Some good news for the neighborhoood from a neighbor:
At 9:30 this morning the Cook County Sheriff arrived at 4446 North Magnolia to follow through on an eviction notice. The unit that was evicted has been the cause for literally dozens and dozens of 911 calls re: blatant drug dealing and gang activity.
I am sorry that an entire family now has no home, but it appears that now (at least in Woodlawn-managed properties) there is a consequence for permitting unlawful and dangerous behavior to occur in your home. I am only glad that this happened before someone was seriously hurt by the violence that inevitably accompanies such drug/gang activity. Hopefully the other families in this building can sleep a little easier knowing what is no longer serving as their "neighbor." I know I will.
The building manager has sincerely followed through on his promises, and is serious about evicting this unit. The sheriff's officers just left, the people who lived there now have an armful of possessions each and are off the property, and the management workers are already cleaning out their personal items (furniture, mattresses, everything).
VERY VERY enthusiastic kudos to Woodlawn Community Development Corporation, and particularly to the building manager who is hanging tough and taking care of business. We need more like him who truly have the safety of their residents and the community at heart.
Score one for the good guys!