WBEZ | Lakeview http://www.wbez.org/tags/lakeview Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Transitioning fierceness http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-12/transitioning-fierceness-109370 <p><p class="p1"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1466042_547063392045710_1828672922_n.jpg" style="height: 479px; width: 310px; float: left;" title="(Facebook/Kristen Kaza)" />&ldquo;When you have a population of street-based youth in a wealthy area, there&rsquo;s going to be conflict and tension,&quot; said Jacqueline Boyd, a co-founder of <a href="http://projectfiercechicago.org/" target="_blank"><strong>Project Fierce Chicago</strong></a>, a new organization aimed at creating a long-term homeless living facility for LGBTQ youth.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">Boyd&#39;s criticisms stemmed around the Lakeview neighborhood specifically, an area both known for its large and affluent LGBTQ population and its recent spate of derisive attitudes towards the actions and presence of LGBTQ youth in the neighborhood (especially those of color).&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">While the majority of LGBTQ services are in the Lakeview area, there is a dearth of resources on the South and West Sides of the city. Especially relevant is the more than 15,000 homeless youth in Chicago. Boyd estimates that a quarter are LGBTQ youth.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">&ldquo;They&rsquo;re trying to grow and develop in the same way that everyone else is, but there&rsquo;s no housing,&quot; she said.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">In order to combat these numbers, Project Fierce Chicago aims to create a new model for long-term and stable transitional housing for this population.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">&ldquo;The Lakeview area has not developed [resources] of its own accord an answer,&quot; Boyd began. &quot;If it was a priority for the Lakeview area, it would have happened.&rdquo;</p><p class="p2">Fundraising efforts are currently underway, including tomorrow&#39;s Slo &#39;Mo Spectacular: A Soulful Holiday Shindig! Featuring 18 performers including r&amp;b band Sidewalk Chalk, Psalm One, and JC Brooks, fundraising efforts will go to future Project Fierce Chicago costs.</p><p class="p2">Their goal is to house 5-10 homeless youth with the expectation of housing them and providing resources (such as mental health or job resources and nutritional guidance) until they are independent and stable, eventually adapting this model to other parts of the city. Organizers are aiming towards finding a two or three-flat in the South Shore, Austin, or West Garfield Park neighborhoods, areas that are close to public transportation and are generally supportive of this living model.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">Despite their articulated goals, Boyd makes a point of noting that their pursuits will adapt to what the youth themselves want and need.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">&ldquo;We have all of these visions and dreams for people in transitioning, but what that is going to look like is going to be directly related to what the youth want.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">Because despite beliefs about their station in life, they will ultimately have a greater sense of what is needed in their own lives as they transition out of homelessness.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">&quot;They know the needed to have skills in to have control of your past and your destiny,&quot; Boyd said.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/410617875731906/" target="_blank"><strong>The Slo &#39;Mo Spectacular: A Soulful Holiday Shindig!</strong></a> takes place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Bottom Lounge (1375 W Lake). Tickets are $15 and the event begins at 8 p.m.</em></p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-12/transitioning-fierceness-109370 Last Chateau tenant challenges order to vacate http://www.wbez.org/news/last-chateau-tenant-challenges-order-vacate-107876 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chateau Hotel_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Despite&nbsp;a judge&rsquo;s order last week that all remaining tenants vacate a single-room occupancy hotel on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side, one holdout remains. Pedro Donaldson is still living in the crumbling SRO, and has filed an appeal to challenge the order.</p><p>But today, building court judge William Pileggi said he believed his original order will withstand the challenge, and ordered the sheriff to remove Donaldson immediately from the Chateau Hotel. Donaldson was not present at the hearing.</p><p>Donaldson, who has been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/inside-room-317-counting-down-last-days-chateau-hotel-107793" style="text-decoration: none;">filming some of the changes</a> at the Chateau since it came under new ownership early this year, filed his notice of appeal on June 20, the day before the deadline to vacate. In it, he alleges that Pileggi improperly imposed terms of a settlement with the building&rsquo;s owner.</p><p>&ldquo;This judge essentially made rulings on his own, based on no testimony, without any due process, without any notice or an opportunity to be heard,&rdquo; explained Alan Mills, an attorney with the Uptown People&rsquo;s Law Center. &ldquo;As a result, Mr. Donaldson is now at risk of being thrown out on the street any day.&rdquo; Mills is not Donaldson&rsquo;s lawyer, but he did represent other Chateau tenants who tried to fight their evictions, many of whom ultimately accepted &ldquo;cash-for-keys&rdquo; deals with BJB Properties. Mills believes Pileggi&rsquo;s order, as it applied to Donaldson, was unconstitutional.</p><p>Donaldson could not be contacted for comment, but his appeal claims that he should have been allowed to be present in court to argue and agree on terms to vacate the building. Judge Pileggi&rsquo;s order stipulated that BJB Properties pay Donaldson $3,000 if he vacated the Chateau Hotel by midnight on June 21.</p><p>The argument has brought to light the financial deals that BJB Properties extended to the remaining tenants of the Chateau Hotel, which otherwise would have remained confidential. The company paid $3,000 to tenant Robert Rohdenburg, and $1,500 to James Harris for leaving the building by midnight on June 21. Harris was able to find a room at another North Side SRO. Rohdenburg is staying with a friend until he locates an apartment.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/last-chateau-tenant-challenges-order-vacate-107876 New sculptures pop up in Lakeview, Chicago http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/new-sculptures-pop-lakeview-chicago-107769 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ActionShot.jpg" title="Chicago artist Ron Gard and a crane operator place a new sculpture, titled A Night in Tunisia, on the corner of Elaine Place and Roscoe Street. (WBEZ/Elliott Ramos)" /></p><p>Toward the end of last year, Lakeview lost <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/missing-lakeview-one-goat-two-giraffes-103794">three animal friends</a> that had been a part of the neighborhood for nearly thirty years.</p><p>Now, the city is making its first attempt to fill the empty art shoes left on the corner of Elaine Place and Roscoe Street as part of a broader effort to expand public art in Chicago.</p><p>On Tuesday, a silver-haired man stood next to one of the empty podiums on Elaine Place. Rigged to his truck was a large metal sculpture. Between the glances at his cellphone and a hurried conversation with his friend, it was clear that he was waiting for something.</p><p>&ldquo;The crane&rsquo;s late,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>That man is <a href="http://chicagosculptureexhibit.com/ron-gard/">Ron Gard</a>, a longtime resident of Chicago and a Bucktown-based sculptor. Gard stood by his truck, waiting for the crane that would hoist the turquoise metal hulk to it&rsquo;s new home once occupied by a chrome giraffe, one of a celebrated pair created by Chicago artist John Kearney.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GARDPose.jpeg" style="float: right;" title="Artist Ron Gard is an artist from Bucktown who is participating in the program. (WBEZ/ Simran Khosla)" />Those giraffes, along with their shiny sister, a nanny goat, were removed near the end of last year. The sculptures were an integral part of the neighborhood, dressed up like school mascots on holidays and special events. The sculptures gained so much notoriety that some residents created <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ElaineGiraffes/">Twitter feeds</a> and Four Square check-ins for the pieces.