Art in Bronzeville
I was going down the 39th street ramp onto Lake Shore Drive when I spied this work. I had to circle back and briefly stop on the ramp to get this shot. It's in an inaccessible spot between the rail tracks and the Drive.
Out & About (1)
Glorious January Day. You know how gray Chicago is in Winter. This day sent many out biking or just walking. This is the new bridge over Lake Shore Drive at 35th Street.
Out & About (2)
Glorious January Day. In my biking days, you had to pick up your bike and carry it up the steps and roll it over the bridge. It's much nicer to just keep riding over a wide bridge to the other side.
I'm sure this Bridge was in the works long before my complaints. Years ago I sent pictures of the old unpainted, rusty Bridge on 35th Street along with the picture of the flower-laden Bridge over LSD from Lincoln Park to Mayor Daley's office. I also uploaded those pictures on CMC. The staff sent me a letter telling me the State agency responsible for the Bridges. The Agency sent me a picture of the proposed bridge. They started building this new Bridge about 3 years ago. I also carried my pictures to the Alderman's office, which is located about 3 blocks away on 35th. The entrance to the old bridge was sort of hidden and scary to approach or walk over. I was a little too abrasive with him (I'm from the 60s) but I always disliked the uneven treatment between the North & South sides of Chicago. However, those Pictures were more powerful than words. I sent them to Rham's office when he became Mayor. The Bridge was in the works for years and probably slowed down by the recession, like the abutment around the Point has been. Anyway, whether it will do any good or not, you just can't be silent with politicians -- you have to agitate through letters, pictures and of course, the vote.
The fans aren't thrilled by a name Guaranteed Rate Field; they want a guarantee the team will, at least, make the postseason anytime soon. Owners hold Cities hostage -- threatening to leave unless the City build them a new stadium and will bend-over and name ball-parks & stadiums after any Company with the highest bid. What if "Fertilizer Unlimited or Preparation H" had the highest bid? (Hemorrhoids Field?) Thanks for tradition: Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden - for keeping the names our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers knew.
But -- "The poor will always be with you" John12:8. And also being with us are those who are addicted and the mentally ill. And we must do better as a Nation, to help them all.
The workers are here, on Chicago Ave, near Water Tower Place. I know it's January 19th and for many it is about time -- But not for me! I want the Christmas Spirit & Christmas Colors to last year-round. So Merry Christmas! again Everybody.
When there's no snow or mist to add beauty to the drabness of a Midwest Winter, there's always a Sunset. And the Sunset or Sunrise does not have to be in glowing clouds over the Great Lake or glittering through tall trees of a Forest Preserve -- But as you're just driving along -- the Sun will always rise & set with another picture to add a little beauty to any of the many neighborhoods across Chicagoland. On east 83rd Street.
But His or Her work can't help but be noticed and He or She has turned an ordinary fence into something of beauty.