Sunday, September 15, 2013

WAKE UP CALL: Wicker Park

Save for the late-night gun shots, this could be written about our neighborhood.
The area is generally considered safe, but some residents say at night, the neighborhood changes. 
"Back in 2011, I saw this neighborhood take a turn for the worse. Late-night gun shots; you see a lot of drug trafficking," said area resident Richard Benedict. 
This, too:
"It gets kind of crazy on the weekends," he said. "I don't know if people know that. I don't know who's responsible for it, it's really unnerving."
 The fact that the shooting death of the 19-year-old took place on a street filled with late-night bar patrons is not reassuring.

Nor is the old timer who feels that the erosion in public safety isn't so bad because it used to be worse a few decades ago:
Paul Dickman, a 54-year-old resident of Wicker Park for 30 years told DNAinfo,"This is the city. I've lived here since when this sort of stuff happened every week."
Unfortunately, a similar event seems increasingly likely in our near- to mid-term future.

9 comments:

  1. My sister and brother and law just looked at a place for sale in Wicker Park, and neighbor who's lived there for a very long time said, "It's like it was here 20 years ago now." This problem is going to infect the whole North side.

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  2. Is this area another merged police district?

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  3. Rahm can find the money to build a new school on the south east side, but no cash for the cops he promised. Rahm keeps giving the north side the finger. Hey Rahm back at you! You will never get my vote again! Hope you enjoy your one term!

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  4. Right on the border of the merged 12 and 13th Districts.

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  5. That corner, North and Damen is terrific for people-watching from inside a bar at all hours. One night, I saw a shirtless man come sprinting out of a bar. He ran over the hood of a cab without breaking stride. If I were a decade younger, I'd be there every night on the weekends. Now....(?) Not so much.

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  6. Anonymous said...One night, I saw a shirtless man come sprinting out of a bar. He ran over the hood of a cab without breaking stride.

    ^^^

    Oh, myyy....HOT !!!

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  7. I live in Wicker Park close to the actual park and I feel safe. I've lived in Logan Square and Ravenswood/Uptown and yes, there is some violence in the city because people are young and about the town at night but I don't feel like W/P and those areas are the powder keg that W/B has become. It may be isolated incidents but I have seen violence first hand in W/B whereas the other hoods I have only read about it.
    Note: I do not consider homelessness or nightlife a violence problem, only actual violent actions such as robbing, brawling and shooting.

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  8. Jeff on BuckinghamSep 16, 2013, 7:29:00 PM

    I used to think that compared to my friends who lived in Bucktown and Wicker Park, that I lived in the safer neighborhood. They shared a border with Humboldt Park, which in my opinion, was too close and too dangerous.

    I figured my piece of East Lakeview was "insulated"; far enough away from the thugs.

    I was wrong.

    Still, what happened to the speculation that the redline renovations would contribute to a reduction in northside crime?

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  9. Jeff on Buckingham said...

    Still, what happened to the speculation that the redline renovations would contribute to a reduction in northside crime?

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    You didn't get that Red Line idea from us, Jeff. :-)

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/05/red-line-construction-answer-to-our.html

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