My lease is up at the end of this month and I’m thinking about moving to Andersonville. It’s really far north (about five miles) and I wonder what my employment prospects will be.
But I really like the neighborhood where I am! Six Points (where Damen, Milwaukee and North Ave intersect) is a good spot for people watching any time of the day or night. I like hearing and seeing Spanish all the time. I like looking at all the clothes and bath products in the boutique windows that I don’t have enough money to buy. I enjoy questioning the strange ubiquity of places that sell glasses and eye exams in my neighborhood. I like living within a five minute walk of my job. I enjoy being irritated at the number of dogs being walked on a half decent afternoon, livid when people don’t pick up dog poop and I almost step in it, and charmed at some of the cute puppies.
City living is awesome. Each neighborhood seems to have it’s own personality and I don’t have to go very far. Wicker Park/Uki Village isn’t the only lovely neighborhood in this fair city.
In Andersonville I will be close to Devon Street, which is predominantly Indian. I’ll be able to conveniently shop at the huge Indian grocery store for fried paneer and roti. Also, the only chain in the whole neighborhood is a Starbucks- the rest of the businesses are indie shops. Also, proximity to Boystown means that if I ever want to party I most definitely can. And there’s still some Spanish language used. So maybe it’ll be a decent move after all.