Calendar: House & Hall

Events coming up in the next couple, including:

This Sunday at the House Cafe will be a free show starting at about 11 am-Its a good opportunity for people to come downtown shop, have lunch and a Mamosa at the House cafe and visit some other places.. but back on topic.All four bands have some connection to either downtown or the John street/College Ave area.

And

It started with higher fees for the builders and developers, then the bar owners, the restaurant owners, and now the landlords and tenants of this community. The fees and restrictions threaten the survival of DeKalb businesses by driving up costs and driving away customers.

And now the City is looking to enact legislation to fast track the seizing taxpayer’s homes/property under “home rule” and shortcut the careful protection currently afforded against unreasonable seizure under current State law and our local courts.

If you believe enough is enough then don’t sit back and wait any longer. Join us, Monday July 28 at 5:30pm, in the parking lot on 4th and Grove (next to the Chinese Restaurant). Bring your sign and join the march on City Hall. United we stand.

11 thoughts on “Calendar: House & Hall”

  1. The paperwork for Monday’s meetings is up on the City’s Web site. For the Pearl Street area, there is discussion about an art area as a possible plan, and the paperwork specifically mentions NIU students.

    Nice idea, wrong place.

    There is a concentration of art and music students living in the John Street area. Somebody needs to tell the city that art portfolios are large, bulky, and a pain to carry. They seriously do not want 100+ art students crossing Lincoln Highway. That idea would be better suited for the John Street area, after someone remembers to talk about the flooding problem which cannot be ignored. Also, with the railroad tracks there, it is just best that whatever commercial things that could go there, should go there. Nobody really wants to live right next door to railroad tracks. People do that when they cannot afford to live other places.

    [Conflict of Interest]–Since 2006, I started informally talking with some art folks in Iowa who have a special program. If the art living/working area concept happens, oh boy, do I have the tourists who would show up and the go ahead and permission to bring the Iowa model to Illinois. It is on my long-term ‘to do’ list for 2010.

    One other thing, there is a lot of language that renters are “undesirables” floating around, in the Pearl Street plan and in general. Not all renters are undesirable.

  2. Kay, I was talking just yesterday with another art lover who brought up what sounds similar to your Iowa model, just taking place in another part of the country. Also you two are neighbors. I am going to try to get you together.

  3. Interesting conflict, Kay. :-)

    John Street. There are some who think the City doesn’t want the artsy students from John Street crossing the highway… because they want to replace them with a grand River Walk that would make the entrance to NIU’s campus a scenic first impression.

    Creative types tend to party, based on my experience. John Street/College Avenue has been the Bohemia of DeKalb since I’ve been around. And since I’ve been around, I’ve heard complaints about the partying that goes on there. Artsies can be naive about their festivities and hardcore after bar hours drunks often take advantage of them. That adds credibility to the complaints, IMHO.

    Art and music students are often the most broke of the college bunch. They will not be able to afford the new condo-style apartments in the new Pearl Street Neighborhood. They won’t be desired tenants there anyways because, well, they’re non-conformists. But if John St is to be razed for a River Walk where will that part of our community go?

    Flooding is a real issue (on both sides of the Lincoln Hwy bridge) that must be mitigated in any and all plans — even in status quo. I think it should be first public discussion, even before tax revenue projections from development, fiscal impact, etc.

    The innuendo created from not discussing goals, objectives and objections for John Street is a catalyst for community division.

  4. Something else on the Council agenda which should ring alarm bells is the fact that the discussion of the “Official Vacancy” (read: appointment of the acting mayor) will occur in CLOSED session. Quite alarming if you ask me.

  5. Ed… from Wikipedia: The term bohemian, of French origin, was first used in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the untraditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities. Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or antiestablishment political or social viewpoints, which were often expressed through non-marital sexual relations, frugality, and/or “voluntary poverty”.

  6. “# anon Says:
    July 27th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Something else on the Council agenda which should ring alarm bells is the fact that the discussion of the “Official Vacancy” (read: appointment of the acting mayor) will occur in CLOSED session. Quite alarming if you ask me.”

    Aw, I thought that was about the Fire Chief’s retirement.

    Hey Mac, yes, the art and music students are often the most broke of the students and no, they already cannot afford the newer apartments on the north side of campus, which is why they are in the John Street area. There is no way they would be able to afford any new apartments in the Pearl Street area. Here is the new reality of some college students and check it out, it is from *FOX News* who chose to run this AP story, not some left-wing libr’l, bleeding heart newspaper:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,391488,00.html

  7. Mac

    I think Wikipedia has us mixed up with the gypsies. Us real Bohemians are decedents of Bohemia and are Hard Working, God Fearing, Beer Drinking people just like the Irish.

    When I looked around the John Street / College Avenue neighborhood and could not find “Pevo” advertised I knew it wasn’t really little Bohemia.

    Pevo

  8. Ed, I think you should explain to the non Bohemian types, Croatian included the pevo actually is a derivative of beer.

    Actually written as pivo (a single beer), most of our favorite is piva (two or more beers). Also pivo can be used to mean drink (of course referring to beer as the beverage) and piva would mean depending how asked, have you been drinking? been drinking? drinking?

  9. “because they want to replace them with a grand River Walk that would make the entrance to NIU’s campus a scenic first impression.”

    There is already a scenic first impression, it is those gates on Castle Drive and the East Lagoon. On the other side, it is the new Alumni Building.

    If anyone wants to do anything about image and looks, what about tackling that giant dirt pile to the west of the Convo Center? Too bad it is too rough for kids to use for sledding during the winter.

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