From a readers email:

You have an interesting blog–I just came across it because my husband and I are thinking of buying a condo in Rogers Park and I am trying to find out more about the neighborhood. We are concerned about safety because we have a 2-year-old and I am home with her a lot by myself. What do you know about the area around Touhy Park from the park east to the red line, and from Howard south to about Chase? Where do you get your information, so I can do more research on specific areas? Thanks for your concern for the neighborhood. :) – Wendy

Wendy, Touhy Park can be alright under adult supervision during the daylight hours. There is one homeless man who sleeps in the Park at night. The neighbors have attempted to assist him, but he does not want to go to the shelter. There are carvings on the wooden benches of gang symbols, mainly the Latin Kings. I haven’t witnessed gang activity during the day, but have bumped into gangbangers there after dark. There is also a place called Parkside Gyros on Clark Street with a lot of graffiti behind it. (not blaming them for it obviously). On the more bizarre-side, I also found a dead bird, de-feathered and hung from it’s feet on an electrical wire in the alley behind Parkside Gyros.

Hope this assists your safety and well being,

- Bill

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