Thursday, August 08, 2013

HEAT MAP: Robberies Abandon Uptown; Thrive In Wrigleyville, Boystown

Here is an amazing, telling graphic. It tells the tale of robberies in the area of today's 19th district between 2008 and 2012.

This truly interesting presentation was created by Chris Chaten. @ChrisChaten on Twitter.

The comparison of those two years appears to show that robberies in the 19th district were driven out of Uptown while the hot zone in our neighborhood expanded.  It's as if a robbery sponge were placed in the middle of Wrigleyville and Boystown.

Chris makes two excellent points in his comment below:
There's likely a lot to be learned about how uptown tackled the issue and garnered positive results. I doubt it's simply the same folks that were in uptown are now the cause of increase in Lakeview.
Outstanding, meaningful information. Thank you, Chris!  And, yeah... What did Uptown do? Alderman Cappelman?

14 comments:

  1. Hi, I just wanted to also float that there's likely a lot to be learned about how uptown tackled the issue and garnered positive results. I doubt it's simply the same folks that were in uptown are now the cause of increase in Lakeview.

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  2. I heard they put up flyers that told the riff raff that their were wealthier people with nicer possessions just south a bit.

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  3. But there are shootings in Uptown regularly and gang crime. Have you checked out Uptiown Update.

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  4. Chris, nice heat map. Very interesting. Any possibility of putting together an animated GIF of the heat map for each year going back to 2008? One frame for each year, or however you want to do it? Just an idea.

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  5. Chris Chaten, great job. Now lets groom a new alderman.

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  6. Great job Chris. I think Tunney forgets his constituency is full of very successful business, technology and educated people. This is how Tunney will be easily moved out of office.

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  7. There is a simple explanation: Uptown is NOT the target rich environment that Wrigleyville and Boystown are. Robbers go where the money is and not too many people are wandering the streets of Uptown at all hours of the day and night.

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  8. Crime in Uptown (including gang activity) is sharply down across the board both statistically and in the number of trouble makers out on the streets. It's also no surprise that Cappleman's portion of Lakeview is seeing a new rush in development. Smart money is that Uptown will continue to improve as buildings like Lawrence House are flipped.

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  9. "There is a simple explanation: Uptown is NOT the target rich environment that Wrigleyville and Boystown are. Robbers go where the money is and not too many people are wandering the streets of Uptown at all hours of the day and night."

    Simple because it doesn't make sense. Your explanation would only work if Lakeview just recently became target rich....but since that isn't the case, how do you explain how Uptown which clearly used to have a problem (despite not being "target rich") managed to improve so much?

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  10. "El cazador trofeo de los hombres" means the demon who makes trophies of men.

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  11. I asked James Cappleman about this and this was his response: "John, my commitment is whether or not this area is the worst or best in the City, we have to do everything possible to make it better and never accept any type of crime.

    My experience with addressing crime is that it works best when the police, elected leaders, businesses, social services, places of worship, chambers, neighborhood organizations, and residents all agree to work together on a clear plan of action. CAPS has a 5-Point Plan that I've seen work and I will ask to have this approach used to address crime in this area."

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  12. It started when we got rid of the HORRIBLE Alderman, shillllller. I suggest that Boistown does the same with Tunney

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  13. "But there are shootings in Uptown regularly and gang crime. Have you checked out Uptiown Update."

    The violent crime rate is lower in Uptown than in Lakeview.

    http://crime.chicagotribune.com/

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  14. The 'wealth' of Lakeview residents has nothing to do with it.

    Look closely at the map. The hotspots are the Boystown and Wrigleyville BARS, not the residential streets.

    Just go walk around Halsted late on a Saturday night. There is significantly more loitering going on than there was just a few years ago.

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