How to tell you’re in an unsafe area

In Chicago, a Safe Park Zone sign is a warning that you may encounter gang activity, drug sales and weapon-carrying teenagers. You won’t find Safe Park Zone signs in safe parks, but you will find them, for example, in parts of Humboldt Park.

Safe School Zone signs are helpful in determining whether there’s gang or drug activity near your neighborhood school.

“Don’t Shoot – I want to grow up” signs send an unmistakable message about the area, as do the bars on the windows.

Just around the corner from the “Don’t Shoot” sign, a very different sign invites you to “Live Well” at 914 N Richmond. Last October we noted that the local Alderman described this block as “an area long dominated by gangs and drugs.”

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