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A different set of data about the Humboldt Park Area

Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western...

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Last week I read an article posted on EB as a link to the Humboldt Park Portal, which attempted to say that the Bloomingdale Trail will ruin the Humboldt Park neighborhood, or "enclave".. After reading the population stats offered by the "Portal", I decided to actually look up the stats from the census.
The US Census reports either as a county or a census tract, so I looked at the approx. 20 tracts which covers the area bounded by Western Ave., Chicago Ave., Central Park, and Bloomingdale.
There is a total population of 38,522. Of that the largest segment is caucasion at 18,729 (or 49%) The second largest segment is Black, at 6,574 (or 17%). This leaves 34% for "other" which is made up of Asian, Latino, and people that identify as 2 or more races.
After hearing for years that Humboldt Park was a "Puerto Rican " neighborhood, I was surprised to see the actual facts. And while some city maps define Humboldt Park as going all the way to Cicero Avenue and Kinzie Street, going farther West and South on the census map only gives a larger number of Blacks in the population stats.
Here is the link
http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/

  • Can someone post a link to the original article? I'm curious to read it. I live along the Bloomingdale Trail in Bucktown and have some neighbors who are concerned about the safety, with increased foot traffic from Humbolt Park. Really??!!?? I think the opposite is generally true (the more people that are out, the safer, like in NYC).

  • David:

    I have provided the original link below.

    The Humboldt Park Portal has its rudder stuck and they serve Kool-Aid there, but only one flavor.

    Last year they called leaders and members of a long-time neighborhood group racist because they attended a public community meeting about public safety as affected...

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    David:

    I have provided the original link below.

    The Humboldt Park Portal has its rudder stuck and they serve Kool-Aid there, but only one flavor.

    Last year they called leaders and members of a long-time neighborhood group racist because they attended a public community meeting about public safety as affected during the Puerto Rican Festival. During that meeting, Puerto Rican residents spoke out passionately about the problems they have endured during the fest, and which they no longer wish to tolerate. ONE WHITE person (out of 10-12 individuals) spoke and it was with a question about the perimeter fences or something like that (they used to have NO control/perimeter fence).

    So, did HPP, with it's office based in the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, represent the comments of the Puerto Ricans of the community who let their voices be heard? NO! They put photos of Caucasians (whoops! couldn't Photoshop out the African-American and non-PR Hispanics/Latinos in the group) in their "rag" and titled it "Racist Newcomers" or something like that. Gee-whiz it was really disgusting and inaccurate, and for some reason some people buy it. NPR even picked up the story and ran with it for a minute.

    http://www.humboldtparkportal.org/news/7486

    The 606 will bring higher housing prices along the trail, but there have been a lot of houses sitting vacant, boarded up, and abandoned that have already been re-habbed with diverse new occupants, and other structures being built or rehabbed, which will fill the area with much needed new life. There remains and will remain plenty of reasonably priced housing away from the trail.

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Humboldt Park: 3300 Block of Beach

I will be moving soon and am looking over in this area? Is it safe for a SWF with no car? Thanks.

  • @KJ, yes I realize it is West of Western. I have no problem living West of Western, I currently live West of Western now. Yes, the rents have skyrocketed West of Western, I can only believe it to be because people are buying, rehabbing, and renting those units out. The...

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    @KJ, yes I realize it is West of Western. I have no problem living West of Western, I currently live West of Western now. Yes, the rents have skyrocketed West of Western, I can only believe it to be because people are buying, rehabbing, and renting those units out. The rents EAST of Western, are pretty much mortgages also. Check out craigslist to do a comparison. I just can't get over the spike in rent on the West side of W. Typically you would be able to find a place over here for about 800-900 and now they are up to 1300 and above. Poop if I go East of Western, they want 1900.oo and up.

  • Kat W:

    I live in the general area, west of the park, but am not your immediate neighbor. I've been here for 10 years.

    I drive past the intersection of Homan/Kimball and Beach at least a couple of times almost every day.

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    Kat W:

    I live in the general area, west of the park, but am not your immediate neighbor. I've been here for 10 years.

    I drive past the intersection of Homan/Kimball and Beach at least a couple of times almost every day.

    There is rarely any obvious problem there, except in the evening sometimes when dudes are congregating around the (currently closed) nearby corner food store.

