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Re: “Activists worry CTA-friendly housing will accelerate Logan Square gentrification

I've read all of your opinions and not one of you, including the Alderman who is determined to destroy the legacy of the northside, know a thing about Logan Square or the area of Milwaukee & California Avenues.

First of all, this was never a 'poor' or 'low income' neighborhood until it was taken over by the Puerto Ricans and Mexicans beginning in the late 1960's. They destroyed home values with the influx of filth, gangs, violence and crime. In 1970 you could stand and watch night after night as one house after another went up in flames.

What had once been an upper middle class neighborhood comprised of Norwegian, German, Polish, Swedish immigrants was descimated. Everything from the A&P to the corner stores, the churches to businesses, they all had to close because of the violent crime and the refusal of those who were moving in to assimilate. It was not safe to even attempt to take the 'L' and you were risking getting shot if you sat at a bus stop.

It is exactly the social engineering that progressive politicians like Alderman Moreno are forcing into the neighborhood that initially destroyed the inherent stability. Do not for one minute kid yourselves into believing that if a homeowner can make money selling to a developer for a tear down, that they won't look back. There is a small apartment building at California & Logan on the NE corner. It was built as the contribution to low income housing back in the 60's. Now as everyone drives past, they turn their noses up and call it disgusting, they want it torn down because it's an eye sore. That's what you get when government intervenes. Remember Cabrini Green? The Robert Taylor homes?

And for those of you living anywhere within 8 blocks of this corner, be prepared for a parking nightmare. The people who live here will be too cheap to buy a parking space. The supposedly environmental Alderman may want you to think they don't have cars, but they do. And so do their guests. Just no where to park them, except on your street, they don't care about a parking tickets. If the guests live outside the city, they just throw them out.

Up until 3 years ago, Gerber Plumbing supply was located on the corner where these shoebox apartments will be located. It had been there nearly 100 years and up until the day it closed, was an active, viable business. Too bad there won't even be a plaque on a bus stop bench to remember them by.

You've all proven one thing. Not a single one of you know anything at all about the neighborhood in which you live or pontificate about. Try talking to those who have been there for 60+ years and have known it from when it was truly a neighborhood. Seen the blight and destruction that is brought by those who choose to live as they do in their home countries rather than bettering themselves and assimilating to life in America. Then has had to watch as politicians and interfering progressives autonomously decide what is best for a neighborhood they know absolutely nothing about!

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Posted by fromtheoldneighborhood on 06/04/2016 at 10:51 PM

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