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Your Silent Sorrows In Empty Rooms was uploaded to Flickr

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River North at night

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I took Your Silent Sorrows In Empty Rooms on July 04, 2011 at 03:58PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 07, 2016 at 01:32PM

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February 7th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Snowy Evening Under the El Tracks was uploaded to Flickr

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January, 2011, to be more precise

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I took Snowy Evening Under the El Tracks on February 01, 2011 at 06:06PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 03, 2016 at 10:30AM

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February 3rd, 2016 at 10:39 am

You Cannot Truly Escape was uploaded to Flickr

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Cook County Forest Preserve somewhere

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I took You Cannot Truly Escape on August 11, 2011 at 04:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 02, 2016 at 01:28PM

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February 2nd, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Double Door In Danger Of Closing

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Tour Bus Double Door
Tour Bus Double Door

Wicker Park would seem weirdly empty without the Double Door, I hope they win their lawsuit…

Joe Shanahan, co-owner of Double Door, one of the anchor clubs during the rise of the Wicker Park music scene in the ’90s, is facing eviction. But in his first public statement on the monthslong legal battle, he vows he won’t go quietly.

“We’re not going down without a fight,” he said in an interview. “We’ve done the Rolling Stones, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Flaming Lips, Greg Dulli and so many important artists there. It supports the community. We want to stay.”

Shanahan, who also owns the Metro in Wrigleyville, has been one of the pillars of the Chicago music community for decades. He opened Double Door with partner Sean Mulroney in 1994, just as Wicker Park was gaining international recognition as a hub for the city’s emerging bands and artists, including the Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Material Issue, Eleventh Dream Day and countless others.

The fight, which continued this week in Cook County Circuit Court, touches on whether Double Door gave the landlord proper notice that it wished to extend the lease. Schiff introduced documents that included a lease extension request letter from Double Door’s Mulroney dated April 24, more than 180 days before the lease expired, as required by the contract. Strauss’ attorney, Bonita Stone, said the landlord never received the letter and that she wanted to question Mulroney.

The Double Door attorney also contended in court papers that Strauss was operating as a partner of the club and was receiving monthly dividend checks for most of 2015. The landlord “breached his fiduciary duties” to the club, according to the Double Door complaint.

 

(click here to continue reading Double Door won’t go down without a fight – Chicago Tribune.)

Double Door Liquors
Double Door Liquors

Written by Seth Anderson

February 2nd, 2016 at 9:38 am

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Soho House Developer Plans Another Hotel for Fulton Market

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Urban Melodrama
Urban Melodrama

And the real estate hits keep coming…

The red-hot West Loop/Fulton Market District’s hospitality scene is showing no signs of slowing down as Shapack Development is set to unveil a Morris Adjmi-designed 11-story hotel proposal at the northwest corner of Lake and Green Street. Fresh off the success of their acclaimed 40-room Soho House, the Chicago-based developer is upping the ante with a 165- to 171-room project just one block south at 832-850 W. Lake, a site currently occupied by a low-rise meat packing business and parking lot. According to a conversation with Crain’s, developer Jeff Shapack confirmed the new development will include ground floor retail and dining, parking on the second floor, office space on the third and fourth floors, and hotel rooms up to the building’s 11th level rooftop deck. The hotel operator has not been announced, but with both the nearby Ace and Nobu hotels also in the pipeline to meet the area’s surging demand for hip lodging, a boutique brand would be a good guess for Lake and Green as well.

(click here to continue reading Soho House Developer Plans Another Hotel for Fulton Market – Hotel Boom Town – Curbed Chicago.)

This location is slightly outside of the new Fulton Market Historic District boundaries, I wonder if that was planned.

Fulton Market District
Fulton Market District

Written by Seth Anderson

February 1st, 2016 at 8:08 am

Chicago Police Hid Mics, Destroyed Dashcams To Block Audio

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City of Chicago Emergency Management Surveillance Vehicle
City of Chicago Emergency Management Surveillance Vehicle, recording civilians when they want to.

Police who intentionally skirt civilian oversight by destroying or disabling their dashcams should be fired, plain and simple. Or at least severely reprimanded. The police need to come back to being part of society, not standing alone from it, without accountability. Serve and protect used to be the motto, but destroying evidence of police actions only serves to protect the police themselves.

Why are so many police dashcam videos silent?

Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all, DNAinfo Chicago has learned.

Police officials last month blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent of dashcam videos on officer error and “intentional destruction.”

A DNAinfo Chicago review of more than 1,800 police maintenance logs sheds light on the no-sound syndrome plaguing Police Department videos — including its most notorious dashcam case.

Maintenance records of the squad car used by Jason Van Dyke, who shot and killed Laquan McDonald, and his partner, Joseph Walsh, show monthslong delays for two dashcam repairs, including a long wait to fix “intentional damage.”

Between Sept. 1, 2014, and July 16, 2015, maintenance technicians assigned to troubleshoot and repair dashcam systems reported 90 incidents where no microphones were found in squad cars, according to police logs.

