It hurts our city to have this much killing. Check these stats out.
Chicago, IL: population 2,833,321. 2009 homicides: 458 Rate: 16.2 homicides per 100,000 people.
New York, NY: population: 8,214, 426 2009 homicides: 471 Rate: 5.7 per 100,000 people. Kansas City, MO: population: 447,306 2009 homicides: 110 Rate: 24.4 per 100,000 people.
Chicago has had 229 homicides in 2010; New York has had 305 homicides in 2010 and Kansas City has had 67 homicides in 2010. New York had a very good year in 2009, but even if the number was to go up to 600 for this year, it would still be fewer killings per 100,000 than Kansas City. New York, in fact, has a lower murder rate than both Midwestern cities--I find that very interesting. What is New York doing that Chicago and Kansas City are not doing? What does New York have that Chicago and Kansas City do not have (or vise versa)?
Let's find out, because we need to face this horrendous murder rate head on, and do something about it.
Logo is from The Pitch--and depressingly correct.