Construction in the hood

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Roger and Sue Rhodes nearly lost their home when construction next door nearly caved in their home's foundation.

But a lot of times the problems that come with teardowns are more annoying than anything else.

Tell me your tale of woe about construction gone wrong your block.

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In 1930s, Waveland Avenue got its name when a golf course was built where it meets the waves.

My sentiments go out to Roger and Sue Rhodes. I understand perfectly the hassles and frustrations that are intensified by disregarding developers. I've experienced the disregard of my neighborhood since I moved in back in 1971. An elected official would only appear during elections and you would only know it by the stenciled markings of their names on the sidewalk. Since then, the gentrification rolled in and along with it continued disregard. Not a smile, not a kind jesture, nothing from the construction crew or the developer. They care only about getting that building up and sold. The surroundings are simply a disturbance. The city moto doesn't work when the plans do not include those that have placed them there, so much for "The City that Works"?

This will be a very interesting subject for comments.

Nothing gets homeowners more emotional than new construction, that includes those of us accepting a second mortgage larger than our first.

We lived in our Chicago home for ten years before attempting to add onto the back, discrete and only visable from the back. The neighbors accross the street went balistic, egged our car and harrased us for weeks. We sold the house with several offers; we chose the tacky couple who moved in and immediatly added the biggest ugliest second floor the neighborhood has ever seen.

My parents were/are also stuck in a nightmare. They live in Bucktown-also one of Ted Matlak's former areas. The house that is still being built nextdoor to them--for the last 2 or more years--has been one thing after another. The builder wanted to build the house right up against theirs, meaning no air circulating through the house. The workers damaged the side of the house and their remedy was a very sloppy cement patchup. The neighbor on the other side just recentlysold their home to a developer. The house will be torn down and another mostrosity will be built. They are afraid of what is going to happen. The house on the east side is not having anything done for teh past several weeks and when they were putting in the drainage, they did not do it as they said they would. My parents are wondering of something will happens later. Complaints to Matlak's office, like in your story, were many and it took very many to get stop orders placed when they did not have correct permits and other issues.
My parents have lived in their home for almost 50 years, raised 6 children and now grandchildren and great grandchildren visit. When I grew up in Bucktown, the homes were great single family homes, and now they are mini-mansions that anyone can build. They wonder why taxes are so high. Buy a home and tear it down, no history. The yards, if there are any left, are blocked off by homes that extend all the way to the garage and alley.

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