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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Hello, and welcome to the partial list of project pages for the UIUC engagement with the Paseo Boricua Puerto Rican Cultural Center
in Chicago, IL.  For their official website, please visit

Alternate Site

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

On April 16th we received this email from Raul suggesting an alternate site for the installation of the computer lab:

As I was considering possible alternatives to a computer lab at Bickerdike Alejandro prompted me to think
about my church.

La Capilla del Barrio/The Neighborhood Chapel is located in the “Greater Humboldt Park Area”, 3058 W. Armitage Ave.
We have a small lab space located in the rear of our storefront building, but the computers are severely outdated.
The lab was originally developed to provide after-school tutoring to neighborhood youth but has remained dormant until
we are able to update the computers. The current computers were donated through the computers for schools program about
3 or 4 years ago.

The lab space is smaller than the space considered for Bickerdike but might be a viable alternative. Isaac Perez our
in-house tech person would be responsible for the maintenance of the network. He is currently developing a program that
teaches youth to film, edit and streaming video with the ultimate goal of streaming our Sunday services onto our website.
The partnership with you all could help us move towards that end.

I’ve copied Alejandro on this e-mail for feedback.

What do you think?

Raul Echevarria

Projects Coordinator-NCP
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.

Because time was now so short, Beth Ruane contacted La Capilla del Barrio and set up an initial meeting and site survey for Sunday, April 22nd.


Thursday, April 12th, 2007

We called Raul on March 21st to be sure that he had all the information that he needed from our group. He said that after consulting with his supervisor, he was planning to change the location of our proposed computer lab to one of Bickerdike’s rental communities. The rental properties, unlike the Harold Washington Unity Cooperative, already have a management team in place who could help to maintain the computer lab, so he thought there was a better chance of gaining timely approval for the project.

Raul mentioned early in our discussions that it might be difficult for Bickerdike to move quickly. We wanted to give him as much time as possible to try to persuade key people from various departments that the computer lab was viable project. Three weeks later, with the end of the semester rapidly approaching, we decided that we would soon need a definitive answer in order to have adequate time to make plans for an alternate installation site. I left a phone message for Raul on Monday, April 2nd, asking how things were progressing. We received a response by email on April 12th:


I apologize for not returning your call or touching base with you sooner.

Unfortunately I don’t think that the computer network idea will work this time around. Our organizing department is
feeling a bit overwhelmed and they are key to connecting the lab with the tenants.

In any event we at Bickerdike will still work on a plan for implementing and maintaining a lab anyway just in case
this opportunity presents itself again. A possible alternative is the Hispanic Housing senior building on Division St.

Thanks for all your time and energy.

Raul Echevarria

Projects Coordinator-NCP

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.


Our response on the same date:


No need to apologize.
We understand how full your schedule must be.

We’re sorry to hear that it won’t be possible to work together on this particular project.

It’s easy to understand that more time will be necessary in order for Bickerdike to properly plan for the
installation of a computer lab at one of their facilities.

I’m glad to hear that those efforts will continue.
I believe that UIUC will continue to offer a computer networking class in Chicago, so there should be opportunities
to collaborate in the future.

We enjoyed meeting you and hearing about the important work that Bickerdike is involved in.

We really appreciate all the effort you put into the project.


Monday, March 19th, 2007

After our initial meeting with Raul Echevarria, we put together a formal proposal to submit to Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation for the computer lab at Harold Washington Unity Cooperative. A copy of that proposal was attached to this email sent on March 12th:


Here is the proposal for our collaboration with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation.

If you see something that you think should be revised before it is submitted, please feel free to let us know.

We’ll look forward to hearing from you.


Raul replied

I have pitched the idea to our Executive Director. She encouraged me to put a plan together that answers several internal questions as they pertain to logistics. This is good news. I will put that together incorporating the proposal and present both to her in the next week or so.

Until then,

Raul Echevarria

Projects Coordinator-NCP

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.