Mitchell: Investing in retail strips is one way to fight crime

It is  hard to believe, but 75th Street, between Jeffery and Yates, was jumping in the ’80s. Today, when you drive through the area, you might see two or three stragglers. Outside of fast-food joints, there are more vacant storefronts than there are retail establishments. The residents living in this part of the city take the desolation in stride.
March 14, 2017

Business in the Ironbound is suffering as Newark’s fearful immigrant community hides

Alessandra's Beauty Salon on Ferry Street is usually packed with Newark immigrants who come to get their hair cut or their nails done. But things have changed. "The people don't come in,'' said Alessandra Lima, the salon owner. "Everybody is worried.'' Elsewhere in the diverse Ironbound section of the city, other business owners tell a similar story. The lunch and dinner crowd at Delicias de Minas restaurant on McWhorter Street is smaller. And immigrant customers have not been showing up as much at the Casa Nova Grill on Adams Street, or a second location across the street from the salon.
March 14, 2017

New Grocery Store Planned For Woodlawn Near Cottage Grove ‘L’ Stop

WOODLAWN — Officials from Preservation of Affordable Housing said Monday they are close to securing a lease with a new grocery store for Woodlawn.
March 14, 2017

Woodlawn sees another chance at revival in Obama library

Like his charismatic father before him, the Rev. Byron Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God in Woodlawn, knows how to pack the house and work the crowd. More than 400 people showed up in the church's banquet hall recently to talk about the prospect of a neighborhood renaissance — a painfully elusive goal for the long-idle South Side enclave but one that its backers say is within reach now that the Obama Presidential Center will be built next door in historic Jackson Park.
February 23, 2017