seen a change in street behavior.”"

    I remember when car stereo systems were ripped out of cars routinely. As soon as you needed activation codes, that was done. I haven't even heard of one being stolen in a few years. With the 6, the Activation Lock is a default. And you can remotely 'brick' the phone. Plus, you can't "turn off Find My iPhone". That feature ... find my iPhone .... it would deter me.

    I never bring my iPhone with me when I run or walk the dog for this reason. But I worry about a situation in which a mugger demands my phone/wallet, and I tell him honestly that I don’t have anything. Will he beat me up for not having anything to give him? A couple weeks ago a Loyola student in Rogers Park resisted an armed robbery attempt and got shot in the face and died (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-20141205-story.html).

    I wish I didn’t have to worry about stuff like this.

  38. @Harold
    Were his assailants tanned, toned, and blond lifeguards? Those guys are trouble.

    “Were his assailants tanned, toned, and blond lifeguards? Those guys are trouble.”

    I’ll disbelieve this story if someone mentions a beer bottle.

    Of course, it could have been the weather that really caused the son to black out and hit the pavement.

  39. “an unmarked police cruiser drove by and said ‘Hold it there kid, you are under arrest.’”

    So naturally you charged at the cruiser and started beating on the occupant, right?

  40. @Bill P
    Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states...

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan. Blacks like to keep their places at about the average temperature for Cameroon, which is prohibitively expensive in places like northern Illinois.

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for. I live in a northern county on the Canadian border - over 90% white - and there just isn't enough to go around to put up blacks here. Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    The thing about blacks is that they go where they can make a decent living, and given the ongoing dispossession of middle and working class white America, there just isn't much opportunity for them outside of urban Democratic strongholds north of the Mason Dixon line, because life is more difficult and expensive where it's cold most of the year. Especially for blacks, who aren't physiologically or culturally adapted to it.

    Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states…

    Yeah, right? Hell, yes right. He and predecessor could, and did, in the northern state I used to live in. (Heard the local euphemism “our friends from Chicago” a few years ago when asking a local small business owner what had happened to the beautiful planters that had once adorned the entrance to her shop.)

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan.

    Since when has overloading the local social services budget to the breaking point stopped our betters’ social engineering efforts?

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for.

    (And they’ll say, “Tee hee, OK, we designate Minneapolis to be the wealthy northern city.”)

    I live in a northern county on the Canadian border – over 90% white – and there just isn’t enough to go around to put up blacks here.

    Never stopped ’em before. If it’s not OFFC, it’s the munificent bestowals of vibrancy from the Refugee Industrial Complex.

    Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    A Mexican can dream for a lot longer than Flyover Whitey can keep his property taxes from rising and his living standards from falling.

  41. That said, although gentrification doesn’t necessarily solve the crime problem, it solves what for many North Siders is a much bigger problem: good public schools.

    The concentration of middle and upper class whites in increasingly homogenous neighborhoods means you can actually send your kid to public school.

    I have heard from Lincoln Park moms that, after the 2008 economic down term, there was some collective agreement among residents that they would *take their kids out of their private schools and all, at the same time, put them in the public schools.* The Lincoln Park public schools used to be as terrible as other CPS schools, but now they’re better than anything you can find in the suburbs. Similar transformations are taking place in public schools in Lincoln Square.

    I was talking to a psychologist who works at high schools in the north coast suburbs. He said that he’s begun to notice demographic change in the suburban schools. He himself commutes to the suburbs for work, but prefers to live (with his wife and two kids) in the city.

  42. Lived in Sheridan Park and Ravenswood for years. Use to rollerblade to the Metra Train at Wilson(4600 north) and Ravenswood in the morning. I had this pair of skates where the frames came off. So it took about 3 minutes to go 6 blocks to the Train. In case I missed the Metra I could hit the Metra at Damen two blocks away.

    Then I use to Rollerblade all the way from loop home from work whenever the weather was nice. Sometimes from Roosevelt road 1200 South to all the way Wilson Ave along the lakefront, even at night sometimes at 10 – 11 o’clock.

    Ravenswood is a very nice area. There is a very fine Greek family restaurant, great ice cream, right by the Ravenswood Metra train and Wilson.

    The NorthSide of Chicago is a great place to live, except for the pockets of section 8 housing the whole Northside would be SWPL territory.

    When I lived in Sheridan Park. On Malden(1400 West), just north of Wilson, there was scattered site public housing and section 8 apartments. Otherwise some lovely homes and 6 and 8, 12 flat condos and apartments. Literally 30-40 yards away from my front door was a 24/7 drug corner. Some nights there would be a conga line of cars backed up on to Lawrence or Wilson for blocks waiting to score drugs. One night there was a shooting, a bullet hit my building while I was in the front room watching TV.

    Like Steve, myself and others have stated, we can now be sure that Rahm will be looking into things.

    But the really big money will be made cleaning up the Southside Lake front. Great beaches and bike trails that are hardly used. Clear out the rift raft a two or three miles west of South Lake Shore Drive to the Dan Ryan and there is a mountain of gold in real estate profits to be made.

    Chicago’s gain via Section 8 exodus will be Indianapolis’, Merrillville’s(Lake County Indiana) Milwaukee’s and St Louis’s loss.

    Right now folks are really worried if the Indianapolis ends up with another Democratic Mayor. Bart Peterson was a near disaster. Greg Ballard, the two term Republican has done some good things to hold back the section 8 title wave. But Ballard can not be convinced to run for a third term.

