Thursday, March 15, 2007

Not So Good in the Hood, After All

If you don't know where Emmerson Park is, I'll tell you. It's over by Ridge & Granville. Across the street from the luxury townhomes built where the Philips (catch the spirit of 76) used to be. About 6 blocks from the sparkling yet completely crappy new Target on Peterson. And a stone's throw from Misericordia Home. There used to be a video store and a Mallo's Char-Burger place. It's a pretty nice neighborhood actually, it was even before the construction came in. I mean, that park has tennis courts.

I don't know if this is a good or bad thing, but I was more shocked to see Emmerson park make the paper than the fact that this incident happened. I'm pretty sure it's a bad thing. I'm really sorry for the family that this happened to, and I respect the hell out of both of them for what they did. But reading the article I just knew what was going to happen.

Hey people who didn't grow up here? Just an FYI for you. There is no such thing as a completely safe neighborhood in this city. I grew up with the phrase "block to block" and I think it still applies, gentrification be damned. Look at this family - the guy grew up going to that park, and that happened to him.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Give Me Details!

I have lots of things to post about, but no time right now.

BUT after hearing multiple traffic reports about a shooting near Wilson & Broadway yesterday, that there was nothing on the 10:00 news, and nothing in today's Trib? Come on! Stop teasing me Abby Ryan.

Meanwhile, just a tip I learned last night: If you don't like stuff going on in your neighborhood, don't call 311. They will yell at you that they are CITY SERVICES, not the police non-emergency number. So who should you call? Call the Alderman. That is what that office is there for, apparently. So, yeah. Wait until tomorrow and call the Alderman's office. They probably won't make you sit on the phone for 45 minutes either. 311, as one might say, is a joke.

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