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Old 12-26-2006, 01:18 PM
 
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I was concerned about the area and how it's supposed to have had an increase in crime.
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:48 PM
 
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I only know how it was a quarter of a century ago, even then the people of Hyde Park regarded me as reckless because I travelled to and from work at night. Somehow I can't imagine it having got any better in the intervening decades. The place is essentially an enclave, with nothing to do with the surrounding areas, all of which are regarded as being highly dangerous.
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I only know how it was a quarter of a century ago, even then the people of Hyde Park regarded me as reckless because I travelled to and from work at night. Somehow I can't imagine it having got any better in the intervening decades. The place is essentially an enclave, with nothing to do with the surrounding areas, all of which are regarded as being highly dangerous.
Actually crime throughout the city has gotten much better in the intervening 25 years. Yeah, Hyde Park is kind of surrounded on 3 sides by the 'hood (the 4th side is Lake Michigan). So there are probably going to be more crimes of opportunity than other middle-class neighborhoods in the city. I haven't really heard about a notable increase in crime in Hyde Park. If anything, the Hyde Park enclave is expanding outward, especially to the north, rather than the 'hood closing in on Hyde Park. Maybe that's why there is a perception of an increase in crime; as the gentrification pushes outward there are more opportunities for contact with people who don't exactly welcome their new middle-class neighbors.
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