See, others obviously have a problem believing that "marijuana is so much better than alcohol" besides myself. Try living next door to one of these chronic tokers there. They can be just as violent as somebody on a binge.
The whole neighborhood is "up in smoke"!
I live 1/4 the year in Lakeview, the rest in Asia as an extremely well paid expat. I laugh when I come back to the US - most Americans are screwed up. The country is going down the drain.
Maybe you should stay in Asia and leave us to our own devices!
THEN GO BACK TO ASIA
"Then go back to Asia" , "leave us to our own devices" It's this type response that shows why things won't get better. Our own devices aren't doing anything. Granted, the comment about laughing at Americans isn't helping anything either, but our response should be shame, instead of telling someone to go somewhere else. Shame because we're the wealthiest country in the world, Chicago is a first class city and we don't have enough police or paramedics to handle the crime and emergencies. We're in debt. Politicians are killing us. They're getting richer. I'm not. Most likely you're not. We should be ashamed that blogs like this have to exist so we can hear what's going on because the traditional news sources don't report things. Spending time away from the states is a great way to see what's happening here more objectively. This country is going down and laughing at it is one way to deal with it. Continuing with our own devices, devices which have proven to be ineffective is another. Apathy and politicians are killing this place (Chicago). We are in the economic mess we're in because of politicians and voters being apathetic, being resigned to thinking that's the way it is in Chicago. The Chicago Way is just an excuse.
Then why not stay and fight for change rather than run off to some foreign port?
Stay and fight for change? Really? I'd love to live in Asia, making big money, dating exotic women, compared to living here in the Midwest.
My Grandparents used to say that about this country. Things change. A few decades ago this neighborhood was much worse. Not saying it right. But the spike up in crime today is because of not having enough Police presense.
That's your opinion and you're entitled to it.
I believe I know the expat poster and if I could get a job like that guy, making 7 figures living in Asia, I would be gone as well. Why be threatened by thugs here in Lakeview when you could live in Japan and live an incredible life style (and SAFE).