</p><p>&ldquo;They were so sad to see [the Kearney pieces] go,&rdquo; said Gard. &quot;But now, people are happy just to see that something is coming back.&rdquo;</p><p>Gard&rsquo;s work, titled <em>A Night in Tunisia</em>, is part of the <a href="http://chicagosculptureexhibit.com/">Chicago Sculpture Exhibi</a>t. That effort is also responsible for new sculptures on Broadway and Roscoe Street as well as Newport and Halsted.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a great program and it offers the artist the opportunity to expose their work and have an opportunity for someone to fall in love with it and maybe buy it,&quot; said Gard.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Daley.jpeg" style="float: left;" title="Former Alderman Vi Daley, left, is the founder of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. (WBEZ/ Elliott Ramos)" />The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit was founded 12 years ago by former 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley. The sculptures in Lakeview are part of 24 new pieces public art that the CSE will be installing this summer.&nbsp;Almost every piece is by a local Chicago artist selected by a jury in an annual &ldquo;Call for Artists&rdquo;.</p><p>The crane finally rumbles onto Elaine Place. Gard and the crane driver began the tedious task of placing the sculpture on the concrete podium as curious passersby stop to observe the scene.</p><p>Among the onlookers: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and CSE founder Daley.</p><p>&ldquo;Vi and I have known each other before I was Alderman and she&rsquo;s been a big help in my first term and one of the things I liked most about her ward was her public art,&rdquo; said Tunney. &ldquo;She clued me in on the program and how it&rsquo;s really corporate sponsors, working with the city&rsquo;s Department of Cultural Affairs, bringing sculptures to the neighborhood.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Branches%20-%20Ray%20Katz.jpeg" style="float: right;" title="Artist Ray Katz' sculpture Branches was installed on the corner of Newport and Halsted. (WBEZ/ Simran Khosla)" />The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit began in Lincoln Park in 2001. The program expanded to Lakeview and until last year consisted of only eight public art pieces. Now, the program is exploding three-fold into five wards with 24 sculptures.</p><p>&ldquo;The art seems to get better every year, we have new artists coming in all the time too which is very exciting,&rdquo; said Daley. &ldquo;We wanted to make sure the sculptures would be in the community versus everything being down at Navy Pier&rdquo;</p><p>Tunney hopes the program will expand to more neighborhoods.</p><p>&ldquo;Last year they worked in the first ward with Alderman [Proco Joe] Moreno,&rdquo; said Tunney. &ldquo;And we did I think five installs in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area, and we did one project up in Edgewater at Granville and Broadway.&rdquo;</p><p>The CSE is publicly and privately funded, not unlike Millenium Park. The aldermen of each participating ward recruit corporate sponsors, such the Northalsted Business Alliance, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Apartment Finders. According to Tunney, the installations cost their corporate sponsors $3,500 per a year.</p><p>The giraffes that once occupied the corner of Elaine Place and Roscoe Street were privately owned by Milton Zale, who sold a chunk of nearby property to Chicago Apartment Finders. The sculptures weren&rsquo;t included in the sale. Zale told <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130308/lakeview/returning-elaine-place-giraffe-statues-will-cost-90000">DNAinfo</a> it would cost $90,000 to return the sculptures. The removal sparked controversy among tourists and residents of the area, many of whom, thought the sculptures were publically owned pieces of art.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Tunney.jpeg" style="float: left;" title="Ald. Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward was on hand for the installation. (WBEZ/ Elliott Ramos)" />Jon Pound is the executive director of <a href="http://www.cpag.net/home/">Chicago Public Art Group</a>. His group has been producing large-scale art projects in the city for the last 40 years and advocates for the increased visibility of art in public spaces.</p><p>&ldquo;The public part of it has always been an evolving form, because it&rsquo;s sometimes done on private property and sometimes on public property,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Public art serves as a form of identity for a space, a place, a neighborhood or a group of people perhaps. They in turn feel ownership of the piece even if the work is owned by another entity.&rdquo;</p><p>In this case, that ownership took the form of residents dressing the giraffes in rainbow boas and festive hats during the annual Gay Pride Parade, which is only 11 days away.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see the neighborhoods reaction but I think they&rsquo;ll appreciate the fact that there is art,&rdquo; said Tunney. &ldquo;And hopefully someday we&rsquo;ll get a giraffe back or two.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 620px;"><tbody><tr><td><strong>Map: Chicago&#39;s Public Art</strong></td></tr><tr><td><em>Sculptures around Chicago are both privately and publically owned. The map below indicates the public art by catagory. (Source: City of Chicago, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago Sculpture International)</em></td></tr><tr><td><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CSEmapkey.jpg" title="" /></div></div></div></td></tr><tr><td><iframe frameborder="0" height="755" scrolling="no" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/INTERACTIVE+DATA+PUBLISHING/2013+Projects/June/Sculptures/ChicagoSculpturesMAP.html" width="620"></iframe></td></tr></tbody></table><p><a name="map"></a></p><p><em>Simran Khosla is a WBEZ intern. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/simkhosla">@simkhosla</a>. Email her at <a href="mailto:skhosla@wbez.org">skhosla@wbez.org</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/new-sculptures-pop-lakeview-chicago-107769 On the ground in Chicago, 1934 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-06/ground-chicago-1934-107483 <p><p>Yesterday I challenged readers to identify the location of a 1933 aerial photo of Chicago. Here&#39;s the photo.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/06-06--1933.jpg" title="1933 ('The Plan of Chicago, 1933')" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">We are on the North Side, looking south on Ashland Avenue from about Addison Street. The Ravenswood &#39;L&#39; (Brown Line) crosses Ashland in the foreground. The large building with the tower a few blocks south is Wieboldt&#39;s Department Store, and just beyond it Lincoln Avenue crosses on a diagonal. Looking further south, you&#39;ll notice that Ashland is interrupted by the Chicago River. The current bridge over the river wasn&#39;t completed until a few years later.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The picture is from a book titled <em>The Plan of Chicago, 1933</em>, and is meant to illustrate the widening of Ashland. Many buildings along the street had their front sections sliced off to accommodate this project. As for the Wieboldt&#39;s, it appears that the frontage along Ashland hasn&#39;t yet been cut back.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/06-06--1934.jpg" title="1934--Ashland Avenue at Lincoln-Belmont, view north (CTA photo)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The second picture is from a year later, looking north on Ashland from Lincoln-Belmont. This will help orientate the 1933 aerial photo. With no access to a plane for a contemporary shot, it&#39;s the best I could do.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-06/ground-chicago-1934-107483 Last days for the Western-Belmont overpass http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-04/last-days-western-belmont-overpass-106677 <p><p>The City of Chicago is planning to <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/supp_info/western_avenue_improvementprojectwesternviaductatbelmont.html">tear down the Western Avenue overpass at Belmont-Clybourn</a>. The junction of the three streets will once again be a normal, at-grade intersection.</p><p>Back in 1902 <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/laugh-your-troubles-away-105619">the Riverview amusement park</a> opened at the northwest corner of Western and Belmont. The park drew thousands of patrons each day, most of whom arrived on streetcars&mdash;one of the lines was even named Riverview-Larrabee. Private vehicles of any type were rare.