Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Uptown Multi-Block Club Mixer Reminder

A reminder for those of you interested in joining your local block club or just finding out what's going on in your neighborhood, now is your chance to do so:

You're invited to the 1st Annual Summer Solstice party hosted by:
Clarendon Park Neighbors
Truman Square Neighbors
Lakeside Neighbors
Graceland Wilson Neighbors
Dover Street
Magnolia Malden Neighbors

When: Thursday, June 21
Time: 6-9 pm
Where: Nick's on Wilson, across the street from Truman College.
Cost: $20--includes 2 drink tickets and 1-year membership to your block club


  1. Is it safe to that time of the night?

  2. Its just as safe as any other part of Uptown. Hope to see you there!

  3. yes, it absolutely IS safe there that time of night

  4. come on people your paranoia about safety is silly - just have a street about you at all times and if you are uncomfortable, get a friend to attend with you I have lived in uptown for more that 25 years and the only time I was bothered was when I wasn't paying attention to my surroundings - when I lived in Lincoln Park in the early 80's I felt more at risk than at any time in uptown. so there thats my story and I am sticking to it.

  5. I was kidding is it safe btw. Although Wilson is scarry and now it's summer more crazies are out. Some guy asked me if I was straight the other night I was like "what"? No I am told by a street smart friend that means do I need drugs. If I did like I would have bought them from this guy.

  6. The paranoia is a little bit much.

    Just be careful, pay attention, don't have headphones on as you walk around, stay off the phone and you should be ok.

    You can mugged or attacked anywhere. It is more likely at certain times and certain places than others but you need to be vigilant constantly.

    At that time of night Wilson is loaded with people. The average crime going on there will be drug sales or turnstyle jumping at the station. Hell, if you don't know what you are looking for you can miss much of the drug dealing going on.

  7. Yep, think it just boils down to simple differences in mind set.

    Do you believe any/wrong solution is better then no solution? Or do you believe that the right way is the only way.

    Shiller is an any housing anywhere is better then some housing somewhere. In my conversations with her she has told me that she would support 100 “less then perfect” units over 25 perfect units.

    I respect it, just don’t agree with it.

  8. Here's an interesting factoid for you:

    The Broadway/Wilson census tract ranks 5th worst of 21,000 Chicago census tracts for street robberies.

    The 1999 Loyola law review article linked to below describes this robbery “hot spot” that has existed at Wilson & Broadway for 20-30 years. If things have gotten 10% better over the past few years, they still are unacceptably bad. Possible infrastructure causes for the pattern are also identified. Enjoy!!

    LInk to Article written by Prof Richard Block: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/CRIME

  9. Nice get together. Thanks to the organizers. We should do this more often maybe every other month and at times raise money for charity. Not SRO though!