The Central Austin Neighborhood Association has reached a settlement with the city of Chicago aimed at addressing the chronic disparity in police response times to calls from white neighborhoods compared to primarily Black and Brown neighborhoods. CANA, led by Serethea and Ron Reid, filed the lawsuit 10 years ago.
Alleging that three businesses along the same strip of Madison Street in Austin neighborhood allow an environment of loitering, drug dealing, gambling and public indecency, community members met last week with city officials and the business owners to create a plan to resolve the issues.
The Central Austin Neighborhood Association is hosting the free event that will feature gift ideas from local artisans. There will be door prizes for the first 50 customers who make a purchase. Stop by from 2 to 6 p.m. at Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield.
Tired of seeing beer cans and empty bottles in the neighborhood, the South Austin Neighborhood Association wants the statute broadened to prohibit the sale of liquor within 100 feet of parks and playgrounds.