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Added Apr 01 2012

what does it mean when you see a pair of tennis shoes tied together and flung over a telephone/electric wires?

  • Alarmed Sloth Don't mess with the sloth

    It means you live near idiots. Just like when you find any other evidence of idiots: empty beer bottles, plastic bags, fast food wrappers or squirrel posion. Rogers Park is full of inconsiderate idiots who don't care what the neighborhood looks like, much like much of the city.

    I think if you let the alderman know they will cut the shoes down.

  • Inactive user

    They are cast-offs of people who were raptured into heaven in 2011. You have to take your shoes off before entering.

  • Inactive user

    They're the shoe stores for Occupy La Salle Street. Anyone runs out of shoes, they just check out the power/phone lines for more.

  • Nolan - RP 2+ Year RP resident

    CPD has stated in can indicate a spot for an open air drug market.

  • Inactive user

    Shoefiti if another territorial marking used by the gangs for turf. Or, it could mean you've got a crack house nearby.

  • thanks you guys are funny!.... darn i missed the rapture and cool I can buy drugs nearby. LOL but seriously folks whats up with shoes on wires?

  • In the Army, they used to toss 'em up there when they were moving away...

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Shoes hanging over a power line is either a marker for an open air drug dealing area or for gang territory marking. More than likely it's the drug market.

  • Winchester The Gun That Won The West

    or some poor sap just happened across the wrong group of jerks. When I was a kid (in this neighborhood) oftentimes a bully would toss a pair of shoes over a phone wire just to be a jerk after picking on some poor kid.

  • Other possibilities;
    (1)One shoe wont stay up there alone without the other
    (2)Someone was hung there upside down and fell.
    (3)Someone thought by doing this, it would drive people crazy wondering why..

  • Nolan - RP 2+ Year RP resident

    you can call 311 or contact aldermans office and ask them to have it removed. I did this a few months back took a few reminders to Oconnors office but it was removed.

  • Where are these hanging shoes? I will call 311 right now.

  • Inactive user

    Whenever my husband and I find shoes hanging in our neighborhood or in the park nearby, we cut them down ourselves if possible. If they re-appear, we cut them again. After removing them two to three times, the dealers/gangsters/wannabees usually get the hint that they shouldn't be putting shoes in that area anymore. Some may say this is risky, but we have never been confronted by anyone while removing the shoes, except for a neighbor who thanked us. I think the shoe pushers move on to an easier, less watched out for area to do their deeds once they see their shoes are gone a few times.

  • Buster

    As someone who stares at shoes on his wires, I can tell you that's it's not about open-air drug markets or gang territory. Mostly I think it's just kids tossing shoes into the air, because it seems like fun.

  • Inactive user

    Whether or not it's just some kids having fun or it is a signal for some gang-idiots, it makes a neighborhood look ugly. The neighborhood looks much better without dirty sneakers hanging from wires or tree branches.

  • Ann Hinterman manager, Glenwood Sunday Market; RP lover

    According to Sergeant Bob Kane of the 24th District CAPS office (312.744.6321), the shoes over wires urban legend is exactly that- a myth. It is not a secret signal to indicate drug dealing.

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Thanks Ann! Just learned something...

  • Inactive user

    But myths are more fun than reality!

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    @Bill - yep - lol

  • Jill C New(ish) resident of ELT.

    It means some poor kid is about to get his butt kicked twice. Once from the bully who threw his shoes up there. The second time from his parents for losing his shoes.

  • Someone walked home shoeless.

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