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"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:18 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming this construction degree that can be recycled and I wanna crush it, and the material has value. So I'm a recycler, and beautify that was his claim to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north on Dale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. For north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had lip gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it we knew become the win. We will cover up when going on mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did that business that just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it will be down the and dates and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rents girl, if it wasn't. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting rents. They will get an at homes. I mean some of the Vanna houses on block. Everybody was dental with Renton, but worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:42 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"The guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look way? How did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on? You. He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly coastal sweaters on, you know, like a dad's wetter Colonel like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop, and that he would, but John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming this is construction debris that can be recycled and I gonna crush it and the material value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. North Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had looked Los on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. You could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. We will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it, we knew become the where we will cover up. So when going on mass. So mill city did. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and put up on the side of the dump, and that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it will be down turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a Madinat that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rents girl, if it one hundred rats in one one and people were fighting threats they were getting their homes. I mean some of the Vanna houses on our block. Everybody was dental with.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:49 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"The spring of nineteen Ninety-six, one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain bulldozers began slowly chipping away at the tightly packed mass of concrete, and dirt filling up truck after truck after truck residents like Gladys Woodson who'd watched in those early days as John Christopher set up shop. Now watch the process, slowly, rewind goon because I'm saying, wow. Now, we that is gone. It's going to be gone. Can you tell us what that was like? Dusty does with the trucks, coming in to get the stuff. But at least they spray, the street them, which, Chris, John never did never did eight years after John Christopher. I showed up north Lauderdale, the cleanup was over, and it was all like, oh, Pepe smoke. Everything changed here. Rita Ashford's daughters, sharia and Michelle, this appeal just was one day going to news rolling home alone. They will be rolling all night long. Getting it out of that once broke. And when you looked up the power went from. You know, the kids used to run up in his on the top it went from being up. That's it is just like a horse goal. So Robin, what happened to this vacant lot in the end, twenty one acres, located right there in the city of must've been pretty coveted piece of real estate. Oh, yeah. It was basically like a blank canvas just waiting for the right kind of development. The kind that could build community ties or bring jobs and money back into the neighborhood, and especially after the embarrassment of operation silver shovel. This lot offered a chance for den. Mayor Richard m Daley's show called renaissance to finally touchdown in north Northland Dale not to offload on wanted trash, but to build something new, but, like so many other opportunities in this story, this one was also squandered, there have been several attempts to build on the slot over the past twenty years. But so far, none have been successful. And the lot is still empty today. And for many of the north Lonzo residents, I spoke to a prime piece of real estate, this big that has sat empty for this long indicates a larger problem kind of neglect, and abandonment that began long before John Christopher brought the first truckloads of debris to the lot and has continued long after what I wanna say is like, I can't believe that this happened in an American city. But the truth is, I can. What an incredible and frustrating story Robyn. Thank you so much for bringing it to us..

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:07 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"So we got him a cars and went on to visit. And it was this gigantic gigantic issue. Henry Henderson had learned that John Christopher, the guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on new? He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly coastal sweaters on, you know, like a dad's wetter kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop, and that he would, but John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction degree that can be recycled and I want to crush it, and the material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale. And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had lived gloves on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win is you have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we knew. Become the where we will cover up full when going on mouse. Ugly, someone that it did Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump made the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the dump, and that's where they did have business that just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes van, it would go back there really, like high, and it will be down turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rents girl, if it wasn't. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting rents. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the Vanna houses on our block everybody was dental with rents, but worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of MS Ashford's grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks. The dust from the dumps was making.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:45 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KCRW

