Lockport Boxing Club
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Gramps

Lockport, IL

#1 Mar 20, 2009
I understand that a boxing club is going in at 929 S. State Street where the furniture store used to be. I'm not opposed to having boxing in Lockport, but I'm just not sure that downtown is the right place for it.
Lockport Opinion

Winfield, IL

#2 Mar 20, 2009
Gramps wrote:
I understand that a boxing club is going in at 929 S. State Street where the furniture store used to be. I'm not opposed to having boxing in Lockport, but I'm just not sure that downtown is the right place for it.
This will only bring more undesirable people into our downtown area. How could the city council even think this was ever a good idea. They should all be voted out of office, assuming they are up for re-election in April.

I was talking to someone from Plainfield a while back and they were saying that they don't come into Lockport because the downtown scared them when they came one summer. They saw all of the bikes outside Uncle Richies and thought we were nothing but a biker bar town. NOW they want to add boxing too? This will definitely hurt the downtown and the whole TIF. Who the heck wants to invest millions when you have that type of reputation in your downtown?
Buddy

Lockport, IL

#3 Mar 20, 2009
I saw a public notice sign in the window at that place, and I thought it had some future date on it. Do you know if it's been voted on yet? If not, we should all voice our feelings to our aldermen right away. I'm certainly not ready to vote my alderman out over it, if he hasn't even voted on it yet. It does seem odd to put something like that right on State Street. I think it would be more appropriate if it was near the sports dome.
Gramps

Lockport, IL

#4 Mar 20, 2009
The public notice sign in the window says that there will be a public hearing about this at 7:00 PM on March 24 at city hall. Apparently, these people just signed a lease and moved in with out getting any approval from the city.
Kate

Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 20, 2009
Lockport Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>This will only bring more undesirable people into our downtown area. How could the city council even think this was ever a good idea. They should all be voted out of office, assuming they are up for re-election in April.
I was talking to someone from Plainfield a while back and they were saying that they don't come into Lockport because the downtown scared them when they came one summer. They saw all of the bikes outside Uncle Richies and thought we were nothing but a biker bar town. NOW they want to add boxing too? This will definitely hurt the downtown and the whole TIF. Who the heck wants to invest millions when you have that type of reputation in your downtown?
I don't know anything about this boxing club....is it a gym that has kickboxing or is this a straight up boxing club?

As far as that person from Plainfield, judging an entire town on some bikes in front of a bar is pretty ridiculous. How small-minded can you be? If you (collective you, not you specifically lockport opinion) judge people by their outward appearance, you have bigger problems. IMO.
Lockport Opinion

Winfield, IL

#6 Mar 20, 2009
Kate wrote:
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I don't know anything about this boxing club....is it a gym that has kickboxing or is this a straight up boxing club?
As far as that person from Plainfield, judging an entire town on some bikes in front of a bar is pretty ridiculous. How small-minded can you be? If you (collective you, not you specifically lockport opinion) judge people by their outward appearance, you have bigger problems. IMO.
Believe me, I let the snob from Plainfield know that they were nuts. I couldn't agree with you more, but it is a shame that anyone would ever think that of our city and a boxing club will only make it much worse.
Homer Glen Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 22, 2009
Kate wrote:
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I don't know anything about this boxing club....is it a gym that has kickboxing or is this a straight up boxing club?
As far as that person from Plainfield, judging an entire town on some bikes in front of a bar is pretty ridiculous. How small-minded can you be? If you (collective you, not you specifically lockport opinion) judge people by their outward appearance, you have bigger problems. IMO.
Boxing is too dangerous for brain damage or death. No one should box. Perfect example is Muhammad Ali, tons of money, but where is his health...Many have died this way too. Look back at a list of fighters of the ring. There are so many more constructive hobbies and exercise, like reading books to expand your horizons. Walking is a great exercise for all. I don't think we were created to physically punch another person in the head, or stomach, etc..unless if it were a case of self defense.
Lockport local

Wheaton, IL

#8 Mar 22, 2009
Homer Glen Mom wrote:
<quoted text> Boxing is too dangerous for brain damage or death. No one should box. Perfect example is Muhammad Ali, tons of money, but where is his health...Many have died this way too. Look back at a list of fighters of the ring. There are so many more constructive hobbies and exercise, like reading books to expand your horizons. Walking is a great exercise for all. I don't think we were created to physically punch another person in the head, or stomach, etc..unless if it were a case of self defense.
Sounds good to me! Why don't we give the idea to Mayor Daley, about adding reading and walking (slowly), to the 2016 Olympics. Seniors with cataracts and joint replacements could participate. These events would be in lieu of boxing for seniors. We all know they have already suffered too much brain damage, from all that boxing they did in their earlier years.

