Thursday, October 30, 2014

DONE & DONE: Helmont Gangway Secured, Tag Removed

The unsecured gangway as seen earlier this month (L)
and today (R). Below: The blue six-pointed star of
the Gangster Disciples street gang is now gone.
Ten days ago, tipped off by an Everyblock post and reader emails, we told you about a Gangster Disciples gang tag and a dangerous, unsecured passageway near Belmont and Sheffield—the heart of the "Helmont" crime strip.

We opened a Streets & Sanitation ticket on the graffiti. The city blasted the tag within 36 hours.

Now, with encouragement from Alderman Tom Tunney, the unsecured gangway has been boarded up, too.

Multiple robbery victims have told CWB that their attackers seemed to materialize out of that walkway, which was also used by the Helmont street criminals for back-door access to the Belmont CTA station.

We've never been stingy with the criticism of Alderman Tunney's performance on policing and crime. It is a pleasure to say that he and his office did an excellent job of getting these two issues rectified.
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22 comments:

  1. The fact is that it should have taken people posting about it online for Tunney and his soldiers to see these things right outside their front door!!

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  2. Good work, CWB.

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  3. Nice to see that an obvious escape route was closed up, although I think a little barb wire across the top would make it even more secure..........

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  4. Why do comments have to be approved? Free Speech is our right, is it not?????

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    1. Absolutely. You are free to start your own website without filtration by the government. Good luck!

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  5. I wonder how quick he would have been to fix if it hadn't been so close to his office.

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  6. Have to say that both of the last 2 graffiti reports I filed were taken care of w/in 48 hours -- including one on a door facing the alley which I thought would be very low priority.

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  7. Well his office is two doors down from this alley way so I think his safety came first rather than thinking of everyone else.

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    1. Yes but Tunney and his office staff ignored the open gangway since at least last year as crime surged in the immediate area including that exact sidewalk area.
      It should have been rectified last year and not allowed to fester as so many crime issues do in the area.
      CWB deserves the lions share of the gratitude for everyone in the area for highlighting the crime in the area. It's timely, concise, accurate, and offers an analysis of related information.

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    2. Hear! Hear! CWB rocks!! I wouldn't know #$&% if not for you guys.

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  8. It's great to see positive changes occurring due to the efforts of JUST ONE PERSON.

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    1. Aw, yes! The power of one. I believe strongly in this power.

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  9. I'm the guy who complained about these things after being mugged there. Glad to see it's been taken care of. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Luke! Have you completely healed from your injuries? Do you still see your attackers hanging around Belmont and Sheffield??

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  10. CPD made complaints tithe alderman about that gangway and nothing was done!!!! The problem with this solution is that it is a cheap wood gate!!! There needs to be a 8 ft locked iron gate there now when they sneak into there no one will ever see them!!!!

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  11. Why do comments have to be approved here by CIB? Comments that they perceive, however slight, as being different from their point of view or trying to possibly explain, but not condone, what people do what they do will never see the light of day. It seems like rebuttals to their comments or of other posters are seldom, if ever, allowed. DNA/Info Chicago (Lakeview newsletter) courageously puts a photo/author name on all of their stories. On DNA/info, spirited rebuttals back and forth, sometimes profane, are "approved" and published. Will this comment be published? Who knows.

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    1. I believe the vast majority of CWB readers are strong supporters and check CWB more than once a day. we recognize CWB for being the most timely and authoritative outlet for news in our neighborhood.
      If you don't like CWB, you can always go to DNAinfo, Everyblock Lakeview, or go start your own blog site.
      But if you haven't yet figured it out, CWB is vastly superior to either DNAinfo or E/B-LV.

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    2. Quite simply, we have no desire to have our comments section degrade the rest of our site. We don't want that crap on CWB and we will not push it through simply to appease its authors.

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    3. have you seen some of the comments on dnainfo? many people are simply looking to agitate, name-call and race-bait. best to stick to the subject.

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    4. That's exactly right. We couldn't care less about whether we agree with a comment or not. Comments that aren't published almost always fall into one of those categories you gave. We're perfectly happy to not have them here.

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    5. Maybe a little more "agitation" would be useful in stirring this community to more action. There's nothing like a mob of angry residents showing up en masse in front of the alderman's office, in front of the social service agencies, in front of the police station and in front of the mayor's house to get some attention to the problems.

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    6. You're the man, Luke, glad to see you (and others) stood up to crime, rather than turn your heads, only to allow the "chicken littles" to do the same thing to others. I agree with one of the other posts, they should have added some barbed wire at the top of the new barrier.

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