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/04-22--view from Belmont.jpg" title="Western Avenue crossing over Belmont" /></div></div><p>By the 1960s more and more people were driving cars. Traffic around Riverview was congested.&nbsp; The modern solution to the problem was the Western Avenue overpass.</p><p>Fifty years ago, the city was in love with fly-over intersections. Similar viaducts were being built at Archer-Ashland and at Ashland-Pershing. Dozens more were in the talking stage. They were mini-expressways, an efficient way to move traffic.</p><p>The Western Avenue overpass opened in 1962. It did its job well for five years. Then Riverview closed. The new businesses that went up on its site generated significantly less traffic. And when a police station was built at the Western-Belmont corner, the viaduct actually impeded its operations.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/04-22--up%20the%20ramp.JPG" title="Southern approach to the overpass" /></div><p>In 1962 few people had complained about aesthetics. Once the overpass was no longer needed, critics discovered it was ugly. It blighted the neighborhood. Besides, the traffic lanes on the viaduct itself were too narrow.</p><p>Demolition costs were high. So for decades, there&rsquo;s been a death-watch at Western-Belmont&mdash;a death watch on a viaduct. How long before the thing would fall apart, and the city would be forced to tear it down? Now it looks like this is finally going to happen.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/04-22--Loop view.JPG" title="A view that will soon be history" /></div></div><p>Partly because of the Western-Belmont controversy, overpasses have gone out of fashion in Chicago. The city recently announced a project to reconfigure the Elston-Fullerton-Damen intersection. &nbsp;Before a plan to reroute Elston was chosen, there was a proposal to run Fullerton through as an underpass. I don&rsquo;t believe that a viaduct was even considered.</p><p>I have no idea how tearing down the Western Avenue overpass will affect traffic in the area. We&rsquo;ll all have to wait and see. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-04/last-days-western-belmont-overpass-106677 Crunching Lakeview's crime numbers as police start 'Entertainment Detail' http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-07/crunching-lakeviews-crime-numbers-police-start <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/620-belmont.jpg" title="The intersection of Belmont and Sheffield was pointed out as a crime hot spot the new entertainment detail would patrol. (Flickr/Eric Allix Rogers)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78262961" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>Updated 1:00 p.m.</em></p><p>The snow is not gone yet, but police in Lakeview are preparing to deal with the crime surrounding the area&#39;s nightlife. &nbsp;</p><p>One police commander has implemented an &ldquo;Entertainment Detail&rdquo; to patrol the neighborhood&rsquo;s vibrant scene that includes bars, restaurants that cater to Cubs fans as well as the city&rsquo;s gay and lesbian community. But how bad is crime in an area that has shootings and homicides in the single digits?</p><p>The numbers are interesting &mdash; and while not dealing with a large amount of violent crime &mdash; data suggest the neighborhood has become a magnet for theft and robberies.</p><p>Cmmdr. Elias&nbsp;Voulgaris &nbsp;recently took charge of the 19th police district, which contains Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Uptown.</p><p>&quot;It all comes down to quality&nbsp;of life issues. [People] have to respect the residents and cut down on public drinking, urination&nbsp;and damage to property.&quot;</p><p>Voulgaris was echoing a similar call from his boss Superintendent Garry McCarthy. &nbsp;</p><p>Lakeview usually has single digit homicide numbers compared to that of some neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.</p><p>However, after 2010, there were stark increases in thefts and robberies in the neighborhood, which has residents, officials &ndash; and businesses &ndash; concerned about a neighborhood whose nightlife is a vital part of the city&#39;s economy and tourist industry.</p><div>Bennett Lawson is the chief of staff to Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). After a very public string of violent incidents, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/6374525-418/tunney-proposes-special-police-unit-for-boystowns-halsted-street.html">Tunney called for the formation of an &ldquo;Entertainment Detail</a>.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The conversations and coverage <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/divided-boystown-88832">during and after that time was very heated</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have a more formal detail unit from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.,&rdquo; Lawson said. &ldquo;The &ldquo;L&rdquo; plays a big part of that.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lawson and Voulgaris have both mentioned the areas around the &ldquo;L&rdquo; stops being magnets for crime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, they both acknowledged that residents have to take additional precautions to protect themselves and be aware of their surroundings.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;There are a lot that grew up in the burbs or in a large state... those that are transient, move to the city for their first job in their 20s, then move back out into the burbs in their 30s, but now we&rsquo;re seeing more stay in the neighborhood, buying property, the schools are full, as opposed to those being bused into the district from years ago,&rdquo; Lawson said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re educating people, telling them to take steps to protect themselves,&rdquo; he said referring to residents pulling out their iPhones or listening to their headphones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2012, Lakeview had 346 robberies. Of those 346, over 200 of those were strong-armed robberies, or simple muggings. About 49 were by gunpoint, with under a few dozen aggravated, or inflicting injury. &nbsp;It essentially means that most of the robberies are people getting their phones, wallets, etc. stolen &ndash; without serious injury.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Voulgaris said the entertainment detail is still in it infancy, and will be in full swing by the spring and summer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He stressed that they used existing&nbsp;police resources, and rescheduled officers based on the increases in crime on the weekends after the bars start to close. &nbsp;He also said this won&#39;t affect normal beat patrols and the detail would work in addition to increased police presence for Cubs games and special events like Chicago&#39;s Gay Pride Parade.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We&#39;ve parsed out the crime numbers and the data would suggest that there have been drops in some areas, like much of Chicago, but spikes in robberies and thefts, and the neighborhood has a larger amount of crime than its neighborhood to the north: Uptown.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><strong>Robberies for 2012</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=MAP&amp;q=select+col19+from+1iKIyQ3acnIsopntIr2REUUEmavJzJ-nyk6eYxXs+where+col5+%3D+%27ROBBERY%27&amp;h=false&amp;lat=41.943251798634755&amp;lng=-87.65414047294036&amp;z=14&amp;t=1&amp;l=col19&amp;y=2&amp;tmplt=2" width="620"></iframe></p><p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AoxVpL8Zenp3dGlPOWhIeXBNUUVxa081dlZIUFpvdWc&transpose=1&headers=0&range=A2%3AL3&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"vAxes":[{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":null,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null}],"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"booleanRole":"certainty","title":"Robberies in Lakeview over 10 years","animation":{"duration":0},"legend":"none","theme":"maximized","useFirstColumnAsDomain":true,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"isStacked":false,"width":620,"height":240},"state":{},"view":{"columns":[{"calc":"stringify","type":"string","sourceColumn":0},1]},"chartType":"ColumnChart","chartName":"Chart 1"} </script></p><p><strong>Batteries for 2012</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" 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years","animation":{"duration":0},"legend":"none","theme":"maximized","useFirstColumnAsDomain":true,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"isStacked":false,"width":620,"height":240},"state":{},"view":{"columns":[{"calc":"stringify","type":"string","sourceColumn":0},1]},"chartType":"ColumnChart","chartName":"Chart 