Jul 13

Updated Jul 20

Homeless camping day and night on sidewalk

Lake Street between Canal and Clinton is infested with people sleeping on the sidewalk making a mess and an eyesore to a presumably affluent neighborhood.
How do you explain to children that it is ok for couples to be embraced horizontally on the sidewalk.
They urinate on the sidewalk and make wisecrack remarks to passer byes.

Are we the only ones outraged by this?
If they were in front of the Mayors home, you can be sure they would be relocated.
Bruce and Phyllis

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    I'm pretty sure it's been discussed at a few WLCO meetings, but the loss of the New Jackson Hotel really hurt the area's ability to put some of these folks on beds rather than cement. The place wasn't without problems, but it was better than the current situation.

  • Betsy Martens LS neighbor for 38 years now relocated

    A bit of history: Ronald Reagan, the sainted darling of Republicans for his policies, dumped about 50% of the population of mental hospitals onto the street when he was POTUS. Those old enough to remember may recall the immediate and obvious impact: truly deranged people who displayed most of the...

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    A bit of history: Ronald Reagan, the sainted darling of Republicans for his policies, dumped about 50% of the population of mental hospitals onto the street when he was POTUS. Those old enough to remember may recall the immediate and obvious impact: truly deranged people who displayed most of the bad behavior attributed to the Lake St. crowd.

    In fact, your Lake St. neighbors were there before that area became gentrified, if that is even the right word. Mostly that area was daytime businesses and light industry (if that), but offered lots of nifty sleeping spots spread out over a wide area. With habitat incursion comes changed behavior, in this case people seeking safety in numbers. There is probably a leader, and he's not doing his job at self-policing. Sleeping should be allowed, but not exposure, drugs, or harassing passersby. The Night Ministry is a good group to ask for help.

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