Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF: "This area needs to be as safe for the diveristy it supports as it once was."

Editors' note: The quote in the headline is taken verbatim from the petition site. CWB does not make editorial corrections in quoted material.

And there you have it.

That quote in the headline comes from a neighbor who recently signed the Citizens for a Safer Lakeview's online petition at Change.org

Our neighborhood, just a few years ago, was a safe place to come, regardless of what you wore, what you believed, where you were going, where you came from, or who you slept with. Even Cardinals fans loved to hate coming here.

CWB has heard several times from people who came here for our neighborhood's open-mindedness and found themselves victimized by the thugs they were trying to escape. Victimized by the people who come here for completely different reasons.

Amplify your voice via this online petition. We're going to make this neighborhood safe for everyone again.

14 comments:

  1. This should tell you something, I was in Andersonville on Saturday. Walked around...didn't have to look twice at people walking down the streets on Clark and didn't have to grab my man-bag close to me either. Felt totally safe...as opposed to Halsted.

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  2. The trouble with Andersonville is that it is sprawled out over a long distance. Most interesting commercial venues are in the 5000-5200 and 6100-6300 blocks, the motel is right in the middle, and in a restaurant food desert.

    What is clear is this:
    1) Tunney took the Alderman job to do political favors for his Wrigley Land business buddies and never had any interest in constituency. It was purely a Chicago style maneuver that passes for normal here.

    2) Thought sucking up to Rahm and looking the other way when he cut police 25% (to feed the South and West side while lowering police reports and crime stats) would enable #1 to occur

    3) Saw that Rahm ran against his interests for his Wrigley eff-buddies.

    4) So now Tunney wants to sell 9 buildings along Belmont to cut his losses and bail out, and didn't show his stupid face at last CAPS meeting.

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    1. He didn't show his stupid face at the South East Lakeview Neighborhood (SELVN) meeting Oct 14th either. Wonder if it was because he knew he'd have to face a slew of his constituents who had shown up to decry the Broadway Youth Center....104 in total as opposed to their usual 10-15. Seems lots of flyers got posted around town about their lack of having a permit and that was enough to scare him off. His neighbors just aren't important enough to him.

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    2. I was told be Erin that because of the "mixup" of whether the BUC was going to be on the schedule or not, that's most likely why they did not make it. But she mentioned that she "attends most of the community meetings." Of course, not a single person appeared from his office. Maybe getting scared?

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  3. I can understand how comments must be moderated. When a comment is full of inaccurate information like the one about Andersonville, it should not be published. The main thriving commercial strip of Andersonville is on Clark Street between 5200N and 5800N. The comment including inaccurate street numbers and references to a "motel" and "restaurant food desert" are both puzzling and just plain wrong.

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    1. You should see some of the stuff that comes through, Anonymous. Scary.

      Thanks for setting it straight.

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    2. Not inaccurate at all. I was there in August, researched it ahead of time, stayed at the motel, and had to walk quite a ways north for a restaurant. And it was so I would not get mugged in Boystown, and I'll do it again.

      Motel is at 5990 and west along along Ridge.
      Alexander's is at 6158,
      Deluxe Diner is at 6349. (White Castle doesn't cut it for me).

      In Lincoln Park and Boystown, you can't walk 300' without passing an eatery. Not knocking Andersonville, but that is the inconvenient truth.

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    3. North of 5800 is Edgewater.

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    4. I've lived in Andersonville for 40 years...please believe that I know where it is and what it includes. If you were a tourist at places that far north, you were in Edgewater...a down and out and dangerous neighborhood with few businesses or restaurants. Andersonville has wall-to-wall restaurants and clubs from 5200N to 5800N. You can't walk 10 feet without passing an eatery. It is a thriving, prosperous community with more good places to eat than one can count. Geesh.

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    5. Heart of Chicago Motel, DD and Alexanders are not in Andersonville.

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  4. Typo in the headline: it should be diversity, instead of diveristy. Feel free not to publish this comment.

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous.

      The typo is in the original comment on the petition. We don't make corrections in quoted material.

      We'll add a note in the story. Thanks again.

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  5. Why is the petition linked in the story, but no longer linked in the area on the right side of the homepage?

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    1. Thank you for noticing that, Sarah. We mistakenly moved it to the "inactive" section of our site.

      It's back where it should be.

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