Heroes in the Hood: A Solution More than Ever

What’s killing Chicago? Is it more than gangs, and drugs and guns? Stuck on a cycle of harm that doesn’t fade, I hear more asking us to look deeper. Writing this week in the Chicago Reader, Steve Bogira says: “The perpetual focus on whether a crime is gang related ignores another common-denominator that’s an even […]

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The Community: Fearful and Feared

Say you live in a dangerous place. Say you worry just about going out. Say you’ve had a neighbor, a relative, someone close get hurt. Say you are a kid in high school and you think that the only way to live in peace is to be part of a gang. Say you are worried […]

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Measuring the toll, drop by drop

As we wade ahead, we’re taking a much better count of the toll of violence. We’re also thinking more about solutions. Here is a good example from DePaul University journalism students http://redlineproject.org/gunviolence.php Guns, gangs and grief have all played a part in Chicago’s grim history of violence — from the days of Tommy guns and […]

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