GWNA E-Newsletter, February 9, 2017


What’s Up? With the Wilson Underline


The Wilson Underline, , is alive and well. The amazing public plaza plan continues to build strong community support. The original Wilson Underline Survey, conducted in March 2016,, 931 respondents overwhelming prefer the Wilson Underline plaza design. Instead of the CTA plan for fenced-in parking lot.




The Lakeview Low-line public plaza (Located at the Brown Line Paulina station), shown above, is another example how activating under-L tracks space creates thriving community places.  Brett and Matt, our Wilson Underline team leaders, recently met with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.


Now five 46th Ward Block Clubs have sent Wilson Underline support letters to Ald. Cappleman:

  • Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association
  • Buena Park Neighbors
  • Dover Street Neighbors Association
  • Beacon Block Club
  • Magnolia Malden Block Club click to read the Block Club letter and Ald. Cappleman’s response in support of the Wilson Underline.


We continue to build support and collaboration with other organizations and block clubs. We are in the process of applying for funds that will provide a very good financial base to create the dynamic Wilson Underline public plaza,


Stay tuned!



Accountability—CHA Falls Flat on its Face for Safe Housing Practices


During these turbulent times, accountability is the Chicago BUZZ word. If government organizations serving our communities were all held accountable for implementing their practices in an appropriate and timely manner, our world would be a different place.


For example—The CHA falls flat on its face in dealing with gang tenants that threaten our public safety.  Sheridan Park continues to be riddled with gang murders, random daytime shootings and blatant drug dealing from gangs living comfortably in CHA properties. The most notorious Black P Stone leaders,  the Sims brothers, live without fear of eviction at the CHA 4425 N Malden property.


Despite hundreds of 911 calls over the past two years—two of the three brother still live at 4425 N Malden with their mother.


On September 6, 2016, Greg Sims, the oldest brother,  was shot in the chest and killed near Kenmore and Wilson.  During the prior few years (while living at CHA housing at 4425 N Malden) Greg had been arrested numerous times and convicted of crimes. Greg Sims was seen trespassing on CHA property (at 4454 N Magnolia) on several occasions in the weeks leading to his death.


Greg’s younger brothers, James and Jabri, are 18 years old and have been seen dealing drugs on a continual basis while using CHA housing as a home base for conducting drug sales and other gang activity. James was arrested at 4441 N Malden (next door the CHA housing at 4425 N Malden)on August 11, 2016 for the Class X Felony of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school.


A picture of James’ mugshot is attached and is included in this link:


Jabri has been arrested on the following dates in 2016: Sept. 1, 3, 21; Oct. 20, Dec. 9. A picture of Jabri’s mugshot is attached and included in this link:


Time to hold the CHA accountable for their lackadaisical enforcement of tenants not in compliance with safe housing practices.

Our goal this summer, no murders, no drug dealing, no shootings, no gangs. What’s it going to take to hold the CHA in compliance?


Please forward to your neighbors with a personal note—sign up for the GWNA E-Newsletter. Get involved and be part of our community’s transformation.


And always remember…


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

GWNA e-Newsletter, January 6, 2017

Iyanze Restaurant was temporarily closed by the Police Commander after a double homicide early New Year’s day at 4:25am


Apparently nearby business owners had complained about the late night parties hosted at Iyanze Restaurant, 4623 N Broadway Ave..  The community was largely unaware about these parties. Click here to read the full DNA Info article.

Our block club has strengthened our communications with Sheridan Park Block clubs and Buena Park Neighbors to improve public safety and collaborate on important community projects like the WILSON UNDERLINE and Sunnyside Mall.  Time to expand our block club communications to the east side of Broadway.

GWNA Newsletter, December 30, 2016

As we say farewell to 2016, we also say adieu to Julianne Scherer, our most extraordinary GWNA friend and neighbor.

Capturing the boundless energy and fantastic ideas Julianne generated and implemented in our community dazzle us all…

Lead architect designer on the Wilson Underline with her co-pilot Brett Weidl—equally amazing landscape architect.  Championing the Sunnyside Mall Committee.  Creator and event planner for the Annual Sunnyside Mall Arts & Music Fest… And this is only a small sampling of Julianne’s feats.

“As an active Sunnyside Mall Committee member and resident of Uptown, the tactical urbanism event  helped me see more clearly just how much the people in our community believe in one another and our public spaces. The day of the installation we had an impressive volunteer group composed of  architects, city planners and landscape architects but what I wasn’t expecting was just how many regular neighborhood folks would come out to join us in our efforts; excited to work together to create something so unique. The entire event and finished product not only represented a special idea (that we can take back our wonderful community spaces), but it held an even deeper meaning because it was created by the people who live there and invest in it on a day to day  basis.
— Mrs. Brett Weidel, Sunnyside Mall Committee

Julianne, her husband Albert and their beloved Kona are on to their next great adventure in the mountains of Denver!

A little piece of them will always be in our hearts and transforming public spaces that will continue to connect and build our Sheridan Park community!

May 2017 Bring Us All a New Spirit of Community Collaboration and Joy!

