October Neighbors’ Night Out summary – Litter, pests, stormwater, snow a pain, but no big deal

October’s Neighbors’ Night Out drew a strong and lively crowd – including Ward 3 Alderman Pat Dowell – to Square One for a discussion of litter, pests, stormwater and snow. Attendees were generally very positive about the low frequency of these nuisances and generally solid management of them in the South Loop. There were some specific problems mentioned, such as odor and pests at the Jewel parking lot. Alderman Dowell made note of these, and has already taken action on several of them.

The next Neighbors’ Night Out is November 9, 2016, at Blackie’s South Loop. The topic is real estate development.


Overall comments on topics discussed

  • Almost all of the survey respondents recorded that they did NOT have major issues with the topics or did not notice severe problems to report

Top challenges or concerns related to litter

  • most congested areas are Roosevelt & State at the vacant lots (particularly dog feces)
  • litter in planters all along Michigan Avenue
  • Fred Anderson dog park has litter
  • Perspectives Charter School kids are messy

Top challenges or concerns related to pests

  • Women’s Park and Gardens
  • rats, particularly in the alleys

Top challenges or concerns related to snow removal

  • Sidewalks and side streets seem to not be shoveled compared to main streets which always seem plowed
    • south of Roosevelt
    • along 16th street between Michigan and Wabash

Top challenges or concerns related to stormwater

  • Only an issue during construction

Suggested Solutions

ALL: The Alliance for a Greener South Loop would like to be included as an advocate/partner for any requests/actions the community wants to explore/pursue

Litter: CleanSlate and Cara are two businesses which offer litter and snow removal services (www.thecaraprogram.org)

Snow removal: honor businesses that do well with sidewalk plowing; take photos of those that don’t and more aggressive ticketing of those that don’t

Stormwater: how can the community make permeable alleys the standard in the community? Incentivizing construction to install more green roofs