2 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

It Is Gone

Yesterday they tore down the old Alley building to make way for a proposed 80 unit development. These images are where the iconic Alley mural once was.

I first went to The Alley as a 20 year old kid; unsure of herself but bound to become otherwise. I bought a $99 leather biker jacket that I think they were running a sale on so I could afford it. It was heavier than hell.

I still have that jacket; and every...

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Yesterday they tore down the old Alley building to make way for a proposed 80 unit development. These images are where the iconic Alley mural once was.

I first went to The Alley as a 20 year old kid; unsure of herself but bound to become otherwise. I bought a $99 leather biker jacket that I think they were running a sale on so I could afford it. It was heavier than hell.

I still have that jacket; and every button, scuff, and scratch on it represents the journey I took from there to here. It is a prized possession.

As my daughter navigates her road of discovery, I still go to The Alley to get her funky socks, leopard patterened shoes, and fingerless gloves (her favorite). I want her to know that she has room to be different, independent, and creative as she practices kindness, respect, and humility.

The mural being destroyed leaves me sad.

Do you have a fond memory of The Alley? Something that you look back on and smile?

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    This makes me so sad and pissed at the same time.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    I'm with you. Part of me can't even think about it.

37 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

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  • Why isn't this an ad???

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    I do apologize if this was posted in the wrong section; where can I find the ad section?

  • There is no ad section; everyblock is for residents and community members to share news and happenings in their neighborhoods, not to advertise their services.

37 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Seeking Logan Square / Avondale Writer For Article (Will Compensate)

Hello, we are looking to launch a free newspaper focused on cultural, political and economic life in Logan Square & Avondale. If our first edition does well, we would like to do this on a monthly basis. We are looking for someone to write a brief article on the growth of freelance work in general, and in Logan Square / Avondale in particular. Even though our start-up costs are high and revenue is Zero, we would like to offer compensation....

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Hello, we are looking to launch a free newspaper focused on cultural, political and economic life in Logan Square & Avondale. If our first edition does well, we would like to do this on a monthly basis. We are looking for someone to write a brief article on the growth of freelance work in general, and in Logan Square / Avondale in particular. Even though our start-up costs are high and revenue is Zero, we would like to offer compensation. Let us know what you think a fair price for a brief article is and hopefully we can have a meeting of the minds. And as an inspiring writer, you would get your name out there and fatten up your resume. If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to e-mail (jraider@raiderrealtychicago.com) us anytime. If you could include a sample of your writing and a resume, that would be great. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

  • Jason, no need to use euphemisms like "compensate", the word is "pay." And if your attitude is that you are doing writers a favor by paying "even though [y]our startup costs are high and revenue is Zero" you are off to a bad start. A newspaper IS the content, and...

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    Jason, no need to use euphemisms like "compensate", the word is "pay." And if your attitude is that you are doing writers a favor by paying "even though [y]our startup costs are high and revenue is Zero" you are off to a bad start. A newspaper IS the content, and if you think have the attitude that it is essential to pay all your other bills, but very nice of you, and sort of optional, to pay the the creators of that content, you are probably not ready to start a newspaper.

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    Ozzie, I am sorry if my use of the term "compensate" was misconstrued. In no uncertain terms, we are willing to PAY in dollars.

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    I meant to say, we are without a doubt willing to PAY a writer in dollars for their work.

2 hours ago

Cat roaming in area

There's a cat , mostly white with calico markings roaming around the 3101 N. Francisco Building.

7 hours ago

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28 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Ald Joe Moreno, crook or dummy?

sound off here and be sure to vote Joe out on Feb 24

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Nothing like going to the debate and having one of the alderman's thugs come up to you, shake you hand and then he tells you "THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS" just because you are wearing a sticker for one of the challengers. I don't take kindly to threats.

  • Moreno lost my vote forever when he spoke out against the teachers strike. He seems like a shady guy all around. I do like his ideas for a dedicated bike lane on Milwaukee, but that's not enough to sway me, not to shake the feeling that he's smarmy. I hope both of them are forced into a runoff and lose.

14 hours ago

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

This Just Burns Me!!

Last week I went to the 44th Ward alderman "meet and greet." All three candidates had 15 minutes to speak, and all answered the same 5 questions. Tom Tunney kept repeating "crime is down, crime is down" so often I thought his mantra would cause him to levitate, then I saw this article and I'm just enraged!

