Current Works

10 Sep
Socore Energy
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This is a CMS that was for a Solar Energy company. I worked on the front-end of the site and helped develop layout...

18 Nov
GreenFeast
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This site is the non-profit I am a director of.  It has a whole lot of awesome things happening, and It is a...

10 Sep
Blue Moon Revue
drew 10:32:19 AM

This is a CMS that I built for the band Blue Moon Revue. It makes it possible for them to post shows and pictures...

14 Feb
Coast
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This is the new site for Coast, A new bluegrass band in Chicago.  I made the site to help promote their shows,...

14 Jun
REM Photography - Site Redux
drew 10:02:39 AM

This is the reworked version of an original site. The main challenges were to get a way to organize the information...

14 Jun
Burton History Trees
drew 10:14:13 AM

This is The e-commerce platform I built for my company Burton History Trees.  I used Drupal Ubercart to get It...

21 Aug
Jolie Wernette-Horn Portfolio
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This is a portfolio I made for Jolie. It uses Drupal to let her customize her slideshows and organize her content....

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Foster Ave. Lake Shore & Mohawk Ironworkers

The recently completed Lake Shore Drive Underpass on Foster is very interesting, if not somewhat eyebrow raising if you have looked into the past history of Native Americans in Chicago specifically In the Uptown area. The population was created starting with the Federal Governments relocation program. Then began to assert itself through various clubs and movements brought on through the years of the civil-rights movement.

Here are a few facts courtesy of Google books:

  • Since the 50's Chicago has been a destination of transmittal for Native Americans
  • in the 70's 56 % of all Native Americans in Chicago lived in Uptown (4000)
  • Uptown is about 100 sq blocks (8 sq miles)
  • Native Americans made 50% less then white families

Native American population in Chicago is now estimated at around 10,000. I'm Currently using The U.S. Census Bureau's Thematic Map to see where the highest percentage living in Chicago resides now and I am not surprised to see that Uptown still retains a high percentage, I am surprised to find that a larger trend is occurring towards the south-western area of the city.

It's possible that the trend of movement from the north-side of Chicago to the more industrial south-western ares is a result of jobs, housing, and general opportunity. I would like to think that as some of my reading suggests, many Native Americans remained on the north to be closer commute to Wisconsin, which holds several communities including the Oneida, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, and Ojibwa. That would defiantly beat riding east on 290 then merging and taking a hellish underfunded 94 to the Wisconsin border where you siphon off to one lane and a 90 mile distance seems like 190.

Here are some other articles If your interested:

Lake Shore thrives

Encyclopedia of Chicago - Native Americans

Daily life of Native Americans in the twentieth century

Druzi-Articles

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