The rise and fall of certain grocery chains can tell us a lot about Chicago and its people. We are joined by WBEZ reporters Monica Eng and Natalie Moore who detail grocery store openings and closings as a way of tracing Chicago’s growth and gentrification.
According to Angela Caputo’s recent cover story for the Chicago Reporter, “More than half of the $500 million dollars spent on Chicago Park District improvements since 2011 went to just 10 of the city’s 77 neighborhoods. And seven of those 10 neighborhoods are increasingly white, affluent and have access to outside money.”
Angela Caputo, investigative journalist at the Chicago Reporter, joined Richard at the shop this week. They were also joined by: • Helen Juarez of the Kelly Park Advisory Council. and • Cassandra Francis of the organization Friends of the Parks.
Later in the program, Angela and Richard were joined WBEZ’s West Side Bureau reporter Chip Mitchell. Recently, Chip has been following the questions of Police Misconduct surrounding Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans. Angela has been covering this story for The Chicago Reporter as well. She’s also reported on the larger story of police misconduct in the Chicago Police Department and the Independent Police Review Authority.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.
This week, CNN aired its second episode of their 8-part series on Chicago which covered topics from the joyous Blackhawk victories to the darker side of Chicago which encompassed the fight to prevent public school closings and the fear of gun violence. But does the series accurately represent Chicago? Some may believe that if there was a misrepresentation, is it the fault of the creator, or the people they showed? Joined by the good Doctor Coya Paz, Brian and Alison share their robust analysis on the image of Chicago versus the reality in terms of gentrification, class and taxes.
Tune in now for this week’s Barbershop Show. The topic of discussion is the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: • Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation. • J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) • Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville • Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance and • Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
Yesterday just hours before the state playoff tournament was set to begin, the Homewood- Flossmoor basketball team was eliminated from the tournament because their head coach had illegally recruited players. The IHSA been trying to strike a deal with the team by offering 6 players the opportunity to stay and play in the tournament while the coach and the 11 players eliminated could not play. One of the eliminated players filed a restraining order that would have allowed the team to keep competing in the playoffs, claiming that the parents and the players were unaware of these eligibility requirements. On the flipside, the team did have more training time during the offseason from other teams, so did the recruiting even matter? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams along with Dr. Coya Paz discussed this story and explored further into the issue of gentrification.
Buzzer, the just opened play at the Goodman shows the effects of gentrification on the gentrifiers as an interracial couple move back to the “dangerous” New York neighborhood the boyfriend grew up in. Against better advice, they invite his recovering addict friend from childhood to move in with them. Actors Eric Lynch and Shane Kenyon joined us in studio.
You ever wonder how neighborhoods transition? Not from the perspective of traditional gentrification, but more so coexisting. Host Audra Wilson takes a trip down to the Chatham neighborhood to speak to some of the local businesses there.
Hyde Park, with a big push from the University of Chicago, is transitioning to a more economically dense neighborhood. But how do you develop an area without wandering into gentrifying it? We gathered a few perspectives to talk this one out. In the first clip, you’ll hear Joanna Trotter of the Metropolitan Planning Council detailing how the U of C and the investors in Harper Court worked with residents to design around their desires and concerns. We also heard the darker side of the construction project from Kiley Rusell, owner of Big Girl Make Up Bar and Spa which is right across the street. While there might be big payout 18 months from now, she is struggling to attract people to her newer business. Lastly, Wendy Walker Williams of the Southeast Chicago Commission spoke with us about upcoming community meetings for residents and business owners.