2"} </script></p><p><strong>Criminal damage</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=MAP&amp;q=select+col19+from+1iKIyQ3acnIsopntIr2REUUEmavJzJ-nyk6eYxXs+where+col5+%3D+%27CRIMINAL+DAMAGE%27&amp;h=false&amp;lat=41.943251798634755&amp;lng=-87.65414047294036&amp;z=14&amp;t=1&amp;l=col19&amp;y=4&amp;tmplt=4" width="620"></iframe></p><p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AoxVpL8Zenp3dGlPOWhIeXBNUUVxa081dlZIUFpvdWc&transpose=1&headers=0&range=A12%3AL13&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"vAxes":[{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":null,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null}],"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"series":{"0":{"color":"#f1c232"}},"booleanRole":"certainty","title":"Criminal damage in Lakeview over 10 years","animation":{"duration":0},"legend":"in","theme":"maximized","useFirstColumnAsDomain":true,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"isStacked":false,"width":620,"height":240},"state":{},"view":{"columns":[{"calc":"stringify","type":"string","sourceColumn":0},1]},"chartType":"ColumnChart","chartName":"Chart 3"} </script></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a name="EdNote"></a>Editor&rsquo;s note on comparing neighborhoods with a grain of salt</strong></p><div>As Chicago&rsquo;s homicides and shootings rack up, a lot of ire and media coverage centers on policing strategies. In Chicago, a city with storied racial, economic and education disparities, it&rsquo;s difficult politically and logistically to address public safety issues &mdash; and effectively police them.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Are the West and South Sides experiencing more crime than parts of the North Side? Yes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The conditions however, are more nuanced than a North Side vs. South Side discourse. &nbsp;That dichotomy does exist. Understanding that divide should be the start of discourse, not the end of the discussion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Such discussions are and should be necessary to an informed public. And it is part of the mission of WBEZ, which takes the form of series on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud">race</a>, <a href="http://insideandout.wbez.org/">recidivism </a>and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center">economic mobility</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&rsquo;s important to point out a lot about the nature of statistics. First, they&rsquo;re absent demographic information. Some areas are more densely populated than others &ndash; and those population numbers don&rsquo;t count visitors to an area. &nbsp;An arrest number or rate cannot easily or accurately convey racial problems, gang activity &ndash; or economic and poverty data that are the social causes of crime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A community area might have a larger area than another. Population is one of many factors in per capita crime. According to the 2010 census, Lakeview had 94,368 people, Austin had 98,514 and Uptown has 56,362.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So how do police divide limited resources to keep a city of nearly 3 million safe?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The police have specialized gang and narcotics units that can be deployed on top of regular patrols that are needed to maintain an overall coverage of a community.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That&rsquo;s effectively why the Chicago Police Department is divided by police districts and not wards or neighborhoods. Also, those districts are divided into smaller segments called beats which can be as large as a few blocks or several. You wouldn&rsquo;t waste time having police patrol a non-residential industrial area with the same zeal as a dense tourist area. Both the districts and beats were recently redrawn by the city under Supt. Garry McCarthy, similar to a Congressional district re-map. The police say the changes allow them to redeploy forces as the conditions, population and crime in a neighborhood change.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The hyperbole surrounding some crime (flash mobs) can make perceptions more frightening than reality. &nbsp;Does being in Lakeview mean you&rsquo;re going to be robbed? No. Does being on the South Side mean you&rsquo;re going to be shot? No.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The following comparisons offer a snapshot of violent crimes, and illustrate how one neighborhood can have higher rates of violence than another, even when population is taken into account.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In conversations with the commander of the 19th District and city officials, one message that the city and others want made clear is that addressing relatively non-violent crimes in wealthier neighborhoods does not necessarily translate to more or less resources being deployed to areas plagued by violent crime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Whether or not that&rsquo;s the case is hard to tell.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>All these factors that should be taken into account as the city and its residents, like generations before them, debate self-governance and policing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> 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2012</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=MAP&amp;q=select+col19+from+1iKIyQ3acnIsopntIr2REUUEmavJzJ-nyk6eYxXs+where+col5+%3D+%27BATTERY%27+and+col6+%3D+%27AGGRAVATED%3A+HANDGUN%27&amp;h=false&amp;lat=41.943251798634755&amp;lng=-87.65414047294036&amp;z=14&amp;t=1&amp;l=col19&amp;y=6&amp;tmplt=6" width="620"></iframe></p><p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> 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years","booleanRole":"certainty","animation":{"duration":500},"legend":"none","theme":"maximized","useFirstColumnAsDomain":true,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"isStacked":false,"width":620,"height":260},"state":{},"view":{"columns":[{"calc":"stringify","type":"string","sourceColumn":0},1]},"chartType":"ColumnChart","chartName":"Chart 7"} </script></p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 01:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-07/crunching-lakeviews-crime-numbers-police-start Chicago Pride may run two weekends http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pride-may-run-two-weekends-105385 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/pride_flickr_tonyb_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Pride is now going to run two weekends.</p><p>Well, sort of.</p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s annual Gay Pride Parade consisted of the parade that recently underwent a route change to accommodate record-high crowds and Pride Fest, a two-day precursor to the parade.</p><p>The parade itself attracted large crowds, with estimates of 850,000 last year.</p><p>However, Pride Fest, a relatively new addition to the Gay Pride Parade organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance, acted more so as a holding area for the spillover crowds that patronized the area&rsquo;s bars, which during Pride weekend have lines wrapping around a city block with near-hour wait times.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a pretty intense weekend when you have the festival and the parade. We looked at it, a lot of people have said in past years: &lsquo;Why don&rsquo;t we do it another weekend?&rsquo;&nbsp; When you have a festival on Friday it shuts down a major thoroughfare on a weekday,&rdquo; said Jen Gordon, spokesperson for the alliance.</p><p>The alliance is seeking to have Pride Fest on the Saturday and Sunday before pride, June 22 and 23.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not official. In order to have a parade or special event (outdoor festival) an organization or person must first obtain a permit from the city &mdash; and the organization is still awaiting approval from the city.</p><p>&ldquo;We met with East Lakeview neighbors last night and this is what we&rsquo;d like to go forward with it.&nbsp; Obviously the Pride Festival covers two different wards and in touch with Aldermen Cappleman&rsquo;s and Tunney&rsquo;s office,&rdquo; Gordon said.</p><p>The Chicago Annual Pride Parde has a route that starts in Uptown, Alderman James Cappleman&#39;s 46th ward and Lakeview, Ald. Tom Tunney&#39;s 44th ward.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re still getting input from residents,&quot; said Sean Kotwa, co-chair for the alliance.