Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sadness and Results

Collecting the stories of shootings this week, I looked forward to posting the results and looking for patterns. I had a conversation with a victim's extended family member that made me stop this project. I will discuss patterns after this, but my friend's words made me depressed.

The shooting that killed my friend's loved one was a ridiculous shooting that started with an argument. Just an argument between a couple, and she used her little brother to gun down her boyfriend. He will go to jail for murder and possibly be sentenced to death if convicted. How little is life valued? How little impulse control do people have? How does an argument lead to someone deciding to gun an unsuspecting man down? It is sick and a symptom of a disease in society. My friend was down as the murderer's family was doing the 'cover' routine and not calling him out for his actions and his sister's actions that killed a man. The worst part of my conversation with my friend was that this was not the first loved one she had be a murder victim.

Patterns from looking at the shootings:
People move out of higher crime areas.
White flight does happen for good reasons: crime. Gun crimes are a great indicator of general crime levels.
Black flight does happens as well as the law abiding citizens of an area get enough money and move out.
Moving into gentrified areas is a safer choice 10+ years into the process. It might cost more money, but the area will be safer 10+ years into gentrification.
Hispanics limited by economics are moving into poor, crime infested neighborhoods that whites and blacks are abandoning. It will be interesting if they can change the area into one of less crime.

My response to the Indianapolis Star's article on people needing to live closer to other groups is:

People will seek safe neighborhoods and seek good school districts. The gun crime in Indianapolis is far more likely to occur in mixed neighborhoods or neighborhoods which are majority or a plurality black. Teaching the world to sing and drinking a Coca-Cola might work in TV ads, but it doesn't in the real world.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shooting Downtown

A man was shot while another man tried to invade his home. The Alabama st location per the NY Times census lost 7% of its population since 2000, and seems to be going through some gentrification. The breakdown is:

50% white, 42% black, 4% hispanic. There was a large swing up in the white pop and large swing down in the black pop.

Village Pantry Shooting

A man shot a clerk at a Village Pantry station. The cops arrested a 15 year old for the shooting. This west 86th st location is on the line for two census tracts. This is a pretty commercial area, and you can tell the uhhh, apartment complex areas vs. the normal development areas.

Tract 1: 65% white, 20% black, 10% hispanic. 14% bigger than in 2000.
Tract 2: 34% white, 42% black, 18% hispanic. 5% bigger than in 2000.

Under the numbers, whites are fleeing while blacks and hispanics are moving in.

Cab Hold Up

This is incredibly stupid. A person calls a cab, gets in, gets dropped off and robs the cab driver for $20. I hope they throw the idiot in jail for years. This is truly lame. This Vermont St location has lost 16% of its population since 2000. The breakdown is:

67% white, 21% black, 6% hispanic.

Pizza Delivery Robbery

Sad that men call in a pizza order and then rob the delivery guy. Really pathetic. Let's hope the cops find the bastards. The location per the NY Times 2010 census maps is:

57% white, 30% black, 8% hispanic.

The location is part of a tract that is 5.6% bigger than in 2000. Under the numbers, whites are fleeing and blacks and hispanics are moving in.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eastside Apt Shooting

A man was shot on the eastside in an apartment complex. The location, near the intersection of 42nd and Sherman, is ont he line for two census tracts. Noth are experiencing losses in theit population totals (-18% and -6%). The breakdown is:

11% white, 83% black, 3% hispanic
13% white, 82% black, 2% hispanic

I know a member the family grieving this loss. This is a senseless killing because a 21 year old had no sense of impulse control, anger management, future time orientation or value in human life.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Eastside Shooting

A husband shot his wife to end an argument. Not often you see a 62 year old killer, but here's one. The 4700 block of east 30th st has lost 16% of its population since 2000. The breakdown is:

8% white, 87% black, 4% hispanic.

Everyone is leaving that area except for the hispanic population.