Voice Of The Urbane

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January 3, 2014



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.

About the Author

Hermene Hartman
Hermene Hartman serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based, Hartman Publishing Group, INC. NDIGO, was founded in 1989 and is a significant voice in Chicago. Hartman provides social commentary on WVAZ's 102.7 radio Monday - Friday at 9:15 a.m. She is an author and appears as a guest on TV with commentary. Ms. Hartman is the founder of The NDIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational pursuits.


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