Originally Posted by Kingofthehill
Hey, guys. On the topic of neighborhoods, I have a question: how much caution is advised for daytime exploration in North Lawndale and West Garfield Park? I love all of the greystones over there (and once read that North Lawndale has the city's largest concentration), and hope to photograph some of them, provided it isn't too dangerous.
I am really curious about the whole Douglas Park area, and think it has alot of potential. Additionally, how gentrified is East Humboldt Park nowadays? Occasionally, I read about a new bar/resto opening up, and how its proximity to Wicker Park/Bucktown mean lots of new, younger types are moving in and fixing things up.
It's not that dangerous as long as you aren't stupid about it and showing off your brand new $10,000 camera. I'd go with one or two other people, but as long as you aren't dumb no one will bother you.
I'm making long term bets on Douglas Park right now, it has a ton of potential especially with Cinescape being right there and Lagunitas building a huge brewery in the near future. The South and East of the park could be the "urban miracle" of the 2010's at this rate. However, it is still a very risky play.
East Humbodt is definitely redeveloping, but suffers from poor access to rail transit. As Kenmore mentioned, it seems that Avondale/North Logan Square is the logical outlet for the northwestern push of development. I've made a series of investments in Avondale as well. I'd like to do the same in Humboldt, but I just don't see as much potential when you are more than 4 or 5 blocks from the EL. Once you cross Western and North, you are in no man's land for transit as you are a full half mile from the train in either direction. Once you get to California and North you are a whole mile. Meanwhile almost all of Avondale is within 1/2 mile of the EL.