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Old 02-13-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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Default safe area? division, western, grand and california

Is the area south of divison, west of western, north of grand and east of california a safe area to live? I've always tried to stay east of western ave unless I'm much further north. Thanks.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago - Bucktown
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Well as the old adage goes, it's always better east of Western, but this area has improved greatly in the last 10 years. It's better south of Chicago Ave., in the Smith Park area, which never got all that bad. The closer to Division you are, the sketchier.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well that area is in Humboldt Park.

Search the forum. I believe we have covered this specific area before.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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Yes, it has been covered, but the areas that I see a lot of discussion about are closer to humboldt park. I guess I should be a little more specific and ask about the areas just 1-4 blocks west of western. It seems that there are a lot of new condos and homes in that area. And this is why I am interested.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The northern portion (Division and California) of the area you mentioned is about as close to the (Humboldt) park as you can get!
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: East Humboldt Park
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I am about 4 blocks west of western and 3 blocks from humbouldt park. It is improving. CAPS is a great program and we have an East Humboldt park chapter that is very active in talking with the police. There are still some areas where people seem to be down and out and do not put work into the upkeep of the area. I walk to work everymorning and home in the evening. I havent ever been harassed, but then again I am not the friendliest looking individual.

My wife and I just moved in and had a kid. My suburbanite mom is hear to help out. She has taken to walking the dog at night around 11pm and hasnt had any problems or complaints other than all the trash on the street and in the medians.

All in all I would say know your neighbors and be friendly and you are good. It's the people that move in that have the air of superiority and gentrification that are getting everyone in a fit.

I have found if you respond to "hey what's up", good mornings/evenings, do you have the time. ect people are generally responsive and nice. IF you are an ass they will respond in kind.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Thank you for your input Jester. Do you see a lot of '20somethings' in that area?
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:54 PM
 
Location: East Humboldt Park
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There are a few of us scattered through out. I am on the north side of division. I have a buddy that lives in the area you are discribing in the south side of division. Not a lot of people but very easy to get to wicker park and bars from this location. It is a cheaper area to live in and then you can just walk or ride the extra mile it takes to get anywhere.
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:55 PM
 
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East Humboldt .
there is no area called east humboldt park f-ing yuppies trying to rename and change everything in a city that isnt theirs..
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well there is something called the eastern portion of Humboldt Park. I only use "East Humboldt Park" to differentiate between the western portion.
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