Saturday, January 5, 2013
Just A Little Perspective Here...
But Uptown is not Englewood. It's not even North Park. Nights like last night are depressing, upsetting, discouraging. Unfortunately, they are what life in Chicago in the 21st Century is like. Next time you run into an Insane Crunchy Viking Overlord (or whatever juvenile cartoon character name the gangs call themselves), thank him for what he's brought to your community.
Here are the crime stats from the past month. Uptown was one of many communities with violent crime at a rate of 0.2 violent crimes per 1,000 people. That's exactly the same as Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. It's means there was less violent crime in Uptown than there was in the Loop, Albany Park and North Park. When it came to violent crime, Uptown was tied with many other communities at #43, out of 77 community areas.
If you want to dig a little deeper, when it came to property crimes, Uptown was #59 out of 77 community areas. That means your stuff, your car, and your home were less likely to be messed with in Uptown than in Lincoln Park or Lakeview (tied at #37).
Yes, there are safer areas, like Edgewater and North Center. But there are worse areas, too. Right next door, in fact.
What we're saying is, we hate nights like Friday. But get a grip -- you're not living in the ghetto. People living in North Park probably wish they had Uptown's violent crime rate. People in Lincoln Park probably wish they had Uptown's property crime rate.
If you've attended gang seminars in the past, you've heard the experts say that there is not a single neighborhood in Chicago that does not suffer from the presence of gangs. Uptown's got a long way to go, but it's pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to Chicago communities. Don't forget that.