Why not replace track and field with hop-scotch, jump rope, kick the can (lightly), sandcastle building (only two stories.

I am sure that people that box only in self defense will be perfectly able to defend themselves, if they read the book. Reading the book on boxing probably will expand your wasteline, more than your horizons. The kid with the big wasteline will get "snot" kicked out of him, if we were to take the advice given.
Homer Glen Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Mar 23, 2009
Lockport local wrote:
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Sounds good to me! Why don't we give the idea to Mayor Daley, about adding reading and walking (slowly), to the 2016 Olympics. Seniors with cataracts and joint replacements could participate. These events would be in lieu of boxing for seniors. We all know they have already suffered too much brain damage, from all that boxing they did in their earlier years.
Why not replace track and field with hop-scotch, jump rope, kick the can (lightly), sandcastle building (only two stories.
I am sure that people that box only in self defense will be perfectly able to defend themselves, if they read the book. Reading the book on boxing probably will expand your wasteline, more than your horizons. The kid with the big wasteline will get "snot" kicked out of him, if we were to take the advice given.
I can't respond to a post that is this idiotic, thank god you said and not me
Homer Glen Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Mar 23, 2009
Lockport local wrote:
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Sounds good to me! Why don't we give the idea to Mayor Daley, about adding reading and walking (slowly), to the 2016 Olympics. Seniors with cataracts and joint replacements could participate. These events would be in lieu of boxing for seniors. We all know they have already suffered too much brain damage, from all that boxing they did in their earlier years.
Why not replace track and field with hop-scotch, jump rope, kick the can (lightly), sandcastle building (only two stories.
I am sure that people that box only in self defense will be perfectly able to defend themselves, if they read the book. Reading the book on boxing probably will expand your wasteline, more than your horizons. The kid with the big wasteline will get "snot" kicked out of him, if we were to take the advice given.
Oh and Lockport Local I only want the best for you so maybe you can visit the new club, and someone will Knock some sense into you, get it! Now go get your boxing gloves on you Moron!
Homer Glen Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Mar 23, 2009
Homer Glen Mom wrote:
<quoted text>I can't respond to a post that is this idiotic, thank god you said and not me
said it (omitted word)
Lockport local

Wheaton, IL

#12 Mar 23, 2009
Homer Glen Mom wrote:
<quoted text>Oh and Lockport Local I only want the best for you so maybe you can visit the new club, and someone will Knock some sense into you, get it! Now go get your boxing gloves on you Moron!


"ETU" to these remarks!
Reed Michael

East Peoria, IL

#13 Mar 23, 2009
To say that people over react would be the understatement of the millenium. Is the boxing club open? Is it moved in? It is going to be a gym. There are no "Boxing Clubs". They just opened one a new one in Orland too. They teach boxing, kick boxing and martial arts. They usually have childrens classes and everything. Does not sound like the devils playground to me. Also I am a mother of 3 and I am in the PTO, I am against violence, and I rarely drink...I took kickboxing for 3 years. So are you all really that concerned about the crowd a fitness facility will bring in?
Lockport Opinion

Glen Ellyn, IL

#14 Mar 23, 2009
Reed Michael wrote:
To say that people over react would be the understatement of the millenium. Is the boxing club open? Is it moved in? It is going to be a gym. There are no "Boxing Clubs". They just opened one a new one in Orland too. They teach boxing, kick boxing and martial arts. They usually have childrens classes and everything. Does not sound like the devils playground to me. Also I am a mother of 3 and I am in the PTO, I am against violence, and I rarely drink...I took kickboxing for 3 years. So are you all really that concerned about the crowd a fitness facility will bring in?
Really, a fitness facility in downtown where there isn't any parking? If our city council approves this, they must be nuts. You make every other business in town that has opened up build a ridiculous amount of parking spaces into their plans, but you will allow a "fitness facility" that aparently wants to hold classes for the masses, where there is absolutely no parking?
Homer Glen Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 23, 2009
Lockport local wrote:
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"ETU" to these remarks!
Does that stand for easily tanked up? LOL
William

Lemont, IL

#16 Mar 23, 2009
Reed Michael wrote:
To say that people over react would be the understatement of the millenium. Is the boxing club open? Is it moved in? It is going to be a gym. There are no "Boxing Clubs". They just opened one a new one in Orland too. They teach boxing, kick boxing and martial arts. They usually have childrens classes and everything. Does not sound like the devils playground to me. Also I am a mother of 3 and I am in the PTO, I am against violence, and I rarely drink...I took kickboxing for 3 years. So are you all really that concerned about the crowd a fitness facility will bring in?
From what I understand, the boxing gym opened without a permit or even seeking approval from the planning commission. Their lease was up in East Joliet, so they moved their equipment in one day and started training here. It was after the fact that the city noticed and asked that they come before the planning commission for approval.

