Thursday, October 28, 2010

Guys Gathered At Palmer and Avers

Good afternoon, everyone, it's 4:19pm. School was ok. Could've been better. But oh well. Anyway, it sure is cold out. It's only in the 40s, and tonight is supposed to dip into the low 30s, and that's without the bad winds we had the last two days. And it's going to be mostly clear out, so that will make it more easier for temps to drop. So, on Tuesday, we've got the elections coming up (this isn't local elections, right?). I wonder what kind of day that's going to be. I just hope everyone who is registered votes, and they vote for whoever they think will make things better. If you aren't sure where you're supposed to vote on Tuesday, this site can help you out. Just enter your address, and it'll tell you where. On my side of things, the only thing I ask for from all of you on Tuesday is reports. Reports of how things are going at the polls. I would like the ward number, the precinct, where you're voting at, time, and what happened when you were at the polls. I do NOT want to know who you voted for. These reports are simply just me turning this blog into a bit of a political one for Tuesday, since the elections are coming up. I think elections are important, since in a way they're connected with the safety and the betterment of our communities. So, on that note, here's crime for this afternoon and evening.

4:35pm - Assault in progress. Palmer and Avers. Over a dozen guys gathered on the corner, with sticks, possibly about to fight.

5:42pm - Narcotics. 40X8 W Armitage. Gangbangers selling in the building.

6:17pm - Gang disturbance. 37X0 W Fullerton. In the alley, they're drinking.

6:35pm - I have to go eat. I'll be back.

6:50pm - I'm back.

7:12pm - Beat 6759George is dispersing one for narcotics loitering from 2814 N Avers. Console time is 19:12 hours and the event number is 13808.

7:36pm - Backlog in 25 at 19:36 hours.

7:51pm - Parkers. On 2524's Beat.

8:19pm - Assault in progress. 2614 N Springfield. Two Russian males are threatening the caller.

8:45pm - Shots Fired. 2400 N Lowell. Gunshots heard.

8:47pm - Report of bullet holes in a window at 2442 on Lowell.

9:05pm - I have to go. I'll be back tomorrow afternoon. Good night, everyone.


Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say my wife and I are planning to move into the Logan Square/AVondale area and are pleased to know that the neighborhood is keeping an eye on things and trying to be involved. We will do our part too and have a serious interest in building healthy Chicago neighborhoods and communities. We are coming from Humboldt Park, East of the park, but still a bit dicey. It does help to get to know your neighbors, and learn who is trouble and who is not. It can be deceiving and intimidating living in low to moderate income levels.
Thanks for reporting issues. Let's clean up the NW side. IT's a great area- very diverse in culture and ethinicity; great places to eat, drink, and hang out; nice homes; great location for living in the city.

AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

I'm glad you'd like to move into the neighborhood to help us improve it. The more people, the better. Although, I'd like you to clarify your comment about it being "deceiving" and "intimidating" living in low to moderate income levels. I'm pretty low income myself, and am trying my very best to help improve the area. There are some others like me who are also helping to make the community better.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely. My wife and I are hardly living large. We are looking for affordable homes but in good neighborhoods. Everybody, and I do mean pretty much everybody, told us we were crazy to move into Humboldt, instead insisting LAkeview, Lincoln Park, and areas such as those are safer and better communities. Ok, there's nothing wrong with those areas, I'm not bashing them, but they are not our style. PLus they are very expensive for the type of place you can rent or own.
Also, some people assume low income means bad neighborhood, which we discovered is definitely an inaccurate generalization. It's akin to saying Latino neighborhoods are always going to be gang ridden, or that every resident is less than reputable. And hearing gun shots in your first few days of living in an area can make you question if everyone was right.
They are not. Low income is just that. Normal folks. And I reiterate, get to know your neighbors. Thats how you begin to form a community.
Unfortunatley, you do get your share of gang activity and crime.
I've also noticed gangs usually bother other gangs- it's still not 100% safe, but most often the gangs want to just sell their drugs and not have normal residents calling cops on them.

Anonymous said...

Good Point timmy!! "It can be deceiving and intimidating living in low to moderate income levels."

Don't get twisted! Then you should move to area where your money bracket is more welcomed!

Not everyone from low income families want crime, drugs or any other crime in there neighborhoods. This is why its hard for me to except the change that is going on in Logan Square. I don't make alot of money either but I work hard and want to live in a safe community like some other residents in the area. Your comment was not clear so excuse me if I sound harsh.

Anonymous said...

I agree i hate that all these damn transplant kids are moving in hoods and think they could change it. Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, Austin they try to change these hoods but they cant they built out of place condos that no one is buying how about built apartments that fit atleast they a be used. Im not racist but i hate that these rich kids are trying to kick ppl out me myself am making 25K a yr less with taxes and a lot of ppl in Logan are to its a low income hood but yet there building 200K+ condos no one can afford them only those rich annoying kids no onewants here yoi guys have Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview stay there we dont want you here. Crime always picks up when they move in why because there targets walking around, even cpd ammits it there like condos are signs saying "please rob me"

AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

Well, I'm glad you'd like to move this area, than rather somewhere like Lakeview or Lincoln Park. Those neighborhoods are safer, but as you said, they don't fit your style. And they certainly don't fit my style. Sorry, but I can't live in an area like that with hardly no ethnic diversity, in addition to the real expansive properties. I agree with you completely on the rest of your comment. All of what you said is true, and that is what exactly I say in general when people start blaming low income people for the crime in the community.

Hating the transplants isn't racist, anonymous 10:47. The transplants aren't just Caucasian, or Hispanic, or African-American. Transplants consist of all racists. To be honest about transplants moving in, I'm not really a critic on it, until they start tearing down apartment buildings to make all of these condos, or have buildings completely ridden of low income people. Also, I'm pretty supportive of them trying to "change" the community, but I will object if they start planning our community to be west Lincoln Park, or Lakeview 2.0, or something along those lines. I mean, when I have to go through Lakeview or Lincoln Park for business, it's nice to visit, but the style of those neighborhoods will never have me living there. But, I do think there should be affordable housing for everyone in the community, with the exception of more Section 8. I mean, don't get me wrong, there are some good people who hate crime and disorder as much as any of us do in Section 8, but the last thing we need in this neighborhood is more of it. In some parts of the area, we're already overburdened with it, and look what's happened to those areas. I think all kinds of people should live in the neighborhood. Low income, middle class, transplants, etc. I personally don't have a problem with what your social class is, or what your race is, if you're living in the community to help improve it and being a good resident, then I've got no problem with you living here. About crime picking up with transplants moving in, how worse can it get in the neighborhood? We already have high crime in most parts of Logan Square and Avondale, and that's without transplants living here.

ProdigalOne said...

"It takes all kinds" is an old saying but from a global perspective, it says much about the harmony and unity it takes to make any neighborhood successful, rich or poor.

Finding a place to live that meets both your personality, your lifestyle, your goals and your needs is always a challenge. No matter where the building is, your house will be your home wherever you find comfort, safety and a sense of belonging. It will be what you make of it, and you will get out of it what you put into it.

I love the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhood where I live, work, worship and play. Its a great mix of people from everywhere and all levels. Its not without its excitement, both bad and good, but it is always interesting. I'm sure other folks in other neighborhoods feel the same way about their choice of residence because it fits their desires, but this is the place that fits mine, and here is where I'll make my life investment.

Thanks to all you who contribute here. You are all an important part of the neighborhood personality that makes this a great area to live in.