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/01/a-matter-of-trust-police-department.html

I know a lot of the crime happens later when victims have had too many cocktails, but do you feel safe walking home from a neighborhood dinner? I'm begining not too.

  • I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file...

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    I'm less concerned about whether residents FEEL safe (which can be driven by headlines and TV stories), and more about whether residents ARE safe (which is driven by good statistics).

    I am indeed concerned by stories suggesting that the data may be bad, whether by making it harder to file (on-line is good though), or reclassifying reports. In any event, I don't think that risk has changed between 2013 and 2014, and across that time period, Lakeview crime IS down 20%. Yes, it needs to go down further, but it's moving in the right direction, and we are getting more police on the streets, slowly but surely.

    More police costs money -- who got their property tax bill today? Want to pay even MORE? I didn't think so.

    The sky is not falling.

  • Lynn Olejniczak Life-long Chicagoan, who loves her city.

    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times...

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    I'm sorry, but that is just absurd. You aren't concerned if Lakeview residents "feel" safe? Why? Because it isn't a number that can be manipulated or played with?

    A loss of 4 police officers in December does not equate to more police on the streets no matter how many times you or Tunney tap your heels together and repeat "crime is down, crime is down."

    As far as your property tax statement goes, it is just so far beneath the original discussion here that the only fitting response would be, "I know you are but what am I."
    Pure nonsense.

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Public Hearing on Monday, March 9 for Rise and Galleria Liquors Mixed-Use Redevelopment

A public hearing has been scheduled for the proposed mixed-use transit oriented development for 3401-09 N. Southport Avenue on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 PM at Mystic Celt.

The following is now known:
A 4-story building with retail on the first floor
33 apartments with starting rent at $1,500
6 parking spaces with one being a handicapped spot

The project will be presented by the developer to all that attend the West Lakeview Neighbors meeting. See the renderings here:

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2015/01/public-hearing-march-9-2015-for.html

  • RubyRed Dancer, Drummer, Cyclist

    jjkenyon, Yes, it's true, there are other residential developments along the tracks, but you sure as hell won't catch me ponying up $1,500 per month for that kind of noise pollution. The "benefit" of living on the same block as Gap an Athleta isn't really that much a draw either in my opinion.

  • RubyRed, you probably didn't look at the developer's plans and elevations, the north wall facing the tracks is solid block, no windows except for a single column, which is probably a stairwell.

    A double block wall will suppress nearly all the train noise.

18 hours ago

Leash Law

To all dog owners who chose daily to break the law and put humans, dogs (theirs and mine) at risk: Please explain why the law does not apply to you.

32 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

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22 hours ago

Fri 1/30 Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Debate-LIVE at 10:30am

The Fri 1/30 Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Mayoral Candidate Debate/questioning
will be streaming LIVE, starting at 10:30am on the Sun-times web site: chicago.suntimes.com
It should be posted on the Internet for later viewing as well.
This debate/questioning will be used for a future Mayoral Candidate endorsement for the 2/24 municipal election.

Dec 04

Updated 23 hours ago

Michael Diversey's Closed?!

Darnit. I noticed the restaurant closed. I'm a bit surprised as it was always pretty busy. Anyone know if something new is going in? I hope so. I don't like the empty spaces on Diversey right now.

  • @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities....

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    @ Bob - except you're wrong. The American way of work hard, buy a house, live a decent life no longer exists and hasn't existed for years. Wages are stagnant. The middle class is in sharp decline. Even immigrants, especially the Chinese, are moving back to China for better opportunities. The educated classes of other countries are not moving to America. They have it better in their home countries.

    @ Li - about the only solution to your/my problem of which I know is to find a man dumb and desperate enough to marry me. It's rough out there for singletons, especially economically.

  • d3 NOH

    yes but only after coming to Northwestern for 4 or 8 years for a top notch education

31 hours ago

You have 7 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

31 hours ago

Food Pantry Seeks 1-2 Strong Volunteer

The food pantry is in need of one or two strong volunteers who can help us clean up and close up the food pantry. Hours would be every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the latest. Please send a response to volunteer@irvingparkfoodpantry if you are interested. Thank you!

2 days ago

You have 21 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

New Restaurant?

I just walked by the Town Hall apartments on Halsted and Addison and noticed what appears to be a new restaurant getting ready to open up in one of the retail spots for that building. Does anyone know if this is actually a new restaurant and if so what the scoop on it is, or is it perhaps some facility that is there for the tenants of the building? It seems to look like to me it may be a restaurant because it also has bar seating and the decor of the place as well.

