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Old 03-01-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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I was in the area for the first time last night searching for a pnc bank, and I stumbled upon a dark neighborhood near the 3333 block.
How well do know the history of this area?
Was this formerly a dangerous neighborhood before?
There are a patch of streets near a dense row of houses which are still unpaved. It seemed a bit odd for chicago.
What is this area called?
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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I am not sure about the unpaved streets, but that area is Humboldt Park; maybe it was dark because you were driving right past the park itself (which may not have any street lights)?
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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It's Humboldt Park and that part is kind of shady. Unpaved? It's possible they are preparing it to be repaved or something. I've driven on North Ave from Gold Coast all the way through Austin and near Oak Park before and never recall any weird unpaved parts. I recall some big pot holes, but yeah
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Lincoln Square, Chicago
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The park itself in Humboldt Park is absolutely huge and interesting but that neighborhood is terrible. A lot of trash in the gutters, scary homeless people, stabbings, vandalism...you hear gang whistles and gunshots at nighttime in the summer; I lived in a large building at the corner of North Ave and Kedzie back in 2010, and once I saw a kid that couldn't have been older than 13 or 14 walking through my alley dragging a knife along the brick side of the building. Once a homeless man tried to chase me back into my apartment. Dogs start barking in the morning almost constantly all day long. People have really really loud parties that last hours. Puerto Rican Pride Week is really obnoxious and disruptive to life in general.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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The area you're describing sounds like the neighborhood south of North abutting the Metra Tracks there.
That's quite an odd detour to take in search of a bank.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:07 PM
 
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The area you're describing sounds like the neighborhood south of North abutting the Metra Tracks there.
That's quite an odd detour to take in search of a bank.
Amen, haha.

Anyway, I'm a little unsure the streets were actually unpaved. Are you saying they were dirt streets? Were there horses tied up outside the buildings?
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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Maybe not unpaved, but some of the side streets in this area are so chewed up with potholes and shoddy repairs that you might think you were driving on a gravel road.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:12 PM
 
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Maybe not unpaved, but some of the side streets in this area are so chewed up with potholes and shoddy repairs that you might think you were driving on a gravel road.
call the alderman
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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call the alderman
I have plenty to talk to my alderman about besides the chewed up streets that I never drive on.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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I've gone around there a number of times in the daylight to go to Roesners bakery or to get a Cemitas which is not far. I traveled by car and did not frolic in the street so I felt pretty safe. I would not want to be there at night.
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