Places to Avoid in Chicago
Ode to the Windy City
Let me start off by telling you how much I love Chicago. I moved there in 2005 after college and it was a great time, full of great people and friends that I know I'll have for the rest of my life. However, Chicago, you've got some big friggin' crime problems and I haven't seen any progress in years, regardless of whatever goon you pick for mayor (or, more accurately, gets picked for you).
Spatial Analysis of Crime
To give you a better idea of where criminal activity is taking place, I've compiled reports from the City's excellent crime database and transferred them into a series of "heat maps", which detail hot spots. You can find the interactive maps at gis.taw9.com with additional geospatial studies on narcotics arrests and car thefts. Hope you enjoy them!