Originally Posted by LMich
I know you went on to qualify all of that with the fact that it matters to the people in those neighborhoods, but how is this different than almost any other city listed (i.e. violence concentrated heavily in certain areas)? I see people bring up this talking point all of the time as if it's unique to their city/metro, and that's almost never the case. Murder in modern cities is almost always a hyper-local phenomenon, so constantly bringing up that murders "only" happen in so-and-so a neighborhood seems kind of silly/irrelevant.
In Chicago that "violence heavily concentrated in certain areas" has 500,000-600,000 people, and the homicide rate in that area is over 50/100,000.
The sheer impact of that throws the murder rates for the city up a LOT, even though the other 2,200,000 people in the city have rates of around 3-4/100,000. Chicago's crazy areas are larger than most cities.