Another 13 inspections during that period turned up only one microphone in squad cars that were supposed to be equipped with two audio recording devices, according to the logs.

On 30 occasions, technicians who downloaded dashcam videos found evidence that audio recording systems either had not been activated or were “intentionally defeated” by police personnel, the records show.

(click here to continue reading Chicago Police Hid Mics, Destroyed Dashcams To Block Audio, Records Show – Archer Heights – DNAinfo.com Chicago.)

An important story, and you should read it all…

Written by Seth Anderson

January 29th, 2016 at 11:37 am

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Candy Is The Answer was uploaded to Flickr

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Clark St., Andersenville

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I took Candy Is The Answer on January 26, 2016 at 08:19AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 26, 2016 at 02:19PM

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January 26th, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Americana Submarine with Cigars was uploaded to Flickr

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Clark and Van Buren, under the El tracks

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I took Americana Submarine with Cigars on November 29, 2015 at 06:27AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 31, 2015 at 12:15PM

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December 31st, 2015 at 12:25 pm

That time of night when you can’t sleep, but know you shouldn’t fix yourself another drink, so you stare out the window, and listen to the rain was uploaded to Flickr

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aka the 3 AM Blues

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I took That time of night when you can’t sleep, but know you shouldn’t fix yourself another drink, so you stare out the window, and listen to the rain on December 20, 2015 at 06:01PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 21, 2015 at 02:16AM

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December 21st, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Sun Setting On A Sacred Cow was uploaded to Flickr

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The Prentice Women’s Hospital and Maternity Center, now demolished.

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I took Sun Setting On A Sacred Cow on September 30, 2012 at 11:05AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 20, 2015 at 04:17PM

You Got To Move was uploaded to Flickr

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State St, I think

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I took You Got To Move on June 02, 2010 at 07:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 12, 2015 at 10:56AM

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December 12th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Seeming To Be was uploaded to Flickr

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flowers, Lincoln Park.

Testing out the newest edition of Alien Skin’s Exposure

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I took Seeming To Be on September 13, 2015 at 06:04PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 09, 2015 at 09:44PM

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December 9th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

An Image of Metaphors was uploaded to Flickr

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rain droplets on my back porch

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I took An Image of Metaphors on September 12, 2015 at 11:29AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 06, 2015 at 05:59PM

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December 6th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Joe Strummer – “Without People You’re Nothing” was uploaded to Flickr

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artist unknown. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

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I took Joe Strummer – “Without People You’re Nothing” on September 07, 2015 at 01:59PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 05, 2015 at 07:55PM

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December 5th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Law Breaking By Police Is Not Acceptable

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Police Line - Do Not Cross
Police Line – Do Not Cross us…

The police are becoming more and more like an occupying army, obeying their own codes, and ignoring laws at will. Of course #notAllCops – but what troubles me is that the rogue cops always seem to have the backing of the rest of the police. How else can you explain the Chicago Police actions in the  LaQuan McDonald execution? Why exactly did police officers on the scene immediately try to destroy evidence? Why are those cops still employed? Jason Van Dyke should serve time for 1st Degree murder, but his buddies shouldn’t get off scott-free. 

As the shocking video of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is played worldwide, other footage from the scene that night has gone missing.

Minutes after McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke on a Southwest Side street, several police officers entered a Burger King located just yards from where the teen fell, demanding to view the restaurant’s password-protected surveillance video, Jay Darshane, a district manager for the fast-food chain, told the Tribune this week.

Darshane said the restaurant’s assistant manager called him that night saying about four or five police officers were inside demanding the password to access the surveillance video. He authorized the manager of the store — who wasn’t working at the time — to give the code to the officers.
The officers stayed on the scene until almost midnight and even brought in their own information technology specialist when it appeared they were having trouble operating the system, Darshane said. 

The equipment had been in perfect working order for weeks before the shooting, Darshane said. But the next morning, Burger King discovered the 86-minute gap when investigators with the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings, sought to make a DVD copy of the surveillance video. Missing was any footage from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., Darshane said.

When the video system kicked back on, it recorded two police officers in the Burger King office who appeared to be looking at something on the monitor over and over, according to Michael Robbins, an attorney representing McDonald’s family.

“It is curious,” Robbins said. “If they got there and turned it on and found that there was no video, what were they looking at for two hours?”

(click here to continue reading Burger King manager told grand jury of gap in Laquan McDonald video of police shooting – Chicago Tribune.)

Or Pay The Price
Or Pay The Price.

I’ve thought about this for days actually, and it still puzzles me. What possible rationalization can the police give for obstructing justice? Other than the obvious motivation that these rogue cops felt there was some illegal or morally ambiguous action they performed that was worth covering up, and they expected that there would not be consequences from their bosses, nor from the rest of the Chicago Police.

These four or five police officers, and their IT specialist need to be named, and to also be charged with a crime. I’d be happier if these criminal thugs were no longer employed by my tax dollars.

Written by Seth Anderson

November 30th, 2015 at 8:23 am