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Taxpayer-Funded ‘Ambassadors’ Put Extra Eyes On Wicker Park, Bucktown Streets

Taxpayer-Funded ‘Ambassadors’ Put Extra Eyes On Wicker Park, Bucktown Streets

Our very own Melissa Schlesinger - or 13andit - talks to local reporters about new Ambassador program which launched recently in Wicker Park.

"WICKER PARK — Orange-vested folks will soon be walking the streets as part of a new effort to bring a welcoming vibe and extra eyes to Wicker Park and Bucktown’s commercial corridors.

“I was already kind of doing this, talking to strangers and helping them not be lost. It’s a thing I’m good at,” said Melissa Schlesinger, a WPB Neighborhood Ambassador, during a training walk on Wednesday.

The ambassador program “soft launched” last week and will officially start on Friday, to coincide with this weekend’s Wicker Park Fest.

A design director for Escape Artistry, a Milwaukee Avenue theater company, Schlesinger is part of a group of workers from local businesses who’ve agreed to get out of their shops or theaters and walk around outdoors up to 5 hours each week. "

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