Heroes in the hood are the hood

There’s a quiet that stands out on the 900 block of North Springfield Ave. Not every block in Humboldt Park shares this quiet. The reason is the block club, as Lolly Bowean writes in today’s Tribune. In yet another thoughtful and helpful story, she explains what it is that neighbors do to keep their neighborhoods […]

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What’s at the root of the violence

Take a few minutes to listen to this discussion, recently produced on WTTW, and please let me know your reactions.   http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/09/20/violence-chicago   Steve@chicagoistheworld.org

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“Living each day as if it were the last”

Dear Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy, Diamond Trusty, whose brother Dantril, 17, was kiled, writes: “I am tired of being scared of my community and scared to walk in it. I am tired of having to watch the news and see reports of another death….” Asia Williams, who lives in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, writes: “The […]

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Schools and violence and poverty

One of the themes of the Chicago teachers catches me. They can’t fix what society can’t fix. They can’t undo by themselves the stain left by poverty and racial isolation. Isn’t this what some say about the violence that swirls in parts of Chicago: that you can’t undo it alone with more police patrols or […]

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Can We Cover Violence Differently? Better? More In-Depth?

Yes, we can. We can do a better job covering the story that has touched us this summer. And, I think, we’ve been doing a better job. But somehow I sense that so much more could be done, that so many more strings of information could be followed, so that so many more answers could […]

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