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  • Residents of west Humboldt Park have formed block clubs and worked for years to drive away dealers, but the neighborhood remains awash in drugs and crime. "It's right in your face," says one resident.
  • Besieged
  • Residents of west Humboldt Park have formed block...
  • Todd Diederich
  • Apr 25, 2012
  • Zeola Horton moved into her home on North Monticello in 1970. "The neighborhood was nice," she says. Then the gangs and drugs moved in.
  • Besieged
  • Zeola Horton moved into her home on North...
  • Todd Diederich
  • Apr 25, 2012
  • Devon Tims grew up in a family of west-side drug dealers. "Our house was getting shot up one or two times a week," he says. "I had to sleep on the floor."
  • Besieged
  • Devon Tims grew up in a family of...
  • Todd Diederich
  • Apr 25, 2012
  • Activist Jimmy Simmons has been trying to push gangs and drugs out of west Humboldt Park for nearly 30 years. "It's a constant battle," he says. "It's heartbreaking."
  • Besieged
  • Activist Jimmy Simmons has been trying to push...
  • Todd Diederich
  • Apr 25, 2012