Thursday, August 03, 2017

Boystown's Late Night No-Parking Zone Is About To QUADRUPLE In Size; Half-Mile Of Halsted Street Eyed

Boystown street parking will soon become even harder to find on weekends. And lots of locals say they love it.

In two weeks, the city will test the expansion of a weekend no-parking zone that will outlaw street parking on a half-mile of Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison, according to comments made at a community policing meeting Wednesday and conveyed to CWBChicago by a reader.

Police officials today confirmed the plan for this report.

The current restricted parking area (green) will be stretched to Addison and hours of restriction will be extended.
Parking on Halsted between Aldine and Belmont has been banned from midnight to 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays between April 1 and September 30 for about three years. The zone was established to reduce “car parties” along the Boystown entertainment strip.

The restrictions were put in place after residents—many living in a condo building in the 3200 block of North Halsted—complained about late night music blasting from parked cars, dancing on sidewalks, and drug dealing.

Last night, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney said the established no parking zone “has been a success in the minds” of nearby residents and the 19th District has suggested expanding the restrictions all the way to Addison.

“Essentially, the problem is people loitering or ‘hanging out’ without any reasonable purpose,” Town Hall Police Commander Marc Buslik said today. “[They’re not] patronizing the businesses or visiting residents.”
Parking is currently restricted on a short stretch of Halsted

A couple of things were not mentioned at the CAPS meeting: The newly-proposed restrictions will extend for two extra hours and will be enforced for an extra month each year.

The new test program will kick in on August 18, barring parking on Halsted from Belmont to Addison between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday to Sunday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said today. That would put the restrictions in place one hour earlier and keep them in place one hour later than the existing zone.

And, the new restriction would be in effect until November 1—“the day after Halloween” one city official said—instead of September 30.

No mention was made of the expanded time window and dates of enforcement at the CAPS meeting, an attendee said.

The expanded restrictions will initially be announced through the posting of temporary “Police Order” signs along the affected area. A permanent change in the parking law via ordinance may follow.

Buslik said Halsted Street businesses have been included in the decision.

And neighbors in attendance were reportedly enthused by the idea. One suggested starting the program on that very night while another said a 9 p.m. start would be even better for them.

Tunney said the 11 p.m. start was designed to minimize the impact on Boystown restaurants as well as to honor the city’s parking meter contract.

We contacted Tunney’s office for comment about the plan. His office continued its 14-month practice of not responding to us.
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33 comments:

  1. Praise Jeebus. This is needed very much. Thugs sit in their cars in the 3300-3500
    Blocks and blast their ghetto music with the bass turned up. Some are brazenly dealing drugs to idiot suburbanites visiting Boystown. Now if the authorities could get Hydrate to lower their blasting volume on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings (often to 5am) then maybe we can sleep again.

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    1. While I agree with your thug comment, you should move out of the area. Why would you move into a nightlife area if you aren't supportive of the businesses that exist in that neighborhood?

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    2. Why would you move into a nightlife area if you aren't supportive of the businesses that exist in that neighborhood?
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      Keep in mind that business operators can change their conduct over time. Just because they are a respectful business when one moves in does not mean they will always operate properly. Getting here first is not authorization to ignore the law.

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    3. Great reply, per usual CWB.
      It will never ever cease to amaze me - the number of people in Chicago who are 'blame-the-victim' zombies.
      Don't go out at night. Close down the lakefront. Don't ride the train. Don't move in to the neighborhood. Good god, an epidemic of Hard-of-Thinking disease.
      How about this: Blame the criminals! Enforce the damn laws and punish the perps NOT the citizens?
      It's not rocket science.

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    4. While I agree with needing to crack down on the trash that wanders the street selling drugs, I disagree with the mindset of those who complain about the noise. First, you live in the third largest city in the United States... there will be noise. Second, what kind of idiot thinks, "I want to go to sleep at 10pm every night. I should probably move to Boystown," honestly? It's not the cheapest place to live, it's not like there aren't quiet areas a few blocks away that are just as close to your place of work. Boystown has been around for a long time, with clubs. Don't move somewhere known for the nightlife and complain about life at night. 🙄🙄🙄

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    5. I wonder how many people who live at Halsted and Cornelia are new to Chicago and see the apartments during the day. They probably have no idea what the street is like at midnight. Granted, it is a wise move to check out the area at night before you sign a lease but if you need to make a decision quickly you might not have the time for that.

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  2. DUH why not arrest people parting in cars give them a big ticket check the cars for drugs guns open containers and minors bust them get them off the streets. Thats right punish law abiding customers give them no place to park Geese Tunney shit on the out of area customers.

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    1. Well, when we have the security "alliance" or whatever it's called (those guys in yellow or orange vests) doing the knuckle bump with the drug dealers and thugs, it doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

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  3. I have never understood this. The criminals loitering and marching is the problem but the chicken shit running the city and police will NOT ARREST THE CRIMINALS

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  4. Those “car parties” are the absolute worst. Used to get them all the time on the side streets near a now closed hip-hop shithole bar on Clark Street. The bar closed (YAY!!!) and the parties ceased. I wish the Boystown residents luck, but I fear the parties will only move to the side streets. I have seen the car partiers double park and wait (sometimes hours) for a parking space to become available. This new parking restriction will help those condo owners at 3200 Halsted but will probably push the problem to the side streets.

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    1. Resident parking restrictions don't help?

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    2. Most of those side streets already have night time permit parking only.

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    3. The side streets near me where the problem was have night time permit parking only also. That does not stop the car parties. If a ticket person shows up they move.

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  5. I find this as a cop out and just plan lazy! When officers or police see people partying in cars, Dealing, fighting, playing loud music and I can keep going, Why not arrest or ticket them. This just shows that the cops do not want to do the work and that the city and the mayor can not find the money to employ and hire more enforcement. I am really interested on how this will effect the businesses on the street that are open late night. A street that you can not park on means a street that gets no business.

