Two years ago I started one of my first threads and received a lot of helpful advice and encouragement about moving to a new, culturally different neighborhood. I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your opinions and give a little update.
I did indeed move to Historic Bronzeville, I referred to it as the Chicago Blues District as it once was. I have large garden apartment with a great big backyard, garage parking, near public transportation, easy access to LSD (the highway not the drug) and live in one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in the city. Lots of rehab and new construction. I have made friends with the elderly tenets upstairs as well as my neighbor next door. A comedy club and an upper scale restaurant opened up one block away. The clerks at the local beer and cigarette shop know me and have commented on how nice a look when I stop in my work clothes. With assistance from the landlord, I have been working on the buildings electric, pluming, yard and etc. Overall it has been an enjoyable growing experience.
I have not been threatened, mugged, vandalized, burglarized or otherwise made to feel unwelcome.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. The stories of your experiences and history gave me the courage to embrace change.