What is your role in the 47th Ward?
As Director of Constituent Services in Alderman Pawar’s Office I ensure that city services are providely adequately to ward residents and organizations. In particular I handle issues regarding zoning, commercial development, business support, public art, environmental initiatives and special events/festivals.
Your relationship to the Ravenswood and Lincoln Square communities?
My area of responsibility includes the sections of Ravenswood and Lincoln Square contained within the 47th Ward, roughly from Clark to the river, from Foster south to Addison. Our office has a block club initiative in which we have made contact with a number of folks in all neighborhoods of the 47th Ward regarding settting up representative neighborhood associations. So we communicate regularly with these block clubs within Ravenswood and Lincoln Square.
You mentioned the idea of creating a stronger “brand” or flavor for the neighborhoods of the 47th ward. If you had to define that brand or identity now, what would be a couple words that you’d use to describe it?
Germantown/Germanville, Ravenswood Arts/Music-alive, Quality Schools-Quality Living, Progressive Neighborhoods, Unique Community Resources (DANKHaus, Old School of Folk Music, LillStreet, Chicago Mosaic School, etc.), Pedestrian Oriented shopping districts (4700 block of Lincoln and Ravenswood L stops).
What do you think defines the personality of the Damen corridor (at the Damen stop) and Ravenswood?
The small locally-owned businesses which cater to everyday needs of local people. Businesses that are in touch with the community. Pedestrian and bike friendly streets and services. A beautiful pattern of street layout, diverse and architecturally pleasing buildings, spread of businesses, and mature trees and attractive landscapes.
What makes it unique?
The small scale feel at pedestrian zones like around the Damen stop; the architecture, size of buildings and range of various business uses in the Ravenswood industrial corridor; and the emphasize on the arts and music.
Do you have any regular spots you like to visit in the ward?
My office! I love it. The ethnic restaurants in the area, especially those within walking distance of my office. When I have more free time, I’d like to explore Clark Park and other natural areas by the Chicago River.
Any favorite events?
Being new to the ward I have yet to experience the many annual events here. I do enjoy having three farmers markets in the ward.
What do you love about this neighborhood?
The people who care about their neighborhoods and act to keep the quality of living here high. The impressive range of resources contained in a relatively small geographic area. The range of businesses, especially restaurants and arts & cultural venues. The network of schools and parks.
What would you like to see in this neighborhood (this can be business, social, spatial)?
More bike and pedestrian amenities. More community identification using public art and beautification with more planters and landscaped areas. More people coming out of their home to help others, especially through group activities.
Originally posted on www.awesomeleague.org