The walk started at Halsted, went south to Belmont and then the group divided into to groups with one proceeding to Clark and walking north while the other cut through Dayton and then met up with the group on Aldine where they proceeded to walk back to Halsted and then north to Hydrate.
While on the walk with the Police Commander it was obvious that the neighborhood was wondering what was going on. People were asking what was going on and those walking used it as an opportunity to share the news about the recent attacks and to invite participants to a walk scheduled for Friday evening. Several "calls" were put out during the walk, one of which involved someone using the power outlet by one of the trees in the sidewalk to charge their cellphone. As well, several times during the 45 minute walk police sirens wailed and rushed down Halsted St, including an ambulance at one point.
Overall the walk was very well received and everyone felt great being able to walk around the neighborhood, en masse, and feel as though a message is being sent. It's a start, and that's all that matters. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!
Another walk, which was already planned, will happen on Saturday morning, August 15th (Friday night) but instead of meeting at Midnight, the group will be meeting at 2AM and walking the neighborhood until 3AM as that is the more "active" time when crimes are apt to occur.
Here's a short video from the walk:
Don't forget that another Community Walk is scheduled for this coming weekend. Put on your comfortable shoes and get out and walk the neighborhood, meet your neighbors, make some new friends and send a message to the criminals that Lakeview does not welcome them.
- What: Lakeview Neighborhood Walk
- When: Saturday Morning 2AM August 15 - 2AM (actually
- Where: Meet at 7-Eleven Parking Lot - Halsted & Roscoe