Can a Mini Police Station Fix a Notorious Near North Neighborhood?
Feb12

Can a Mini Police Station Fix a Notorious Near North Neighborhood?

One of downtown Chicago’s most notorious intersections may turn a corner next month. Chicago and State is a place where there always seems to be an inordinate number of people just hanging around at all times of the day and night.  It’s also been a focus for a series of wilding attacks in the summers of 2011 and 2012, and violent flash mob attacks in 2012. In the last two weeks there have been 30 crimes reported within 600...

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Doormen to Combat Wilding Attacks

In an average American neighborhood when crime starts to increase, the residents get together and form a Neighborhood Watch.  Ordinary citizens, armed with  flashlights and walkie-talkies act as supplemental eyes and ears for the local police. Crime is a growing problem in the Streeterville and Gold Coast areas, so in the next-best-thing to actually getting involved in their neighborhood, concerned residents are asking their doormen...

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Wilding in the Gold Coast

I received a few e-mail messages this week from people asking why, in light of all the minutae and unimportant things I cover in this blog, I haven’t said word one about the recent attacks by gangs of thugs in Streeterville, the Gold Coast, and the Near North Side. In short, because I don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said by others who I consider better, smarter, and faster than me.  I’ve been...

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Miracle on Chicago Avenue

One of the Streeterville/Gold Coast’s scuzzier blocks is getting some sort of clean up. While hustling to the Red Line stop at Chicago and State in -17ºF weather, it was hard not to notice the big construction fence that has been put up next to McDonald’s and the big “DEMOLITION” sign hanging on it. For those not familiar with the location, it’s on the north side of Chicago avenue wedged between the 24/7...

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