    There are often cops (surprise) in the Dunkin' Donuts parking lot on the corner of North and Kimball. Plus there is a church right there, and they keep their place clean and seem to be good neighbors, but you'd have to ask someone who lives nearby.

    I have heard that the neighbors on that block are very tight-knit, and I don't think that there is a subsidized house on the block. As you may already know from living on the other side of the park, where the politicians have slammed us with multiple units of subsidized housing in one spot, we typically have gang, drug and crime problems in abundance.

    What you also may know from living on the other side of the park, is to mind your P's and Q's during the cultural event that happens over the Father's Day weekend. Public safety takes a nose-dive during those days unless people call in disturbances and problems to 911. Funny that the neighborhood has evolved, but we still have to ask for a heavier police presence even though year after year during the festival the behavior of many visitors to our neighborhood is pathetic and repeated. The security inside the fest is much much better, but the residents suffer a bit. It is only 1/52 of the weekends of the year, but it is a total loss.

    And, the disturbances to public safety are mainly near the entrance of the festival and along Division St., on the other side of the park, which last year was marked with a car fire after the fest closed one night.

    Good luck. We have your back.

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Lost Dog in Humboldt Park

HUMBODLT PARK:: have you seen this dog? She escaped my friend's house when she was at work today. If you see her, sit down and call her name - Tina. Do Not Chase. Call this number with any information - 517-902-3879.

  • Have you put up paper fliers in the area? Several people on other posts say that when they haven't had luck online, they've had luck by putting up fliers. I'm so sorry to hear this. Good luck & keep us posted.

  • That's how I recovered my dog last week, with flyers and posters. Putting up large flyers in the neighborhood where he was last seen really helped! Be sure to place them on the side where drivers can see it as well. Check out animal control (CACC) on 2741 N Western....

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    That's how I recovered my dog last week, with flyers and posters. Putting up large flyers in the neighborhood where he was last seen really helped! Be sure to place them on the side where drivers can see it as well. Check out animal control (CACC) on 2741 N Western. They have tours of the cages for people looking for lost dogs - different times a day, even after 5pm. My dog's rescuer came back to my neighborhood looking for a flyer and of course a reward! Sorry to say it but this seems to be a way of making money. Good luck to you.

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Humboldt Haus On Sacramento Blvd. and North Ave. Now Open!

Great news, it is now open but not the deli bar yet. I talked to Mike who said he was a co-owner and the hours now are 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday to Saturday and 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Sunday. Mike also added that the 16 taps section will be open in another month. I asked him to join us on Nextdoor and Everyblocks and inform all of the date when the whole restaurant will be open for business. I am looking forward to the grand opening, i will be thirsty! The name of the place is Humboldt Haus.

  • Brenton A poor, poor, writer in Humboldt Park.

    Just rode by yesterday! Excited, since my next place will likely be around the corner from here and Cermac. Wish they had a website, even a slap-dash wordpress site would do just to post their hours and selection.

  • Just don't go holding your breath on the opening dates... I am very excited for the tap room and sandwich bar... Just not so confident in the Haus' ability to stick to quoted dates... Let's hope it is sooner than later! This area needs another liquor-lotto store like (insert non witty pun)

  • Yeah, I was a bit surprised/disappointed that only the typical liquor store part was open.

    I was really hoping for something new, hip, unique and interesting was going to be opening up in HP. Instead we got another lotto liquor shack.... at least for now.

11 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Infant CPR and first aid class

Does anyone know where I can find a child and infant CPR class?

Thanks!

  • I took care of that at CPR Associates 2616 W. Peterson Ave. I know it's kind of far but they also had Saturday classes and if interested give them a call
    (773) 973-6933

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    St. Joseph Hospital (also newborn care, breastfeeding, preparation for childbirth). The maternal/child educator is Ruth Gross 773-665-3605

  • Northwestern Hospital offers them.

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    CORRECT MASONRY PER BUILDING VIOLATIONS INCLUDING REPLACING FRONT STAIR SYSTEM (NO STRUCTURAL WORK)- ALL WORK SAME AS EXISTING; SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS

    3454 W. Ohio St. Issued April 14, 2014 Comment

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Humboldt Park: Is Area of Central Park and North Ave Safe?

I lived north of the park as did and have some friends for a long time with no complaints. My in-laws are considering a move a few blocks west of the park, between North and Division. I have heard in the past that HP west of Kedzie is 'dicey.'

