A reader sends us the following photos and this account:
I have been a long time patron of the currency exchange at Montrose and Broadway. It's well-run and you can tell that they care about their business' appearance. I thought I would venture down Broadway to the currency exchange I've often seen highlighted on your blog at Broadway and Wilson. I was appalled. Within 1 minute of entering the door, I was panhandled by a woman who was just "hanging out" inside. While in the waiting line a man asked if I wanted to buy some "single cigarettes." The same woman who was asking for change on the way in was opening and closing the door for mothers with strollers and then asking for money for her good deed. All this, while the employees paid no attention. A security guard is needed here. Outside was another story and the other photo (above) was taken last week when I passed in my car. There were 8 to 10 people with 3 or 4 shopping carts blocking the public way. I noted the broken fence I had seen mentioned here a while back. The peddler wheels in their luggage full of goods and puts it next to the currency exchange through the broken fence (below). I also spotted the bike padlocks they use to chain up their milk crates after their "workday," all in front of this establishment. I noted a number on the wall inside the currency exchange for comments and complaints. I hope your readers will contact the currency federation this business belongs to at 866-248-4947. The address of this location is 4559 N. Broadway. I assume they are responsible for the rampant peddling outside their store, if not they know who to contact.