Chris Chaten has put together an outstanding series of heat maps to illustrate our neighborhood's problem in 10 seconds. (Watch his animation HERE.)
While the 19th police district had roughly the same number of robberies in 2013 as it had in 2008, the unfortunate fact is that those crimes have migrated from across the district and are now heavily concentrated in our neighborhood.
This is one reason that, confronted with Wrigleyville and Boystown's crime concerns, Alderman Tom Tunney and police department representatives change the yard stick on you. They'll talk about crime being "down" in Lakeview or "down" in the 19th district.
We wrote about his last week. Of Chicago's 50 wards our 44th ward has seen the biggest increase in robberies and the smallest decrease in overall crime since 2007. Get the low-down HERE.
The next time you ask about your neighborhood and a politician or police executive starts quoting some other set of statistics, get them back on track. Your question is about your neighborhood. They need to answer and respond to your concerns.
The "Other" Lakeview