Ald. John Arena using arts to revatalize ward – Chicago Tribune

Ald. John Arena using arts to revatalize ward – Chicago Tribune

Originally posted on ChicagoTribune.com

Story by Rick Kogan

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-alderman-john-arena-arts-20140718-column.html

It rained early Monday morning, and when it did there were no people to be seen on the 4000 block of Milwaukee Avenue on the Northwest Side. Many of the businesses there, the sort of establishments to be found in most any part of the city — currency exchange, clothing store, bakery, cellphone shop, salon/spa — were hours from opening. There were a couple of empty storefronts, also a common site in most neighborhoods, some more than others. But in …

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