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Is Pilsen Violent? Neighborhood Survey Wants to Know

By Chloe Riley | June 24, 2014 5:13am
  Neighborhood website Pilsen Portal is conducting a survey to see how safe Pilsen residents feel.
Neighborhood website Pilsen Portal is conducting a survey to see how safe Pilsen residents feel.
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PILSEN — Just how safe is Pilsen?

The website Pilsen Portal is posing that question via an online survey, which encourages residents and area visitors to weigh in on safety and violence issues.  

The portal — an arm of neighborhood developer The Resurrection Project — is an online publication that focuses on local events.

"It's something ongoing in the neighborhood and it's something on a lot of people's minds," said Resurrection Project spokesman Ulises Silva. "We just want to get a sense of what people are thinking, what solutions are out there."

The survey features five questions that range from the user's opinion of violence in Pilsen to how the neighborhood ranks as a place to live within the city.

Since June 4, in Pilsen's largest beat an area that stretches west from Ashland Avenue to Western Avenue and south from 16th Street to West Cermak Road there have been seven thefts, four assaults and four batteries, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.   

On Monday, when the group posted the survey to Facebook, comments ranged from those who said they feel very safe to others who had concerns about the violence levels.  

"I wouldn't say [it's] violent, yes there is crime but [it's] like this everywhere you go. Was born and raised in the neighborhood and I can honestly say that I feel very safe here [more] than any other neighborhood," one person posted. 

"Would of been very nice to have my kids go to the same school husband and I went and met but unfortunately the streets are not safe at all," another posted. 

"Chicago is violent. Pilsen is in Chicago," yet another said. 

To take the Pilsen Safety Survey, visit Pilsen Portal's website here

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