</p><p>When asked if this would cure the problem of crowds or exacerbate it, giving bar-goers the opportunity to drink and party more on two weekends instead of one, Gordon said they believe it would split up the crowds somewhat, especially for tourists coming in from others states.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of the people are coming to Pride Fest for the entertainment line up, a lot more activity than the bars on the strip,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>&ldquo;We want to focus on the idea of celebrating pride and celebrating equality that whole week.&rdquo;</p><p>The North Halsted Business Alliance, which organizes Pride Fest &mdash;but not the parade &mdash; is still awaiting permit approval from the city.</p><p>Comment from Tunney&#39;s office was not immediately available.</p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-pride-may-run-two-weekends-105385 Walmart makes inroads into Chicago's North Side with Lakeview store opening http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-30/walmart-makes-inroads-chicagos-north-side-lakeview-store-opening-9444 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-30/walmart-storefront.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="414" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/walmart-storefront-topper.jpg" title="A new Walmart Express opened up in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood on Wednesday. (WBEZ/Elliott Ramos)" width="630" /></p><p>Wal-Mart Inc. made inroads into one of Chicago&#39;s most affluent and predominantly gay North Side neighborhoods with its store opening in Lakeview on Wednesday morning.</p><p>The &quot;Walmart Express&quot; would be the second store of its type to open within the city, the first being in Chicago&#39;s Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, which opened in June. That&#39;s not counting the &quot;Walmart Neighborhood Market&quot; in the West Loop or the &quot;Walmart Supercenter&quot; on the far West Side.</p><p>Ald. James Cappleman (46th) was present for the opening ceremony. &nbsp;The store at 3636 N. Broadway St. shares a building with a storage facility and resides in Cappleman&#39;s ward. &nbsp;Also present was 44th ward Alderman Tom Tunney. Both were said to have helped the retailer navigate the various neighborhood and commerce groups, and address community concerns when the store proposal was first announced.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/ribbon.jpg" style="margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: left; width: 325px; height: 358px;" title="Ald. James Cappleman (46th), left, Walmart store manager Guy Lambsis, middle, and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) cut the ribbon at the opening of a Walmart Express in Lakeview on Wednesday. (WBEZ/Elliott Ramos)" />&quot;I have been pleased with Walmart&#39;s outreach into our community and the steps they have taken to identify local residents for job opportunities,&quot; Cappleman said.</p><p>The store is a very scaled down version to that of its massive counterparts usually found in suburban communities. &nbsp;&quot;As you get to more densely populated neighborhoods like this, you have this Wal-Mart Express format that&nbsp;aesthetically fits in the community,&quot; said Wal-Mart spokesman Steven Restivo. &nbsp;</p><p>At 14,800 square feet, the store is roughly the size of a standard drug store, which is fitting, as it&#39;s right next to a long-standing Walgreens. &nbsp;</p><p>A statement says the store will offer &quot;convenient access for fill-in and stock-up shopping trips and features fresh groceries and pharmacy&quot; items.</p><p>The store is geared heavily toward grocery shopping, with customers being greeted by a produce section upon entering. &nbsp;This could signal a potential threat not only to its neighboring Walgreens, but the Jewel-Osco only two blocks south on Broadway and Brompton Avenue and nearby Whole Foods just west at Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue.</p><p>Wal-Mart has tried for years to break into the Chicago market, sometimes without success. &nbsp;But the battered economy and high unemployment rates have made officials more amiable to the stores provided they create much-needed jobs to their communities.</p><p>In 2006, then Mayor Richard M. Daley vetoed a City Council measure that put pay requirements on big-box retailers. The measure was clearly aimed at Wal-Mart.</p><p>Only four years later, Wal-Mart announced its &quot;Chicago Community Investment Partnership,&quot; a five-year plan to open several dozen stores. &nbsp;The company said this would create approximately 10,000 jobs and 2,000 unionized construction jobs.</p><p>That doesn&#39;t mean the company&#39;s effort to open a store in Lakeview was an easy one. &nbsp;The company faced objections from the South East Lake View Neighbors, a community group representing residents and businesses in the neighborhood. In May, residents <a href="http://neighborhoods.redeyechicago.com/boystown/news-report/2011/05/05/anger-and-concern-over-lakeview-walmart-at-screening/">attended a screening</a> of <em>Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices</em> at Landmark Century Cinema, where activists had aired their concerns and encouraged others to join a small <a href="http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_159449284099168&amp;notif_t=group_activity">group on Facebook</a> called &quot;Stop the Lakeview/Lincoln Park Walmart.&quot;&#39;</p><p>Chicago Neighborhoods First, a community and labor advocacy group, released a statement on Wednesday that announced their &quot;continued efforts to hold Walmart accountable for its promises in Chicago.&quot; The group claims the company reneged on promises of starting wages of $8.75 an hour in 2010.</p><p>&quot;Those numbers were wages discussed by politicians,&quot; said Walmart spokesman Restivo. &nbsp;&quot;Our wages are competitive, if not better than similar businesses in the area.&quot;</p><p>&quot;This store is creating 45-50 new jobs, with 75 percent of those jobs going to those in the community,&quot; said Restivo. &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/sandra.jpg" style="margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: right; width: 280px; height: 343px;" title="New Walmart Express employee Sandra Cooper, right, with store manager Guy Lambsis." /></p><p>One of those jobs went to South Side resident Sandra Cooper. The 41-year-old from Englewood said she was hired through <a href="http://www.thecaraprogram.org/">the Cara Program</a>, a Chicago job placement program. &nbsp;After being on the job market for three months, she said the job was an exciting opportunity. &nbsp;&quot;I can see myself growing with this company,&quot; she said.</p><p>Restivo said there was outreach to groups to hire within the community. &quot;There are three transgender employees working here,&quot; he said. The store is clearly within the boundaries of the established gay community known to locals as Boystown. &nbsp;</p><p>The ribbon-cutting ceremony was preceded with grants to various gay and lesbian non-profits and churches, which included Howard Brown Center, Lakeview Presbyterian Church, Center on Halsted and Open Arms Church.</p><p>When asked why the opening release said &quot;Walmart Express Opens in Wrigleyville&quot; and not Boystown or even Lakeview, Restivo stressed it was not any slight to the gay community, but that the broader public would be more easily able to associate the location because of Wrigley Field.</p><p>The semantics of borders for Lakeview, including Wrigleyville and Boystown, have always been up for spirited debate &mdash; especially amongst realtors.&nbsp;</p><p>Wal-Mart&#39;s next move for the neighborhood is a proposed store opening in spring of 2012 at Broadway and Surf Street &mdash; near another Walgreens.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a name="photos"></a>More Photos: Walmart Opens in Boystown</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div id="PictoBrowser111130105105">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "630", "500", "8", "#000000"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Walmart Express Opens in Boystown"); so.addVariable("userName", "reporterel"); so.addVariable("userId", "31057741@N06"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628221337387"); so.addVariable("titles", "on"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "on"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "000000"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser111130105105"); </script><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-30/walmart-makes-inroads-chicagos-north-side-lakeview-store-opening-9444 Crime puts Boystown service agency under spotlight http://www.wbez.org/story/crime-puts-boystown-service-agency-under-spotlight-89060 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-12/forweb.