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Noble Square Resident Starts Petition For Speed Bumps After Robbery 

Neighbor Nate Campbell needs at least 65 percent of neighbors from both sides of the block to support his petition.

Neighbors gather in the 1500 block of North Bosworth Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 22 to sign a petition for speed bumps.
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NOBLE SQUARE — A Bosworth Avenue neighbor is leading a charge to install speed bumps on his block after a 29-year-old woman was mugged at knifepoint last week.

Nate Campbell is petitioning Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) to make the infrastructure change to the 1500 block of North Bosworth Avenue, a northbound one-way connecting North Avenue and Le Moyne Street in Noble Square.

While Campbell thinks the speed bumps could address myriad safety issues, he said last week’s mugging was the catalyst for his petition.

“It was definitely an easy target, the 1500 block,” Campbell said. “It’s a one-way street. They can go fast. There are no speed bumps. For the crime activity, we feel it could slow it down or deter them … maybe choose another location.”

Around 10:50 p.m. last Tuesday, a woman was walking home with her boyfriend when a man held a kitchen knife to her neck and stomach and demanded the couple’s belongings.

About 30 seconds after the mugging, the woman told Block Club she saw the suspect drive on Bosworth before turning east onto North Avenue, toward the Kennedy Expressway.

“The criminals that come through and target the neighborhood, they know the getaway streets, the one ways, how to get on (Interstate) 90 quickly,” Campbell said. “The 1500 block of Bosworth is a gateway for that to happen.”

Campbell said he believes speed bumps also will deter reckless driving. He said parents and guardians often rush down the street as they’re heading toward area schools, test drivers at a nearby Audi dealership use the stretch to “see how fast cars can go,” and commuters will detour down Bosworth to escape traffic on Ashland and North avenues.

“They see the red light, they shoot down Bosworth to beat the light change,” Campbell said.”

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Campbell needs at least 65 percent of neighbors on both sides of the block to sign on before he can submit the petition to Hopkins. He hasn’t yet encountered a neighbor who opposes speed bumps, he said.

It’s a “pen-to-paper” petition, Campbell said, meaning e-signatures aren’t allowed. On Saturday a handful of neighbors signed the petition on the sidewalk outside Campbell’s home, where he set up a socially-distanced table with balloons, a jug of hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and clipboards.

Neighbors of the 1500 block who want to sign on can contact Campbell via Facebook message or by emailing campbelln8@gmail.com.

Credit: Nate Campbell / Provided

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