The place is not just a boxing ring; it has two batting cages in back for little leaguers. I don't really see how that as a good mix; little kids doing batting practice alongside grown men boxing each other, especially in such a little space but, that's just my opinion. I know I wouldn’t leave my kids in such a place.

It's not a martial arts facility. It's definitely old school boxing. I looked in the window when they were operating and it looked like a dumpy old gym out of some movie. There was even a poster on the door promoting an upcoming fight in Joliet.

I have nothing against boxing, but to put this thing right in the center of the old historic district seems to be about the stupidest place possible. It’s true, there is no parking to handle car loads of kids for the batting cages and I can’t imagine a bunch of sweaty guys who just finished boxing walking out onto the street and doing anything positive for the image of downtown.

Besides, once a boxing gym has a foothold there, we’ll never attract anything decent in the future. They have to think about what sort of businesses would want to open next to them in the future.

Since: Mar 09

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#17 Mar 23, 2009
William wrote:
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From what I understand, the boxing gym opened without a permit or even seeking approval from the planning commission. Their lease was up in East Joliet, so they moved their equipment in one day and started training here. It was after the fact that the city noticed and asked that they come before the planning commission for approval.
The place is not just a boxing ring; it has two batting cages in back for little leaguers. I don't really see how that as a good mix; little kids doing batting practice alongside grown men boxing each other, especially in such a little space but, that's just my opinion. I know I wouldn’t leave my kids in such a place.
It's not a martial arts facility. It's definitely old school boxing. I looked in the window when they were operating and it looked like a dumpy old gym out of some movie. There was even a poster on the door promoting an upcoming fight in Joliet.
I have nothing against boxing, but to put this thing right in the center of the old historic district seems to be about the stupidest place possible. It’s true, there is no parking to handle car loads of kids for the batting cages and I can’t imagine a bunch of sweaty guys who just finished boxing walking out onto the street and doing anything positive for the image of downtown.
Besides, once a boxing gym has a foothold there, we’ll never attract anything decent in the future. They have to think about what sort of businesses would want to open next to them in the future.
Right
we have lots of bars and we did have a tattoo parlor and and Tisch's pawn shop that was real nice too!
opinion

AOL

#18 Mar 23, 2009
The person from Plainfield, just want you to know that some of those bikers that you see in front of Uncle Richie's in Lockport are prominent business men, a lawyer and a doctor. I know there are several groups of bikers there, but some are much higher class and earn more money then you will ever know.
beverly

Homer Glen, IL

#19 Mar 23, 2009
Second Ward Tax Victim wrote:
<quoted text>Right
we have lots of bars and we did have a tattoo parlor and and Tisch's pawn shop that was real nice too!
kelly turner, you are so far above everybody else in this world, that you can be a critic.
Lockport Opinion

United States

#20 Mar 23, 2009
William wrote:
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From what I understand, the boxing gym opened without a permit or even seeking approval from the planning commission. Their lease was up in East Joliet, so they moved their equipment in one day and started training here. It was after the fact that the city noticed and asked that they come before the planning commission for approval.
The place is not just a boxing ring; it has two batting cages in back for little leaguers. I don't really see how that as a good mix; little kids doing batting practice alongside grown men boxing each other, especially in such a little space but, that's just my opinion. I know I wouldn’t leave my kids in such a place.
It's not a martial arts facility. It's definitely old school boxing. I looked in the window when they were operating and it looked like a dumpy old gym out of some movie. There was even a poster on the door promoting an upcoming fight in Joliet.
I have nothing against boxing, but to put this thing right in the center of the old historic district seems to be about the stupidest place possible. It’s true, there is no parking to handle car loads of kids for the batting cages and I can’t imagine a bunch of sweaty guys who just finished boxing walking out onto the street and doing anything positive for the image of downtown.
Besides, once a boxing gym has a foothold there, we’ll never attract anything decent in the future. They have to think about what sort of businesses would want to open next to them in the future.
You are absolutely correct and this is what many people in town are saying. Several of the downtown establishments do nothing to help us revitalize our downtown area and this will definitely put a nail in the coffin.

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