Thursday, September 12, 2013

WORD FROM THE WISE: StreetWise Shows Its True Colors

A witness' statement that a man wanted for punching and robbing a woman outside of the Jewel-Osco on Broadway south of Addision may be a StreetWise vendor drew a thoughtful and encouraging response in the comments section.

CWB thinks that Mr. LoBianco's actions could serve as a model for other entities, both non-profit and for-profit, that operate in our neighborhood.  Thank you, Mr. LoBianco and StreetWise.
My name is Jim LoBianco. I am the Executive Director of StreetWise. The agency has all of our legitimate vendor's photos on file. We have not been contacted by the Chicago Police; however, after reading this post I called the 19th District and offered them access to our database as well as our full cooperation. I do know that the vendor assigned to that location is a male, white. Nonetheless, StreetWise has spent twenty years working with police and businesses to address issues and concerns and will do so in this case should the offender be affiliated with our agency. StreetWise has zero tolerance for crime. As a frequent visitor to Boystown I am concerned about the crime rate and will do what I can as the head of StreetWise and as a lifelong Chicagoan to help. My heart goes out to the victim and I hope she recovers fully and quickly. If anyone has questions they can contact me at StreetWise, 773-334-6600.

12 comments:

  1. Why isn't the Center on Halsted offering the same kind of cooperation with police and neighborhood residents regarding the criminals that use their facility as a hideout?

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  2. I posted last week about a fight between a whole foods shopper and a COH hanger-oner. Not only did COH not even come close to expressing the same sentiment as Streetwise when I called to complain, the security at COH told the guy who started to the fight to leave. Didn't hold him for the cops, or do anything at all. When the cops show up, he's gone. I guess they don't share the same concern with crime as the head of Streetwise.

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  3. "Why isn't the Center on Halsted offering the same kind of cooperation with police and neighborhood residents regarding the criminals that use their facility as a hideout?"

    Because we all know that no one, and I mean positively, absolutely no one who enters their hallowed doors is even remotely capable of engaging in any behavior that might be considered criminal. I saw some guy say that on tv, so it's got to be true.

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  4. Thank you for the note, Jim. We welcome our Streetwise vendors in Lakeview, especially Robert at the Starbucks on Southport. He watches out for all of us and we do the same for him.

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  5. I live near the store and shop there frequently and can say that the only Streetwise vendor I remember seeing there fits LoBianco's description and is polite and not aggressive at all. He's also there much earlier, in the daytime - in fact, I've never seen a Streetwise vendor around there after dark. And just as an FYI to some other comments that mention Ald. Tunney under the original story, that Jewel and the area around it is in Ald. Cappleman's ward, the 46th, not in the 44th.

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  6. What a fine, standup citizen of integrity and civic concern. You're a wonderful role model, Mr. LoBianco, one we can hope others in and out of business in Lakeview or anywhere in this city would make a dedicated effort to emulate, and that is:

    to be part of the solution.

    Thank you very, very much. May others, who hopefully care as you do, and who *should*, follow your lead .. and soon.

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  7. Thank you Jim LoBianco for looking out for Lakeview! As a thank you for being our ally and expressing your concern for our neighborhood, I will make it a point to buy a Streetwise next time I see a vendor.

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  8. I am truly impressed by this. Thank you, Mr. LoBianco, for your concern and attention. You are a fantastic example of how our community can work together for progress, simply by being part of the public conversation and addressing issues head-on. Streetwise is an excellent program, and I wish you continued success in your endeavors!

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  9. I'm sure that the person in question wsn't selling Streetwise, but probably hawking The Reader, or one of the other freebie papers.

    And yes, kudos to Streetwise for their zero-tolerance policy.

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  10. The Jewel is in the 44th ward, on Broadway SOUTH of Addison. This is not the Jewel further north on Broadway in Uptown.

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  11. I concur with everyone else: thank you Streetwise for holding vendors accountable. I've personally never had a problem with one. I only contribute to Streetwise vendors rather than panhandlers who try to sell me a free newspaper or just outright ask for money.

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  12. I also wanted to mention Robert at the Starbuck's on Southport and Roscoe. He is a gem of a gentleman. He is one small part of what makes this neighborhood home for me. I am more than happy to have the friendly Streetwise vendors around.

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