Now that shocking random violence has come to some of our city's toniest neighborhoods, can we all put our heads together to find a solution?
By the way, a mob of children attacking innocent bystanders in Chicago is nothing new.
What has grabbed the city's and the nation's attention is where the acts of violence are taking place.
If reading the message boards of Chicago's media outlets are any indication, it's abundantly clear that a majority of people who care to comment have written off the south & west sides of the city and the people that live in them.
Unfortunately, a true citywide solution is also swept away within those blanket dismissals and generalizations.
Because as any south or west sider can tell you, what happens in my neighborhood will sooner or later happen in your neighborhood. You can attempt to outrun crime or drugs by moving but it will find you.
Soon you'll have nowhere left to run.
So instead of saying "Send them back to their own neighborhoods" or some equally incendiary utterance, perhaps we should work together as Chicagoans to find real and lasting answers.
Remember when the widespread mortgage fraud that almost toppled our financial system came to light? A large part of the Chicagoland area's real estate woes started on the south & west sides; where no one paid attention to the fraudulent appraisals, the straw buyers & the crooked mortgage brokers.
In retrospect it was easy to do because the south & west sides are routinely ignored---except for violent crime stories, drug bust stories and the occasional feel good story.
Why else would someone feel that he could dump bags of a trash on a piece of property he claimed to own in Englewood? Because he (mistakenly) knew that there would be very few if any consequences for his actions.
So if this will help the rest of my fellow Chicagoans with the concept, think of it this way: The south & west sides are harbingers of what's to come. If mortgage fraud runs rampant and destabilizes my neighborhood, yours very well may be next.
If mobs of poorly behaved children attack my neighbor, your neighbor very well may be next.
So now that the north side has a better perspective on south & west side realities, is something going to be done about it or will it continued to be ignored?