03/20/2011 11:35 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Precinct Goes Dry: West Humboldt Park Area Votes To Stop Selling Liquor, Transforming Neighborhood

There's been significant, positive change in Chicago's West Humboldt Park neighborhood since voters took the polls and voted to ban liquor sales in a portion of their ward, residents say.

"Our neighborhood immediately, overnight, transformed. So the proof was there that this was what we needed to do," said Kurt Gippert, the Executive Director of the United Blocks of West Humboldt Park, a small group of residents who led the effort to get the "vote dry" referendum on last month's ballot.

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