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Linda Hudson Supports Jerald Gary's Efforts to Reopen the Avalon Regal Theater

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with South Side native, Jerald Gary. The 33-year-old entrepreneur is trying to raise money to reopen the Avalon Regal Theater. This historic landmark theatre sits in the heart of the 79th Street blighted corridor.

I shared with him my vision for the 79th Street corridor and I must say, our visions mirror each other. We both see this corridor as the 8th Wards arts district. This young man is trying to do something positive in an area of the 8th ward that is dead and desperately in need of a lifeline.

Alderman Michelle Harris has offered no financial support to Jerald. Now that rapper Kanye West has attached himself to this project, Alderman Harris now wants to support Jerald’s efforts, or so she says. Alderman Harris has given OUR TIF dollars to other wards historical districts while the Avalon Regal Theater is a landmark. I believe in taking care of home first.

Please consider donating to keep this historical landmark alive. If you can't donate, spread the word!

Photographic credit: Clarence McMillan @CopyLine Magazine

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