With all of the recent street activity in Boystown - including a videotaped melee that showed a 25 year old man getting stabbed - it's time to take back the streets.
It seems as though every summer there as in an increase in pedestrian traffic in Boystown and with that comes an influx of issues surrounding it....crime increases, noise increases and tempers flair. Over the past few weeks there have been several attacks on Halsted, some happening right in "the heart" of Boystown near the 7-11 parking lot on Halsted & Roscoe.
The ONLY way that we can combat these issues is to become involved in our community...and by involved I don't mean attend the street festivals and actually pay to enter....involved means doing something more. Calling 911 when you see problems, talking to your neighbors, paying attention to your surroundings when you're out and about, watching out for your friends and neighbors instead of turning a blind eye and just hoping it goes away.
A few summers ago the issue was so bad that groups were organized to "Take Back the Streets" with groups walking through the neighborhood along with with police....that happened a few times and then it fell apart. Just this past Saturday night there was another "take back the night" walk and based on the comments on the Facebook Page it did not go well - I was not there but from what I understand there was a counter-protesting group that was trying to overpower the "Take back the streets" Group.....none of this is helping anyone and it's unfortunately turning into a major race baiting issue!
There is something that you CAN DO...and that is attend the upcoming CAPS Meeting set for Wednesday July 6 at 7PM at the 23rd District Police Station at Addison and Halsted .
***UPDATE*** Due to an increase in the number of expected attendees at this CAPS meeting it has been moved to the Inter-American Elementary School at 851 West Waveland Ave at 7:00pm.