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Re: “Besieged

I'm a twenty-two year old male college student who has happened to live in the West Humboldt Park area the majority of my life. I come from a working family that happens to live in this area because of the affordability and the cultural connection. One of my parents happens to hold a degree, while the other holds certifications. My family has made numerous investments within Humboldt Park itself to see the area not really change. The reason why I've pretty much stayed away from this type of lifestyle that consumes this area, is because I was too scared to go outside. Over the years the drug trafficking in this neighborhood has gotten only worse and if not out of control. I have witnesseed first hand patrols cars passing by several dealers on numerous occasions and nothing is done. I believe that the police fear these dealers. Its sad to say that I cannot walk my dog without being scared of being hit by a bullet. I'd rather drive to Humboldt Park itself or nearby Wicker Park in order to feel safe. Graduation is soon within reach and its sad to say that I'm considering moving out of this neighborhood instead of staying in it to make a difference. One can only live around so much poverty and drugs for so long. I hope that this article reaches a wider audience in order to make a positive change in the community.

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Posted by JaySterling89 on 04/26/2012 at 4:17 PM

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