WBEZ | 50 wards http://www.wbez.org/tags/50-wards Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 50 Wards in 50 Weekdays: 34th Ward’s Ja’Sharee Martin says Ada Park is less safe, but still a good neighborhood http://www.wbez.org/news/50-wards-50-weekdays-34th-ward%E2%80%99s-ja%E2%80%99sharee-martin-says-ada-park-less-safe-still-good <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/photo use.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>My map shows us squarely in the Morgan Park neighborhood, but Ja&rsquo;Sharee Martin knows the truth.</p><p>&ldquo;This is Ada Park,&rdquo; Martin says, during a break on the basketball court. &ldquo;Ada Park is a okay neighborhood. You know, we still have violence around here. But it&rsquo;s some place where you come and&hellip;your kids can grow up at.&quot;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342024968-0" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/neighbor_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In several parts in the city, I&rsquo;ve heard similar statements, a combination of neighborhood disappointment and neighborhood pride. Martin says she doesn&rsquo;t go outside much, because she&rsquo;s scared of the shootings.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not like we a bad neighborhood or something like that. We a good neighborhood.&rdquo;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1342024893-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/violence.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;You still have, you know, your older people&hellip;the senior citizens around here that you grew up around, &ldquo; she says. &ldquo;My grandmama and my granddaddy, they went to [nearby] Shoop Academy. They went to Morgan Park High School. So, they been living around here for a very long time.&rdquo;</p><p>Martin says she is 19, in massage therapy school downtown and lives at her grandparents&#39; house just down the street from the park.</p><p>&ldquo;Neighborhood wasn&rsquo;t bad back in the day. You know, when I was growing up it wasn&rsquo;t bad until all this gang-banging started happening.&rdquo;</p><p>Martin blames that violence on newer residents to the neighborhood who arrived after most of Chicago&rsquo;s high-rise housing projects were demolished.</p><p>&ldquo;The gunshots around here is &ndash; you know, I&rsquo;m used to it,&rdquo; Martin says. &ldquo;I just got used to it more recently. You can&rsquo;t tell&hellip;a gunshot from a firework around here. You know, around [July] 4th, you&hellip;got to listen and see if it&rsquo;s a gunshot or a firework.&rdquo;</p><p>She says fireworks pop off and then make a splatter sound.</p><p>&ldquo;Gunshots don&rsquo;t,&rdquo; she says.</p><p>The latest violence was last Saturday, Martin says. She&rsquo;d heard that a 16-year-old boy got shot in the park.</p><p>&ldquo;I ain&rsquo;t go outside, but I just heard the gunshots and the ambulance came,&rdquo; she says, adding that she heard the kid was shot in the leg, but was okay. &ldquo;He wasn&rsquo;t out there when the ambulance came.&rdquo;</p><p>When we talk politics, Martin says she doesn&rsquo;t know much, doesn&rsquo;t really watch the news. She says she thinks Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing a good job. She likes his push for a project near and dear to the Far South Side: the extension of the CTA&rsquo;s Red Line, which now ends at 95<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>&ldquo;If he extend[s] the Red Line, everybody don&rsquo;t have to take the bus. They can, you know, get on [the train] where they live at.&rdquo;</p><p>That project has stalled and stalled through the years. If it actually happens, it&rsquo;ll be well after Martin finishes massage school. But she&#39;s good. Her grandma drives her to the train.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/50-wards-50-weekdays-34th-ward%E2%80%99s-ja%E2%80%99sharee-martin-says-ada-park-less-safe-still-good Does Chicago really need 50 aldermen? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/does-chicago-really-need-50-aldermen <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/preckwinkle at board_2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Currently, there are 50 aldermen on city council&mdash;one for each ward. But according to one of &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; guests Monday, it could be smaller. Emily Miller is a policy and government affairs coordinator with watchdog organization the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a>. A <a target="_blank" href="http://bgathinktank.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/cutting-size-of-chicago-city-council-bga-analysis-does-the-math/">new analysis</a> from the BGA says downsizing Chicago&rsquo;s city council and consolidating wards could streamline city government and save taxpayers millions. Not so fast, says former alderman <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/pols/faculty/dicksimpson.html">Dick Simpson</a>, who currently heads up the University of Illinois at Chicago&rsquo;s department of political science.</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/does-chicago-really-need-50-aldermen