August 22, 2009

Three Shots Fired NOH

Well, it wasn’t hot tonight so that’s not an excuse for anyone to lose tempers and shoot. There is no civil reason to be shooting. Period. But it’s North of Howard and ‘anything goes’.

This is allegedly the progressive, liberal stronghold, low income pocket of poverty. The whole progressive methodology is a terribly regressive motion when considering Chicago finally admitted public housing was a failure. But not here – it’s progressive to keep trying make something right that will never be right.

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There were multiple issues going on tonight. Shots fired in the Greenview/Bosworth alley and later several squads were at Marshfield and Jonquil.

So shots are fired, people dial 911, and people on the streets bitch about the police. People in their homes bitch about the thugs on the streets. It gets confusing to listen to feigned concern from parents defending kids toting guns. Then we have politicians who pound their fists and proclaim they will save housing, create jobs, boost the economy……not just our alderman but all of them. But that isn’t confusing – it’s maddening. Howard Street and other streets in this city can continue to slide into oblivion – a home for gangs and drugs and guns. Now how progressive can we continue to pretend to be?

The developers of the decrepit Broadmoor East have dropped big bucks to completely rehab the building, landscape and have started renting. Surely they don’t appreciate gunshots just as they’re finishing up this project. What businesses remain probably aren’t pleased to hear gunshots either. And what future businesses would bother to invest in a street where the thugs rule? More dollar stores and eat and run joints?

Gunshots aren’t pretend – they’re deadly real. It’s time to stop the big pretend game.

11 comments:

mcl said...

In the words of 'believers': "Amen to that!"

Nikki said...

I'm new to your blog, so maybe you've addressed this elsewhere, but what do you suggest? So far I've only see you complain about things but give no alternative solutions.

Toni said...

That's pretty funny Nikki!

Apparently you missed a few suggestions. Concentrations of poverty did not work, do not work, and will probably not work without proper building management and hands on involvement by local leadership. We are lacking in those department. Also HUD has rules that are not being followed by building managers.

Many times I've suggested a summit meeting of leadership, HUD, IDHA, and the community. Had it been done correctly, with a long term plan or vision as the current cool terminology, NOH may have had a chance.

As with so many other issues, the concept was taken to a select few not the community at large. Permission to grant AIMCO a 30 year extension beginning in 2013 so they could justify a $15million 'rehab' loan was done just as I moved or was in the process of moving here.

Since then the local leadership only becomes involved if enough people have complaints...from what I recently heard local leadership has received complaints from tenants who are very displeased with negatives in this area and now local leadership is being ignored by building management the way the tenants are.

The rest is the chrono on the blog you've just recently discovered....

Grammar Gal said...

To add to Toni's suggestions, NIKKI, I may say that diversity does not work, unless all people are of the same moral standard.

Those several hundred north of Howard people have turned Rogers Park into a place where even the cops hate to patrol.

Insofaras the alderman is concerned, this area seems to no longer exist in his mind, or what is left of it.

NOH has become the victim of a very cruel hoax. The Ald. seems to have 'washed his hands' of this area, as have the police of the 24th District.

SO...does it become up to us, the citizens, to enforce the law? To make things right again, NOH?

There are many good people who live north of Howard...I know them, see inside their souls...and there are a few scumbags, who are responsible for the downturn of Howard Street and the area north of Howard.

NIKKI, do you even live anywhee near here? Have you experienced (especially, lately) shots being fired in the night? Or do you consider yourself as a per5son living in a 'safe' environment--like Lakeview, or Lincoln Park? Lok atthe news, lately, sweetie!

What you have read here, NIKKI, are not complaints, but the REALITY of living in a Chicago neighborhood which is out of control--a 'nothing' for an alderman, a police presence that just doesn't give a sh00t,, and arses who fire guns, in the middle of the night--sometimes for fun, sometimes to kill.

Bosworth said...

And where is our alderman? What is he doing to help? Is he meeting with the interim police commander to help clean this mess up?

