Re: Small pocket neighborhood near Cicero/Fifth Avenue?
Sit and Stew
Date: September 17, 2013 04:23PM
Yep, I am most likely going tomorrow or Friday. I'm not going alone on this one because of the squatters. I've talked to a few of them before and they are mostly addicts, down-and-outers, strange brew folks, etc. I believe that they were probably responsible for the fire at 4719 W. Arthington that caused significant damage to that property in January of 2012. The fire hydrants there were frozen or blocked and hadn't properly been flushed which caused a delay in reducing damage to the home. It was listed as vacant but people were living in that home as well, with a woman trapped on the 2nd floor having to be rescued.
Not long after, the home was boarded up and went to auction, which more or less sealed it's fate because it was demolished sometime in late 2012. The info on the home was that it was built in 1892, give or take a few years and was a frame 2 or 3 flat. As of right now, the lot is overgrown, and a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee has been parked there for a long time. This fire also caused damage to the home to the east and west, the one to the west being where I am hoping to do some interior photographs.
I decided to create a new set on Flickr to at least try and drag a few pictures over, but for some reason I cannot scroll through.
I have been down there at least 4-5 times and I have never been harassed by anyone, whether it be a local, a resident, a vagabond of sorts, or the police. I sat at the corner of Cicero and Fifth writing in my pad for over an hour with no interruptions except for a hooker asking for a cigarette. The following day I camped out by the old GF Structures warehouse and sat down to write for a good hour and a half, no interruptions. Where are the residents? I'm not sure. The home at the end of the street is fairly well maintained except for a few patches of siding missing, I've seen the guy who lives there a few times and he waves to me. Other than that, I have seen no other residents except for a lady living in a brick home on the N. Side of the street with a bad garage.
With some luck, I will have some nice tidbits as opposed to exterior shots. The only real activity on this street is the Chi-Town Donks auto customizing shop and Marvins, but that is on Cicero. I think I'll go there for lunch and plan things out.