0270: /take.back.lakeview


Organizing your neighborhood with out jumping through hoops

Lake View is a community on Chicago’s North Side.  It’s home to Wrigley’s Field and also a 100,000 residents.  It doesn’t get the     attention for it crime that the South Side does, but that doesn’t       mean it’s residents haven’t had enough.  They have.

And when the residents feel as if the local politicians and police     aren’t listening, it’s time to take matters into their own hands             and get organized.

At a community meeting with over 100 residents in attendance, the ‘slash’ /take.back.lakeview was shared as a way to communicate.   There are other platforms to communicate on, but many platforms require onerous sign up and confirmation processes which can       hold things up and slow momentum.  If you were at this meeting,     and you had a browser on your phone, you could participate in /take.back.lakeview within a few seconds.  You don’t even have to   sign up to read what’s being said.

Communicating among each other is good, but what about spreading the word?   By simply posting in /take.back.lakeview, residents are pushing that slash to the top of the frontpage on Localweb.is on the north side of Chicago.  If you check the local web there, you will see this slash at number one.   This serves to bring in new residents who may be out of reach of the other organizing tools which don’t serve location particularly well.

The Localweb front page is a snapshot of what people in the area are thinking and talking about.   In the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, it’s about taking back their community.

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Image via Joven J on Flickr

0233: /u/popo


Whoop, whoop – that’s the sound of the police

If you hear someone shout “popo” and you are engaged in illegal activities, then you know what to do: stop the activity and casually walk/run away because the police are nearby.  But those were the old days.  Today everyone has a phone so shouting “popo” deserves a more advanced solution.

If you spot the police rolling by, or you spot an undercover checking I.D.s at a bar, or you know a party has been broken up, just leave a post on localweb.is/u/popo for your friends, campus buddies, or other evildoers to find.  That way, they can save themselves the trouble of dealing with the police.

The /u/ means that it is an unlisted slash, so it won’t appear on the homepage of localweb.is.  Ideally, this means the police don’t know about it’s use, but you can never be sure.  Maybe the police are using their own unlisted slash to fight crime themselves.  Either way, following /u/popo is a good way of keeping your criminal record to a minimum.

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0212: /neighborhood.watch


A watch that works

Good old “neighborhood watch”.  Sometimes they are an effective tool for a community to keep an eye out for each other.  Other times they are as effective as those fake alarm stickers people put on their windows.  At their worst they are a platform to mis-identify minorities and spread racial fear mongering.

On the local web localweb.is/neighborhood.watch serves as bulletin board and discussion group around suspicious activity in the area. Most of the time it’s pretty quiet, but when there is a crime spree going on the ‘slash’ is active and at the top of the front page at localweb.is. This brings it to the attention of everyone, not just those who signed up for the watch program.

Residents are on high alert and can discuss ways to deal with the issue.  Savvy crooks may see the activity on /neighborhood.watch and know that it’s time to move on.  Sure, this might not get them arrested but it can be an effective 21st century “sign” that these residents are not to be trifled with.

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