"Christopher, the guy MS Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps, so he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What, what impression did he leave on? You. He's a very, very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on, you know, well, like a dad's wetter Colonel like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop, and that he would, but John Christopher had permits that he'd gotten from the city to operate, a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So is his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm a recycler, and I'm gonna beautify that was his claim as to what, what is actively whereabout, John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Lauderdale? And every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover. For north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had lip gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety she was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced we knew become the where we will cover up full when going on mass. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse, the guys they could come pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and it will be down there, turning dates, and everything, right there on the street. The dump had become a magnet, that's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if it wasn't. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting over threats they were getting their homes. I made some of the Vanna houses on black. Everybody was dental with rents, but.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:47 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"The cleanup continued through the spring of nineteen Ninety-six one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain bulldozers began slowly chipping away at the tightly packed mass of concrete and dirt filling up truck after truck after truck residents like Gladys Woodson who'd watched in those early days as John Christopher set up. Shop now watch the process slowly rewind sounded good. Wow. Now, we now he's gone. He's going to be gone. Can you tell us what that was like? Dusty Bodas with the trucks coming in to get the stuff. But at least they spray the street down, which Chris John never did never did eight years after John Christopher I showed up in north Lonsdale. The cleanup was over. And it was all like a half a smoke and everything changed. Here are Rita Ashford's daughters. Serena and Michelle disappear. He just was there. One day going to next rolling all my long. They will be rolling all night long getting it out of there once it broke. And when you looked up the power went from where you know, the kids used to run up in his stand on the top. They went from being updates. It is just like a horse. So robin. What happened to this vacant lot in the end twenty one acres located right there in the city. It must have been pretty coveted piece of real estate. Oh, yeah. It was basically like a blank canvas just waiting for the right kind of development, the kind that could build community ties or bring jobs and money back into the neighborhood. And especially after the embarrassment of operation, silver, shovel this lot offered a chance for then. Mayor Richard m Daley's so-called renaissance to finally touchdown in north London will not to offload unwanted trash, but to build something new. But like so many other opportunities in this story. This one was also squandered there have been several attempts to build on the slot over the past twenty years. But so far, none have been successful. And the law is still empty today. And for many of the north Lonzo residents. I spoke to a prime piece of real estate this big that has sat empty for this long indicates a larger problem, I kind of glass and abandonment that began long before John Christopher brought the first truckloads of debris to the lot and has continued long after what I want to say is like I can't believe that this happened in an American city, but the truth is I can. What an incredible and frustrating.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction degree that can be recycled, and I want to crush it and material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim is to what what is actually about. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly. You had gloves on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion where you have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we all become the where we will cover up for when going. I'm mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the doubt. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down the attorney and dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if you're one hundred one one and people were fighting they were getting their homes. I mean, some of the van houses on our block. Everybody was dealing with the rat. But worse than the rats.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:55 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Was actually running the dumps. So he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What impression did he leave on new? He's a very very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on. Well, like a dad's wetter kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop. And he would but John Christopher had permits that he'd gotten from the city to operate a rock crusher a giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify that was his claim is to what what is actually about. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly. You had looked blow your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we knew up become the where we'll cover up for one going. Mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump made the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the doubt. And that's where they did their business that just to be clear the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down the attorney dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl if one. Hundred one one and people were fighting. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the Vanna houses on our block. Everybody was dealing with Iraq. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of massage fridge grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks, the dust from.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:38 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KQED Radio

"June of nineteen ninety about a month after receiving her letters the city finally sent an inspector to check out the dumb by then it was already taller than you are I as the inspector put it more than six feet tall. Henry Henderson was a lawyer for the city who specialized in environmental issues. People who were working as inspectors in the city called me up and said, we've got this huge amount of material building up in this particular side. So we got in a cars and went out to visit. And it was this was this gigantic gigantic issue. Henry Henderson had learned the John Christopher the guy. Ms Woodson saw in the limo was actually running the dumps. So he called Christopher into his office for a meeting was that the first time that you had met with him. Yes. What did he look like how did he speak? What what impression did he leave on new? He's a very very large person. He had one of these incredibly colorful sweaters on well, like a dad's water kinda like that. Yeah. And I was struck by the fact that it looked like he had his nails done going into this meeting Henderson thought that he could demand that John Christopher stop. And that he would. But John Christopher had permits that he'd gone from the city to operate a rock crusher. A giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I want crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler and beautify claim is to what what is actively about John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had gloss on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. You have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that. We knew. Become the win. We will cover up for when going mouse. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side Dopp. And that's where they did their business just to be clear the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there really like high, and they will be down. Yeah. Turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl if one. Hundred one one people were fighting. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the houses on our block. Everybody was dental with rats. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of massage fridge grandchildren had severe asthma. And some of them is Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks. The dust from the dumps was making it harder for.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:08 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KCRW

