Bronzeville's blues have nothing to do with music

Full story: Chicago Tribune
Like any decent Chicago blues song, the tale of the Bronzeville "Blues District" is ending on a down note - a lonely finish after a steady beat of toppled dreams and urban despair. Read more
John Bobd

Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 27, 2009
All this alderman does is destroy. When is she going to build something. No one sees her all she is doing is collecting a check and wasting tax payer money
The Blues is the Roots

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#2 Feb 28, 2009
The Blues is the Roots, Everything Else is the Fruits. This is what legendary Blues man Willie Dixon always said. "Is the Blues relevant for the Bronzeville Community today", of course. The Electric Blues was created in Chicago, it is the creative expression from journey of the Great Migration. The Black Metropolis National Heritage Area (18th Street to 71st Street) encompasses not only Chicago's official Blues District but the home of Chess Records, the Home of Muddy Waters, the site of the Checkerboard Lounge and Oak Woods Cemetery where Junior Wells is buried. The 47th Street District features a brand new 1,000 seat Theatre and yet there is a question as to wheter the district (which has available vacant lots) can become a viable entertainment district. The
Chicago Blues Museum has been invited by the community to relocate to this district and we need to make that happen. Thanks to Blu 47 and Jokes & Notes for holding it down. Kudos to East Lake Management for bringing in new dining destinations this year. The Bronzeville Chamber of Commerce soon open its office at 47th & King Drive. Blues is Big Business in Chicago, Bronzeville has an authenitic story to share and tell (the movie Cadillac Records has created new interest among young people) and the Entertainment Industry is still fueling America. Bronzeville had better learn how to enjoy the fruits of its labor and stop letting everybody else eat from the tree.
Harold Lucas 3rd Ward

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#3 Feb 28, 2009
The story about the alledged Bronzeville Blues District on East 47th Street, in today's Chicago Tribune was a direct insult to the authentic cultural blues history and legacy of Chicago's African American communities!
This end of Black history month story reflects an anthropological study about a protracted struggle for electoral power, political corruption and blatant misuse of tax payer dollars in the 3rd Ward, rather than preserving the authentic cultural legacy of the 47th Street commercial business district.
Former 3rd Ward Alderman Tillman, and current 3rd Ward Alderman Dowell, are not native Chicagoans. In my humble opinion as a 3rd generation native Chicagoan, civically engaged 3rd Ward resident who voted to elect Pat Dowell Alderman and long term Bronzeville community organizer/developer, both have acted at times like demigods and have not respect or appreciated the authentic history of Black Metropolis,as the primary destination of the Great Northern Migration!
The authentic Bronzeville Blues District in reality, was originally planned by community resident stakeholders for the 43rd Street/ Muddy Waters Drive!
3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell who if I am not mistaken, at the time worked for the City of Chicago Department of Planning, knows that this is a historical fact!
In this long suffering culture of political corruption in Chicago, we can no longer put all our trust in hands of elected officials who time after time abuse the power of politics, to control, misuse and misappropriate tax payer dollars for personal gain, nepotism and self aggrandizement.

Bus tours of Bronzeville, the original home of Chicago blues, are the most popular part of the official neighborhood tours program. A recent redevelopment boom along the south lakefront and in Bronzeville has revived the prospects of a plan cooked up in the '80s by neighborhood developers and the city for a reconstituted blues district along 43rd Street, already renamed Muddy Waters Drive. It's part of a larger impulse to exploit the artistic and historical resonances of black Chicago that, for better or worse, are most effectively compressed for marketing and consumption in the form of Chicago blues. With the advent in the '90s of the downtown House of Blues and the recent opening of the adjoining House of Blues hotel--a hermetically imagineered theme park that formalizes the informal relationship suggested by the proximity of Buddy Guy's Legends to the Hilton--the union of Chicago blues and tourism has entered its Disney phase.
History of the 43rd Street Muddy Waters Blues District
Gerri's historic Palm Tavern was firebombed and destroyed by political forces aligned with former 3rd Ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman and the city of Chicago!
Mama Gerri Oliver was systematically conspired on and physically evicted in the closing and fire bombing that destroyed her 47th Street historic landmark business by a city of Chicago employee, who was subsequently rewarded with a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Focus on authenticity!
Muddy Waters at All About Jazz

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