from the Uptown Chicago Commission:
After one of the most, er, eventful Positive Loitering evenings we've had, two weeks ago, we will be back at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Lawrence tonight, from 7PM to 8PM.
Several people have asked why. Didn't the shooting of six people just across the street scare us? Frankly, yes, it did. It's something we'd really rather not see happen again, ever. But we'll be there because we believe in the concept of Positive Loitering--that the corners and public areas in our community belong to the law-abiding citizens, not the criminals. If criminals can take over an area by simply showing up and hanging out, so can the law-abiding residents. That's why community members have been going out to trouble spots on Friday nights for four years now.
As always, all concerned residents of Uptown are invited to join us and your neighbors. Bring your dog, bring your neighbor, meet new friends. The 19th District has told us that in addition to being supportive of our efforts, there will be an officer present with us for the hour. Please come out and stand with us on behalf of a safer Uptown.