"The cleanup continued through the spring of nineteen Ninety-six one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain bulldozers began slowly chipping away at the tightly packed mass of concrete and dirt filling up truck after truck after truck. Residents. Like Gladys Woodson who'd watched in those early days as John Christopher set up. Shop now watch the process slowly rewind soda good. Wow. Now, we now you've gone it's going to be gone. Can you tell us what that was like? Dusty bus with the trucks coming in to get this though. But at least they spray the street down, which Chris John never did never did eight years after John Christopher I showed up in north Lonsdale. The cleanup was over. And it was all like, oh, pather smoke and everything changed here are Rita Ashford's daughters. Sharona and Michelle visited he just was there. One day going to Knicks rolling all my long. They will be rolling all night long getting it out of that once a broke. And when you looked up the power went from. You know, the kids used to run up in a stand on the top. They went from being up there like a horse, so Robin. What happened to this vacant lot in the end twenty one acres located right there in the city. It must have been pretty coveted piece of real estate. Oh, yeah. It was basically like a blank canvas just waiting for the right, kind of development know, the kind that could build community ties or bring jobs and money back into the neighborhood. And especially after the embarrassment of operation, silver, shovel this lot offered a chance for then. Mayor Richard m Daley's so-called renaissance to finally touchdown in north London while not to offload unwanted trash, but to build something new by it's like, so many other opportunities in this story. This one was also squandered there have been several attempts to build on the slot over the past twenty years..

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"rita ashford" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

01:59 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on KCRW

"Back to construction companies to use in their building projects that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I wanna crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna be fire that was his claim as to what what is activities were about John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had. Glove on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you pay on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. You have the closer as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that. We knew all become the win. We will cover up full when going I'm else. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys Seca come and pull up on the side of the Dopp. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness. What the prostitutes being able to go back there and really like high, and it will be down the turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl in one. Rats it one one people were fighting those rents they were getting their homes. I mean, some of the van houses on our block. Everybody was dental with Iraq. But.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Giant machine that pulverizes concrete into gravel which can then be sold back to construction companies to use in their building projects. So that was his story about what he was doing is particularly aiming at this is construction debris that can be recycled, and I to crush it and the material has value. So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna beautify his claim is to what what is activities were about John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale. In a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly. Have you had look Los on your lip gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste the on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in one thousand nine hundred. She was nineteen years old. It will be a big cushion win. You will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced that we knew become the where we will cover up for when going. Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump me the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys could come and pull up on the side, the doubt. And that's where they did their business said just to be clear the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness. What the process was being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down in turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and rats girl in one. Hundred rats it one one people were fighting threats. They were getting their homes. I mean, some of the Vanna houses on our block. Everybody was dental with the rat. But worse than the rats.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

