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Old 10-06-2008, 08:34 PM
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How safe is Grant Park, Candler Park, and Edgewood for kids? How diverse are these areas?
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:05 AM
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These are three very different neighborhoods. Candler Park has lots of kids and a top-notch elementary school (ditto for middle and high school). Nice park with pool and great playground. If you are sufficiently off of McClendon and Dekalb Ave., then seems to me the streets would be safe for bikes, etc. Grant Park is a less gentrified, more eclectic neighborhood. It is also a larger neighborhood. When you say safe for kids, I read that as would I feel comfortable letting my child out the front door to play in the yard or walk down the street versus basic crime statistics that have been discussed in detail elsewhere on this forum. For Grant Park, I think my sense of safety for my children would differ from block to block. (Grant Park reminds me of New Orleans in that way). But my outsider's take is that GP would be less child-safe than CP, but still fine. The neighborhood does have a very active parent's network. Great park, playground, and fantastic pool (just went through a huge renovation with the addition of a zero-entry toddler pool). The neighborhood is also home to a very popular charter school (plus in the primary zone for a second in nearby Ormewood Park). I don't know very much about the regular elementary school in the neighborhood. The middle and high schools need some work. Finally Edgewood is a distant third out of these three neighborhoods in terms of kid safety/climate/community. I don't think there is an organized parents' network in Edgewood (could be wrong), no central parks in the neighborhood, and far more active drug traffic, etc. than all of CP and most of GP. Edgewood is not in the primary zone for any of the nearby charter schools. The public elementary school (Whitefoord) is solid and has been for years. But it is not diverse
(99% African American; versus 86%AA/8%W at Parkside Elementary in GP; 47%AA/44%W at Neighborhood Charter in GP; and 30%AA/60%W at Mary Lin in CP). Rating all these neighborhoods, I would be fine with raising kids in CP or GP; but Edgewood would give me pause.
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Old 10-07-2008, 01:14 PM
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I live in GP and it seems like EVERYONE has kids, and they all rave about the charter school -- i feel like the only one in the neighborhood with no kids...

Agreed with everything in that first post!
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