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It’s been just over one week since a video depicting a brutal street attack in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood went viral.&nbsp;That violent incident was just one of several so far this summer in the popular gay entertainment district known as Boystown.&nbsp;But it’s taken the lid off an emotional debate that community’s having about who’s responsible for crime.&nbsp;Some are pointing fingers at Boystown’s Center on Halsted — a social service agency — and particularly its young clientele.</p><p>The attack happened just before midnight two Sundays ago.&nbsp;It was a regular weekend night, with people teeming outside Boystown’s clubs and bars on Halsted Street.&nbsp;The video captures a crowd punching, beating, and jeering at a young African American man.&nbsp;He was also stabbed multiple times.</p><p>Late last week, Chicago Police announced an arrest.&nbsp;A man from Hammond, Indiana.&nbsp;Others are likely to follow.&nbsp;But before anything was known about the attackers, rumblings began, mostly online, that gay youth from other neighborhoods were committing these crimes.&nbsp;Those rumors got a full airing last week during an explosive community policing, or CAPS, meeting.</p><p>SPEAKER: I was one of those kids. I grew up in the neighborhood. So don’t attack the kids. You are to blame.</p><p>Almost six hundred people packed that meeting hall in Lakeview.</p><p>SPEAKER: When I grew up here, gays were getting beat up on, my friends were beating up gay people. Now you own the community, and what do you do? You turn it on kids that are troubled because their parents can’t afford to feed them so they throw them out on the street. Not on your doorstep? Not on your doorstep?</p><p>AUDIENCE: (Booing)</p><p>SPEAKER: You guys better wake up. Wake up now. Wake up.</p><p>Several gay youths also spoke.</p><p>Many said their sexual orientations got them kicked out of their own families and communities.</p><p>So they went to Boystown for acceptance… but even there, they felt despised.</p><p>SPEAKER: I have been looked at as an individual who is stared down upon because I am dirty, because have no place to sleep, because there are no shelters. Because there are no shelters in Lakeview ...</p><p>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Not on my doorstep, buddy…</p><p>Catch that?&nbsp;One audience member said, “Not on my doorstep, buddy.”&nbsp;And that’s been the complaint from some… that when the Center on Halsted closes at 10pm, its youth go out onto the streets to loiter, squat, roam, and commit crimes.</p><p>When it opened four years ago, the Center was meant to be a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people of all ages.&nbsp;That’s worked. The Center says it’s at capacity — 1000 people go there every day for everything from meals, job skills training, gym activities, or to use the Internet.</p><p>But some Boystown residents wonder if the youth program is doing more harm than good.</p><p>ambi: street noise</p><p>CUNNINGHAM: Want to go this way or this way?</p><p>GREG: Let’s go that way.</p><p>A team of six or so Boystown residents were out on Halsted after midnight this last Saturday.&nbsp;It’s an ad-hoc group of men… they do this every week… sweep the side streets and alleys to call in crimes and suspicious activities they see to police.</p><p>SCOTT WHITE: Yeah, they’re literally just west of Halsted…</p><p>They report anything from assaults to relatively minor things… like this group smoking weed on the sidewalk.</p><p>SCOTT WHITE: Yeah, anywhere from ten to fifteen.</p><p>Greg Rohner is one of these self-appointed vigilantes.&nbsp;He’s lived around Halsted since 1998 – before the Center was built.&nbsp;He says he started doing the walks a couple of years ago after he stopped a sexual assault in progress outside his apartment.</p><p>YOUSEF: Do you have any reason to believe that some of the crime is attributed to people affiliated with the Center?</p><p>ROHNER: I hate to say it but… yeah. &nbsp;I’ve been very involved in CAPS, and I’ve been involved in CAPS all year long. And I was in a CAPS meeting a couple of months ago, and we had somebody that was familiar with people that get services from the Center, and they had a list of the recent arrests, and one person on there was somebody that had been receiving services at the Center.</p><p>YOUSEF: Do you think it would be better for them to simply not offer services so that they don’t basically eject all these people onto the streets at 10pm?</p><p>ROHNER: I would hate to see that happen. But on the other hand, the problem isn’t getting any better. And when you’ve got people that have no place to go when the Center closes, they’re on the street. And we can’t all take them in. We get them from everywhere, and we do our best here to give them services because their neighborhoods don’t give them services. There’s only so much that we can do, you know?</p><p>I asked another one of these crime watchers, John Cunningham, about his take on the Center.</p><p>Cunningham says he also doesn’t think closing it, or its youth program, would accomplish anything.</p><p>CUNNINGHAM: While that might have been the initial cause of what started things escalating things many years back, I don’t think that that is the current reason. Word got out that it’s a fun, safe neighborhood, and then things escalated, and then unfortunately, so did the criminal element, too.</p><p>In other words, the genie’s out of the bottle.</p><p>Young gay people across the city know about Boystown now, and they’ll keep coming, regardless of whether the Center on Halsted is there.&nbsp;Still, some people affiliated with Center say, every time crime flares up, they’ll still have to be on the defensive.&nbsp;Modesto Tico Valle is CEO of the Center.</p><p>VALLE: We are part of the solution. We are not the problem.</p><p>Chicago police have affirmed that the Center was not the problem in the videotaped assault.&nbsp;They say don’t believe the man they arrested or other suspects were affiliated with the Center.&nbsp;Valle agrees with people who say there should be a homeless shelter, or something that takes in youth after hours, but&nbsp;he says it would be a travesty to suspend the Center’s youth programming until it there are 24-hour services, as some Boystown residents have demanded.</p><p>VALLE: These young people come here for mental health, for job readiness, for case management. We in some cases are t heir lifeline. Take that away from them, and we have ourselves a larger problem.</p><p>Valle says the Center’s critics are just a small, but vocal group and that, as a whole, the Boystown community supports the center and its youth.&nbsp;Yes, the recent meeting aired some ugly comments and accusations.&nbsp;But many more members come forward to offer kind words, donations, and time.</p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/crime-puts-boystown-service-agency-under-spotlight-89060 A divided Boystown http://www.wbez.org/story/divided-boystown-88832 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-07/box.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/box.jpg" title="(John Gress, Flickr/Michael Lehet, middle)" width="600" /></p><p>A stabbing captured on video has been the unlikely spark for a fiery debate on race and class in Chicago&rsquo;s premier gay neighborhood.</p><p>The video captured a large group of black youth getting into an altercation with a 25-year-old victim.&nbsp; The scuffle in the late hours of Sunday, July 3rd, resulted in a stabbing of the victim &ndash; the second that day - and the third within a three-week period in the North Side neighborhood.</p><p>The stabbing incidents, which resulted in no fatalities and two arrests, have become tipping points for a community increasingly on edge about crime in recent months.</p><p>In early June, <a href="http://neighborhoods.redeyechicago.com/lakeview/crime-report/2651103/4-people-sprayed-robbed-in-early-hours/">a series of robberies</a> involving the pepper-spraying of victims caused the Chicago Police Department to issue an alert, with bars posting warnings at entrances.</p><p>An analysis of crime data by WBEZ shows that Boystown has been the location of dozens of assaults, robberies and batteries since April.</p><div class="dipity_embed" style="width: 600px;"><iframe height="400" src="http://www.dipity.com/wbez/BT/?mode=embed&amp;z=0&amp;bgcolor=%23f1091f&amp;bgimg=/images/black_grad_up.png#tl" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204);" width="600"></iframe><p style="margin: 0pt; font-family: Arial,sans; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.dipity.com/wbez/BT/">Boystown marred by violence</a> on <a href="http://www.dipity.com/">Dipity</a>.