Chicago's homicide ever drop as low as New York City's?
Chicago's homicide rate has gone up and down over the last 40 years, but it has also changed its location.
While the Chicago Police Department take credit for the homicide drop, the Los Angeles upswing for the last few years may be more of a portent for the future than NYC's steady drop. Read Hagedorn and Brigid Rauch's analysis. (scroll to section 3.2)
The pattern of homicide in the 1990s closely followed the displacement of the African-American community. Look at our animation of the growth of the Chicago ghetto in the 2oth century.(or for a photo gallery better suited to dial-in connections). Or look at how the expressways and housing projects concentrated homicide in Black areas. Read a policy paper on housing and homicide in a newletter of the Coalition for the Homeless.
Chicago has similarities to Detroit and other high homicide cities in its failure to attain low levels in the 1990s. But Chicago's murder rate is only about half of Detroit's or New Orlean's but now about the same as Los Angeles. How do Chicago and New York's homicide rate compare to other cities like Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans, and London?
The Residents Jouranl issue on "Deadly Moves."
Moving at their own Risk by Beuaty Turner and Brian J. Rogal
Troubled Development by Mary C. johns and Brian J. Rogal
Here's a December, 2004 article
from the Chicago Tribune crediting
Homicides in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago 1965-2005