GWNA e-Newsletter, December 21, 2016


Wilson Underline on Our Santa’s Wish List


This holiday, the Wilson Underline is on our Santa’s Wish List—we can all keep that dream alive through our thoughts and actions.

Before we head out to far away family gatherings, or celebrations right here. Take a few minutes to remember and act now.




We’ve come a long way since conducting the Wilson L public space survey—with 935 responses and an overwhelming 94% saying…

We want the Wilson Underline Public Plaza!   Click to see survey responses.


The WILSON UNDERLINE momentum continues to grow.  Five Uptown block clubs near the Wilson L Station have signed and sent a letter to Alderman Cappleman showing their full support of the Wilson Underline.  Click here and click on support to read the Block Club letters.


Keep the Wilson Underline Petition signees growing. SIGN THE PETITION HERE! If you haven’t signed, please do. Also share, post, tweet, forward to your friends and neighbors.


The Wilson Underline Public Plaza is similar to the Lakeview Low-Line project, located by the Paulina Brown Line Stop in Lakeview.


Click here to see the video and design concept for Lakeview Low-Line


This summer, the Lakeview Low-line held a very successful Farmer’s Market that continues to grow yearly.

The Wilson Underline surely can be home to a wonderful community Farmer’s Market…and more, with your support!


May you have a most magical, joyful Holiday. Believe dreams do come true.

And always remember…..

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

GWNA Newsletter—Wilson Underline, Sign the Petition Now!

After a short hiatus, the Wilson Underline,, momentum is growing stronger as more citizens speak out in support of this vibrant public space.  We recently launched the Wilson Underline petition. Close to reaching the 500 signature mark in a week!  We ask you to support by signing, posting and sending the WU petition to keep our voices strong and clear—we want the Wilson Underline Public Plaza!


Please show your support for the Wilson Underline Public Plaza by signing the petition to bring this vision to life: SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

Join the Wilson L Public Space Committee in calling upon the City of Chicago, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappelman, and the CTA to listen and respond to the community and our message: A lively public plaza in Uptown will transform our neighborhood and bring renewed positive activity and benefits for the community.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!



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GWNA Public Safety Alert—Uptown’s Hi City Hoola Gang Shooting Rampage Aimed at Police Officers

November 6, 2016

Sunday night, 7:42 PM.  Gunfire once again exploded along Wilson Ave. This time, Chicago Police Officers were on foot patrol and ensued chasing the shooters. One of the shooters turned and began firing shots at the police officers! Thankfully no one was hit by the gang bangers’ bullets.

Within minutes, our Sheridan Park streets were a sea of blue flashing lights on Police SUVs.

Two shooters were arrested. One arrest at the CHA 4446 N Magnolia property.

The second male was arrested in the place he lives in the 4800 block of N. Magnolia

Read all about the latest shooting spree covered in Crime in Boystown & Wrigleyville (insert link)

Uptown’s 2016 murders, with a heavy concentration in the Sheridan Park and Clarendon Park communities, stands at 9 fatalities so far.

Forty shootings, that’s right, 40 shootings on our streets.

We commend and are extremely grateful for the outstanding Chicago Police response.

However, it is not the Chicago Police Department’s job to assure the subsidized housing, where most of these gang fools live, follows best practices for screening tenants, promptly deals with tenants not in compliance and removing/evicting those who destroy our public safety.

What’s missing in solving this escalating public safety issue?
When are we citizens going to stand up and demand the CHA, VOP and other subsidized housing providers do their job? Clean out the gangs? And bring peace back to our community?

And always remember…..

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

GWNA e-Newsletter, November 1, 2016


Another Murder, Another Shooting, Happy Halloween in Sheridan Park


While Halloween night on Sheridan Park streets hosted Trick or Treating kids and their parents, another kind of scary was happening in Uptown.


Gunfire once again rang through the streets at 6:50 PM last night.  911 callers reported another shooting by Truman College just west of the Wilson L station.  According to Uptown Update, a 24 year old male was transported to Illinois Masonic, where he died.


A second shooting was reported around 11PM at the Sunnyside Mall near Malden. This time, a 15 year old male was shot in the leg.


These gang murders and shootings come on top of Tramell Williams’ murder on Wednesday, October 26, at 4Pm outside the Voice of the People building at 4431 N Racine. Williams had been living in the 3rd floor south unit since CHA ousted the Williams brothers and their mother a few years ago.


Now the one remaining brother, Andre Williams, who’s alive and not in jail, is seeking revenge. See his photos below.


Keep your eyes peeled for Andre Williams. He’s hard to miss. Stands 6’4” and walks with a limp from gunfire wounds.


Andre Williams lives at/around the CHA 4425 N Malden property with the Sims brothers. He also may hang out at the VofP 4431 N Racine property. His brother Tyriese is in prison.


It is alleged that Williams has been a designated shooter and was a Black P Stone leader, although his rank is currently unknown.

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The police have done an outstanding job. The real culprits that have failed miserably to “provide safe housing” in our community are the CHA and Voice of the People folks. Their lack of good tenant practices and reinforcement of tenant guidelines makes them the real bull-eye for reform.


And always remember…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.