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Crime at Dorchester and 50th/Kenwood Park?

We are thinking about buying a home located at Dorchester and 50th (right across the street from Kenwood Park). The area certainly LOOKS nice, so I was quite shocked to use the CPD's crime map and see that is shaded as having a VERY high rate of crime. However, just a block south (Dorchester & 51st) the crime rate is practically zero... Does anyone have any insight on this area? We love the place we looked at, but we have five year old little boy to keep safe first and foremost! If anyone has any thoughts they would like to share about the area elementary school, Shoesmith, that too would be appreciated!

  • LMNHP Hyde Parker since 2006

    I live at this intersection now but I used to live 2 blocks south at 52nd and Dorchester. I'm actually surprised to see that it is listed as having higher crime, because my new place feels quieter and I've witnessed far less police activity. I think that as 53rd St....

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    I live at this intersection now but I used to live 2 blocks south at 52nd and Dorchester. I'm actually surprised to see that it is listed as having higher crime, because my new place feels quieter and I've witnessed far less police activity. I think that as 53rd St. gets more and more developed, this will only be more true.

    Between the church on the corner, nearby schools, dog walkers and organized park events, Kenwood Park and the surrounding blocks are almost always active and I feel safe walking around alone.

    Also, I don't have personal experience with Shoesmith, but I just read that its rating went up according to the most recent CPS report.

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Piano for sell

Baldwin studio piano for sell, and in good condition. Time to say goodbye to piano, as our piano player has moved on after graduation.

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Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code

Just text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)

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A Taste of Hyde Park

Do you have friends and co-workers who don't live in the area but always talk about how they should come visit someday?
Give them the gift of Hyde Park this holiday season!

http://www.groupon.com/deals/a-taste-of-hyde-park-1

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Murray Language Academy turns 60

Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., opened in 1954. The school opened partially on Dec. 8 and by Dec. 14 construction on the building was complete and the staff, faculty and students were able to utilize the whole building.

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Nov 30

Updated 5 days ago

Our local homeless peoples

Well, today I saw how we (they?) handle the (mentally ill, homeless, lost souls) in Hyde Park. A "cleanup" crew consisting of a garbage truck and a supervisor in a Streets and Sanitation pickup took most of the (anyone know his name?) stuff (personal belongings?) from the man under the 55th Street viaduct and removed it.

Notice the lack of specific information in that paragraph. Who is this man? Is he a benign being or a ticking time bomb? Who...

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Well, today I saw how we (they?) handle the (mentally ill, homeless, lost souls) in Hyde Park. A "cleanup" crew consisting of a garbage truck and a supervisor in a Streets and Sanitation pickup took most of the (anyone know his name?) stuff (personal belongings?) from the man under the 55th Street viaduct and removed it.

Notice the lack of specific information in that paragraph. Who is this man? Is he a benign being or a ticking time bomb? Who sent the trucks? Why wasn't there a person there to offer him help? Now what happens? We bring him more blankets to write on because it will be freezing tonight and the cycle starts all over again.

I admit, the pile of leftover food he made in the middle of the street this weekend was a digusting mess and the pigeons were loving it. Was this a message about Thanksgiving? Was it his way of showing us we have more than enough to eat, more than he can eat, more than the fowl can consume?

I don't know. But one thing about Hyde Park, it is a safe place for people like this to inhabit. That's not a bad thing. I just wish we would talk about it more. There's a lady in a chair on 51st. A man writing (is it jibberish, or a message?) on 55th. There's Pierre on 53rd and Blackstone (if you don't buy, sell, or trade with him, you should) and several more that we rarely see.

They are the invisible people. But only to those of us who don't want to see them.

Discuss.

  • FitMom Neighborhood Blogger

    Maybe this organization can help. A Safe haven 7734358300

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Mentally I'll people need more than a "home".

    It's PC propaganda that the problem is because mean rich people have denied these people homes and that they are just like the rest of us, only they don't have a home.

    Crazy people can and do destructive things like that crazy Islamic extremist who just killed hostages in Australia after living a hateful crazy, extremist life for many years.

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Updated 5 days ago

57th street beach garbage dump

I went for a walk yesterday - Sunday.

57th street beech was a huge garbage dump. Thousands and thousands of bottles and cans. I don't think the city has cleaned the beach since October.

Maybe we can get the a university of Chicago to add a streets and sanitation division to go along eith the U of C police and transportation system.

The a city of Chicago is increasingly unable to deliver basic services in police, education and transportation.

  • I know. It is disgusting.
    Hmmm, same deal at the downtown and Northern beaches?
    I. Don't. Think. So.

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Dec 09

Updated Dec 14

Apartment cleaning services

Hello. I'm looking for someone to clean my apartment on a monthly basis. Does anyone know of someone in the Hyde Park area they can recommend?

  • Try Sweeping Dimensions. The owner is Lari Diaz. You can google them for their number. We have been using them off and on for years and they do an excellent job. They bring their own equipment including a great vacuum cleaner.

  • HP via Naija Active Neighbor

    @Bunnieface -

    Actually I misread the comment.. My apologies..