I would love someone to tell me that I have been misinformed. It is particularly important because the in-laws care for our toddler who loves to be outside. All of that activity takes place during the day time.

They currently rent in the 2400 block of north Lowell. I am wondering how the neighborhoods compare.

Thanks for any feedback.

  • West of the park is lovely. Your in-laws will have great restaurants steps from their new place (La Encantada and Pueblas Cemitas). I think they'd find North/Central Park to be much more convenient to the rest of the city and public transit. But, I don't know their interests. We've had a few isolated problems but you find that anywhere you move in this city.

  • I wouldn't let my Parents move there. Was there on Crystal just a few days ago looking a property for sale. No.No.No.

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Update on problem liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage

I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the...

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I'm not sure why EB didn't post the story..... A few weeks back, citizens complained to Alderman Moreno about the liquor store at 3635 W. Armitage. It seems that the store is in Alderman Maldonado's ward, but the surrounding residents affected by the activities are in Alderman Morenos ward. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140131/logan-square/aldermen-go-head-head-over-controversial-logan-square-liquor-store

While I live several blocks away, I have heard complaints about this specific business for years and years in local CAPS meetings.

On April 8TH, there was hearing about the store http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140409/logan-square/neighbors-air-grievances-about-armitage-food-at-city-hall

One of the Alderman showed up to the hearing to represent his constituents, the other did not. Justice is sometimes slow, but hopefully this store owner gets the message and cleans up his act, and therefore the neighborhood. CONGRATS to all of the neighbors that worked so tirelessly to get some relief.

  • Alderman Maldowannadonuthin' has accepted $1500 per year for 4 years in campaign contributions from the liquor store, which might explain why he won't engage the community.

  • Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc....

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    Even though this store is in Logan Square just north of our border, this issue affects those of us who work and live in HP and concerns me as a voter.

    As reported in a DNAinfo article published in February, the company that owns Armitage Food, listed as IBNN Inc. contributed $1,500 a year to Maldonado's campaign in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    This seems to have affected his motivation to handle the resident's concerns. The people deserve a leader that is willing to attack difficult problems with a closed fist rather than a palm facing up.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140205/logan-square/armitage-foods-battle-gets-personal-as-alderman-questions-campaign-cash

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I have heard that the stores owners are back to their old bad habits ignoring a judges order to stop all bad practice. I guess the store owner must believe he is above the law with an Alderman in his corner!

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Updated 37 hours ago

Does anyone know why there is a helicopter around North and Talman?

North Avenue is blocked off around Talman and Rockwell right now. Tons of police and a helicopter right now.

  • Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

    EHB isn't that bad.....but not that great. To be fair, I just moved here 4 months ago, from the suburbs of Detroit. I can't say that this is where I see myself living much longer, but I do see the good in this...

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    Oh sheesh, try to be less sensitive...

    EHB isn't that bad.....but not that great. To be fair, I just moved here 4 months ago, from the suburbs of Detroit. I can't say that this is where I see myself living much longer, but I do see the good in this neighborhood. I hear tons of talk that it is up_and_coming, and I can see.

    From what I heard, it happened to Logan Square, and Wicker Park...and getting the right people in the neighborhood to invest time, and their money is great.

    How did Logan Square, or Wicker Park grow and become a better neighborhood to itself? I can see it happening on the East side of Humboldt Park...just wish it could happen faster.

  • rob in Logan Square 7 years in Logan Square

    You're right, Bobby. I can personally attest to Wicker Park being almost exactly the same around 2000 - lived there for 7 years. I used to go party there in the early 90's and it was seedy in a lot of spots. With the 606 Trail being built, big changes are coming to EHB and Logan Square, and the up-and-coming period is going to be a lot shorter than it would otherwise be. You can read up on what the elevated park has done for that part of NYC.

4 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Waiting For A New Beginning

Where will our future children belong to? This question still remains unanswered because of the social economic status of children. Early child education is important to the growth of a child. Growing up in a different community tends to have a different outcome in the development of children.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    A grammar school teacher lives in our Building. Her school was wrongfully terminated she was displaced. She was angry. Being smart, she did her homework and ended up in a better and more diverse school. Now she is a convert. The new school provides a better staff, better materials, but...

