Big Shoulders/Big Data

Carl Sandburg dubbed Chicago the “City of the Big Shoulders” in his eponymous 1916 poem. Sandburg opens by addressing the city directly: Hog Butcher for the World Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders In its industrial heyday, the “City of the …

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Homicide Watch and the Sociological Imagination: Toward a more nuanced, complex, and true account of violence in Chicago

Everyone should read this piece, “What we talk about when we talk about violence in Chicago,” at NPR’s Code Switch channel. In it, author Gene Demby both offers and urges a more nuanced account of the much-publicized spates of violent crime that have plagued some of the city’s neighborhoods. Demby’s piece is excellent. In it, we can …

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Chicago’s Uptown is following Orlando, Philadelphia, and other cities in obstructing distribution of food to the homeless

Alderman James Cappleman has banned provision of food to the homeless by the Salvation Army. Since 2009, the Salvation Army has been serving about 100 homeless people at Wilson and Marine for two hours every weekday. Cappleman has given the Salvation Army one month to relocate outside of his ward. Salvation Army officials report that they …

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