Saturday, March 15, 2014

SHAMROCK SCUFFLE: Friday Full Of Flying Fists

The first residents will move into Halsted Flats today. That's the brand new luxury apartment building next to IHop. If yesterday evening is any indication (and it is), our new neighbors are in for an interesting summer.

The rooftop dog walk park at Halsted Flats.
On the plus side, the rent on their $2,400/month one-bedroom includes a rooftop dog park, so they won't need to deal the stuff going on outside their front door:

At 6:05PM, two callers reported a disturbance with anywhere from 7 to 20 people hanging out on the corner of Halsted and Waveland, "harassing pedestrians" and blocking the sidewalks. A responding officer reported sending three people on their way from that location.

A few minutes later, though, a sergeant called for cars to respond to the Halsted Flats address, 3740 N. Halsted, for "five idiots" who were later reported to be fighting on the street. At least six units arrived to break up the disturbance, which included at least one known gang member who is currently on parole. ("Uh...Let's go to the rooftop, Fido!")

And THEN, at 6:45PM, residents reported people getting ready to fight in the street at 707 Waveland. Those rabble-rousers were gone when police arrived.

Other activity reported as the neighborhood vermin start warming up for the spring and summer season:

8:51PM: Four men "who look like bangers" are bothering customers for money inside of the McDonald's across from Wrigley Field. When diners refuse to hand over money, the men throw the customers' food on the floor.

9:02PM: Fist fight on the patio at McDonald's across from Wrigley Field. Police confirm that the incident is related to the previous matter, but "the problem is gone" now.

9:09PM: Officers stumble upon a fight at Byron and Sheridan. One arrest for battery. Case HX185144.

SATURDAY

1:54AM — The police department's Clark Street detail reports a fight outside of Exedus II, 3477 N. Clark.

2:03AM — Officers ask for an ambulance at the 7-Eleven store across from Wrigley Field. A female battery victim is "bleeding pretty bad from the face." While officers are there, another fight breaks out nearby. One arrest for battery. Case HX185364.

2:57PM — Multiple call of a fight in progress reported outside of Clark's Diner, 930 W. Belmont. One arrest. Case HX185384.
Image: Halsted Flats

15 comments:

  1. Wait until after the St Patrick's Parade downtown today. Clark and Halsted streets will look like a war zone. Tunny posted on his web site yesterday that he met with police and bar owners and was assured that everything would be in order. He even mentioned that extra police officers would be brought in from out of the area. Nice going, alderman. How about bringing back the 125 officers who have left the district and bring the strength back to what is was after the merge ? ? ? That way maybe only 1 or 2 districts would have to send extra officers instead of 7 or 8 like they had to do last year after the pride parade. Oh, and to top it off he stated that people with open cans or bottles of beer would receive tickets. What a comfort to know.

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  2. They might as well have purchased expensive condos located next to a waste treatment facility.

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  3. Luxury next to Ihop and housing?.....I guess the dog park is so they don't get mugged walking their dogs.....I wish cops would just sit in chairs in front of the COH, why run back and forth all summer long?

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  4. Developers spent a ton of money on that building, and those are the people who have to start making noise and demanding some action and change. Money talks. Neighborhood residents can howl and complain all they want, but not until the big money starts throwing their weight around will anything happen. The problems in this neighborhood have been caused by a combination of greed, design and neglect. The bar owners on Clark Street are enjoying turn-away business since they've refashioned that street into the new Division Street. They don't care about the drunken brawls, they care about their cash registers. The social service agencies have turned the neighborhood into a playground for punk so they can get their funding, and the alderman has done nothing and has allowed the local police force to be drained away. None of them care a bout the area residents. If the people of this neighborhood want to affect some change they better start approaching the developers and investors to form some kind of united front. I would imagine the money behind Halsted flats isn't happy.

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    1. While I agree with much of what Michael has written, I am not sure that the developers really give a damn.

      While things have escalated over the past few years, the increase in crime began prior to the first shovel being turned on this project. Likewise, there have been development efforts further down Halsted to bring a new hotel. It was the neighborhood not the developer that seem to have ended that effort.

      I think that neither the developers nor the investors are really taking the deep dive into what is really going on in the neighborhood today, but rather are looking at a Boystown/Wrigleyville of the past when they are making their investment decisions.

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    2. For the record, even if he had the green light, that hotel developer doesn't have enough money committed to build the project. He was "trying to get investors" when he made the pitch last spring.

      Lots of sizzle on that project, very little steak.

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  5. LOL at Tunney and his open containers. I think it's time for him to do another dog-and-pony show, taking walkers and the media on one of those "community walks" along two streets with little crime, and get the media to show all the hundreds of cop brought in for the photo-op in the 7-11 parking lot at Roscoe and Halsted. Remember that from last summer, everyone? It just did soooo much good, right? < eye roll >

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    1. I was unaware of the crime in the neighborhood when that walk happened last summer (being off the "beaten" path in East Lakeview), but became aware from reading articles about it...a link lead me to CWB, THANK GOD!! Therefore, the only positive about something like that happening again (a walk) would be awareness for the neighbors WHO STILL DON'T KNOW THE ROOT CAUSE OF what exactly is happening in our 'hood (social services horrifically run and loss of 27% of our police in the 19th district). There are tons of them! I'm shocked at how long it took me to learn about it what with the media bowing to the politicians and police to not expose the problem.

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  6. And Tunney and Emanuel could care less. They feel that they have it made. Let's show them they have to go. They refuse to give us more cops.

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  7. There is no shortage of police around the mayor's house. I wonder why ? They even drive his kids to school in Hyde Park. Must not be any schools close to his house.

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  8. I admire those new residents of Halsted Flats who have the courage to move in despite all the criminal activity on the surrounding streets. It can only be a good thing for the neighborhood that an influx of honest, employed people who can afford the rents there will counter the criminals thugs and losers who roam the streets looking for crimes of opportunity. Good always defeats evil eventually.

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    1. I admire your optimism! Let's hope one of the residents of Halsted Flats is someone with power and a big mouth who can really stir things up and get something done!
      I'm sure most of the people who have bought there are completely clueless to what they have rented into. Once they find out, they might soon be moving out. It'll be interesting to see what happens when the leases are up in one year. My bet's on a huge turnover.

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  9. On the other hand, you could argue that all of these new residents are
    Just fresh meat for this summer's inevitable pickpockets and thugs.

    I sincerely doubt that these renters are aware of what's going on in the area. Bless you for your positivity, though.

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  10. This is a prep for your summer. Move people, not only from the neighborhood but from the titanic in progress state

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  11. I had several run-ins with Bucket Boys hassling me at Taco Bell (don't judge me!), when I finally gave up and just went extra far to another one. This was before the crime wave hit.
    You do not mess with a fat man's food.

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