Friday, July 13, 2012

Park Manor building amongst 12 razed in anti-gang fight

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[VIDEO] This video largely documents the razing of a building and a press conference at 7101 S. Rhodes Avenue. Part of a larger event yesterday where 12 buildings on the south and west sides were demolished in a greater effort:
Access to those buildings creates a prime breeding ground for crime, say neighborhood leaders.

"So naturally what happens is it becomes a haven, a haven for the gangs, for the drugs, for the homeless, for the prostitution," said Darlene Tribue, neighborhood leader. "And at a certain point, it overwhelms the neighborhood."

Eliminating those havens is the goal of an initiative announced earlier this week by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy as part of their anti-gang strategy.
"These vacant buildings are where gang bangers are hanging out, and drug dealers are hanging out, and they’re operating in those buildings,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday.
The initial strategy targets several West and South side police districts around Chicago, and works in conjunction with the city’s recent crackdown on liquor stores and convenience stores that have been used by gangs as hangouts and centers for illegal activity.

The city is allocating $4 million to the Department of Buildings for the initiative.
Well Ald. Roderick Sawyer was seen in the background but wasn't shown speaking in the video provided by NBC5. Video was posted to the 6th Ward Chicago FB page.

ONCE AGAIN, The Sixth Ward is not at all associated with Ald. Roderick Sawyer or the 6th Ward Chicago FB page created by his office.

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