2013 was quite a year. We saw a lot of things happening.  Here’s what we saw as the most significant.

  1. Roseland Hospital threatened closure. Rev. Jesse Jackson made some noise and Governor Quinn provided emergency funding. The close of this hospital would have devastated health services on the south side.


  1. Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 57 schools, making it the largest school closings in American history.  The schools were located mostly on the south and west side of Chicago affecting African American children.


  1. Ventra Card was introduced on CTA transit before all of the kinks were worked out.  Why the transportation system needed a bank card, in the first place, is still unanswered.


  1. Chicago got a new transportation city in the form of Blue Bikes (Divvy) in key city spots.  Noticeably absent are the bikes for the south and west side.  Perhaps we are waiting on a new color.


  1. Chicago’s crime rate has decreased, just not all over the city.


  1. The Closing of Dominick Grocery stores has increased Chicago’s food deserts.


  1. Hyde Park has been renovated with the opening of hotels, new restaurants, movie theater and additional retail on 53rd Street.  It has to be one of the most difficult streets to find parking on in the city.


  1. Powerful politicians were sentenced to jail, but no one stole any money.


  1. Black businesses are shrinking and closing.


  1. The world saw a Pope resign for the first time in 600 years. Pope Benedict resigned and Pope Francis became the Holy Father.


  1. Detroit filed bankruptcy.


  1. The world lost a leader with the deal of Nelson Mandela of South Africa.

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