Could this be the guy who advertised his Lincoln Park condo/apartment for sale for $2.5million in a recent edition of the NYTimes?
Anyone who knows Chicago, especially the SouthSide ( as I do ) knows where the gun violence is and is not in Chicago. For sure, this urban violence is not in the wealthy parts of the City such as the area associated with the likes of Lincoln Park or other upscale parts of Chicago. The area advertised in today's paper, stated that the neighborhood area around this residence is situated about 6 blocks from the L ( subway ).
Six blocks? I'll sit here and bet the people living in the Lincoln Park (NorthSide) area don't have to wear bullet-proof jackets to the subway in their neighborhood.
How many folks on the SouthSide of Chicago, areas not in Lincoln Park area
can make it 6 blocks to the subway, or even the bus stop without someone taking a shot at them.
Gun violence ( or any kind of real violence ) is not something new to the City.
It's been compounded today, by the absence of solid jobs for working folks, poor public schools, homes that lack both a father and a mother and of course the issue of drugs ( which has also been in the City for many, many decades.
Another major problem in the City, is the low ratio of Afro-American police to the Afro-American population( which is of the order of about 1 million).
Those of us who grew up on the SouthSide, went to school ( grade, high school, college, even postdoctoral work ) grew up in areas of violence and drugs and some how managed to survive. We did so, because we had good parents ( primarily good mothers ) who forced us to toe the line and shape up. The teachers did their best to keep us cool and respectful, but no one kept us in line line like our mothers . I'm sure that Mrs Obama , a native from the SouthSide would agree with me about that, as her mother managed to keep her children in line and to also provide them with a decent and warm home life.
If there is a reason (s) for the violence in Chicago it has to be poor family life, poor education, little opportunities to leave the City, inability of the Police to connect with the citizens on the SouthSide, little support for working mothers, who not only have to work hard each and every day, but also have to maintain a household of at times 5-10 energetic ( trouble-prone) kids in crammed-up apartments.
Do you think that 9 people living in a 2 bedroom apartment (often without air conditioning) in a slum area have any chance of making a decent life for themselves and their kids in Cities such as Chicago and Detroit?
I for one, think their only solution is to move far away from Chicago, to areas with decent jobs, and good schools.
One last thing...the drug issue in Chicago is not a new thing. It's been going on for many, many years, and even centuries.