Wow, it looks so inviting. I was feeling bad for the bums that have to sit out in front of that hotel without anything pretty to look at.
Awww ... so lovely. That makes all the difference in the world.Actually, something about putting a shine on a turd comes to mind.
or lipstick on a pig?
The sad part is that money is being spent on flowers and holders, and not on air conditioning. Or something more substantial that chicken wire cages for the residents.The conditions in there have got to be subhuman in the sweltering heat.And all the flowers in the world aren't going to help that.
Well said Truman Square Neighbor.
Again, if there were animals like dogs living there, we have protest outside demanding better conditions. Too bad there or no crazy human activits. We tend to care more about animals than we do humans atleast in Uptown. Shiller would not stand for bad animal care, but gives two polished turds about the people she stacks up for votes. What a shame. The city should be embarressed
Can urine and spit help flowers grow?
Anon 1:52...Like your post.Anon 12:49 PMBums... right.
"Can urine and spit help flowers grow?"Bet we'll find out soon enough.
I noticed those earlier this week, especially because I've been looking all over for wall baskets like that. They're not easy to find, and they're not cheap!
this place is a dump, and woefully mismanaged- I get that. but isn't it ironic that when grafiti is left up, and shillers office window is broken, you all bitch about not applying the 'broken windos theory'- and yet here someone is doing just that- and you still bitch.flowers are pretty, regardless of where. and yes, they should use the money on something else more substantial.
Sorry, Anon 4:16, I disagree that the Wilson Hotel is a "broken windows" situation. That theory goes: "Fix the problems when they are small."I think the Wilson Mens Club has gone far beyond a "small problem." They could put carrera white marble on the doors and it would still be a huge problem on that stretch of Wilson.A friend of mine is involved with having an abusive animal shelter shut down. Yet those who object to the warehousing of humans in that hotel are accused of hating the poor. The conditions inside that place are just a travesty.(I get that you and I are in agreement on this point. It just continues to amaze me that such a dump exists by treating people that way. Maybe I'm just getting mushy now that my nieces and nephews are growing up, but the men who live there are someone's nephews and sons. How many family members envisioned their kids growing up to sleep in a hotel with chicken-wire rooms? It's heart-breaking.)
Anon 2:35, try Gethsemane Garden Center at 5739 N Clark in Andersonville
It is too little too late but at least they tried to be a good neighbor to their new restaurant next door, even though one has to run the gaunlet of guys to get in the door.
again, how did jay blomberg get a license? what other slum building does he own and how much did he give daley and shiller... follow the money... wise up uptown act like you are living next to king richie and you will get results
The Wilson Club Hotel is an affordable, clean home for some 200 men. It is a place for the poor to live. Would you prefer to add these 200 men to the homeless population ?They can't afford better housing.If you don't like the place - move away.Long live the Wilson Club Hotel 1124 W Wilson.
Jay Blomberg owns or manages several uptown properties, all SRO hotels. Typical slumlord. He owns/manages the building at 916 Wilson, east of Sheridan and the building just west of the Wilson Club at 1134 Wilson. He also owns/manages at least one building near Foster/Kenmore. In fact, almost every SRO/flophouse in the city of Chicago can be traced back to five or six individuals. They tell themselves that they're providing low cost housing for the poor. This allows them to sleep at night, I guess.
I remember the Wilson Club driving by with my Dad as a kid in the 60's, and it allways had a forboding aura about it. Does anyone know/care the building's original purpose when it was built? It couldn't have been to house that many people. Seems like the fire codes are being violated many times there. Does anyone remember the fire at the SRO on Lasalle St in Old Town back in the 80's? Bars on the windows caused several deaths on a cold winter night.