Summer of the gun, 10 years later first of three parts
Academic and social observer Richard Florida writes in the Star that gun crime in Toronto seems to map to class and cultural environments in a disturbingly close fashion. If you are in North America’s fourth largest city (the GTA edged out Chicago for that spot in terms of population just recently) try to hang around the green zone, where Florida’s so-called creative class live. Florida says, ” …the recent uptick in gun violence in Toronto mirrors the same fault-lines of economic and social disadvantage that exist in U.S. cities.” In terms of actual numbers of people killed by guns Toronto still remains remarkably safe, having only about a tenth of the firearm homicides of Chicago, according to statistics in the article. Those in the green part of the map are protected from gun violence because they are educated, economically connected, properly employed people. Florida points out that because gun violence is something happening to other people somewhere else, many a privileged Torontonian seems quite complacent about it. Removal of barriers to “living green,” as it were, is essential to eliminating gun violence and protecting the total quality of life in the city.
…look at all the dots on the map accompanying the piece indicating a gun murder in a suburban location.
image: 1888 photo of a bullet in flight taken by Ernst Mach via Wikimedia Commons
One of our readers pointed out recently that to date this blog hasn’t shared much content regarding suburban poverty and crime. It was timely then for us to come across a new study from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The gang problem in Chattanooga is a relatively established urban phenomenon but it has spread beyond the city core.
Rising gang activity in Hamilton County reported timesfreepress.com
Comprehensive Gang Assessment 173 page .pdf file