East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan by Chris Devins


Street Commercial Corridor Plan is a comprehensive commercial real estate development plan that envisions the future of the East 39th Street Commercial
Corridor and the surrounding 2 mile trade area in Chicago, based on current demographic, real estate market, zoning, land use, political and commercial business data. For more visit Chris Devins Creative on the web. https;//chrisdevinscreative.com


In the many surveys that have been conducted on the area and in my own interactions with community

members of EveryBlock, safety, especially at night, has been cited as one of the main reasons

local residents are not drawn to East 39th street. Chicago Police statistics show that from October

8, 2011 through November 8, 2011 there were thirty seven crimes reported within two blocks of

39th Street and King Drive 13 . These crimes range from personal crimes like battery, criminal sexual

assault, gambling and theft to property crimes like burglary and vandalism. The area’s many vacant

lots, the two liquor stores and the deteriorated quality of the streetscape make East 39th street a

non-destination. There are positive signs that show a concerned citizenry committed to lowering

incidents of crime, however. East 39th street does not show signs that people don’t care about the

community like graffiti, the presence of gangs or high levels of violence by or against teens. Phillips

public high school has a safety team in place during the day to ensure the safe passage of children

to and from the school and a police presence but does not appear to suffer from the problems many

south side schools face as the displacement of gangs into new environments caused by resident relocation.

The police presence at Phillips is more benign and does have the “occupying” police feel of

some of the city’s problem schools. Recently, improvements were made to the lighting on east 39th

street, between King Drive and Federal, a section that includes Rothschild’s Liquors. These improvements

are a step in the right direction in addressing negative safety perceptions on this area of the


13 http://files2.chicagotribune.com/metro/crime/