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  6. Any other place on earth the noise makers and loiterers hanging out "with no sense of purpose" are dealt with individually....except Chicago....where they have to make sure no one gets their feelings hurt to avoid lawsuits.

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  7. The parking ban between Aldine and Belmont is a joke. At first there was a neighbor who would come out every weekend and put cones and kick cars out, he later started calling towing trucks, then police came in and began writing tickets, but guess what??? officers were too busy (or too lazy) to write tickets to all of these vehicles so they would choose one or two cars give them tickets and drive away, drivers seemed confused about this. Ubers and cabs park there and confuse other drivers into parking there. No parking means no parking, people stay inside their cars because they know that way they won't get towed and nobody asks them to leave. Have those Walsh security officers enforce this parking ban by not allowing people to sit inside their cars.

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  8. All though I would love to stop the problems on the street. What about the people who work on the strip and drive to work. We have to park far away and risk getting jumped while leaving work to walk to our cars.

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  9. Lol it's not going to stop or change anything due to
    * Some of the people who live in the area are buying drugs or sex from the youth that are always in the area
    *No one pays close mind that if you go down
    -Backspace
    -Craigslist
    See that they use that area as a meet up spot and also some of the bussine owners are messing with youth and drug dealers
    * My honest opinion the cops should start checking the youth for ids

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  10. I don't understand the dumb comments about nightlife. This is a residential area, period. Those clubs should be shut down. After all if I play loud music & annoy my neighbors, people call the cops. So why is it okay 4 ! business to do it? Not, shut em down. They are the only thing that Dummy Tunney cares about.

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  11. @Anonymous Aug 3 08:33PM: I've lived on Halsted for 24 years. I am supportive of businesses. I am not supportive of businesses that issue forth obnoxious needless loudness until sunrise.

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  12. I wouldn't have too much of a problem with this if there were better policing in/around the side streets late at night. With this change you're just moving the car parties to side streets and creating more targets for mugging late at night when folks are walking to their cars.

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  13. It is LONG past time that the Police clear the streets around Roscoe and Halsted of drunken hangers on loitering around the intersection between 0400 and 0500 on Sunday Mornings. They play the intimidation game and are blocking traffic.

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  14. Now it will be even harder finding parking on weekends for people that don't live on the streets that have. " No Parking Except 383 After 6PM". People living on those busy streets knew it would be noisy and knew what they were getting into when they bought their condos! Now it will be even harder for residenkts of the neighborhood to find parking on the weekends. What needs to be done is tickets need to be issued and cars of troublemaker towed!
    Stop making life harder for residents of this neighborhood!!!

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    1. I'm a resident of Ward 44, Zone 383, etc. Sadly, my "solution" is to never never ever ever drive anywhere after about 3pm weekdays, and NEVER on weekends, to ensure I keep my parking space on Cornelia or Elaine.

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    2. Contact the Alderman:

      http://www.44thward.org/res-permit-parking/

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  15. Get the police bus out and lock em up and tow their cars if they don't stop!

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  16. Many side streets require 383 permits. Some 24 hours. Oh, and stop buying drugs from these thugs. Simple economics.

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    1. A street sign requiring permits will not stop the car parties. If a ticket person shows up, they move. I have seen this in practice.

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  17. This is a huge number of parking spaces when you add up the numbers. Parking is not restricted on many side streets. Take Aldine from Broadway to the inner drive as an example. It's gonna get very hard to find parking when CPD is maybe solving a car party problem by simply moving the party.
    Addressing the behavior would be so much more resident friendly! 25% increase in property taxes from 15....and we get less parking and not enough cops!

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    1. Exactly. It takes some really fucked up, impotent local government to "solve" a crime problem by punishing all the law-abiding citizens. If I were running this shitshow, the first time any group of thugs tried to have a "car party," it would be the last time they ever tried.

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  18. If the cops thought It was time consuming to write ticket after ticket and long tow report after long tow repor for cars from Aldine to Belmont wait till that have to spend much more time like 5 times more time writing tow reports and ticketing from 11 pm to 5 am from Addison to Belmont. Hope the department buys the officers lots and lots of new Pens cause they are going to get writers cramp from now on. Don't forget as soon as one car is moved or towed another victim Parks into the new available spot. When drivers are drunk and high, can't be bothered to actually read signs posted. Ha ha I hope to leave this Cess pool in a year immediately upon retirement

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    1. Hope the department buys the officers lots and lots of new Pens cause they are going to get writers cramp from now on. Don't forget as soon as one car is moved or towed another victim Parks into the new available spot.
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      We saw *exactly* this when we went to check out the "successful" program between Aldine and Belmont this weekend. Story coming.

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  19. Yea the neighborhood is so safe they take away the legal parking on Halsted strip and make 7/11 block off the parking lot Yep you see that in the safest neighborhoods in chicago.........only in Lakeview because of no police, Tunney has left policing up to us citizens while our high taxes end up not paying for police patrol. This policy is so the police do nothing. this will make the entire strip prone to car parties. It is not Illegal to pull over and sit in your car so it will open the street up to car parties even more, a 1 mile strip to park more car parties for an entire mile. Why not arrest the people ticket the people for loud cars isn't there a law already there for loud cars? is there not laws about open containers contributing to the delinquency of minors curfew laws check plates city stickers then check for drugs weapons outstanding warrants. If we did this the word would get out that Halsted does not play with criminals and car parties are not worth it on Halsted st. We seem to always do things that punish the law abiding high tax paying citizens but tenderly treat criminals. all this will push loud cars into the side streets because if you sit in your car you can park with or with out a neighborhood stickers.

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