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Wicker Park And Bucktown Businesses Invest In Making Neighborhoods Friendlier

Wicker Park and Bucktown Businesses Invest In Making Neighborhoods Friendlier

"CHICAGO (CBS)—Would you talk to strangers on the street for a quick buck?

A new program launched Friday in Bucktown and Wicker Park pays willing local residents $17 to get the scoop on problems happening around the neighborhoods.

Residents who sign up as ambassadors for the program are paid to walk around different neighborhoods and talk to people about anything happening in the community, from concerns about potholes or graffiti to helping visitors with directions.

The Wicker Park Bucktown SSA, or business improvement district, pays locals like Melissa Schlesinger to serve as a friendly face and be the eyes and the ears of the community."

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