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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:11 AM

 

Map of murders in Chicago overlays map of school closings

How is it possible that a map showing where Chicago's murders take place is uncannily similar to a map showing where the Chicago Board of Education has scapegoated and closed inner city public schools since Arne Duncan began the so-called "renaissance" in 2004? And yet it is true. The destabilization of Chicago communities, denounced for more than a decade by community activists and teachers (and reported almost exclusively in Substance) has been one of the main causes why in 2012 Chicago had more murders than New York City. The situation had gotten so that even The New York Times had to report -- on the murders, not on the corporate "school reform" policies that had helped fuel them.

The New York Times opened the new year with a front page story about Chicago's murders. The story, which among other things noted that Chicago had more murders in 2012 than New York City, which has three times as many people. Inside the New York Times story was one of the most striking graphics ever published. In both the map and the story, the nation's "newspaper of record" noted that Chicago was two cities -- the world class city that Rahm Emanuel works in, surrounded by millionaires and billionaires, and the second city, where the majority of the people, mostly black and brown, live in some of the most dramatic poverty anywhere on earth.



The map that shows the deepest concentration of school closings and charter school openings during the past 13 years could also be the map that shows the most dramatic murder rates in Chicago during the same years. Although The New York Times mapped the murders in Chicago on a map that shows almost the same density outlines as the map above, the map above shows where the Chicago Board of Education has closed real public schools and opened privately managed and unregulated charter schools, mostly in the city's black and brown communities. The destabilization of the communities has been one of the reasons why community violence has increased. The increase in violence has been predicted since the beginning of the school closings under Arne Duncan in 2004, but until recently the violence to the communities by the closing of so-called "failing" schools has been ignored by the plutocracy that rules Chicago and by the city's corporate media.


One of the reasons for the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012 and the battles that are growing between the teachers and their allies, on the one hand, and the plutocrats and their mayor, on the other, is the recognition that these two cities need to become one, and that the people who own and rule the city, for now, have to stop neglecting the majority of the city's people -- especially the children -- and blaming the city's teachers for the apartheid which has been created by the USA.

http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=3862§ion=Article

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Reply Map of murders in Chicago overlays map of school closings (Original post)
HiPointDem Jan 2013 OP
Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2013 #1
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #2
BVictor1 Jan 2013 #3
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #5
BVictor1 Jan 2013 #7
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #8
BVictor1 Jan 2013 #10
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #13
slackmaster Jan 2013 #4
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #6
Larrymoe Curlyshemp Jan 2013 #9
uponit7771 Jan 2013 #11
apnu Jan 2013 #12
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #14
apnu Jan 2013 #16
brooklynite Jan 2013 #15
The Magistrate Jan 2013 #17
datasuspect Jan 2013 #18
Waiting For Everyman Jan 2013 #19
MissMarple Jan 2013 #20

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:18 AM

1. DUrec

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:33 AM

2. K&R

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:09 AM

3. Many of those areas have lacked investment for years too.

 

As you can see from the map, the greatest concentration is on the west and south sides. There one section near 47th and the lake that lacks murders, that would be the area of Kenwood/Hyde Park near the University of Chicago. An area that's more mixed and diversified racially and economically.

For the west side especially, that area has seen a lack of development and reinvestment for nearly 50 years. Since the riots in the mid-60's. Areas of the southside have also seen a lack of investment for many years.

The northside, well, that's where the majority of caucasians in Chicago live. In the 1960's as in many major cities, there was racial instability and many people who had lives in places decided to move to the suburbs.

Parts of the city need to be repopulated.

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:02 PM

5. and one reason is that the mayors took tax money that was supposed to be used for schools

 

& investment into low-income communities & funneled it to their rich friends, while closing down schools & sending kids to charter schools across gang lines.

chicago is being ethnically cleansed, like nyc.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 12:32 AM

7. You must be talking about TIF's.

 

They've had their benefit.

Some schools have closed because of population shifts.

We have 1 million less people in the city than 60 years ago.

I'd love to be able to re-populate the city.

I wouldn't say it's being ethnically cleansed at all.

People move in... people move out.

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:55 AM

8. Yeah, billionaire Penny Pritzker got $5.2 million to build another hotel...

 

When you starve areas where poor/black people live of funding, close schools & demolish property while funneling tax money to rich areas, it's ethnic cleansing.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:48 AM

10. Well, she didn't put the TIF in place.

 

It doesn't funnel money into rich areas.

And there aren't that many 'poor black people' living in Hyde Park.

I do sometimes think that TIF's are overused, but I've also seen how some areas have seen signs of new life.

I think that closing schools has more to do with changing demographics.

I'm familiar with the Harper Court re-development.

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:32 PM

13. It's pretty well-demonstrated that it does funnel money to the wealthy, & to wealthy areas.

 

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-chicago-shadow-tif-budget/Content?oid=1218391

and pritzker's family, ruling elite in chicago, absolutely helped put tif in place.

and rahm inc have been closing schools that are overcrowded, even. it has little to do with demographics & more to do with power.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:11 AM

4. Urban decay

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:03 PM

6. is the result of public policies, not an inevitable act of god. destruction of community

 

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institutions is one of those policies.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:10 AM

9. The Republican Vision for America

 

Recced. And wretching.