04:08 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on Reveal

"The cleanup continued through the spring of nineteen Ninety-six one by one dump trucks filed onto the lot and backed up to the mountain bulldozers began slowly chipping away at the tightly packed mass of concrete and dirt filling up truck after truck after truck residents like Gladys Woodson who'd watched in those early days as John Christopher set up shop now watch the process slowly rewind goon because I'm saying, wow. Now, we is gone. It's going to be gone. Can you tell us what that was like? Dusty Bodas with the trucks coming in to get the stuff. But at least they spray the street down, which Chris John never did never did eight years after John Christopher I showed up north Lonsdale. The cleanup was over. And it was all like a puff of smoke and everything changed miss here. Rita Ashford's, daughters sharia, and Michelle visited he just was then one day going rolling all my loan. They will be rolling all night long. Get it out of that once broke, and when you looked up the pow went from, you know, the kids used to run up and then on top it went from being up. That's it. It's just like a horse cone suburban what happened to this vacant lot in the end twenty acres located right there in the city. It must have been pretty coveted piece of real estate. Oh, yeah. It was basically like a blank canvas just waiting for the right kind of development. The kind the could build community ties or bring jobs and money back into the neighborhood. And. Especially after the embarrassment of operation, silver shovel. This lot offered a chance for then. Mayor Richard Daley's so-called renaissance to finally touchdown in north London. Not to offload on wanted trash, but to build something new. But like so many other opportunities in this story. This one was also squandered there have been several attempts to build on this lot over the past twenty years. But so far, none have been successful. And the law is still empty today. And for many of the north Lonzo residents. I spoke to a prime piece of real estate this big that sat empty for this long indicates a larger problem, a kind of neglect and abandonment that began long before John Christopher brought the first truckloads of debris to the lot and has continued long after what I want to say is like I can't believe that this happened in an American city, but the truth is. Can. What an incredible and frustrating story. Robyn, thank you so much for bringing it to us. Thanks for having me. Al. Oh, what a dish. Been over here. Twenty twenty six years. A lot of memories one day not too long ago. Daiki nichols. Took a walk in the lot with a mountain used to loon the home to the evil. Rabbit terrorize neighborhood kids Daiki was in high school in the cleanup started. We was protective of it down. That was going to does what we'd be Dickey left to go away to college out of state. And when he came back the hills and the mountain had disappeared. Heels going so going back to me being a kid and they took out hills away. But me grow into the man, I am now really appreciate with at note is gorgeous flaws. What a Houston leg before me. But it's still a vacant lot and the big picture problems greed and indifference that created the mountain are keeping the lot empty today. Thanks to Robin. Aim for bringing us today story and the rest of the crew of USA today's the city Wilson Sayer Jenny Qassiss Sam Greenspan, Ben Austin mad dog, and my friend Amy pop the city's executive producer is Liz Nelson. You can find the city

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"rita ashford" Discussed on Reveal

Reveal

02:46 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on Reveal

"So I'm recycler, and I'm gonna beautify that was his claim as to what what is actively whereabout. John Christopher was not going to stop dumping in north Mondale and every day the prairie wind would blow through the piles of debris and cover north Lonsdale in a layer of thick grey dust when the dust will fly you had a look gloves on it. You're live gloss will be full of dirt. I mean, you could taste it on your lips in your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety. She was nineteen years old. It will be just a big cushion win. We will have the closure as cover your mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it. We knew. Oh, become to win. We will cover up full when going on mouth. Mill city did Michelle's mother Rita Ashford says the dump may the neighborhoods prostitution problems worse. The guys they could come and pull up on the side of the dump. And that's where they did their business at just to be clear, the dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes being able to go back there, really like high, and it will be down turning dates and everything right there on the street, the dump had become a magnet. That's actually a term in environmental circles. It was a magnet in that it had attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff and the rats girl, if it wasn't the hundred grand sent one one and people were fighting rents they were getting their homes. I mean, some of the vinyl houses on block. Everybody was dealing with the rent. But worse than the rats the dump was affecting people's health. Several of MS Ashford's grandchildren had severe asthma and some of his Woodson's elderly neighbors relied on oxygen tanks, the dust from the dumps was making it harder for them to breathe some Woodson and her neighbors decided to confront the dumper group of us. We won't boated talk to John Christopher and we asked him, you know, could he'd stop whatever he was doing over there. He told us he could do whatever he please. And we told him. We'll okay, we'll go to court. And he said if you do go to court, a when I leave I'm leave everything just like it is now he was very arrogant. So how did you feel after that confrontation? Let's get him. Let's go to court. And so they did with Henry Henderson's help the city sued John Christopher in June. Of nineteen ninety..

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"rita ashford" Discussed on The City

