Increasing number of blacks and Hispanics moving in to Elmwood Park

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Since: Apr 08

River Grove

#1 May 26, 2008
I've lived here my whole life and I've always loved Elmwood Park because it has always been a peaceful neighborhood free of serious crime but over the past few years I have noticed an increasing number of blacks and Hispanics in the neighborhood. With their arrival has come booming stereos, groups of 2-3 walking around after midnight etc and some of my neighbors say that they are also worried. Does anyone else in the area see what I'm seeing? Hopefully the Italian law enforcement can scare some of them away by pulling them over for no reason etc because if they eventually dominate the neighborhood, it's virtually a guarantee that it will turn to sh*t. I don't know why they can't judge stay in the city which they have already sh*t up.
Ron Paul

Crystal Lake, IL

#2 Jul 1, 2008
Wow I grew up in EP (back in the 80s and early 90s) and it was never like that my heart goes out to you.
Scottjm76

Gary, IN

#3 Jul 14, 2008
The East side of EP on Harlem borders the city so it was probably only a matter of time but it is concerning. I live 5 blocks away from Harlem and I'm starting to see more Hispanics with the hats cocked sideways roaming the neighborhood at time. I'm not labeling all Hispanics as gangbangers but the decent ones don't usually wear their hats cocked to the side.
Katrina

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Jul 23, 2008
Wow, here I was thinking that racism has left our city but this is evidence that it has not! See I put my life on the line everyday to protect your freedom and to know that you think that my race isn't capable of doing anything but destroying your neighborhood is a slap in my face. I do here what you are say ma'am, we have a crime problem and usually blacks and Latinís are the cause of them. But ignoring the problem by moving away from it is not going to fix it, you are a citizen via immigration and it is your right to stand and be heard and force the law enforcement to do there job! with all do respect those same cops who you think is protecting you are the same one's who should be responsible for things that have gone wrong in urban communities I will be the first to admit that we have a problem. But let me ask you this when and where did it start and who had the biggest influence on urban communities? God bless you and I will continue to pray for you and your kind racist people that is here I was thinking Elmwood park would be a nice place to live itís obvious I am not welcomed there nor would I want to live around anyone who can't look pass the few and praise the many who have worked so hard to break barriers and defuse rumor's that blacks and Latinís are capable of contributing to Our Nation Not YOUR Nation!
ScottJ76 wrote:
I've lived here my whole life and I've always loved Elmwood Park because it has always been a peaceful neighborhood free of serious crime but over the past few years I have noticed an increasing number of blacks and Hispanics in the neighborhood. With their arrival has come booming stereos, groups of 2-3 walking around after midnight etc and some of my neighbors say that they are also worried. Does anyone else in the area see what I'm seeing? Hopefully the Italian law enforcement can scare some of them away by pulling them over for no reason etc because if they eventually dominate the neighborhood, it's virtually a guarantee that it will turn to sh*t. I don't know why they can't judge stay in the city which they have already sh*t up.
Scottjm76

Mchenry, IL

#5 Jul 26, 2008
Many non-Hispanics have a problem with your culture because you refuse to speak ENGLISH and conform to American culture. You're not in Mexico or another Latin American country, you're in the United States where the native language is supposed to be English. If you do things the right way then I'm not trying to offend you but you need to get on your many people who do things the wrong way instead of covering up for them just because they happen to be Hispanic too.
Lifelong_Ep_Resi dent

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 18, 2009
I agree 100% with the original poster. Ep (or at least north east ep) is absolutley infested with what is seemingly a huge influx of both Hispanic and Polish illgeal immigrants. And I have seen on more than one occasion MS 13 gang members near the railroad tracks on Harlem and Grand.(google ms 13 if you dont know what that is)
Do not let this woman call you a racist. This politically correct non-sense is how great places like EP are going bad in the first place. She is out of her mind. And she would be welcome here if she was legal, law abiding , and for God's sake- SPOKE ENGLISH!!
The bottom line is that the state's abusrd sanctuary policy is a huge part of the problem. Hispanics cannot be asked of their immigration status while being arrested for other crimes. Pathetic.

So you wonderful people from Elmwood Park..

call the police when you see suspicious hispanic , poles, or whites in your area. If you supsect soemone is here illegally, call ICE

http://www.ice.gov/

Call Silvestri's office.

Call Durbin's office.

Take action.

And I do pray for the woman and her racist comment. She is truly delusional.
Unbeleievable

Elmwood Park, IL

#7 Feb 26, 2009
I just moved here a few months back. My children are Hispanic. They all have great careers, been to college also. They wear baseball hats, one wears baggy jeans.They are between 20 and 26 yrs old. Are we welcomed here.
As far as language goes, what about all the Polish speaking I hear going on .Shouldn't they learn English too because from what they say....they dont speak English either.
LifelongEPreside nt

Griffith, IN

#8 Feb 26, 2009
Unbeleievable wrote:
I just moved here a few months back. My children are Hispanic. They all have great careers, been to college also. They wear baseball hats, one wears baggy jeans.They are between 20 and 26 yrs old. Are we welcomed here.
As far as language goes, what about all the Polish speaking I hear going on .Shouldn't they learn English too because from what they say....they dont speak English either.
I can sum it up for you like this,
We don't want the ghetto in Elmwood Park.
I've lived here all my life and no true Elmwood Parker dresses like a bum/thug. Learn to respect who was here first or move on.

And yes, the Polish need to learn speak English too.
Another_Elmwood_ Family

Griffith, IN

#9 Feb 26, 2009
I agree with the residents who posted in this thread. If people from other cultures want to live in this great village, then they have to learn to assimilate and learn the language. My famliy had to do it and did it with pride when they came here..something I will never understand of this wave of polish and hispanics..

