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WSJ: A Third of Murders in Chicago Boosted US Homicide Last Year

WSJ: A Third of Murders in Chicago Boosted US Homicide Last Year
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 05:30 PM

Homicides rose by about 9 percent in the U.S. last year, with more than a third of the gain coming from neighborhoods in Chicago where only one-third of the residents live, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Baltimore also experienced a high rate of homicides last year.

On the other hand, violent crime fell dramatically in Los Angeles because of gang interventions and community policing, and in Washington — due to gentrification and, also, community-based police efforts.

According to the Journal, violence erupted in Chicago erupted last year, with 771 murders — up 58 percent from 2015.

Chicago is the nation's No. 3 city, with 2.7 million residents, yet it had more homicides than New York and Los Angeles combined.

Almost half of the increase in Chicago came from five neighborhoods, the Journal reported, including West Garfield Park, meaning they were most likely as violent as in the 1990s during the crack epidemic.

The neighborhoods also experienced a greater rise in unemployment, poverty and vacant homes — and saw a bigger decline in median income — compared with parts of Chicago where homicides fell or remained the same.

"People see these empty buildings standing there, over four years on, and it is just a reminder that the city has turned their back on them," Danton Floyd, a community activist in West Garfield Park, told the Journal.

Baltimore, according to the report, also showed worsening poverty, high numbers of vacant houses — and less of a police presence on the streets after high-profile killings of young black men, including the explosive Freddie Gray case in 2015.

George Mason University criminologist David Weisburd told the Journal that his research had shown that about 1 percent of city streets produce 25 percent of a city's crime, while 5 percent of the streets produce half the crime.

He called it the "law of crime concentration."

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Homicides rose by about 9 percent in the U.S. last year, with more than a third of the gain coming from neighborhoods in Chicago where only one-third of the residents live, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
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