Sunday, April 13, 2014

ON OUR ANNIVERSARY: Thank You

Today is the one-year anniversary for Crime In Wrigleyville and Boystown.

Precocious.
Our motivation for starting this blog is exactly the same thing that motivates us to this day: To inform our neighbors about a very serious and growing street crime problem and the dangerous erosion of police protection in two neighborhoods that we sincerely love and have called home for up to 24 years.

There have been some successes in our first year. All of them were the result of actions taken by readers like you.

CWB has never organized a single meeting, protest, or march. We've never called to or spoken with the alderman (well, not since we started this blog). The pressure on politicians, police, and service agencies has come from you. And it is from you that future changes will flow.

One thing is very clear to us. More and more of our neighbors are learning about the facts of the issues we write about. They're noticing the disconnect between "crime is down" press releases and what they see with their own eyes.

We know more people are catching on. CAPS meetings are attended and participated in with, shall we say, vigor. On crime issues, some politicians are starting to say things that are slightly closer to the truth. Alderman Tom Tunney now speaks of robberies as being a problem. He hadn't done that in 10 years. Some service agencies have stepped up and accepted some responsibilities, too. Again, it's due to your efforts.

Needless to say, somebody somewhere is starting to care about this stuff. And we thank them…you, that is.

Another spring and summer of insanity is coming. We promise that CWB will be here to see this effort through. Lower robbery rates. More cops. Less bullshit from politicians and police executives. The issue here is serious and people's health, safety, and property are at stake.

For our second year, we're going to try to get the voices of the police department, politicians, businesses, and service agencies into our reports more often. Rest assured, though, we will be cutting no slack.

We're confident that—with your help—more, bigger changes will happen this year. And we are very grateful and thankful to have you as our neighbors.
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24 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!

    And thank you very much for informing me and my neighbors!

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  2. Can you give us a sense of how many people you have visiting this site each week? 10? 100? 1000? How does that compare to 6 months or 12 months ago?

    Just curious how widely read this site is and if it is spreading throughout the neighborhood like it should...

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    1. We had more visitors between 6AM and noon today than we did for the entire month of May 2013. Last month saw our highest monthly page view total yet - equal to April, May, June, July, and half of August 2013 combined.

      The momentum is there.

      The neighbors are getting it.

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  3. According to the superintendent's office the answer is 3 hit's per week, sometimes 4. Nothing to read there just move along..

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    1. :-) They never were good with numbers down there.

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    2. Outstanding work. Thank You. Simply amazing how big baby Precocious has grown. Rock on baby Precocious rock on..

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  4. Happy Anniversary!

    You guys are my daily read. I'm grateful for your efforts. Thank you.

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  5. Congratulations CWB on your one-year anniversary. I've recommended your site to many people.

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  6. 019th district copApr 13, 2014, 11:42:00 PM

    Congrats on your anniversary, thanks to you and most of your commenters. You have helped your neighborhood and believe me been the driving force behind all the recent transfers in. This blog has helped immensely

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  7. Congrats, CWB ... well done! Can't now imagine life without checking in here .. frustrated, back in the darkness of total ignorance and confusion. You bring and have brought clarity to SO many things that didn't make sense before you came on the scene. The numbers, it's all about numbers: strength of force, crime events, rigged reports. We're onto them now. Thank you so much!

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  8. I appreciate your reports that probably wouldn't have been reported elsewhere or known about unless we'd seen it with our own eyes (and I have), but you do have some denial issues with reality as well CWB.

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  9. Congratulations CWB, and Happy Anniversary! I, too, read this site daily and I have also recommended this site to others.

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  10. The Cubs were in Saint Louis 4/12/ 4/13. The free for all was collage spring madness this past weekend.

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  11. Keep up the strong work!

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  12. Congrats! You are doing a great job of informing the public! Keep it up! We appreciate your hard work, diligence, and even your quirky sense of humor at times. I read your blog daily because it's the only place to get HONEST reporting of news about local crime.

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  13. Hearty congratulations

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  14. Happy Anniversary, and thank you so much for providing this information resource of our once-great neighborhood and immediate area. I continually reference your blog to people in the area and from out of town as well. I have five sites that I visit first thing on waking each morning, and this is one of them. In fact, depending on what day of the week (i.e., Saturday or Sunday) I go here first, just to see what kinds of shenanigans transpired overnight. Thanks so much, again, and keep this excellent work going. xoxo

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  15. CWB = One year of hard work in support of the community. You have our admiration and support. As a member of a surrounding community we appreciate you and all your efforts.

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  16. Thank you for all of your hard work and for truly being the force behind creating the positive changes.

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  17. Congratulations, CWB! You are my first read each morning. I can't thank you and your staff enough for all you do to keep the community informed on crime. It's unbelievable to me that our own local papers and news stations continue to turn a blind eye on what's really happening in this city.

    Your hard work is greatly, greatly appreciated. Keep it up!

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  18. Have you considered adding a link where members of the community can donate money to support you in this effort (similar to the wikipedia or public radio models)? Your work is of significant value to the neighborhood, and I would be willing to demonstrate my appreciation through a modest financial contribution.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Anonymous (and all who've sent comments above).

      We did consider a donation option several months ago when we upgraded some equipment. We chose another method to partly offset those expenses.

      You never know what the future holds - unexpected things arising and all.

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  19. It's been a year already? Wow. Congratulations and thanks for keeping an eye on the neighborhood.

    -WHT

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  20. I can't imagine what would be going on around here if we didn't have CWB to keep the heat on the politicians (Tunney). Please don't ever leave. Somebody PLEASE run against this guy. We need change.

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