by Gordon Meyer
Following a meeting with 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, citizens in Logan Square have started an online petition directed to three aldermen (1st, 32nd, and 35th wards) to express opposition to a pawnshop opening near Western and Fullerton Avenues. The group is against the new business–Ameripawn, which is apparently purchasing 2435-39 N. Western Ave (map it)–because there are already two pawn shops within one mile of the location; with 9 more within 2 miles. The group contends that pawn shop are detrimental to the neighborhood and are inconsistent with the city’s recent targeting of businesses that draw the criminal element. If you agree, you can add your name to the protest at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/noameripawninlogansquare/
For more reading on the topic, concerning a different pawn shop last year, check out Victoria Rector’s blog post, “Pawn Takes Rook“ about EZ Pawn’s entry into Logan Square.
Gordon is a local resident and pipeline reader, who responded to our ‘cry for help’ for more citizens to help us write about current events and community news. Most recently, Gordon blogged about a light pole that fell down on his street. Read all about it on his blog, Nothing Up My Sleeve.