WICKER PARK SURVEY
of the Wicker Park Survey
WickerPark, a neighborhood in West Town community has initiatives andprograms to indicate that the condition of public health in the area,is commendable. Foremost, the area is very safe due to the securitystrategies adopted by the police. Sophisticated technologies to fightcrime are installed in the most areas, for instance, State-of–the-art cameras that monitor crime. Due to such to suchinitiatives the crime rates have substantially declined.
Reducingenvironmental footprint is another core activity implemented atWicker Park region. The Alderman Moreno, is actively involved infinding techniques to lessen human activities that impact on theecology. A case in point is the Building Green program, devised withthe objective of improving and safeguarding the environment. Theprogram involved recycling of waste, placing recycle bins instrategic areas of the ward where they are cleaned and put directlyinto blue carts and collected after two weeks. Under the managementof Alderman Moreno, the community is one of the mostenvironmentally-friendly, wards in the city of Chicago. In addition,in order to support the retention of ground water and reduce runoffinto the sewers and streets, the department constructed a greenalley. The built system would allow rainwater to percolate slowlythrough the pavement, therefore, reducing the level of runoff thatarises from storm water. The expansion of parks is another centralarea of focus for the Alderman. The extensions guarantee more spacefor activities such as recreations for adults and children.
The 1st Ward office and residents have partnered to work togetherwith students and teachers in various schools, with the goal ofdeliberating on sustainability issues. The program aims at educatingschools on approaches of safeguarding the environment such aslowering energy consumption, recycling and the use of alternativemodes of transport.
AldermanMoreno also strives to ensure that the community is not only safe butalso, developed economically. Subjects related to development rangefrom the disposal of garbage, reduction of noise pollution as well aswider topics of historical preservation and traffic congestion.Stringent regulations are also enforced to ensure that the communityis safe. For instance, construction crews cannot use heavy equipmentbefore 8 a.m. All operations must end by eight p.m.  Crewsmust also “wet saw” any masonry work to reduce the amount of dustand other particulates produced in the air. The removal of garbage isthe responsibility of the developer. It is imperative for sites tohave private dumpsters and trash removal haulers. The ward managementalso prohibits the disposing of waste from construction projects intocity garbage carts. Furthermore, all construction sites must be kepttidy and clean of debris.
Inconclusion, it is evident that the Wicker Parker area does notdisplay evidence of community decay. Information is deliveredproactively to the public through various channels such as The 2016WPB Neighborhood Guide and also by a PR firm, known as The SilvermanGroup. In addition, when one takes a critical look at the area, thereis no evidence of abandoned cars or visible trash in the street.Also, there are no traces of abandoned houses, businesses, andunfinished structures. The area has limited aspects that encourage ahealthy community. People are actively involved in exercising throughbiking, running and walking, the area has walkable schools, parks,restaurants, stores and health centers, the streets are comfortablebecause the sidewalks are connected and walkable. Community health inthe area is exceptional.
TheWicker Park Survey. (2016).