Aug 10

Updated Sep 21

Shooting today at 1:50PM, 7400 block of N. Hoyne

. . .that is MY block. I was out at the time, but there are now sketchy people in overpriced cars all over the area, playing cat & mouse with the cops. One guy in a brand-new black Porsche Carrera with nearly-opaque tinted windows has circled the block at least a dozen times at break-neck speed. He's pretty obviously looking for someone.

Here's the Trib write-up: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-gun-violence-shootings-20140810-story.html

  • As a teenager I lived with my parents in the 2000 block of West Jarvis (between Seeley and Hoyne) from 1972 until 1982. My aunt lived on the corner of Fargo and Damen. That neighborhood was so quiet and peaceful back then. You could walk around at any time of...

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    As a teenager I lived with my parents in the 2000 block of West Jarvis (between Seeley and Hoyne) from 1972 until 1982. My aunt lived on the corner of Fargo and Damen. That neighborhood was so quiet and peaceful back then. You could walk around at any time of the day or night and never have a concern for your safety. Violence around there was almost unheard of. The majority of the 3 flats, 4 flats and 6 flats were owned by live in families who took pride in their community. It was a very well maintained, clean and tidy neighborhood.
    Things began to change in the early 1980's. The first building that changed was the one on the South West corner of Jarvis and Damen. I came back from college and I noticed some unsavory characters hanging out in the alley between Jarvis and Chase. We all used to hang in the alleys at times working on our cars by our garages. But these folks were sitting in lawn chairs, drinking and playing loud music and making rude comments to passers by. Making cat calls to my mother as she walked to Rogers Pantry. (really?) I saw tenants in that building trying to drop bags of garbage out of third floor windows into the dumpster and miss. The nice manicured lawn became a dirty, muddy mess.
    As it turned out the building had sold and the new owners allowed section 8, low income housing. It wasn't long after that that many other building owners followed suit. I have nothing against low income housing, everyone needs shelter, but why destroy it and make it ugly. There was no community pride anymore. No one seemed to care. It became intolerable to watch the change to my quiet, safe neighborhood. I left in 1982 never to return.

  • Rogers Park has changed dramatically from the 60's/70's when you and I grew up there, no question about that. What I am seeing here on Every Block is a passion and commitment from many to improve it. Rogers Park will never be the same as when you and I grew...

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    Rogers Park has changed dramatically from the 60's/70's when you and I grew up there, no question about that. What I am seeing here on Every Block is a passion and commitment from many to improve it. Rogers Park will never be the same as when you and I grew up there Mark but it could be even better in some ways. It's going to take this community working together and not allowing the things you described happening (the garbage tossing, disrespect and doing something about the gangs) to continue. I loved the Rogers Park I grew up in but I believe that this Rogers Park can be even better. I really, really want to believe that.

Sep 13

Updated Sep 14

Choppers again

What the hell is going on??? Police on a manhunt again. Love for someone to tell us!

  • Ghost, that's such a comfort.

  • Ghost of A Sociopath None

    I apologize if came across the wrong way.....there was no intention in eliciting a negative reaction. The intention was to elucidate an event in history to explain its origin and distinguish between an event which occurred thirty years ago and what might transpire today. Based upon the additional information which...

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    I apologize if came across the wrong way.....there was no intention in eliciting a negative reaction. The intention was to elucidate an event in history to explain its origin and distinguish between an event which occurred thirty years ago and what might transpire today. Based upon the additional information which has been posted since late last night....there appears to be substantial question with regard to whether the device was, in fact a bomb, or in an incendiary device. However, given the ultimate target, the notion that this was an accident is about as plausible as to say that the owner of the vehicle choose the spot to part because he was aware that a meteor would strike at a specific time in a specific location yesterday.

Nov 25 2011

Updated Sep 01

Dog Leash Laws and the people who dont care

Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What...

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Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What do you do about the people who dont leash their dogs (and there are plenty in the am)? My dogs are well trained but we do NOT let them off leash ever because of the great variables that can happen. However - other dog owners do not follow the same decorum.
We have called the police (who show up - but typically after they have time to leash up), we have asked (typically with a response of "find a different part of the park" or we just get ingnored or a snide comment.
So I ask all of you -- What would you do?
How would you handle this?
Is there anything more I can do? (and no - i wont try to find a different park)
Thank you for you replies and help!

Jim

  • So call the police then. I agree. As I said the police have better things to do, unfortunately. But I too, would rather they enforce other laws like battery, robbery, rape, murder and proliferation of guns. Having your dog off leash is not a felony just and ordinance and not what I would consider of top importance either.

  • I for one would feel stupid and immoral calling the police away from what could be a life or death situation to enforce an unleashed dog ordinance.

Aug 10

Updated Aug 11

Farwell and Ridge

I don't know when this happened, but some time before 9:30 Sunday morning a car ended up in the sunken garden area of the apartment building on the north east corner of Farwell and Ridge.

I would love to know the story behind this.

  • Female driver gets into fight with boyfriend at their apartment. Female gets into car and speeds off going e/b on Farwell, most likely flying through the intersection at Ridge. She then proceeds to strike a vehicle going n/b I think on Ridge, just some innocent guy heading to work. She ends up flying into the courtyard of the building on the n/e corner of Farwell/Ridge. She was alone in the car and sustained pretty bad injuries, but not life threatening. Same with the guy she hit. Yes, she was DUI

  • I knew someone who was killed and someone else who was badly injured while standing in a yard when the car of some gang member or drunk fleeing the police pinned them against the house.

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