Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FACTS: Occasionally Inconvenient.


The 70 most robbery laden blocks in Chicago last year. Note: The11600 block of S. Halsted and the 1600 block of W. Howard are cropped out due to size constraints.

Are you like us? Do your uninformed friends, co-workers, and acquaintances roll their eyes and tell you how crazy you are when you say that Wrigleyville and Boystown have become unsafe?

Well, roll your eyes back.

We got some of the usual guffawing after we posted the Most Dangerous Streets in Wrigleyville and Boystown yesterday. Some people simply refuse to believe that this area is anywhere near as bad as stereotypical "bad" Chicago neighborhoods.

But you're not wrong. They are.

Take a look at that map up there. We've plotted the 70 most robbery riddled blocks in the City of Chicago, based on the Chicago Police Department's 2012 reports.

The observant eye will notice a little island of nastiness up here near Belmont Harbor. Four of the 70 worst blocks are right here in Wrigleyville and Boystown.

And across the entire North Side, from the Kennedy Expressway to Lake Michigan and from the Chicago River to the north and west city limits, there is only one other block on the list: 1650 West Howard, home of a major CTA hub (not pictured on this image due to size restrictions).

Feel free to explore the map. You can zoom in to street level and poke around.

And for a quick glance, here's a list of the 70 worst blocks in town:

NOTE: Block numbers are rounded up from "00" to "50" in order to center their placement on the map.