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Hi! That facility is part of the Center on Halsted's new Senior Center complex. That space will be used to serve senior lunches or for other senior events. The lunch program is administered as part of the City of Chicago's Golden Diner senior lunch program. The old police station itself will soon be open as part of the Senior Center, it's going to be very nice!

  • Gregory Morrow Employee at Center On Halsted

    Addenda: the Senior Lunch program at Town Hall is not just for building residents, it is for all neighborhood seniors 60 and up. There is another Senior Lunch served at the Presbyterian church down the street, at Addison and Broadway.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for responsible and attentive accountant

My husband and I are looking for a responsible and attentive accountant in Chicago. We are willing to see someone around Lakeview, Lakeview Roscoe Village as well as the Loop if we found an accountant that we like. My husband owns his own small business so we need someone who understands those issues. We also need some assistance with doing taxes with a trust fund. Thank you for your help!

  • Holly 15 year East Lakeview Resident.

    Been using Nick for over 10 years.

    Nick Kolligris,CPA
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  • My husband and I own two small businesses and have trusts as well. We have been using Michael and Nancy Dschida of NMD and Co. For 15+ years. They are a super responsive, reasonable and extremely knowledgeable team who are located nearby. They can be reached at 312 640-5904 or michael@nmd-company.com.

  • Thanks for all of the tips!

Jun 20

Updated 2 days ago

Are you happy with recycling in Chicago?

...Are you confused about what you can and can't recycle? Do you find Chicago's recycling and yard waste programs to be less than ideal? Please take 3-4 minutes to complete our Recycling Survey.

Your answers will help the Chicago Recycling Coalition and Chicago's recycling community push for new and better recycling policies throughout Chicago.

CRC thanks you for your help. The more results we receive, the more accurate our survey will be. So please pass along this newsletter or the recycling survey link to people who are concerned about recycling in Chicago.

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  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    Thanks everyone! Please help spread the word, the more responses, the better the data and more effectively we can lobby for improvements.

  • Here's another thing you can do to promote recycling for all in Chicago:

    If you live in an apartment building with 5 or more units that does not provide recycling services, please add your report to our site:

    www.mybuildingdoesntrecycle.com

    We are collecting reports to show the city that residents of high-density apartment buildings want the Burke-Hansen ordinance (Chicago's ordinance mandating that high-density buildings provide recycling services) to be enforced.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Black and White Cat *REWARD*

Lost cat in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago (Wayne & Waveland). He went missing on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. He is a year and a half old, neutered, and declawed on his front paws. He is a tuxedo (black on his face and back; white on his chin, neck, tummy, and feet). He is a large cat, approximately 14-15 pounds. He is loving and very friendly towards people. Please help us bring him home - reward offered!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    "The national organization is endorsing and supporting Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Coalition aldermen..." including Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) and six others.

  • We need at least 20-25 more alderman like these seven! Let's do it Chicago!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

5 squad cars near Brew and Grow

Mostly noth of brew and grow on Kedzie at 7:30am today. Anyone know what happened?

  • The squad cars were all on the east side of Kedzie--yes, just near the Alderman's office. I'm surprised at the lack of details especially given the time of day, busy location, and proximity to the Alderman and State Rep's offices.

  • The best thing to do is to attend CAPS. Our CAPS beat meeting for 1733 are now every month and combined with 1731 and 1732. Next meeting is Feb 11th at 6:30PM Athletic Field House on Addison across from KMART.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

The Most Epic Post Regarding Lost and Found Dogs (and other animals)

Hi, your neighborhood shelter volunteer here. Here is accurate info and links to get lost animals back home.

If your pet is LOST:

PLEASE go and physically look at Chicago Animal Care and Control at 2741 S. Western. Its the only shelter in Chicago that holds stray dogs. CACC is open for lost pet searches from 12pm to 6pm: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cacc.html

you can do a "virtual search" of shelters up to 200 miles from your zip code on www.petharbor.com - Don't...

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Hi, your neighborhood shelter volunteer here. Here is accurate info and links to get lost animals back home.

If your pet is LOST:

PLEASE go and physically look at Chicago Animal Care and Control at 2741 S. Western. Its the only shelter in Chicago that holds stray dogs. CACC is open for lost pet searches from 12pm to 6pm: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cacc.html

you can do a "virtual search" of shelters up to 200 miles from your zip code on www.petharbor.com - Don't get too picky with the search terms. This is NOT a substitute for physically checking the shelter.

