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Posts from January 2014

“The Rich Melman of Howard Street?”

I always enjoy the ambiance, as Pete’s devoted customers range from neighborhood residents (many of whom were participants in the 808s Dance program that I used to be involved in), local businessmen (such as the optometrist next door), and transit riders (and workers) utilizing (or working for) the transit lines just outside. No matter who you are, Pete and his staff will treat you with kindness, respect and professionalism.
Posted by Mike G on January 28, 2014 |

Consider NCR’s Proposal for Greenleaf Firestation

We see the Firestation on Greenleaf as a community center and community resource. Several of our not for profit community partners have indicated that they have need for small office space and meeting or workshop space. Because NCDC and NCR will not need the meeting area all day-every day, this space will be available for lease by our community partners for seminars, small classes, Board meetings, membership meetings, lectures, and workshops. We can also host after school programs or local artists events. This first floor meeting space can also be a community gathering spot for special events.
Posted by Mike G on January 09, 2014 |

In Memory of Carl

Carl’s biggest thrill was offering people an opportunity to experience their dreams. If Carl learned that someone was suppressing their creative side, Carl would do all he could to help that person overcome any obstacles and find their inner voice. It didn’t matter who the person was – their age, or even their creative talent was not an issue. If Carl sensed that they had a suppressed desire to be creative, Carl wanted to do whatever he could to help inspire that person to pursue that dream, and achieve that feeling of awe one can experience through self expression through art. This is what he did many years ago with my father.
Posted by Mike G on January 04, 2014 |

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Mike G's photoMike Glasser

Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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