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    A grammar school teacher lives in our Building. Her school was wrongfully terminated she was displaced. She was angry. Being smart, she did her homework and ended up in a better and more diverse school. Now she is a convert. The new school provides a better staff, better materials, but more importantly an environment condusive for excellence. She smiles everyday now when she comes home from school vs being aggravated and having a frown. Things worked out well for her although it was not by her own doing. She would have rather stayed and tried to "make a difference" for her students...despite they and their parents having no interest at all in education.

    Change is not easy. We have to make tough choices and close empty and under performing schools to make way for something better. It won't be an easy transition.

    We are told we have good city services. Ha! the bad services runs the gammit of all city departments. It can be a war just to get garbage picked up. Can you imagine anyone saying that a ghetto gets good service! How stupid do they think we are?

    EB people CAN find solutions that are BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER. It comes through our sincere discussions of "the other side."

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Many in my neighborhood EGP are also up in arms. What for? I can't figure it out. Kids can't walk to school safely; sit in school safely, graduate, read/write...and yet parents' feel they want a community school. They support the same teachers who fail to motivate and educate their kids...

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    Many in my neighborhood EGP are also up in arms. What for? I can't figure it out. Kids can't walk to school safely; sit in school safely, graduate, read/write...and yet parents' feel they want a community school. They support the same teachers who fail to motivate and educate their kids so they will be able to get a job in the future.

    OMG look at the schools on CHICAGOLAND! Who would want their kid to go to an insane place like those schools...in the midst of their turn arounds!

    Choosing something better for your kid is what is supposed to happen. It takes alot of research to choose the right thing. It will not be convenient. (my neighbor drives her kid to Melrose Park) The vote with their feet and move to the suburbs shows many make that choice. Again for 60 years Chicago schools have been a problem; and the vetting continues. First there was white flight and now black flight surpasses white flight.

    Rich people can send their kids to boarding schools or Montisorri schools. Poor folk can send their kid to a surrounding area school IF it produces something better for the child.

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

First warm weekend of the year...

I know everyone's been locked in their houses with a brutal winter, but it really sucks to have the first weekend worth going outside ruined every year by people looking for trouble. From the fights to the loitering and cruising, the first warm weekend, which should be a happy time, is a time I hate to even walk my dog after dark.

Today alone, I've already heard gunshots and my husband walked past a crime scene at Rockwell and Division....

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I know everyone's been locked in their houses with a brutal winter, but it really sucks to have the first weekend worth going outside ruined every year by people looking for trouble. From the fights to the loitering and cruising, the first warm weekend, which should be a happy time, is a time I hate to even walk my dog after dark.

Today alone, I've already heard gunshots and my husband walked past a crime scene at Rockwell and Division.

I guess I'm venting as much as anything, but I also don't think it has to be this way or that anyone should have to accept this kind of chaos as a condition of living in the city.

I love my neighborhood. I don't love the people disrespecting it.

  • If you see suspicious activity you have to call 911. All the time. Every time.

    The police will not randomly come by and keep things in check.

    Future police response depends on your 911 calls and your involvement as a community to try to keep these gang-banger outsiders in line...

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    If you see suspicious activity you have to call 911. All the time. Every time.

    The police will not randomly come by and keep things in check.

    Future police response depends on your 911 calls and your involvement as a community to try to keep these gang-banger outsiders in line with the standards of the community.

    Many of these ne'er-do-wells used to live in the area but have left. Some just have the habit of coming here and terrorizing our homes. They come back, and they visit their old buddies, and bring trouble. Sometimes you have to focus on the "host" house because they are providing a place for nefarious activity to thrive, conceal itself, and persist.

    If the gang-bangers have no place to go, they have to chose to either hang totally out in the open and in their cars, or go somewhere else.

    Lets encourage them to go somewhere else. That is good for everyone who lives here.

    By the way, just an idea from personal experience, you might consider putting some attention on the huge amount of subsidized/welfare housing that is crammed into that area. A lot of unauthorized tenants inhabit those dwellings, and they typically aren't there so they can be closer to their 9-5 job.

    The politicians have dumped an inordinate amount of "affordable" housing in our neighborhood because it brings them votes (and they don't live here), but then short us on the supply of resources to help those folks succeed and to keep them from bringing the community down.

  • Marea Vierge-Noire Disc Jockey

    Thank you. I think you're right. I need to start picking up the phone when I have been resistant for a number of reasons. Thanks for reminding me.