If your pet is microchipped, call the chip company to report your pet lost. Make sure they have your current phone and address. Keep this information current - some chipped animals are found weeks, months, or even years after they get lost.

Post to Lost Dogs Illinois on Facebook - this is a volunteer group that reunites lost pets and their owners. They may take time to approve your post.

make flyers - they should have a clear photo, a valid phone number and/or email (a "throw away" email, such as "FindFluffy@_____.com" is a good idea) and the word "REWARD". Post at vets, police and CTA stations, stores, etc.

If someone claims to have found your pet, ask them to meet you at a vet or a police station - some people try to claim $$ without giving you the pet.

It is common for pets to be lost for days before someone finds them. Look in shelters outside the city - people who find pets don't always take them to the closest shelter.

If you FOUND a pet:

If the animal is NOT friendly enough for you to safely handle, PLEASE call 311 and ask for an animal control officer to pick the pet up. CACC is NOT some sort of mass euthanasia nightmare. It may take up to 24 hours for an officer to arrive, so plan to keep the pet safely confined for that amount of time.

ALWAYS TAKE A LOST PET TO THE CLOSEST STRAY-HOLDING SHELTER. In Chicago this is CACC at 2741 S Western.

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    I'd also like to add that while you may have heard that the city will be shortening the stray holding period from five days to three days, that's not entirely true - most animals will still be held for a MINIMUM of five days, but private rescue groups will be...

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    I'd also like to add that while you may have heard that the city will be shortening the stray holding period from five days to three days, that's not entirely true - most animals will still be held for a MINIMUM of five days, but private rescue groups will be allowed to transfer animals out "early" at three days, as opposed to having to wait the full five day period to transfer. Being placed in CACC's adoption program or being euthanized still will not take place until after the five days is up. Having even a few animals leave "early" for rescue will actually mean more space for animals that are coming in, which will actually mean less euthanasia.

    I was going to include this in my main post but that 2000 character limit - yeesh!

3 days ago

32nd Ward Aldermanic Forum

South Lakeview Neighbors is holding an aldermanic forum for the two candidates in the 32nd ward. Here are the details:

http://slneighbors.org/2015/01/26/32nd-ward-aldermanic-forum-feb-10/

3 days ago

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Jan 20

Updated 3 days ago

  • KTL

    The thumbs up and thumbs down are partisan opinion and no doubt this is a teacher's union website. Totally useless unless you are a public union supporter, which I am not. This actually makes me like Tunney.

  • The facts there are probably accurate, on how they voted, but as KTL notes, the thumbs up/down is whether "Grassroots Illinois Action" (whomever they are) think it was a good vote. They're against charter schools, yet clearly, charter schools markedly outperform traditional schools by any measure (except "preservation of highly-paid union jobs for bad teachers", maybe).

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Brown Elephant space (Halsted/Waveland)

All the For Rent signs are down and there is new paper covering on the windows. Anyone know anything about what is going in the space?

  • Robert Rohdenburg Affordable Housing Activist for ONE Northside

    Both Ald. Cappleman (46th Ward) and Ald. Tunney (44th Ward) are on the City Council Zoning committee. Ald. Cappleman is also on the Housing committee.

  • Quite correct, it's not in the 44th ward -- but? Still of interest here.

Aug 10

Updated 3 days ago

Handyman in Lakeview

Does anyone have a recommendation for a local handyman that you trust and has reasonable rates? Looking for someone in the Lakeview area.

Thanks!

  • Menschwithawrench is excellent and fairly priced.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Genetically engineered for things mechanical. Have all my attachments & latest software. Please call 312-890-7558

Oct 20

Updated 3 days ago

Handyman?

Does anyone have a good handyman that they could recommend? I would appreciate hearing from you!

  • Try Paul@windycity handyman.com 773-297-8789. Licensed, insured, reasonable and quite good.

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    If you are still looking. I could help. Many years experience. Please call 312-890-7558

3 days ago

Jan 23

Updated 3 days ago

Seeking Experienced Electrician

Anyone know an electrician with experience with old Chicago buildings, specifically cloth wiring?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I like Colorful Drips. For a Handyman, I would go with Dropped Hammer

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    Jaime Alvarez, of Alvarez Electrical did an outstanding job for me. He was prompt, professional and relative to the quality of his work, he was reasonably priced. His telephone # is 773-577-9603.