The City

04:06 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on The City

"Vacant lots can be an opportunity or they can be a blight, but the sheer number of empty lots in northbound Dale illustrates the magnitude of the challenge of redevelopment here the twenty one acre silver shovel site is not alone. Let's go back to Jenny. I wanna be clear it's not that. There hasn't been any development in north Lon. Dale development has come west from the loop to the eastern edge of north Lonsdale. The edge closest to downtown over the past ten years or so a community health centre has been built a log anita's brewery, a different production studio and a big charter school. But there's a widespread feeling among residents. We spoke to on the west side of north Lonsdale that the brewery or the health center are not developments for them that the law where the mountain once stood will never be developed at least not as long as they are still living in the neighborhood. A lot of people. We spoke with shared this belief, but Rita Ashford was the most direct about it. They not going to invest anything here people. If you have something you hold onto it because they won't this land to the -veloping foot people in the suburbs. So why people can't move back because easy accessible to the Lou miss Ashford and others feel like the city will ignore problems in the neighborhood until the mostly black residents. Eventually all move out leaving it open for a community that looks nothing like miss Ashford's. That is exactly what they're doing. They figure. Well, they lead nego- is bad people moving away people moving away. Northland L has suffered a dramatic population loss in the last fifty years at its peak in nineteen sixty the neighborhood was home to almost one hundred twenty five thousand people more than seventy percent of those residents have sent left including miss Ashford, though, not by choice. She went to the suburbs to help raise her, grandchildren. But she's still deeply invested in north Lauderdale. She still has family and friends there. She can imagine a future in which she moves back be that as it may. She is part of a larger exodus that has seemed to hundred and fifty thousand block Chicagoans leave the city since the year two thousand. Since the economy has recovered post recession, you can find construction cranes all over the loop and in well off neighborhoods, like Lincoln park and buck town. There's a frustration among residents that comes from knowing other parts of the city are being built up while north Lauderdale has continued to lose basic city support and services, they just leading to deteriorate show me that you still have some interest. Al community in that still because I sit at a dying community to miss Ashford, the lack of development at the lot. And all the other vacant lots are further evidence of the city's broader neglect of her neighborhood neglect. She believes is firmly rooted in the same structural racism that allowed her neighborhood to become the dumping ground for the rest of the city. She sees evidence of this everywhere. Not just in the vacant. Lots take for example, the field house where we did our interview it's in a small public park, a few blocks south of the big vacant lot miss Ashford and her daughter Michelle say, it looks like nothing has been planted there for years..

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"rita ashford" Discussed on The City

The City

04:53 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on The City

"All through the winter of nineteen ninety six the cleanup continued removing the debris was as big undertaking as building the mountain had been block club. President. Gladys Woodson had watched in those early days as John Christopher set up shop and allowed trucks to dump a block from her home. Now, she watched the process, slowly rewind goon. Wow. Now, we valley is gone. It's going to be gone. Can you tell that was like? Dusty? With the trucks coming in to get the the. But at least they spray the street down, which Chris John never did never did. Northland L residents had conflicting feelings about the cleanup. And all this new attention being paid to their neighborhood on one hand, they were glad to see the dumps go on the other hand, they resented the public figures who had not seemed to care about their neighborhood before the corruption probe. Here's Rita Ashford who had protested the dumps and her daughters, Sharon and Michelle loan. We out the fighting that. Shovel, bro. And it was all like a puff of smoke. And everything changed his appeal. Right. It's just was there. One day going to Nick. They will be rolling all night long getting it out of that once it broke. And when you looked up the pow went from, you know, the kids used to run up and then on the top it went from being up. That's it just like a horse if it hadn't been for civil shovel. We still would have been dealing with down probably right now today. Yes. If it hadn't have been specific shovel, we would've still been fighting that. Others asked the obvious question. Where was all this attention and scrutiny when the problem was simply illegal dumping in a black neighborhood. Here's MS Woodson. Again, we live through five years of this stuff. You know? This people that don't hate Asmaa tech, the people that own own oxygen machines that you know, we have few people to move out of the neighborhood just move because they could no longer stand the dust and stuff. In late February nineteen Ninety-six about five weeks into the clean up the environment focused public radio show living on earth, central porter. Shirley, Jehad to check on the cleanup. She visited north Lauderdale and talk to people who lived in the two apartment buildings that stood on the very same lot as the dump one of the people she interviewed with Keith wardlow, a father of two who worked as a custodian at a local university the view from Keith ward, lows back porch isn't pretty, but it is awesome. It is simply called the mountain seven hundred thousand tons of debris. The mountain UCI tol at this. See I tol at is. Why? Now that amount. Heath wardlow, expressed many of the same sentiments as his neighbors. The feds should have cleaned up this dump years ago rather than letting it continue to grow while using John Christopher as a mole to catch politicians taking bribes weren't crook Jonah prosecute. To me. You know, if you so concerned about what the head. What why are you into the neighborhood trying to see who got infected from from the dirt, you You know? know? That's that's what you should have been doing firs who took some money. The wardlow family had suffered for years living next to the dump now the damage to their home, and they believed their health continued during the cleanup. He's one of those shakes every time trucks roll in and out of the dump site. He always keeps his windows closed and covered with plastic. Innovation effort to prevent dust blowing off the heat from settling in his apartment. He says his four year old son Keno has contracted severe asthma. The boy's mother. Deborah wardlow says the child has to breathe through a machine a nebulizer. He's on twice a day. And sometimes that machine doesn't work. So I had to rush him to the emergency room, the company doing the cleanup was Lindahl. Brothers. A well connected firm that had been owned by the same family for three generations, it had dug the trenches for the handcock building and other downtown skyscrapers and built the international terminal at O'Hare airport. And Linda brothers was here to do the clean-up because they were also one of the companies that had dumped there in the.

