Is Pilsen under the gun?
We're not talking about the so-called hipster invasion of Pilsen, nor are we resurrecting stale debates about the threat of gentrification. We [...]
Phrase of the day – reverse staging
The Mortgage Fraud Blog is a great way to glimpse the endless creativity of our real estate criminal class. One of yesterday's posts focused on [...]
Which Humboldt Park is the real one?
There's an idealized Humboldt Park and a real one. You can find the idealized version at a real estate site: A diverse, family-friendly area fu [...]
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 [...]
Does Englewood have any hope of recovery?
A local community development agency tells you that "Englewood, located seven miles south of Chicago’s Loop, is a community rich in history, stron [...]
Politicians and gangs – Uptown, Little Village and more
The January 2012 issue of Chicago Magazine features an important article for anyone interested in Chicago's neighborhoods – Gangs and Politicians: [...]
Quote of the day – drug dealing at 46th and Woodlawn
Just last week we posted an update on Lake Park Gateway II, a development where we shot video nearly two years ago to the day. As you can s [...]
Humboldt Park, real estate sites and the real world
Real estate brokerage sites typically feature upbeat overviews of Chicago's neighborhoods. The articles often appear to have been authored on a lo [...]
Getting de-stoned in Kenilworth
After our chat at a Northfield open house, design-build honcho Geno Benvenuti mentioned that he was seeing a trend away from granite countertops a [...]
"Is Old Irving Park going to hell?"
Chicagoist points readers toward a discussion on EveryBlock about Old Irving Park, and whether the neighborhood is on the skids. Among the problems p [...]
Want to live in the country’s most dangerous neighborhood?
The area bounded by Kinzie St (400 N) on the north, Washington Blvd (100 N) on the south, Damen Ave (2000 W) on the east and Western Ave (2400 W) may [...]
Mapping violent crimes in Chicago ‘hoods
I think the added level of complication is worth it. There are the shades of purple on the north, which should come as no surprise. The blues on [...]
Is Uptown going down?
Uptown Update (UU) has been one of my favorite neighborhood blogs since its launch. It offered a fresh, generally upbeat look at people and places [...]
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