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January 01, 2005


Not the Best Way to Start the New Year

First, the good news. 2004 went out with a bang. alchemize had one of its biggest crowds ever. Kris & I visited the newly reborn Diner on Sycamore-- the place was everything I had hoped for: great food, nice atmosphere, open anytime. Congrats to the owners and staff for a job very well done.

Then, I woke up this morning to find someone had put a bullet through my windshield.

I found the bullet myself.

I don't think this was some New Year's hijinx. In fact, I know it wasn't. I've been working hard to clean this street up, and this was some kind of sad payback. The drug dealers and hookers know who I am, they know what I'm doing, and of course, they don't like it.

Starting Monday, I'm going after these guys twice as hard. If they think they can intimidate me, they're dreaming. I'm personally going to show them the door out of my neighborhood.

Yes, its jarring, seeing a bullet hole in your windshield and knowing what it means. I'm more worried about my friends, and my employees, than anything else.

The Police can only do so much. Talking to them today, that's clear. They lock up these drug dealers and prostitutes, and they're right back out of jail in a matter of weeks, if not days. This is going to take some tough, hard-nosed economic development on top of aggressive policing. But we'll get it done, if its the last thing I do.

This is definitely not how I wanted to start 2005. But I'll deal with it.

Posted by Nick at January 1, 2005 02:55 PM

Comments

"and they're right back out of jail in a matter of weeks,"

That is why we sadly need to expand our jailcell capacity.

Posted by: funnelcake at January 1, 2005 08:56 PM

I can honestly say that you have a better attitude than I would have had if that happened to me. Hope you have better luck in 2005.

Posted by: montecarloss at January 1, 2005 10:54 PM

I was sitting at home about two blocks from your bar at midnight, and I heard probably 50-100 gunshots at about midnight. (These bullets come down somewhere) Having said that, I would trust my instincts and take the warning seriously.

Posted by: Mike at January 2, 2005 09:13 AM

Yeah, couple things:

This happened well, well after Midnight. I saw my car, and it was fine, much later than that.

The car wasn't parked anywhere near the bars, for obvious reasons.

Finally, last night our employees car were attacked as well. So now we're certain of it.

Posted by: Nick at January 2, 2005 10:10 AM



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