If they dont want to do this, Elmwood is not for them..there's always Pilsen
Elmwood_Person

Chicago, IL

#10 Mar 18, 2009
The way I see it is this..anyone and everyone is welcome..

unfortunatley, most of the Hisapnics in the area dont get what this means.

Like another poster said, "what the hell happened to Elmwood Park?"
a_working_wife

Chicago, IL

#11 Jun 9, 2009
I'm truly appualed at the level of racism in this thread. Why cant speach like this be banned..it's truly hateful!
another_elmwood_ family

Chicago, IL

#12 Jun 29, 2009
a_working_wife wrote:
I'm truly appualed at the level of racism in this thread. Why cant speach like this be banned..it's truly hateful!
Oh please...isn't there a floor for you to clean or somthing..better yet, isn't Oprah on?
laughing_at_igno rance

Elmwood Park, IL

#13 Jun 30, 2009
Ummm plenty of people here wear cocked hats and baggy clothes and maybe 2% of the ones I meet are actually into illegal things. That dress style is just hip-hop influence, which is more prevalent among black & latino youth. I myself used to dress like that until a few years ago. Seriously, get your pasty mayonnaise eating ass out of the house once in a while. Not everyone who doesn't dress like a white yuppie is out to kill you.
another_elmwood_ family

Park Ridge, IL

#14 Jul 1, 2009
laughing_at_ignorance wrote:
Ummm plenty of people here wear cocked hats and baggy clothes and maybe 2% of the ones I meet are actually into illegal things. That dress style is just hip-hop influence, which is more prevalent among black & latino youth. I myself used to dress like that until a few years ago. Seriously, get your pasty mayonnaise eating ass out of the house once in a while. Not everyone who doesn't dress like a white yuppie is out to kill you.
Maybe so, but we aren't going to chance it, my tan skinned burrito eating friend. Like it was stated in a previous post, Elmwood has a higher standard..you want to want to dress like a moron, gangbanger, or a bum fine..just do it somewhere else
Sad town

Chicago, IL

#15 Jul 1, 2009
Another_Elmwood_Family wrote:
I agree with the residents who posted in this thread. If people from other cultures want to live in this great village, then they have to learn to assimilate and learn the language. My famliy had to do it and did it with pride when they came here..something I will never understand of this wave of polish and hispanics..
If they dont want to do this, Elmwood is not for them..there's always Pilsen
What do you think the white irish said about the greasy dagos? Pretty much the same thing they are saying about the polish and mexicans.
Sad town

Chicago, IL

#16 Jul 1, 2009
Katrina wrote:
Wow, here I was thinking that racism has left our city but this is evidence that it has not! See I put my life on the line everyday to protect your freedom and to know that you think that my race isn't capable of doing anything but destroying your neighborhood is a slap in my face. I do here what you are say ma'am, we have a crime problem and usually blacks and Latinís are the cause of them. But ignoring the problem by moving away from it is not going to fix it, you are a citizen via immigration and it is your right to stand and be heard and force the law enforcement to do there job! with all do respect those same cops who you think is protecting you are the same one's who should be responsible for things that have gone wrong in urban communities I will be the first to admit that we have a problem. But let me ask you this when and where did it start and who had the biggest influence on urban communities? God bless you and I will continue to pray for you and your kind racist people that is here I was thinking Elmwood park would be a nice place to live itís obvious I am not welcomed there nor would I want to live around anyone who can't look pass the few and praise the many who have worked so hard to break barriers and defuse rumor's that blacks and Latinís are capable of contributing to Our Nation Not YOUR Nation!
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You can easily judge a whole race but it is much harder to judge each person. We all know a lot of white trash live in EP as well as a bunch of greasy italians. This simple fact is you judge people by the outside first. I would rather walk on the other side of the street when i think i see a "gangbanger".
PERCEPTION IS REALITY
Sad town

Chicago, IL

#17 Jul 1, 2009
another_elmwood_family wrote:
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Maybe so, but we aren't going to chance it, my tan skinned burrito eating friend. Like it was stated in a previous post, Elmwood has a higher standard..you want to want to dress like a moron, gangbanger, or a bum fine..just do it somewhere else
Maybe you should start questioning your greasy dago mayor and his cronies? Why would you do that? you'd rather post racist rants on topix.
another_elmwood_ family

Park Ridge, IL

#18 Jul 1, 2009
Sad town wrote:
<quoted text> You can easily judge a whole race but it is much harder to judge each person. We all know a lot of white trash live in EP as well as a bunch of greasy italians. This simple fact is you judge people by the outside first. I would rather walk on the other side of the street when i think i see a "gangbanger".
PERCEPTION IS REALITY
Hey, if you dont like the "Greasy Italians"..go live in Pilesn. Dont you get it..the Italians were here first. Elmwood was the safest place in the country. It was also clean, and beautiful. Now its turning into a ghetto because of the Hispanics..

If you dont like it LEAVE. THe greasy Italians don't want you here.
Greasy_Italian

Park Ridge, IL

#19 Jul 1, 2009
another_elmwood_family wrote:
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Hey, if you dont like the "Greasy Italians"..go live in Pilesn. Dont you get it..the Italians were here first. Elmwood was the safest place in the country. It was also clean, and beautiful. Now its turning into a ghetto because of the Hispanics..
If you dont like it LEAVE. THe greasy Italians don't want you here.
The great thing is that if you shoot one..you can say that they looked like a gangbanger and get away with it.
EX_ELMWOOD_MAN

Bloomingdale, IL

#20 Jul 4, 2009
We moved out 2 years ago. Couldn't deal with the filth of the hipsanics and the igorance of the polish. It used to be great. Now we just come back for the pizza.

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