Life in the city: July 2007 Archives

Today we visit the Scottsdale neighborhood, or better known as St. Bede parish, on the Southwest Side almost two weeks after a rumble at Durkin Park sparked concern of racial tension in that part of town.

I spend the day talking to folks at the park and around the neighborhood about the "changes" in Scottsdale, once a white neighborhood that has become diverse with a healthy mix of whites, black and Hispanics.

When neighbors who I talked to spoke frankly about racial concerns in the neighborhood, they said that they aren't sure if recent fight, which sent one teenager to the hospital, was racially motivated. But all the talk about the possibility that race was a factor, struck a nerve with many folks, especially blacks and Hispanics who moved into the 60652 zip code in recent years.

What's your take on the state of Scottsdale?

Let your voice be heard here.

Joe Losacco's got rat trouble, so he takes matters into his own hands. He catches them in traps and exterminates them the old fashioned way -- think hot boiling water and drowning. Tips he picked up working at a butcher shop when he was a kid.
That's been his last resort since the city won't pick up the rats he catches in a borrowed trap

Do you have trouble in your neighborhood that needs fixing? Tell me your story.

Bogan High School student Jeremy "Jovan" Bavginear with his six backup dancers, Infinite.
They took home the $100 prize. (92 bucks after teh $8 entry fee.
That's $13.14 each.

Congrats Jovan.

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.

Mark Konkol

Mark Konkol covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can e-mail him or call (312) 321-2146.

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