Friday, January 03, 2014

TARDY: Boystown Named "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood" About 7 Years Too Late

It seems the good folks at Out Traveler magazine have declared Boystown the "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood,"
beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid
Uh, maybe "beating" wasn't the best word choice, OT.

Unfortunately, Out Traveler's award is about 7 years late.

Don't get us wrong. We love our neighborhoods, Wrigleyville and Boystown. If we didn't we would've just packed up our stuff and moved to Andersonville rather than start CWB in an effort to effect change.

Anytime from 1993 until 2007, Boystown was absolutely in the running for a title such as "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood."  We would have gone chaps-to-chaps with WeHo and the Village and cities abroad.

Our challenge as a community is to bring back those great days when the tourists and locals who came to Boystown for a night out or a week away could enjoy every hour of the night and day. And night.

Now, if the Northalsted Business Alliance and the politicians will put as much effort into changing reality rather than promoting a silly award, we may get somewhere.

You can't rave about a Pride parade that results in wide-spread street fights, multiple robberies, and after-event antics that force the police department to shut down bars to prevent riots while calling in reinforcements from a half-dozen other districts to tamp down violence.

The day-to-day troubles speak for themselves. Since 2007, Boystown and Wrigleyville has experienced a 90% increase in robberies, with 2013 setting the third consecutive record high for such crimes.

For now, we'll pull up Rihanna's Umbrella on our 1st generation iPhone and remember how good we had it. And how great Boystown could be again.

But if changes aren't made, the next award will be for Lifetime Achievement as Boystown's other foot slips slowly into the grave.
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17 comments:

  1. Great ! Now we will have more prey for the hunters to take advantage of.

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  2. Just what we need more attention to our once great neighborhood. We don't need PR we need Police Officers.

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  3. Ironic that in the background of the pride flag photo used in the OUT Traveler article is the Salvation Army residence hall...one of the most homophobic organizations in the US.

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  4. I think the hood peaked late 80s, early 90s....this hag had such a good time....felt safe walking home dolled up in the middle of the night...now I can't take my dog out past ten....memories

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  5. I posted a nice long comment on the page/article, but it doesn't seem to be showing up. Weird.

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    1. I made a comment on HuffPost, with a link to this blog, suggesting that folks open their eyes to what's going on. All I got in response was a bunch of "hater" comments. I think a lot of people don't believe or are in denial about the problems we are having.

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    2. The denial starts with the alderman, whose ward has seen a 70%+ increase in robberies since 2006. Keep partying!

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    3. The juxtaposition of the NHBA and Tunney is amazing (1) the only people being robbed and beaten up on the streets by roving groups are drunks and (2) COME HERE AND DRINK!

      It's too bad that #1 isnt true any way.

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  6. Since a lot has been made in other posts regarding the officers bidding out of 019 and the increased shortage of officers, thought I'd give an update -- bids are supposed to be announced again on January 10. Whether there are "recognized vacancies" in 019 for officers to bid to, will be the question along with how many officers try and bid out.

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    1. Maybe that is something that needs to be addressed in depth at the january CAPS meeting.

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    2. The next time a CAPS meeting solves anything will be the first.

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  7. The marketing $$$$$ spent for that strip is quite apparent. I know many that sidestep Chicago and enjoy Pride Fest in places like Columbus, etc.

    Metro Detroit has 2 separate fests and not one ounce of fighting or violence either.

    The "tourists" are fully aware of the problems in Chicago. Ads won't help.

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  8. My comments won't post - so I'll try again.... This is really cool for our neighborhood and our city. We should be embracing good news instead of being so negative all the time. The crime stats released today should be discussed as well - it's a 17% drop!!!

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    1. Incorrect. The "story" you are referring to cites a CPD spokesman's crime count for either the entirety of Lakeview or the entirety of the 19th district. The problem that this blog is focused on is very specific. It's right there in our title. "Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown."

      Robberies are up 90% 2007 to 2013. Other violent crimes are up and the Pride parade has devolved into an event that becomes downright dangerous after its conclusion.

      As we stated above, if we didn't love this neighborhood and care about it, we would have just moved away.

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  9. I'm heading into Steamworks so I can stay safe lol.

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  10. Obviously OUT Traveler hasn't visited our neighborhood post- COH.

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  11. I used to go to Boys town from 1990 to 2008. I haven't been back there since. It used to be a place where one could just be themselves and not be harassed, and now you'd have to look over your shoulder for your own safety and you'd be crazy walking outside after midnight.

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