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Will the 606 Destroy the Enclave?

Humboldt Park is well known for its multi-cultural ethnic enclave because of the diversity of the residence. All across Chicago these enclaves are being split apart because of higher housing prices. Usually, the different structures that bring in change to an ethnic enclave, or any enclave,  are businesses and parks. The new parkway, 606, will bring change to the Humboldt Park area, the questions is, are the residents of Humboldt Park prepared?

  • Jason, I'm sure they would accept more grant money for that purpose, as long as there wasn't any real oversight...

  • Good God. I feel 10x stupider after having read that piffle.

4 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Coco's Restaurant

Anyone know what's going on with Coco's Restaurant?

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    I can only say what is written on signs in all the windows. There was nothing about CO-CO'S re opening also there were signs up that read CO-CO'S Thanked everyone for the last ten years. Those signs are gone now.

  • Sounds like Coco has indeed closed. Thanks for the report.

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Building Permits

Can anyone share their experience with getting a construction permit (not an easy permit) with the city? What is the process like? How long does it typically take? Has the process improved since years past?

Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

LOST DOG

HUMBODLT PARK: Have you seen this dog? She escaped today. If you see her, sit down and call her name - Tina. Do Not Chase. Please call 517-902-3879 with any leads.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

The Bloomingdale Trail Making Humboldt Park A Better Place To Live.

Great change is happening to Humboldt Park and the people who live here welcome it. The Bloomingdale Trail is one huge step in the right direction. People are attracted to the park and the boulevards which in part is why Humboldt Park is coming back to life but it is the Bloomingdale Trail which is helping out the most and with lightning speed. Now people will have a elevated path away from vehicles and intersections to travel directly to down...

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Great change is happening to Humboldt Park and the people who live here welcome it. The Bloomingdale Trail is one huge step in the right direction. People are attracted to the park and the boulevards which in part is why Humboldt Park is coming back to life but it is the Bloomingdale Trail which is helping out the most and with lightning speed. Now people will have a elevated path away from vehicles and intersections to travel directly to down town and most of all, jobs. If you hate traffic and bicycling through it, this is where you want to live and raise a family.
Another large part of the trail is that it is destroying the enclave of gangs and crime that gave Humboldt Park such a violent reputation. This scared away good people and families from moving in but not any more. The criminals that use to hang out on every corner around the park are almost all gone, replaced by new businesses and people that call the police when they see crimes occurring. A few decades ago Humboldt Park was not well known for its multi-cultural ethnic diversity but now because of The Bloomingdale Trail and the diversity of the residence it brings, it truly has become a great place to live for all.

  • RAKARWOWSKI RETIRED CITY WORKER, CLEANING UP HUMBOLDT PARK

    How sad that the only in put to a thread is to call hard working neighbors Racist, maybe try to give some in put that might help. Going into all the threads and labeling everyone else as a racist is getting old fast. Where is CO-CO PUFFS? The two of...

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    How sad that the only in put to a thread is to call hard working neighbors Racist, maybe try to give some in put that might help. Going into all the threads and labeling everyone else as a racist is getting old fast. Where is CO-CO PUFFS? The two of you make a good team for talking down to people that are trying to help each other on EB. How does EB get away with the Casual Racism that the Portal places on EB continually without anyone able to hit the UNNEIGHBORLY tag?

  • ^^ I guess that'd be true, if you equate "criminal" with "non-white." Way to stir the pot. . . again.

    The Trail will be a great addition to the neighborhood and provide access both ways: other neighborhoods will get the benefits of HP, including the park itself and diverse restaurants...

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    ^^ I guess that'd be true, if you equate "criminal" with "non-white." Way to stir the pot. . . again.

    The Trail will be a great addition to the neighborhood and provide access both ways: other neighborhoods will get the benefits of HP, including the park itself and diverse restaurants and businesses, etc. and the residents of HP will have easy access to other neighborhoods via a beautiful new parkway. Seems like a win all the way around for everyone. The High Line in NY did wonders for revitalizing the neighborhoods connected by it by bringing the communities together, spurring new businesses and restaurants and revitalizing the existing ones. I think the Trail will do even more here in Chicago.

