[yapc] A word of caution
Jim Connor (JGC Interactive Inc.)
jim at jgcinteractive.com
Thu Jun 15 15:20:53 PDT 2006
I'm arriving by Air Canada at about 8:20 PM.
Anyone want to share a cab?
Any idea what a cab from O'Hare to IIT would cost?
Clyde Forrester wrote:
> Todd Olson wrote:
>> I have been researching the immediate area of IIT for restaurants, groceries
>> and such. I have recently talked with two men, one who currently lives in the
>> area and another one who grew up there. Both of them have STRONGLY CAUTIONED
>> me about wandering around the area, particularly to the south and east. They
>> say doing so presents a serious risk of being assaulted.
>> Perhaps some one with first hand experience both in the IIT area
>> as well away from that area can provide some insights? Keeping
>> in mind that some of us has always lived in pretty gentle communities.
>> Help me be prudent and avoid being alarmist.
> I went to IIT in the late 70s/early 80s.
> At that time it was:
> Projects to the south, projects to the north, nothing much interesting
> to the east, and Bridgeport to the west. Bridgeport is Mayor Daley's old
> The lighter skinned students would not stray south, east or north except
> in groups. The dark skinned students would not venture into Bridgeport
> unless part of a group of students.
> Since I went there, the neighborhood (Bronzeville) has gone up a squeak.
> They are tearing down the high rise projects and replacing them with 2
> to 3 story housing projects. They put in a new police division
> headquarters at 35th and Michigan. They rebuilt the McDonald's on 35th.
> As I recall, there's a strip mall on 35th, way east at maybe Cottage
> Grove. It had a Walgreen's. There could be some small fast food like a
> Subway's. I don't know. I wouldn't venture north or south, as that's
> pretty much just projects. There could be some local restaurants on west
> 31st or west 35th. There's always China Town to the northwest, but take
> the "L".
> As others have suggested, don't look aggressive, but don't look like a
> chump. Travel in groups. Be polite like a Canadian or something. Don't
> stick your elbows out all the time. I had no problems in that part of
> the city when I went there. But I had long hair, a grizzly beard, grubby
> clothes and a half crazed look. (YMMV).
> Clyde Forrester
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