</p><p>One of the first major incidents to call public attention to violence in the community took place very early on the morning of June 18<sup>th</sup> in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven.</p><p>A couple, who lives in Lakeview, was attacked around 3 a.m. Citing safety issues they wished to remain anonymous, but the boyfriend of the victim agreed to be interviewed.</p><p>&ldquo;Some stranger wanted to start a fight. He bumped into the two of us as were leaving Burrito Palace,&rdquo; said the boyfriend. The restaurant is located on Cornelia and Halsted.</p><p>The stranger then followed them to a nearby 7-Eleven where police say he stabbed the victim. The suspect in question, Anthony Bledsoe, was later charged with aggravated battery.</p><p>The victim&rsquo;s boyfriend recently moved to Lakeview, but is a Chicago native from the South Side.&nbsp; He said prior to the incident, three of his friends were mugged.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s almost like gang violence,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>A few weeks later, a stabbling incident on July 3rd was captured on video by resident Rob Sall, who, with his partner John Cunningham, has sought to address the violent crimes that were brought directly to his doorstep.</p><p>The Chicago Police Department announced on Friday morning that a suspect was arrested in connection with the incident.&nbsp; The suspect, Darren Hayes, 24, of Hammond, IN., turned himself in to police after the investigation began to close in on him.&nbsp;</p><p>The police charged him with four counts of aggravated battery.&nbsp; Two knives were recovered by police, and are said to be the weapons used in the case.</p><p>The father of the victim told ABC 7 in an interview that the victim had suffered a punctured lung as well as wounds to the chest, back and arms.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s one thing when people are getting mugged, it&rsquo;s another when they are getting stabbed,&rdquo; said Sall.&nbsp;</p><p>The couple lives on the 3300 north block of Halsted Street in Boystown, the location of the stabbing.&nbsp; North Halsted is also the site of many of Boystown&rsquo;s popular gay bars, and the couple&rsquo;s block has become a hangout at times for groups of lesbian, gay and transgendered teens.</p>Those groups have become a lightning rod &ndash; and some say scapegoat &ndash; for the spat of violent crimes.</div><p>The extent and duration of those violent crimes and the unsettling nature of the video have anger spilling from Facebook forums into heated townhall meetings.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>The young homeless of Boystown</strong></span></p><p>At the center of the attention are homeless youth in the neighborhood, many of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered minorities from Chicago&rsquo;s West and South Sides.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/centerCrop.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 368px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Michael Lehet)" /> LGBT black and Hispanic youth, like many others, flock to Boystown because of its gay-friendly reputation, its nightlife and its support network.</p><p>But many of these youth have been the target of blame by residents who accuse them of loitering along Halsted Street, drinking in public, smoking marijuana, blaring loud music, urinating in public, and vandalizing - as well as engaging in occasional verbal or push-and-shove altercations.</p><p>Some websites such as <a href="http://gis.chicagopolice.org">gis.chicagopolice.org</a> or <a href="http://everyblock.com">everyblock.com</a>, which utilizes the same data from gis.chicagopolice.org, list a slew of offenses at all hours of the night.</p><p>But a common element in a number of the reported stabbing incidents in this predominantly white upper-middle class neighborhood is that many of them were carried out by black men - either individually or in large groups.</p><p>Residents have been quick to say their concerns are limited only to crime and don&#39;t involve race, but some feel that the loitering and behavior of youth may be leading to the more violent crimes.</p><p>Rhaisa Williams is a Ph.D student at Northwestern University who has researched the dynamic in Boystown and argues that race and class divides do play a role in the tension between some residents and youth.</p><p>&quot;[B]lack queer youth who do not live nor are employed in Boystown, but come there to &quot;hang out&quot; &mdash;which is synonymous to loitering in the discourse&mdash; become figures of an inappropriate embodiment that that is antithetical to middle class stability and consumption,&quot; she writes.</p><p>And with so many strong-armed robberies and assaults - and few arrests - many residents have focused their anger on the Center on Halsted, a local social services organization that serves the LGBT community.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>A Center of controversy</strong></span></p><p>The Center, located at Waveland Avenue and Halsted, opened its doors in 2007 with a mission &ldquo;to provide a safe and nurturing environment,&quot; according to the organization&#39;s website.</p><p>A former worker at the Whole Foods grocery story that sits adjacent to the Center, however, created a Facebook page originally named &ldquo;Citizens Demanding Center on Halsted &lsquo;Youth Program&rsquo; Shutdown,&rdquo; that later changed to &ldquo;Center on Halsted FAIL.&rdquo; (Click on right image for original page).<a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/centerfail.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/centerfail.jpg" style="width: 315px; height: 402px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="" /></a></p><p>&quot;I had to call in police for shoplifting on many of the kids I&#39;d see loitering all day in front of and inside the [Center on Halsted],&quot; said the former Whole Foods employee.&nbsp; &quot;I&#39;d say at least half of them were white. Maybe more. Again, not a racial issue.&rdquo;</p><p>The page as of Friday afternoon had 42 &ldquo;likes.&rdquo;</p><p>Another Facebook page, &ldquo;Take Back Boystown,&rdquo; is a different story. With over 3,400 fans, it has served as an organizing forum for concerned residents and, at times, has featured posts by those using pseudonyms with racial overtones, though they have later been purged by moderators.</p><p>Tyler Roberts, 34, frequents the &quot;Take Back Boystown&quot; Facebook page and says it occasionally contains racist remarks.&nbsp; He also insists that the Center on Halsted shouldn&#39;t be singled out for the actions of others.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I don&#39;t believe for a second that [closing down the Center on Halsted] would solve any problems,&quot; Roberts says. &quot;I do however believe they should be holding the youth that frequent the Center accountable for their actions.&quot;</p><p>Many youth also believe the Center is being unfairly singled out, and note that it&#39;s one of the few organizations providing services to transient LGBT youth.</p><p>&quot;All we have is the center,&quot; said a 28-year old Center member and health educator who goes by the name Peanut Butter.&nbsp; &quot;If they take away the center, they&rsquo;re going to have a bigger problem.&quot;</p><p>Kloe Jones, 23, who is transgendered, came to Chicago from St. Louis. &ldquo;Where I&rsquo;m from, we don&rsquo;t have this. We don&rsquo;t have Boystown. We don&rsquo;t have a Center on Halsted.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of people coming from the South and West Side,&quot; said Jones. &quot;It is a predominantly white neighborhood, but this is all we have.&nbsp; There have been muggings and robbings up here, and [white residents] look at the African Americans who come to the Center, as if somehow it&rsquo;s their fault. There are kids, who are messy, who do things on purpose, but some of us actually do need these resources,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>When asked if there was any connection between the transient youth who occasionally get cited for loitering or other infractions on Halsted Street and the string of muggings in recent months, police have repeatedly said they have yet to find any correlation.</p><p>&quot;There is no connection,&quot; said Chicago Police Sgt. Debra DeYoung.</p><hr /><p><strong>&#39;If they want to talk about the youth? Let&#39;s put everything on the table.&#39;</strong><br /><em>--Peanut Butter, 28</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483549-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-july/2011-07-07/center-halsted-edit.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><hr /><p>Peanut Butter and other minority LGBT youths, however, report being frequently approached by white men in the area for sexual favors or drugs, creating dangers and a double standard.