Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Sign Still Remains


  1. Here's an interesting link to a website about a development in Hyde Park. There is a comment about a Chicago zoning restriction that forbids any salon from being within 1000 feet of another salon. Sounds like Ald. Preckwinkle doesn't like the idea of too many nail and hair salons in her ward.

  2. James is correct. There is an ordinance forbidding salons from being less than 1000 feet apart.

    And the ordinance exists for good reason. Stroll down the streets up Uptown and count the number of salons. It's probably the number one type of (legal) business being conducted (Currency Exchanges run a close second). Could you imagine an entire economy based on getting your hair cut or nails done?

    Anyway, back to the the original impetus for this comment...

    Just like anything else in the 46th ward and the city of Chicago, a small contribution to the Alderman or Mayor will get you a variance on that zoning ordinance.

    Mosa, Sunil 721 Van Auken St
    Elmhurst, IL 60126 $500.00
    7/8/2006 Individual Contribution
    Citizens for Shiller

    Good job, Sunil, and good luck in your business venture that will have to compete with another similar service just down the street.

    It's always smart business to provide a low cost, low margin service that's already being provided nearby.

    I think that's how Donald Trump got rich.

  3. That's fascinating stuff mystery man. I wonder how many of the more befuddling zoning choices also coincide with a donation.

    On the other hand, I really wouldn't be surprised if the vast majority of businesses in our ward have given some money to her. It's just Chicago politics. The more telling information would be what kind of zoning variances she HASN'T allowed and why.

  4. Isn't this salon in Alderman Smith's ward?

  5. Jack:

    I was merely referring to James' comment about the zoning ordinance and the 1000 feet rule, and how simple it is to have rules bent for you if you donate money to the alderman.

    I have no idea where the pictured salon is, nor do I really even recall the issue with their sign that was referenced.

    Sorry for any confusion.

  6. Give me a break...there are other businesses that have the same density

    the area around Wriglyville is surrounded by bars. [i]Could you imagine an entire economy based on [b]alcohol?[/b][/i]

    Or, for economy on another drug, coffee shops / Starbucks?

    On Devon avenue, it's Jewelry stores & clothes.

    On Argyle, restaurants & grocery stores.

    It makes sense that many businesses sprout up to meet area demand for a paricular product or service.

    If you're somewhat familiar with African & African American culture -- it can take up to 14 hours to get braiding opposed to a white male's head, where 15 minutes (including wait time) seems like an eternity.

    A hair salon is a business that is very achievable for many low income people.

    Would you rather see empty store fronts or more people selling drugs or their own body for money?

    The original issue is that the sign is too garish for some people's tastes...but no worse than Frankie J's/ The Spot's sign, or the Holiday Club on Irving Park. It seems like a pretty petty complaint, to me.

    This location is just south of the Sun Mall that has Citibank; across from the post office.

    "Printer's Row"?

  7. Then why does the ordinance exist, JP?

    Please enlighten and inform me some more.

    By the way, your analogies suck. The Cubs and Wrigleyville is a giant economic machine that generates hundreds if not thousands of jobs, and total revenues must be hundreds of millions of dollars.

    I don't care if it takes 5 minutes or 48 hours to get your hair cut. You can't build an economy on it.

    Again, JP, tell me why the ordinance exists. That's the argument that's relevant.

  8. I believe the ordinance exist because it allows salons/spa owners to dominate a certain geographic area allowing to build clientele and providing a steady flow of work for employees. If there is an over flow then the customer(s) or individual would have to go to another location that provide the service. Its not about building the economy; but about people owning and operating their own establishment; ENTREPRENUERship! which happens to provide jobs whether its a salon, a boutique, a shoe store or whatever. Every little bit STILL counts. I am not for the ordinace or against the ordinance but it serves its purpose.