Added Mar 19 2014
I'm pretty new here on EveryBlock, but I've found it a great place to learn more about the neighborhoods in Chicago as I consider the area where I would like to live as I get ready to relocate.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I grew up in a small suburb outside of Cleveland Ohio, and ever since I can remember, I've always liked being in pretty diverse crowds. After I graduated from college, I moved to Washington DC, where I took a job teaching in inner-city schools in both the public and charter school systems there. It was here that I really developed a passion for working in Urban Education.
After 7 years, I was offered a position at a University on Long Island New York. It’s been a great job, but after 2 years here, I’ve found it to be incredibly isolating and devoid of diversity. I've also developed a real love for Chicago, because its closer to home, both geographically and in feel, the opportunity here for what I do, and the availability of rental housing.
THE FACTORS OF MY RELOCATION
After an aggressive campaign to find a new job, I was offered a position with CPS at a school in West Englewood, which I have accepted. There is also an opportunity getting ready to open up in the CPS central office that I'm also being courted for. As I've had a chance to do some searching around Chicago, while I like the vibrancy of places like Lincoln Park, and Lakeview, I've found myself drawn to Rogers Park because prices are better for the space.
City stats show Rogers Park as being a pretty safe place -- and from what I've seen a pretty diverse place as well. I can handle myself in large cities, but I do want to be somewhere that's relatively quiet and safe. Are the prices just a product of the area being on northern edge of the city? Are there areas that I should avoid?
Thanks for reading my post. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!