    • Replies: @Uptown Resident
    Ravenswood has been getting only nicer and nicer. Walsh Construction did a major renovation of the Ravenswood station. It's gleaming and beautiful. At Lawrence and Ravenswood, there is a new Mariano's (Chicagoland grocery store, better than Jewell, but not Whole Foods), a gym, and a bunch of beautiful market-rate apartments. They are redoing the Lawrence streetscape to "discipline the car" and make it more pedestrian friendly (islands, cross walks, dedicated bike lanes, landscaping, etc.). Lots of mixed zoning. Very desirable location. Real estate in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square is insane.

    There's an effort to do something similar on Argyle east of Broadway, but ... the Asian storeowners and restauranteurs are just not into it. They like to put up their gates at 6PM and scurry home before it gets too dangerous out.
  43. @anonymous-antimarxist
    Lived in Sheridan Park and Ravenswood for years. Use to rollerblade to the Metra Train at Wilson(4600 north) and Ravenswood in the morning. I had this pair of skates where the frames came off. So it took about 3 minutes to go 6 blocks to the Train. In case I missed the Metra I could hit the Metra at Damen two blocks away.

    Then I use to Rollerblade all the way from loop home from work whenever the weather was nice. Sometimes from Roosevelt road 1200 South to all the way Wilson Ave along the lakefront, even at night sometimes at 10 - 11 o'clock.

    Ravenswood is a very nice area. There is a very fine Greek family restaurant, great ice cream, right by the Ravenswood Metra train and Wilson.

    The NorthSide of Chicago is a great place to live, except for the pockets of section 8 housing the whole Northside would be SWPL territory.

    When I lived in Sheridan Park. On Malden(1400 West), just north of Wilson, there was scattered site public housing and section 8 apartments. Otherwise some lovely homes and 6 and 8, 12 flat condos and apartments. Literally 30-40 yards away from my front door was a 24/7 drug corner. Some nights there would be a conga line of cars backed up on to Lawrence or Wilson for blocks waiting to score drugs. One night there was a shooting, a bullet hit my building while I was in the front room watching TV.

    Like Steve, myself and others have stated, we can now be sure that Rahm will be looking into things.

    But the really big money will be made cleaning up the Southside Lake front. Great beaches and bike trails that are hardly used. Clear out the rift raft a two or three miles west of South Lake Shore Drive to the Dan Ryan and there is a mountain of gold in real estate profits to be made.

    Chicago's gain via Section 8 exodus will be Indianapolis', Merrillville's(Lake County Indiana) Milwaukee's and St Louis's loss.

    Right now folks are really worried if the Indianapolis ends up with another Democratic Mayor. Bart Peterson was a near disaster. Greg Ballard, the two term Republican has done some good things to hold back the section 8 title wave. But Ballard can not be convinced to run for a third term.

    Ravenswood has been getting only nicer and nicer. Walsh Construction did a major renovation of the Ravenswood station. It’s gleaming and beautiful. At Lawrence and Ravenswood, there is a new Mariano’s (Chicagoland grocery store, better than Jewell, but not Whole Foods), a gym, and a bunch of beautiful market-rate apartments. They are redoing the Lawrence streetscape to “discipline the car” and make it more pedestrian friendly (islands, cross walks, dedicated bike lanes, landscaping, etc.). Lots of mixed zoning. Very desirable location. Real estate in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square is insane.

    There’s an effort to do something similar on Argyle east of Broadway, but … the Asian storeowners and restauranteurs are just not into it. They like to put up their gates at 6PM and scurry home before it gets too dangerous out.

  44. @Bill P
    Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states...

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan. Blacks like to keep their places at about the average temperature for Cameroon, which is prohibitively expensive in places like northern Illinois.

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for. I live in a northern county on the Canadian border - over 90% white - and there just isn't enough to go around to put up blacks here. Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    The thing about blacks is that they go where they can make a decent living, and given the ongoing dispossession of middle and working class white America, there just isn't much opportunity for them outside of urban Democratic strongholds north of the Mason Dixon line, because life is more difficult and expensive where it's cold most of the year. Especially for blacks, who aren't physiologically or culturally adapted to it.

    Yeah, right, as if Rahm Emmanuel could dump the blacks off on poor white communities in the northern states…

    Yeah, right? Hell, yes right. He and predecessor could, and did, in the northern state I used to live in. (Heard the local euphemism “our friends from Chicago” a few years ago when asking a local small business owner what had happened to the beautiful planters that had once adorned the entrance to her shop.)

    The heating bills alone would scuttle that plan.

    Since when has overloading the local social services budget to the breaking point stopped our betters’ social engineering efforts?

    Wealthy northern cities are just going to have to face up to the fact that the blacks are theirs, and theirs to pay for.

    (And they’ll say, “Tee hee, OK, Minneapolis is a wealthy northern city, right? We’ll send ’em there.”)

    I live in a northern county on the Canadian border – over 90% white – and there just isn’t enough to go around to put up blacks here.

    Never stopped ‘em before. If it’s not OFFC, it’s the munificent bestowals of vibrancy from the Refugee Industrial Complex.

    Hell, even Mexicans can hardly manage here and are all dreaming about going back to California.

    A Mexican can dream for a lot longer than a Flyover Whitey can keep his property taxes from rising and his living standards from falling.

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