3 days ago

Looking for Logan Square / Avondale Writer!

Hello, we are looking to launch a free newspaper focused on cultural, political and economic life in Logan Square & Avondale. If our first edition does well, we would like to do this on a monthly basis. We are looking for someone to write a brief article on the growth of freelance work in general, and in Logan Square / Avondale in particular. Overtime, we hope to generate some revenue through ads, but in full disclosure, at least for the...

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Hello, we are looking to launch a free newspaper focused on cultural, political and economic life in Logan Square & Avondale. If our first edition does well, we would like to do this on a monthly basis. We are looking for someone to write a brief article on the growth of freelance work in general, and in Logan Square / Avondale in particular. Overtime, we hope to generate some revenue through ads, but in full disclosure, at least for the first few editions, we would not be able to financially compensate the writer. But, as an inspiring writer, you would get your name out there and fatten up your resume. If you are interested or have any questions, feel free to e-mail (jraider@raiderrealtychicago.com) us anytime. If you could include a sample of your writing and a resume, that would be great. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Missing black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

REWARD: $1,000

More photos and information: danielleg.com/mila

Jan 23

Updated 4 days ago

Intro and Observations

I wanted to introduce myself to the community and share some observations with my fellow neighbors. I live by the Addison and Pulaski intersection (I believe that's Avondale area?), I live with my partner and his family. I had moved from Albany Park, where I was a witness to a shooting, and coincidentally I also witnessed the shooting by Addison and Pulaski last month (talk about wrong place at the wrong time).
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I wanted to introduce myself to the community and share some observations with my fellow neighbors. I live by the Addison and Pulaski intersection (I believe that's Avondale area?), I live with my partner and his family. I had moved from Albany Park, where I was a witness to a shooting, and coincidentally I also witnessed the shooting by Addison and Pulaski last month (talk about wrong place at the wrong time).
Before I moved in with my partner he assured me that his neighborhood, or at least his block was safe. However, I'm starting to notice that, that might not be the case soon. For one I have noticed increased tagging on buildings on Pulaski, more specifically the old Frame building they are currently remodeling, the black door next to Windy Cindy Market, and many more.
More recently, this past Sunday (January 18), while driving back home we scared off two guys on our block. One ran off into the yard of a house and the other tried to casually walk away. When we drive back around they had already met up again and were walking south on Karlov by Eddy.
I have also seen an increase hit on my RSS feed for crimes in my area, around Belmont and Kevin, and that is really starting to concern me.
I would love to get to know my neighbors a lot better and see if we can come up with a way to ensure our neighborhood doesn't get any worse. I am open to any idea; meeting up, flyers, whatever it takes.
Anyway, that is it for now, hope y'all have a great Friday.

  • I live by Addison and Pulaski, but I venture regularly into the Avondale area. I was just pointing out that this increased crime activity is terrible in any neighborhood, but it's proximity especially concerns me.
    Thank you guys for the other suggestions, I will definitely be looking into the CAPS meetings in my neighborhood and I will see if I can plan something with my neighbors.

  • Independence Park had this issue 20 years ago. The neighbors banded together, communicated and even went as far as patrolling the park after dark and they worked with police. The neighborhood is fine now. Patrolling could be as easy as talking to neighbors who walk dogs and ask them to be alert. I live at Addison and Pulaski also and have lived her for 15+ years with children. I second the CAPS meetings. They are very helpful.

Jan 20

Updated 4 days ago

Police activity in Roscoe Village this past weekend

Does anyone know why there was such a large police presence in RV over the weekend. Sunday, 6 cops on Roscoe(Damen-Wolcott) Sunday nite tac officers on foot Damen/Henderson. Didn't know if there was an isolated incident or ongoing problem... just not use to seeing so many cops in the area on foot.

Jan 23

Updated 4 days ago

Walking on Sacramento under highway

Does anyone regularly walk on Sacramento under the highway? It is the best route to get where I need to go occasionally starting in February, but I don't love the under the bridge feeling... I'll give it a try but I'm just curious if folks walk there regularly, have any problems, are other people walking there too etc? I would need to walk there around 8am and 5pm. Thanks!

  • Laura social worker, vegan, avondale resident

    I walk, bike, and jog through there frequently. I think that as long as you stay aware of your surroundings, you'll be okay. I also agree that the hours you'll be there are ones that are high traffic, so you probably won't be isolated as you walk under the highway.

  • Thanks all!

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