Monday, May 18, 2009

Police Camera Causes Market To Move South

A reader writes in with this tip:

"If anyone is in the market for items sold in small plastic bags, go just south of the Sheridan/Lawrence blue light camera - a few feet south of that large Jackson Hewitt sign. The sign blocks the view of the camera and in its shadow a tightly bunched group of enterprising citizens appear to have opened up an impromptu marketplace.

Business appeared to be brisk and I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see, based on the feverish selling I witnessed, that there are so many people in Uptown who are into jewelry making and beading."


  1. Are we really going to go back to complaining about little baggies being illegal? Seriously? I understand that banning spray paint has completely eradicated graffiti and that the hand gun ban has stopped all shoot outs on our streets, but I am not ready to give up my bags.

  2. So, theorically, if you position the cameras just right, you could eventually force them to sell their wares from rowboats out in Lake Michigan...

  3. relax! W A W! Lost your sense of humour?

  4. has anyone at UU noted the new camera installed at Winthrop and Argyle?

    It used to blink, but it doesn't anymore. I'm not sure if that has to do with the light bothering nearby residents (which I'm sure it does... at least it would if my window faced the light).

    I wonder whether the blinking-light has any effect on how efficacious the camera is in deterring crime.

    From what I've seen, not much has changed.

  5. Well they are only as good as who`s on the other end watching if anyone is at all. It like if your doing a crime under its eye all you have to say is, Do you feel lucky punk.........