Merion Village

There’s been a rash of garage break-ins in German Village and surrounding neighborhoods. In broad daylight.

Jeff at Urban In-Fill looks at the little-known second Parsons Avenue Kroger parking lot.

Merion Village has a tour of its own

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Via Urban In-Fill comes news of the Merion Village Garden Tour:

Explore the unique and lovely gardens of Merion Village at your own pace with this self-guided afternoon tour. Since its inception in 1999, the tour remains FREE to the public and will be held “rain or shine.”

The delightful collection of gardens range from larger, more expansive gardens to ones in smaller, more private settings. Many varieties of perennials and annuals will be featured.

The tour kicks off this Sunday from 10 to 4.

Barrett Middle School to reopen?

Closed Barrett Middle School, on the edge of German Village, is being considered as a “swing space” for students from South High School while that building undergoes a $25m renovation:

South parents and staff said they are concerned about students being moved to a closed building that needs a lot of repair, and has restrooms only on the lowest level. But Olshavsky said the district has about $500,000 in available funds, partially matched by the state, to do necessary renovations.

Planned are eight new restrooms, two on each of the four levels, an enhanced security system, a repaired or new roof and a fresh coat of paint.

Harris said she also would “find the funds” for dugouts at the baseball and softball fields at Barrett, where South already plays its games. South alumni and coaches have wanted those for years, said Mike Wiles, a South alum and South Side activist.

If it’s determined that the Barrett upgrade will cost to much, however, the plan may fall through.

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