Well Bushman4, since you called me out I need to ask what in my comments led you to say that I am suggesting "Starbucks will be a panacea to all of the problems in Portage and Jeff Park"? My point is that our community is evolving as all communities do. We hope it will evolve in a positive direction. Life is change, choose wisely!
Because you're comparing one month that had a couple extra robberies than the same month last year, making it a "90 % increase". The yearly graph at the bottom shows a downward trend in crime in Portage Park
Thank you for refocusing the thread! As I said previously, our neighborhood is evolving as all neighborhoods do. What I see in my 29 years is an evolution in a very positive way. Example, immediately west of Central on Goodman are five single-family homes. I always walk by going to the train. Historically, one house always puts up attractive seasonal displays outside. The other four have experienced younger couples moving in and now all five homes have Christmas displays. I love the spirit.
Last Halloween, a new neighbor invited everyone in a two-block area to an open house Halloween party in her house. That was great!
Central and Lawrence has been an unattractive intersection for years. A revolving door of restaurants on the northwest corner and parking lots on the other three corners has been an eyesore. The bike lanes and single lane traffic I think has improved the intersection. Starbucks is proud of its brand and hires quality employees. Even though I don't like their coffee, the younger people moving into Jefferson Park do. I hope Jewel will become motivated to dress up their property on the other two corners of the intersection.
As you can see, I am very positive about the changes in our hood.
No, my working days are long over. I regret my neighbors don't feel the same pride I have in Jefferson Park. I welcome the new younger folks who will keep us fresh and growing. Starbucks and younger folks go together. I love seeing kids on the block again and hope for a greatly improved intersection at Central and Lawrence.
Oh, I get it your all for the yuppie-fication of Jeff Park, you probably want a Starsucks on every block along with a bank and cell phone store on every corner. Some people set the bar low, cause their too lazy to jump!
No one cares about home value. ??? Of course not. Some renters don’t nor welfare cases But portage has been and is a family Neighborhood. And many of us do care about it. Which is why we watch and should try to push out those that differ. It’s our family and kids on the line.
Thanks JVJ, I welcome any employer who pays a living wage, provides fringe benefits and tuition assistance. Yes, Starbucks fits the bill and as an employer, benefits us the residents. For those invested in the status quo, wait until you see the development plans for the Jefferson Park Transportation Hub. It will even include a store for sampling craft beer. On to the future!
Brushman, Fischman's Bottle Shop is open again and their new bar will soon follow. They didn't close down for lack of business. It was a lease dispute, per Nadig. And a brewery is something completely different from a bar. But Fischman's is the next best thing because they feature and support a ton of local beer and had fresh taps every weekend. It was awesome. Can't wait for them to reopen the bar.
chris, Fischman's is now open in Portage Park not Jefferson Park. I believe it was also family dispute as one part operated the business and the other relative owned the building. But know everyone is clamoring for breweries,Starsucks etc. what next a Chucky Cheese on every block?
Brush, the new Fischman's WILL be in PP, yes. It has not opened yet. Only their Bottle Shop is open. So you have the wrong intel there.
PennyPenguin, I guess "completely different" was not the right terminology there. They are inherently the same in that you can drink beer and eat food. What I meant was, breweries make their own beer fresh on tap and cycle out the kegs constantly for new creations or old favorites. You can fill up howlers and growlers to go on fresh beer. They usually feature a more upscale menu as well. A regular corner bar from you probably pours Miller and Bud out of the taps and maybe something like Revolution (great brewery btw). Some bars do act more like breweries though (like Fischman) in that they bring in fresh kegs of different kinds of beer every week or so. Fischman had new beer on tap every week. It was great.