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New Pawnshop threatens Humboldt Park Program

Cash America, a corporation of pawn shops headquartered in Texas, plans to open a new location in Humboldt Park at 3201 West North Avenue. This pawn shop is a threat to Humboldt Park's well-being because of the adverse affect it will have on the community. Humboldt Park residents are working to bring renewed life and vitality to the neighborhood. Say “NO” to Cash America and support the rise of Humboldt Park.

“We are concerned this will be counterproductive to the work we have been doing to foster positive community programs,” says Brook Woolf, Executive Director of Rumble Arts Center.        

Rumble Arts Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to unite the community through the arts by providing donation-based classes for all ages. Since opening, Rumble Arts Center has offered hundreds of classes and workshops devoted to the creative arts, with no student turned away for lack of funds.  As the center has grown, other organizations have approached it to host meetings, plan actions, and host events that celebrate the best our community has to offer. Rumble Arts is a community resource that has yet to reach its full potential.  

We, the community, strongly oppose this new pawn shop in our neighborhood. 

How you can help:

•   Sign the petition!

•   Contact Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward: 
phone 773-395-0143 | fax 773-395-0146 


•   Attend the Meetings: 

  1. Town Hall Hearing (details TBA) – details currently withheld by the county commissioner, prepare to mobilize quickly! Potentially at Casa Central, 4/12, 6:30 – 8:30pm
  2. Zoning Board of Appeals, April 15, 2011 (2pm), City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St, 3rd Flr. This hearing determines if Cash America will receive a business license. One bus will depart Rumble Arts at 12:45pm to travel downtown.  A second bus will load at Fullerton Red Line at 12:45pm.  

•   Stay tuned for important updates: and Facebook: Rumble Arts Center



Keywords: Pawn Shop, Rumble Arts

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