Monday, September 21, 2015

Broken Glass Everywhere, If It Ain't About Violent Crime Do The Police Care?

A reader writes:
I'm not sure if this is blog-worthy, but I walk around the south loop for about an hour pretty much every day around lunch time and I have noticed one stretch of road that ALWAYS has cars with windows busted out (the east side of Indiana between Spoke and Bird and the parking lot just south of the Clark House Museum/Chicago Women's park). I have been living in the area for about 2 years now and as long as I can remember, there is fresh broken glass on the ground on that stretch of road.

Usually, the only sign of the crime is shattered glass all over the ground. Today though, as I was walking, I actually saw a guy returning to his brand new Acura SUV that had the passenger window busted out... then about 20 feet away, I saw another car that had a window was busted out, but the owner hadn't returned to their car yet. For some reason, it struck a nerve with me today and I decided make a video to show all of the broken glass. 
I'm wondering if anybody else has noticed that this is going on and if there's anything we can do about it? 
When I have guests, I don't want them to be afraid to park in my neighborhood! Here's the video I took... all of it takes place between Spoke and Bird and the parking lot just south of the Clark House Museum/Chicago Women's park:
He also followed-up with:
UPDATE: I also contacted the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance and within minutes, I got this response from them: "Alderman Dowell has notified the Police Commander and requested extra attention to the block overnights and Streets and San has been asked to go by and clean up the glass."

I guess we'll see if this makes a difference going forward.
Well we don't like to see this and imagine you don't either.  While our reader has already taken the initiative to get his voice heard, we would highly encourage you to help him and the neighborhood by emailing Alderman Dowell ( to put a little more urgency behind this problem.

Oh and sorry for our attempt at a catchy headline (Grandmaster Flash anyone?).
(Hat tip:  BB!)

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