</p><p>&ldquo;They take advantage of the young ones, saying &lsquo;You sleep with me, I&rsquo;ll pay you some money.&rsquo; If they want to talk about the youth, let&rsquo;s put everything on the table,&rdquo; said Peanut Butter.</p><p>Koko, 17, is another North Sider who frequents the Center and is concerned about sexual exploitation.</p><p>&ldquo;Some of them have to prostitute,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp; &quot;They&rsquo;re trying to get their money and find a place to stay, and see if they could stay with the person they could sleep with at the moment.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Tension brews, nerves frayed</strong></span></p><p>On July 2nd, Rob Sall and nearly 60 others participated in a &ldquo;positive loitering&rdquo; session.&nbsp; This was the third summer for the event, with the Commander Kathleen Boehmer from the Chicago Police Department&#39;s 23<sup>rd</sup> District and a number of police officers also participating.</p><p>&ldquo;We would divide in groups of 6-12 people, canvas the neighborhood. Police would issue citations for violations, prostitution -- citing people for small infractions, confiscated knives, violation of parole,&rdquo; said Sall.</p><p>At 11:30p.m. that evening, a group called GenderJUST began protesting the event, claiming purpose of the event was to drive out LGBT youth from Boystown.&nbsp; The protest was covered in detail by the <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=32608">Windy City Times</a>. Sam Finkelstein, the organizer of the &ldquo;counter-protest,&rdquo; was arrested later for disorderly conduct.</p><p>A few hours later, around 2 a.m., a 27-year-old Lakeview resident was stabbed on Wilton Ave. and Addison &mdash;one block west of the Chicago Police Department&rsquo;s 23<sup>rd</sup> precinct headquarters.</p><p>That stabbing was eclipsed by the infamous video-taped stabbing, some 21 hours later.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Fight heard round Chicago</strong></span></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="244" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-11/600widejuly3.jpg" title="Police shut down Halsted after the stabbing incident on July 3. (WBEZ/Elliott Ramos)" width="600" /></p><p>On July 3, Sunday at 11:45 p.m., the much-publicized fight broke out after what some say was a verbal altercation among two groups of young people near the intersection of Halsted and Aldine.</p><p>In response to the fight, the police shut down much of Halsted, but left the sidewalks open.&nbsp; The bars were letting out, leaving patrons guessing what had happened.</p><p><iframe align="left" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="287" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZYrbwNT6Oxo" width="350"></iframe>Media reports at the time were scarce.&nbsp;</p><p>The Fourth of July holiday weekend in Chicago saw six murders and 28 violent assaults, two of which were in Boystown. Most news outlets such as the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/6348068-417/six-dead-28-wounded-in-holiday-weekend-violence.html">Sun-Times</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-neighbors-shooting-20110705,0,1882247.story">Tribune</a>, <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/04/5-dead-23-wounded-in-holiday-weekend-violence/">CBS 2</a> and <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8232221">ABC 7</a> covered the holiday violence in a single, citywide roundup.</p><p>But when the video was posted online, the incident garnered widespread attention on major television newscasts and social networking sites despite having no fatalities.</p><p>And the video wasn&#39;t the only one to surface from the weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The video, on the left, was uploaded to YouTube the same day of the incident at Halsted and Aldine. This attack occurred on Addison and Wilton earlier that day --one block from the area&#39;s police station.</p><p>In response, Ald. Tom Tunney (44) on Wednesday called for an &ldquo;entertainment detail&rdquo; to be formed to assist in beat officers.&nbsp; He said it&rsquo;s unrealistic to expect beat officers to cover areas where there are high concentrations of entertainment and hospitality venues.</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Heated exchanges in a hot</span> <span style="font-size: 16px;">auditorium</span></strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/26122475?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>Outside the Inter-American Elementary Magnet School Wednesday evening, the mood seemed peaceful. An hour before a scheduled Chicago Alternative Police Strategy (CAPS) community meeting, several residents sat on steps and mingled with their Lakeview neighbors.</p><p>Teenagers in yellow shirts gathered, prepping for their planned demonstration as members of GenderJUST.&nbsp; The same group that had protested a peace loitering event a few weeks prior.</p><p>Just four days after the video-taped beating of a black youth shocked the neighborhood, the community was gathering for a discussion about how to address violence.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>GenderJUST gave a few brief speeches lasting only 20 minutes, before they broke into song and made their way into the auditorium.&nbsp;</p><p>Nearly 600 attendees filed into the auditorim in an orderly fashion. Some spilled out onto the floor and into the hall. A handful attempted to reach the balcony of the auditorium, which led to a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-07-07/boystown-residents-alderman-tunney-open-balcony-88828">brief and light-hearted exchange </a>with Tunney and a constituent.</p><p>Cmdr. Boehmer and Sgt. Beth Giltmier were both in attendance, as was Ald. James Cappleman<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>(46).&nbsp;</p><p>Behind a series of mics at the center of the auditorium floor, stood a long and ever growing line of people waiting to comment. The line and the temperature in the room seemed to grow in tandem, with many using their placards to fan themselves.</p><p>As the mic was turned over to the crowd, the first boos came out within moments.</p><p>One woman asked: &quot;What is CPD doing to examine the role of race in this violence? How are Boystown and its residents welcoming diversity?&quot;</p><p>One man angrily accused the gay community of being elitist:<em> </em></p><p>&quot;These kids have slept in cars, have eaten out of garbage cans, have been molested. I was one of those kids. I grew up in this neighborhood.&nbsp;&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t attack the kids.&nbsp; You are to blame!&nbsp; This community was not always a gay community. When I grew up here, gays were getting beat up. My friends were beating up gay people. Now you own the community. And what do you do? You turn it on kids who are troubled because their parents can&rsquo;t afford to feed them. So they throw them out on the street. Not on your doorstep! Not on your doorstep! You guys better wake up now!&hellip;All of you guys need to make a difference and stop blaming these damn kids.&quot;</p><p>Many residents called for an increased police presence in the neighborhood, with some directly attacking Cmdr. Boehmer and Ald. Tunney as they stood mere feet away.</p><p>Another speaker suggested that the city install collegiate-like alert boxes along the street.</p><p>Such requests aren&#39;t new.&nbsp; Northwestern University scholar Raisa Williams notes that calls for increased police presence have been a common theme in discussions about neighborhood tensions over the years.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Boystown property owners reason that they need heightened levels of policing and surveillance to control black youth&#39;s actions, which are seen as one of the main disturbances in the maintenance of Boystown,&quot; Williams writes.</p><p>One after the other, residents came forth to admonish police, aldermen, teens, gangs -- and themselves.&nbsp; Pleas to limit the soliloquies fell on deaf ears.</p><p>But at the end of the night, the boyfriend of the June 18th victim took to the mic.</p><p>&ldquo;Us working together as a community &ndash;this is how we&rsquo;re going to get past this.&nbsp; We don&rsquo;t need to hate each other. We don&rsquo;t need to point fingers.&nbsp; We need to come together, sit together like civilized adults, respectable youth and people of the future.&rdquo;</p><p><em>--Landon Cassman and Meghan Power contributed to this report.</em></p><p><em>Email Elliott Ramos at: <a href="mailto:eramos@wbez.org">eramos@wbez.org</a></em></p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/divided-boystown-88832