Aldermen: Moreno, Colon, Waguespack - Stop the Ameripawn Plan @ 2435-39 N. Western Avenue
To: Alderman Joe Moreno - 1st Ward
Alderman Ray Colon - 35th Ward
Alderman Scott Waguespack - 32nd Ward
Re: Stop the proposed Ameripawn plan at 2435-39 N. Western Avenue.
We are opposed to the proposed business location for Ameripawn at 2435-39 N. Western Avenue. A meeting was held at the office of Alderman Moreno on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012. All community members present were in opposition to Ameripawn's plan to purchase property for their retail use.
There are already two pawn shops (EZ Pawn and Cash America) within one mile of this location and there are 11 pawn shops operating within a two mile radius of the proposed development.
While pawn shop operators wish to project a positive light on their industry, research supports an undeniable nexus between pawn shops and crime. In addition, pawn shops are often targeted by criminals for break-ins and hold-ups. In light of the fact that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt Garry McCarthy are targeting businesses that act as magnets for crime, why would we wish to add another pawn shop in our neighborhood?
While we desire positive business development in our community, we do not support Ameripawn's planned location. We believe it sends a message of financial decline which runs counter to every effort our community groups and individuals work hard to achieve every day.
Since this location's surrounding residential sector is subject to an impending shift in Aldermanic control, we ask that all three Aldermen are aware of our disapproval and support the wishes of the community.
Logan Square Community Members