90 Days: Day 5

Day-5

This is my neighborhood. There’s been a lot of violence happening as of late and it’s only going to get worse as the weather heats up. It’s frustrating to hear my neighbors getting shot and people being murdered on the streets and in their homes. If you read this post, might I ask you to please pray?

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2 thoughts on “90 Days: Day 5

  1. I can’t picture Logan Square a place where enough people live out some crazy versions of living that it’s become a large problem, so that’s unfortunate. From 1996 – 1999, post-Columbia College years, I lived on Wrightwood a block from where it meets Pulaski and Logan Square was just a place. Mostly non-threatening working people lived there; there were groups of teenagers that hung out on porch steps or sidewalks, doing what teenagers do, but they kept to themselves for the most part. I used to get off the Fullerton bus at 10:30 pm and walk north from different stops, weaving whatever different routes through the side streets and alleys until I got to the home we rented. There was a place called Logan Beach in the square, southeast from the eagle’s column. I pulled my first daughter in a wagon there for strong coffee and milk and to the Logan Square library just about every day in the summer. It’s a bummer if the neighborhood’s fallen apart. From 1999 until now has been a total of sixteen years. There must have been a changing of the guard between when I left Logan Square and today. Is it because the owners left and there’s a lot of rental properties? When owners leave, and the properties become rentals, there’s an atmospheric change that naturally accompanies things like that. Our species, when sitting on the roosts we own, tend to be more protective of our owner’s rights and what’s going on around us, because we want our purchased shit to stay cool. But when our species is just borrowing space – in mass – from outside owners, the shit tends to become loose. Sometimes it’s ok – like we renters loosen up our morals and allow small deviations in status quo behaviors that maybe pleasure the deviants, but don’t necessarily mess with the rest of us. Sometimes, like since the advent of portable projectile firing devices, the borrowers pool of outside owners’ properties gets composed of a lot of under-employed people (in either work, creative, or other categories). What do the under-employed do with all of their time? And natural energy? Battle. Seek an outlet in conflict, which perpetuates new situations of conflict which in turn fuel the need for more conflict to keep the energy flowing – to a place where conflict mutates and breeds more of itself. It’s a ten-thousand year old problem, starting during the time when we settled down to farm and in turn found ourselves developing surplus around which we grew cities and civilizations. Ok. Whoa. Stop. It’s just like me to go on a tangent. This is your post Tawny. Back to your post. I’m sorry if Logan Square is filled with a disproportionate amount of people who don’t have better avenues for their energy than conflict. For sure a grand majority of Logan Square residents today are people who want a safe, and regular, place to live and call home. Prayers to those Logan Square folks who don’t consider the peaceful wellbeing of others when practicing the release of their own energies in conflict. Thanks for creating this post. – JM

    1. Thank you Joe for your comment. I would agree with a lot of what you said. Many of my friends have now purchased homes out here, showing that they mean to stay and cultivate the community, and I believe that makes a whole lot of difference! I, unfortunately, am still a renter 🙂 Though I mean to call Logan Square home as long as I can and maybe one day buy – who knows.

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