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Updated Dec 13

Dear Hyde Parkers,

See the attached pic, it's your neighborhood in BLUE. You may have noticed, that there have been numerous attempts made on EB, over the past year, to enlist your support in making your blue fade. Your 'blue' being, your safety. There are a few loud misguided hypersensitives in our midst's, that want you to question the way UCPD conducts their business, despite the fact that UCPD has clearly proven for decades to do their job by far better than CPD....

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See the attached pic, it's your neighborhood in BLUE. You may have noticed, that there have been numerous attempts made on EB, over the past year, to enlist your support in making your blue fade. Your 'blue' being, your safety. There are a few loud misguided hypersensitives in our midst's, that want you to question the way UCPD conducts their business, despite the fact that UCPD has clearly proven for decades to do their job by far better than CPD.

Don't take my word for it, see for yourself, the bigger picture.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime/

Then bring into consideration, CPD's "good works" in Chatham, Woodlawn (my neighborhood) and the west side. Clearly none of their strategies, good or bad, have worked.
https://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/mar05-keeping-close-eye-cpds-glenn-evans-6021064/

So in short, support your UCPD.

  • While there are certainly factors in the crime rate other than the quality of the police forces, I would agree that the UCPD does appear to keep Hyde Park/Kenwood safe. I can say at least that as someone who grew up in HP, I always felt safe with UCPD around....

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    While there are certainly factors in the crime rate other than the quality of the police forces, I would agree that the UCPD does appear to keep Hyde Park/Kenwood safe. I can say at least that as someone who grew up in HP, I always felt safe with UCPD around.

    I witnessed a mugging a few years ago (I was about a block away) and ran to a UC emergency phone. I'd say an unmarked UCPD car came within 1-2 minutes, and after about five minutes, at least three UCPD cars had stopped. One was taking statements and at least one cruised the area looking for the perpetrators. A CPD car came around this time as well, but clearly UCPD were on the scene in amazing time. And this was for a very low-level crime, an un-armed robbery.

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10 treats from local bakeries to bring to holiday parties

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Santa Claus coming to Hyde Park

...p.m. to 6 p.m. — Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at Kilwins, 5626 S. Harper Ave., offering free fudge samples, hot chocolate made with real milk and chocolate, Kilwins coloring books...

Dec 10

Kenwood, Lab in the news

...p.m. on that evening 50 percent of the proceeds from purchases made at Pockets, 1307 E. 53rd St., will go toward funding the organization’s Spring Break Freedom College Tour to Alabama and...

Students partner with property management company for fundraiser to benefit Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St.

...a bake sale and gift-wrapping table set up in the lobby of the Windemere, 1642 E. 56th St., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 and at the Del...

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Community talks on Academic Center move to begin at next Community Action Council meeting at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.

The first of a series of community discussions about Kenwood’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center moving to the 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. building that once housed Canter Middle School will take place at the next Community Action Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.

Transitions in motion at University of Chicago Laboratory (Lab) School, 1362 E. 59th St.

Dec 10

New CPS rating shows local schools improving; Murray gets top ranking

In Hyde Park elementary school ratings: Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. increased from Level 2 to Level 1; Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., increased from Level...

...Level 1; Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., increased from Level 3 to Level 2; Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., increased from Level 2 to Level 1+; Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., increased from Level...

...Level 2; Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., increased from Level 2 to Level 1+; Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., increased from Level 2 to Level 2+; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., increased from Level...

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...ratings: Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St. increased from Level 2 to Level 1; Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., increased from Level 3 to Level 2; Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., increased from Level...

...Level 1+; Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., increased from Level 2 to Level 2+; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., increased from Level 3 to Level 2 and Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., increased from...

...2+; Reavis, 834 E. 50th St., increased from Level 3 to Level 2 and Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., increased from Level 2 to Level 1...

Although it is now closed CPS measured the final results of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., which increased in ratings from Level 3 to Level 1. Scheduled for phase out Dyett...

...in ratings from Level 3 to Level 1. Scheduled for phase out Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., had no change and remains at Level 3 but Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S...

...51st St., had no change and remains at Level 3 but Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., increased from Level 2 to Level 1...

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Updated Dec 07

Live-In Nanny Needed

Hello - we are seeking a live-in nanny for our 2yo & 5yo. We live in Roscoe Village on the North Side. The ideal candidate will have a friendly and positive attitude; be willing to help with all aspects of household management; and have flexibility re. work times and hours. Primary assistance is needed Mon-Fri., so it's okay if the nanny has somewhere else to live/stay on the weekends. MUST have a driver's license and excellent references. Spanish-speaking okay.

  • Now

    Jannie what does being an attorney have to do with it? No need to answer. I know you're weary of this conversation. But being an attorney implies not necessarily a knowledgeable person but more of a predatory character. I'm basing this on cultural perception and not on who you may be. May you take to heart what Ginni and I are saying to you. Thanks!

  • @Now - against my better judgment I am going to answer and leave it at this: I'm sorry for the misery that's clearly in your life and the negativity that's caused you to post as you have. And I would like to apologize to all the attorneys and other intelligent people who you've insulted through your thread. We have found a nanny and I will be deleting this post and no longer following it. I wish you the best.

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