We won't hear from him until the tv cameras are rolling.

Toni said...

GG -The police - contrary to some 'opinions' here NOH are a heckuva lot more active and visual than they were when I moved here. It was almost impossible to get a squad to respond in 2002. Unfortunately, the police are out numbered citywide - other things are more important so we're told to take back the streets.

Certain individuals come to public CAPS meetings to whine about their illegally parked/stickered vehicles. Others come as spies for the bad guys. However when it's time to do something positive, they're nowhere to be found.

Nikki - these shots were fired in the alley behind my building. Last week my daughter, husband and children were here - what if it had happened then? What if a stray bullet from these idiots went through a window and hit someone? These street dudes don't know how to aim - they just shoot. Think about all the innocent people that were in jeopardy around 6:15 pm on a Friday night...people shopping, coming home from work...any one of them could have been hit.

Nikki said...

Toni: Haven't had a chance yet to go back & read all your posts, but I will. I'm truly am curious as to what solutions you suggest.

GRAMMAR GIRL: I will be moving to NOH next week. Currently I live just south of Devon, between Clark & Broadway, so I know a bit about crime. When I moved to my block, we had a lot of trouble with drug dealers but by working with others in the community we have been able to get rid of them. Thanks for making assumptions about me in your post.

Also, diversity doesn't mean having the same moral standards; it means having respect for others and accepting them even if you don't share their viewpoints. This is Chicago; crime & graft are part of life. What other parts of Chicago have you lived in? Have you taken a leadership role in any community organization that is working to make a difference?

Toni said...

Nikki - when you get settled in, email me and we can meet if you like.

The people we need to be working with aren't always 'cooperative' and believe me, NOH has cleaned up a lot of buildings in the past. But with absentee and resident landlords not enforcing strict standards for their tenants it is like keeping the beach clean. Every new tide washes new junk ashore.

Diversity is one of the most overused and abused words in the English language. Moral standards or the golden rule are related aren't they?

The North Coast said...

Committed NOH neighbors, owners and tenants alike, have accomplished a great deal in that neighborhood in the past 10 years.

That area was an absolute goner before year 2000, a total loss, and had been since the late 70s.

It is because of relentless work on the part of caring neighbors there that so much has been accomplished for the good. Many formerly blighted buildings are now beautiful. The field house was built and saved from privatization after it was completed.

Nikki, in 1999, you wouldn't have considered moving there. You would have come rolling down Howard, taken one look, and punched the accelerator and never looked a 2nd time. Believe me, it was an absolute sump, a place where you wouldn't even want to get out of your car. The fact that you have decided it's a suitable neighborhood to call home is the result of work done by blogger Toni of this blog you're reading, Karen Hoover, and dozens of other caring, committed people who committed to that area and decided to make it their neighborhood. These people have been the prime movers in getting the essential- and monumental-work done that needed to be done to restore the area.

Your neighbors harp on the remaining problems because they live here and work hard to make the place better. They're committed to the area, and are trying to get the local authorities to get behind them in solving problems, instead of creating them.

Toni said...

Nikki emailed me and we'll meet after the move.

Welcome to the neighborhood and congratulations on your new home Nikki.

Fargo said...

I used to live in a building that was a real melting pot - lifelong elderly and middle-aged Chicagoans side by side with immigrants from all over the world, migrants from other parts of the U.S., young professionals and college students. When people respected each other in terms of general courtesy, space, cleanliness and noise, it worked well. When people were far outside the norm for the building and refused to make any adjustment to live well with others, it became a problem.

For a while, we had a section 8 tenant who was a single mother. She let her young children run wild and destroy things, left garbage all over the place (which attracted vermin to a previously clean place), was loud at all hours, and generally disrespected other residents of the building on a daily basis. She was eventually evicted. It was the only time I can remember many residents celebrating the departure of another.

BTW, the building had many other section 8 tenants in the time I lived there, and some of them were very nice neighbors.