Saturday, January 20, 2018

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #8

"On its face Roseland is the nicest of all of the top ten most violent neighborhoods in Chicago" the narrator says in the latest Bloody Chicago series by my friend Victor J. Maggio."This neighborhood is a mystery because it goes against all of the usual arguments on what is causing this constant violence."

Roseland, which is on the Far South Side, is number 8 in Bloody Chicago's rundown of Chiraq violence.

Yes, this is where I lived as a small boy.

Maggio recalls the history of Roseland--which was one of the last Chicago neighborhoods to fall victim to race-based blockbusting. White residents were the losers--and so were the black newcomers. The unscrupulous real estate agents made out like the bandits that they were.



My look at Roseland:

(Photos) Abandoned homes of Chicago's violent Roseland neighborhood and my look back

(Photos) The abandoned homes of Chicago's violent West Pullman neighborhood (or Roseland part two)

Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Beyond Belief

Elvis Costello and the Attractions best album was Imperial Bedroom. Watch as they perform its opening track, "Beyond Belief," in 1983.

On this day in 2017: Trump inaugurated

It was year ago today when Donald J. Trump became the first person sworn in as president who was not a public office holder or a general.

America--and the world--is a much different place.

And a better one, in my opinion.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The abandoned homes of Highland Park, Michigan

"Get off my lawn" is the meme line that came out of Clint Eastwood's elegiac 2008 film Gran Torino.

Most of the movie was filmed in Highland Park a suburb of Detroit that save for a sliver adjoining Hamtramck, is almost entirely surrounded by the Motor City.


The home of Eastwood's character, Walt Kowalski, was an American Foursquare similar to this one.

An arson scene from 8 Mile was filmed in Highland Park.


But until Gran Torino, Highland Park's name was linked to, no surprise, the automobile industry. Pictured here is the former Highland Park Ford Plant, another work by architect Alfred Kahn. As I noted in my previous Detroit post, about Milwaukee Junction, the first Model T was manufactured at the Ford Piquette Plant, but productions was perfected here. "Probably no factory changed life in 20th century America as much as the Highland Park Ford Plant," the National Park Service says on its Detroit site. By the late 1920s, despite the sprawl of this complex, Ford outgrew it and moved its automobile production to its still-operating River Rouge complex in Dearborn.

Ford later built tractors here and during World War II in produced M4A3 Sherman tanks. Ford ceased automotive manufacturing in Highland Park in the 1950s.

What was once the world's largest factory is now a warehouse for the Henry Ford Museum and clothier Forman Mills.

For many years Chrysler's headquarters was in Highland Park, where it was founded. Chrysler moved out in 1993, taking 6,000 jobs to Auburn Hills.


I noticed many new houses in Highland Park. So far so good? Not here. Notice the board-up job on the one on the right and the broken windows on the closer home.

As you probably ascertained by now, I arrived in Highland Park shortly before dusk.


Amazingly, Highland Park's population peaked in 1930, when 52,000 people lived here. Now only 11,000 do.


That is not a Native American mound. Beneath that grass is the rubble of an old house. This is what is known as an urban prairie, something I encountered in Brightmoor.

Over 90 percent of Highland Park residents are black, less than one percent of them are Asian. Gran Torino was originally set in Minneapolis, which has a very large Hmong population, the Hmongs of course were the people Eastwood's character befriended in the movie.

Wikipedia says that an astounding 87 percent of those living in Highland Park are single--the highest of any town in Michigan.

Violent crime is a serious problem in Highland Park.


Behind that heap of wood rubbish is another one of those new Highland Park homes--vacated, yes.


Here's a pair of forsaken houses.


Yes, I have to include the obligatory Detroit-area burnt-out house shot.


Highland Park's best days are way back in the past and I don't see a turnaround coming. Like Brightmoor in Detroit, it will remain in its coma for a generation or more.

Yep, up there are two more quite new homes--that are boarded up. Not even new construction can save Highland Park.

Mark Dice on Newsweak: This is Not a Joke!

Yesterday was yet another bad day for Newsweak, oops, make that Newsweek. The once prestigious magazine published an article by a Harvard law professor, Lawrence Lessig, who claims that not only can President Trump be removed from office but he can replaced by Hillary Clinton.

Mark Dice explains the insanity.

There is mental illness among Ivy League professors. A Yale psychiatry professor, Bandy X. Lee, is making the rounds on the anti-Trump media screaming that the president is mentally ill, even though she has not examined him or even met him.

Also yesterday, Newsweek's offices were raided. Probably because of an unpaid tax issue involving a co-owner.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tucker to Chicago alderman: "What a loathsome little demagogue you are"

Fox News' Tucker Carlson challenges Chicago alderman George Cardenas (12th) in discussion about the city's near-insolvency--which the City Council member denies--and whether Cardenas has an obligation to serve citizens first over illegal aliens, of which there are many in Cardenas' ward.

After Cardenas alludes that Carlson believes he should take car of citizens first, telling the host, "You want me to just guess [who they are] because they happen to be blue-eyed and blond?" Carlson fired back, "What a loathsome little demagogue you are to say something like that."



Chicago is a sanctuary city, Cook is a sanctuary county, and Illinois is a sanctuary state.

Mark Dice: Trump's Fake News Awards

Mark Dice analyzes President Trump's Fake News Awards for 2017, which not surprisingly CNN--the Clown News Network--dominates.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Illegal Immigration: What Liberals Used to Say

National Review looks back at the leftist Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Barack Obama who decried illegal immigration.

CNN doctor who has never examined Trump: President has heart disease

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, said yesterday about President Donald Trump's health records that were released this week, specifically his coronary calcium score, "So the president has heart disease--those numbers qualify him for having heart disease."

Where was CNN's "chicken little" act when Barack Obama, the first president to smoke cigarettes since Lyndon B. Johnson, was in office?



What about genetics, Gupta? Trump's mother passed away when she was 89, Trump's father died when he was 93.

The president is 71.

Curry not surprised about Lauer allegations

On the other hand, why didn't she speak out sooner?

From USA Today:
In her first television interview since leaving NBC in 2015, Ann Curry told CBS This Morning about the organization's "climate of verbal harassment."

Curry, who co-anchored the Today show with disgraced host Matt Lauer from 2011 to 2012 as part of over 25 years with the company, spoke for the first time Wednesday about the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the entertainment and media worlds, calling them "overdue."

"We clearly are waking up to a reality and injustice that has been occurring for some time," she said. "I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken. This is about a power imbalance, where women are not valued as much as men. I'm not talking about people being attracted to other people. I'm talking about people in a workplace who are abusing their power and women and men are suffering. And I think the fact that people are speaking out is important, and the fact that we are moving against this imbalance of power is absolutely overdue."

When pressed by CBS This Morning hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell about Lauer, Curry didn't say her former co-host's name, with whom she had a notoriously rocky working relationship, but alluded to her unceremonious departure from the Today show in 2012.