CHICAGO (CBS) — Shootings, blatant drug dealing, and an increase in violent crimes has the top of the Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce sounding the alarm about the way forward for the companies within the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported Tuesday night time, she can be calling on the town and police to do extra.
Some enterprise house owners in West Garfield Park mentioned they’re struggling to remain open and coping with three elements – COVID-19, the looting that occurred earlier throughout the summer time, and a double-digit share spike in violent crime this 12 months.
Drug offers are performed proper on the automobile window, and cash exchanges arms time and again. Enterprise on the road is prospering on Madison Avenue close to Pulaski Street in West Garfield Park.
“They stunning a lot, they’re not afraid of the police,” mentioned Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce chief government officer Siri Hibbler.
They usually weren’t afraid of our cameras Tuesday afternoon as we noticed the footrace for patrons at one open-air market.
“Pull up there now in your automobile, and someone might be in all probability be attempting handy you some medicine,” Hibbler mentioned. “Developing there’s type of like coming right into a conflict zone.”
And whereas money is flowing for the product, Hibbler is worried concerning the brick-and-mortar shops that line the road.
“Our companies are actually beginning to be increasingly more afraid in our group on Madison Avenue,” Hibbler mentioned. “What we’re saying is defend our streets.”
Hibbler is talking for enterprise house owners on Madison Avenue who’re hurting from COVID-19 and the hit they took from looters throughout the summer time.
She is asking for extra metropolis and police sources to deal with the 15 % spike in violent crime this 12 months in comparison with final from June via September in West Garfield.
“They’re feeling very uneasy, and we don’t need them to depart,” Hibbler mentioned. “They completely really feel like they’ve been ignored. They’ve been feeling like that for a very long time.”
Hibbler was talking on behalf of a few of these companies house owners as a result of they have been too afraid to speak with us or have our cameras seen inside their outlets.