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I’m just curious…have you ever lived next to drug dealers or gang bangers or are you someone in the burbs w/ no experience living amongst these trashy people with no aspirations or drive to do better? As a young professional going to work everyday seeing someone’s dirty neglected child running around unsupervised in the street, I have a different perspective than someone spouting statistics…
I’m not surprised. The Sunset Lounge needs shut down. It’s a hangout for thugs and drug dealers and gang activity.
I hope the management of the new apartment developments at the Fireproof Building and Wonder Bread building think twice before they allow Section 8/welfare housing into these new proposed units.
The fact that other Italian Village apartment complexes like Kramer Place and New Village that charge upwards of $1000+ for regular residents and virtually free (>$100/month) for low income residents is ridiculous when I can think of 5+ friends who would love to be in this location but cannot afford it.
If these recent studies’ numbers are true and show negative vacancy rates where demand outweighs available units then why are these apartments allowing Section 8/welfare residents? I wouldn’t have as much of an issue if I didn’t have so much first hand experience with living in mixed income housing where these drug addicts and wife beaters are my neighbors (I know this is generalizing and people will jump all over me on this message board but I have yet to meet one of these residents that is upstanding and employed). I’ve witnessed a number of friends who have moved out of the area because of this. These apartment complexes have done amazing things to gentrify Italian Village and I empathize with the difficulty of being able to maintain quality residents in this economy/ lousy housing market.
But while beautiful architecturally in their own right they are only exacerbating the problem of crime in Italian Village by allowing Section 8/welfare housing and allowing a deluge of drug activity and gang activity to happen amidst other renters that pay full price.