To the Reader,

In response to Deanna Isaacs’s September 10 column: There are positive, upbeat stories ready to be told about the vigilant spirit and determination alive in the Rogers Park community.

In response to the rage of violence perpetrated by the group of young hoodlums, a new group entitled Rogers Park Neighbors now actively walks the neighborhoods and aggressively collaborates with governmental associations, other community groups, and the existing CAPS organization in an effort to improve safety.

The arts district on Glenwood that your reporter calls “fledgling” was actively preparing for its third annual Glenwood Arts Festival, to be held the weekend of October 2 and 3.

Just a month ago the Rogers Park community, led by the Ennui Cafe and DevCorp North, hosted its seventh annual jazz series, which this year was bigger and more successful than any done in prior years.

On Wednesday, October 13, 7:30-9 AM, the Rogers Park Business and Artist Networking Group (RPBizArts) will hear from our neighbor, Sylvester Bono, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, at the Big Star Cafe, 1439 W. Jarvis.

The Rogers Park community hosts one of the city’s preeminent local Web sites (which I happen to own), called, which depicts the Rogers Park community as an economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse, yet vibrant community, teeming with artists, immigrants, and others from various walks of life. The site serves as an electronic medium where residents and guests can learn more about the community and the abundant resources and its fascinating array of people, places, and pets. Check out the “Rogers Park in the Sun” photo contest that we are presently sponsoring, and view many of the wonderful submissions offered by neighborhood residents conveying their impression of this neighborhood.

We hope you can understand the frustration that many community residents feel when articles like yours are published. Many of us work hard to improve the image of Rogers Park, attracting new residents with disposable income who can support a retail corridor that we hope will soon become more vibrant. Many of our efforts are succeeding. New restaurants and coffee shops are opening, joining existing restaurants like the Heartland, which your article accurately depicts as “an alternative-culture anchor,” and events like the ones described above help build community morale.

Michael Glasser