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shymen

I've lived all over the country and world, my background is in International Affairs, Political Science, and Economics, and I'm a Chicago boy born and bred.

I've previously written about how we need more regulation along the lakefront bike path because of all the avoidable crashes; it seems as if someone listened.  Since Memorial Day, the Chicago PD has heavily increased their numbers along the path, especially in between Fullerton Ave. and Ohio St.  Even though I don't know if people necessarily feel safer when more cops are present, I like the fact that the police department is trying new things to crack down on the problems we have on the path.

When friends come visit me in Chicago, one of the first questions I tend to get is, "Where are all the Cops?"  I usually respond with, "Where they need to be," and until recently, they didn't need to be on the lakefront path; however, I'm glad they are now.  First, they're there because North Ave Beach has supposedly become the meeting place for a lot of suburban and north side gangs (see Daley's comments here).  Not sure why they picked that spot, but apparently they did.  Lately, if you go by the beach, there are cops in regular uniforms, obvious undercover uniforms, and even some in jeans.

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The Walk to School

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shymen

I've lived all over the country and world, my background is in International Affairs, Political Science, and Economics, and I'm a Chicago boy born and bred.

As I've gotten older it's become more evident how interconnected all facets of life truly are.  Besides the fact that we live in a very "small world," we live in a society much like Newton's Law: "every action has an equal and opposite reaction."  While this law is primarily in terms of physics, it's also the case with day-to-day life in Chicago.  One wrong turn by a car, one poorly implemented law, one misrepresented neighborhood, or even one inadequately lit street, can be the difference of a livable (literally) city and an unlivable city.  A livable city is not one where children cannot walk to school without the fear of gang violence.  Giving kids a safe route to school won't necessarily stop Chicago's gang related violence of this past year, but it's a crucial start.

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