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Home Invasion near Augusta and Western

I was walking to my car after a late lunch at Leghorn near Augusta and Western at 6pm and saw someone booking it (running really really fast and hopping fences). He was a slightly tall, skinny kid (probably in his early 20s), seemed latin-american, baggy white shirt and baggy light colored jeans, red and white simple baseball cap. A couple of older 30s-40s guys were trying to chase him but lost him near the mb bank parking lot as he...

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I was walking to my car after a late lunch at Leghorn near Augusta and Western at 6pm and saw someone booking it (running really really fast and hopping fences). He was a slightly tall, skinny kid (probably in his early 20s), seemed latin-american, baggy white shirt and baggy light colored jeans, red and white simple baseball cap. A couple of older 30s-40s guys were trying to chase him but lost him near the mb bank parking lot as he disappeared on Walton and further east. Apparently there was a home invasion??? I don't know if the owners were there or came home as it was happening, or if the people chasing home were just neighbors that caught him in the act.

Just a heads up if anyone saw this kid running in the area and got a good look at him for the police report. I only saw what I said above, not the front of his face.

Apr 08

Updated 4 days ago

Heroin needles on the ground

I was walking to work and all down Francisco towards North ave is absolutely littered with what appears to be heroin needles. Be careful with your kids and dogs!

  • Craig, needle exchange programs save lives (and tax payer money). They allow drug users access to safer injection which reduces disease transmission (Hep C and HIV are the more common ones). Reduced disease transmission means less public money spent on treating disease. They also allow social workers a safe space to engage with people who are using to offer them services. Dead addicts don't recover. Needle exchanges are an evidence based practice proven to be beneficial.

  • what Anne said. it's a public health issue, and i support it. it works pretty well for a lot of other countries, and as long as the recipients don't leave their kits all over the place outside, i'm for it.

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Divvy Bike Program: Success or Failure?

A new transportation bike system was introduced in places such as New York, Washington, Boston, and in France. In 2013, the Divvy Bike Operation was placed in Chicago to deliver several factors to the development of transportation.  It has been a year now, and so the question rises: Is the program worth it?

  • Divvy is an asset to the community. An asset to everyone of all ethnic and economic backgrounds who live here in Humboldt Park.

    I don't know who did what, but within the past 10 years it went from former Alderman Ocasio and zealot Jose Lopez vetoing the bike lanes so...

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    Divvy is an asset to the community. An asset to everyone of all ethnic and economic backgrounds who live here in Humboldt Park.

    I don't know who did what, but within the past 10 years it went from former Alderman Ocasio and zealot Jose Lopez vetoing the bike lanes so they dead-ended at Western Ave. They called them "the white lanes of gentrification" and tried to paint their own surrealist picture that depicted something else than this being a good thing for everyone. Their decision was a mistake and it hurt everyone.

    So, I find it fantastic that for whatever reason, hard heads have softened. Divvy and bike lanes are here, and it looks like they will stay.

    Definite success. And with the Bloomingdale Trail (the 606) coming they will play an even more important part in the lives of us who live, work and play in the community.

4 days ago

International Baccalaureate More than just a Program

Last year in Humboldt Park, 28% of residents 18 and over graduated from high school and only 22% completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher, which is 12% lower than that of Chicago Metro Education statistics sourced from the census (“Humboldt Park, Chicago...”).  That same year, Roberto Clemente Academy High School in Humboldt Park became the only completely IB high school in the Chicago Public Schools.

4 days ago

Putting it all “On the Table”

The concept is pretty simple – 10,000 Chicagoans eating, talking and discussing great ideas about how to make the region a better place to live.

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American Red Cross Provides Family Reconnnection

The American Red Cross Restoring Family Links program helps to locate and restore communication between families separated internationally by conflict, disaster or other humanitarian emergencies, and we do this by working within our global Red Cross network. Annually the American Red Cross assists more than 5,000 families trying to reconnect with their loved ones in the U.S. and around the world. In Chicago, the Red Cross has Restoring Family Links caseworkers available to assist families to reconnect when traditional methods of finding one another are not available. There is no charge for these services. To learn more about our program, please contact us at 312.729.6238 by email at ChicagoIS@redcross.org, or visit our website.

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A Safe or Vulnerable Passage: Perceptions of Safety

A Safe Passage sign signifying that the area is a Safe Passage Route

  • "Jose De Diego...being far across Western Avenue"

    it's a single block east of Western.

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600-699 N. Central Park Ave.