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Response to Larrymoe Curlyshemp (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:58 AM

11. +1

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:56 AM

12. Chicago has always been this way.

Dr. Martin Luther King marched in Chicago early in his career, protesting Chicago's segregation, which is by design. The only time I know he was ever attacked during a march happened in Chicago, when he was hit on the head with a brick. He was known to quip while recovering in the hospital "Southerners aught to come to Chicago and learn how to hate."

The reason Chicago is so segregated is because the city is really a collection of villages and towns that were absorbed. In order to absorb them, Chicago leaders in the 1800s, allowed each absorbed town to keep its identity which usually fell on racial lines. This is why most of the neighborhoods are still known by their names and defined by their old borders. Lakeview, The Ukrainian Village, Lincoln Park, Andersenville ect. This habit of compartmentalization survives to this day in Chicago. Many of these neighborhoods were founded along racial and immigrant boundaries. The Sweedes settled in one spot, the Irish in another, the Ukrainians over there, the Polish over here. Most of those places are still identified, culturally, by those nationalities. However some places are abandoned by one group and assumed by another. Pilsen, for example. But since groups used to migrate around the area, there has always been a current of racial tension running through the city. When one group moves up, the people already up resent it, they move on but bring the resentments with them.

But Chicago's main north-south segregation isn't about racial boundaries, its more about poverty. The South Side has always been the dumping ground for the poor in Chicago. Before the "Great Migration," it was the Italians, and before the Italians it was the Irish. As one group moved up in power in the city, they moved to the North Side. This is why Chicago has a North Side Irish vs South Side Irish thing every year around St. Paddy's day.

That pattern, however ceased after the Great Migration. White Chicago greatly resented it, and things came to a head in the early 1900s, post WW1 with a series of race riots and other horrors. White Chicago begrudgingly gave the South Side to migrant African Americans. But with the influx of Hispanics, who should have been next in the cycle, things are squeezed badly now because white Chicago is unwilling to give up their spots to blacks. The "flow" of Chicago has ceased and both Hispanics and African Americans exist in the same dumping grounds for the poor and this makes the existing racial tension worse, and that adds to the problem of violence in poor areas.

Which tells me volumes about Chicago's racism. You can be white and poor, but eventually you can move up. If you're any shade of brown, you can't. But then, of course, this is how it is all over America. Chicago, really is no different, although is has a unique way of being like everywhere else. The shape of that map will be familiar to anybody who's lived in Chicago since the late 1800s.

The only thing that allows for movement in Chicago now is the occasional suburban migrations. Every so often, things in Chicago get uncomfortable for the upper and middle classes and there's a rush to the 'burbs. Then when property values and taxes crash, the suburbanites come back and take over the nice places again. Chicago, right now, is experiencing a suburban migration. At a bunch of my son's friends in grade school have moved out to the 'burbs. Chicago has some of the highest property taxes in urban America and has one of the highest sales taxes in the nation which is the main excuse I hear when talking to other parents. Eventually that will change, and all those suburbanites will come tumbling back.

Yes there is an institution of graft in Chicago, but that's a conversation for a different topic.

I do agree with the last paragraph in the OP. Chicago needs to become one city, but never will. Everything in Chicago is compartmentalized, an nobody is wiling to give that up. When you "make it" you get out of the box you're in and go into another box further north. Nobody ever considers that they're all in the same box. This is how the city is designed. To become one city, Chicago has to unmake its design. I don't see anyone in power motivated to change that.

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Response to apnu (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:33 PM

14. you could say the same of many cities. all grew by incorporating other towns/villages/

 

settlements.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:52 PM

16. This is true, but in Chicago compartmentalization became the status quo.

Which is not necessarily true of many cities. Chicago is still the most segregated city in the north.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 03:34 PM

15. "some of the most dramatic poverty anywhere on earth"?

Sorry, having grown up in a Third World nation, that's a real piece of hyperbolie.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:05 PM

17. This is Mistaking Correlation For Causation, Sir

The chief reason for the elevated rates of murder in Chicago is the breaking several years ago of the leadership of its largest gang confederation, the Gangster Disciples. This has led to factional conflict within this body, and to conflicts with rivals and upstarts. Over half the killings in the city are gang members, and a quarter of the total are affiliated with one faction or another of the Gangster Disciples confederation. Not arguing for leaving gang leadership run free, mind, but when organization is removed from criminal enterprise, you do not end crime, you just disorganize it, and when disorganized, it is generally messier.....

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:11 PM

18. wait, they have an out of control murder and shooting problem in chicago?

 

but most guns are outlawed in chicago, how can this be?

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:15 PM

20. Bad public policy and poverty aside, you have to have a school to revive a community.

It's a building block for when you decide to pay for better policies. They are just too damn cheap and mean to pony up to make viable changes.

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