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"rita ashford" Discussed on The City

The City

05:04 min | 2 years ago

"rita ashford" Discussed on The City

"In your mouth. This is Michelle Ashford in nineteen ninety. She was nineteen years old and she lived just a few houses south of the larger dump and it was. I mean, it will be just a big Kushtia win, and it will just have the closure as Korea, mouth or whatever. Because once we experienced it, we knew, oh, become to wear, we cover up full when going mouse. So mill city issue. Issue, the prostitutes of yours out used to really have a problem with prostitution. That's Michelle's mother, Rita Ashford. She's talking about Roosevelt road the street, south of the larger of the two dumps the guys say, could come and pull up on the side of the dump. You know, all of that stuff is there and that's where they did their business at just to be clear. The dump had gotten so big that it cast the side street next to it into darkness with the prostitutes. Being able to go back there really like high. You couldn't actually see them unless you go down killed there. You actually see they will be down and it will be down ternan dates and everything right there on the street. The dumps had become a magnet that's actually a term of art in environmental circles. They were magnet in that attracted other illegal and unsavory stuff. The rents. No, that Retz actually took the seem it like that. Own it. You girl if it wasn't a. Hundred rats at one one and people were fighting rents. They will get an at homes. Everybody was talking about miss houses, Mattie, digging tunnel in her house. Everybody was dealing with the rats. We could sit on Miller's ports, look at the reds, one on the rocks crossbows of it. I'm really got hit by causing millet streaks. The Ashford's can laugh about a lot of this now, despite how serious it all was, but the dumps also began to affect their family in ways they couldn't laugh off. I have holes cake with that doesn't dust horrible because we didn't have a conditioning. So we put those fans in the windows, the fan, withdrawing in the dust as well. So is sucking into doesn't dustless something I'm in town. MS Ashford's daughter Sharona had just given birth to a baby girl Katrina. And when she was just a month old, she started to get sick here. Sure enough. I is a call fish, real bad call knows wanted in a skin was really dark. Serena took her daughter to a clinic, but she didn't get better than to the hospital in north Lonsdale and still get back still hit the shortness of Radic breezing. So I told us read, I say this something, something that's not right with that you kill too, because you hold her up and listen to her back. You could hear the weasing. And so she she was pan like that. You could actually hear it. Some like almost like a whistle. Finally, they took baby Katrina to the big hospital. They took a right on, and then that's when I gave her the first treatment he told me longs was congested and stuff, and they told me she asked us she was bronchial, but that's what they called the Ashford's now faced a horrible kind of new normal back afloat in the hospital almost every day almost every day. Yeah. In a month's time, we've probably was in the hospital. Twenty five days out of the month. Doctors prescribe the baby, a drug called prednisone and kept her on it for years. It's a powerful steroid with potentially powerful side effects of face was like so huge. My dad used to call to because she was so huge from the prednisone taking it trying to treat the asthma. We couldn't care. We have. We have to move around in the stroller. She was so heavy. She a growth. So you know be? Yeah, my. The Ashford's are convinced that the dust caused the baby's asthma, but proving cause and effect between a specific environmental hazard and a specific person's illness is often really difficult as Ashford and others actually tried in vain to get government agencies to come in and do some kind of survey or study that would provide data on the overall impact of the dumps. What I'm really wishes that they have in a medical team to Comey. And to check to see if in how that dust had -ffected them after living around that and breathing in that stuff..

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