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Places to Avoid in Chicago

Updated on July 24, 2012

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!

Heat Map of Homicides, 2001-Present

Source

Heat Map of Prostitution Arrests

http://gis.taw9.com/study/heat-map-of-the-last-1000-prostitution-arrests-in-chicago/
http://gis.taw9.com/study/heat-map-of-the-last-1000-prostitution-arrests-in-chicago/

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    • bn9900 profile image

      Clayton Hartford 

      6 years ago from Alger WA

      No it's okay.

    • taw9 profile imageAUTHOR

      taw9 

      6 years ago

      Hi bn9900, if you zoom in enough to view individual crimes it is clear that the dots are entirely within City limits. This bleed effect is part of the heat map library I'm using. The city provides other maps, if you prefer, on their data site.

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      Clayton Hartford 

      6 years ago from Alger WA

      Oak Park and Cicero: the red line above "cicero" that extends west from Cicero ave. All the area west of that is the near west suburbs. So mainly these two from your maps. I don't doubt it, it is just that the maps show some data from surrounding jurisdiction.

    • taw9 profile imageAUTHOR

      taw9 

      6 years ago

      All data was sourced from the city of Chicago. Which point are you claiming is beyond jurisdiction?

    • bn9900 profile image

      Clayton Hartford 

      6 years ago from Alger WA

      Interesting hub, I grew up in the western suburbs, and the crime areas that you mention have been crime ridden for decades. I see you mention that who ever is mayor is a "goon". In your maps however, you cover parts of a number of towns which the mayor of Chicago has no jurisdiction. What amazes me however is that while the areas you show are crime hotspots, that it has not spread to much over the years, which I find interesting, it almost seems self contained.

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