Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order, and by Patrick J. Carr

By Patrick J. Carr

With the shut proximity of gangs and the simple entry to medicines, protecting city neighborhoods secure from crime has lengthy been a vital difficulty for citizens. In Clean Streets, Patrick Carr attracts on 5 years of analysis in a white, working-class group on Chicago’s South facet to determine how they attempted to maintain their streets secure. Carr info the singular occasion for this group and the ensuing upward thrust of neighborhood activism: the shootings of 2 neighborhood teenage women open air of an easy university by means of region gang individuals. As in lots of groups struck through related violence, the shootings resulted in profound alterations within the community's courting to crime prevention. significantly, their civic activism has proved winning and, years after the capturing, neighborhood involvement continues to be strong.

Carr mines this tale of an woke up local for specific insights, contributing a brand new standpoint to the nationwide debate on neighborhood policing, civic activism, and the character of social regulate. Clean Streets bargains a massive tale of 1 community's fight to confront crime and to maintain their houses secure. Their activities might be noticeable as a version for the way different groups can withstand equally tricky problems.

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Even distinctive neighborhoods that have storied histories and vibrant local culture and tradition are shaped by outside forces. Laws and ordinances are passed in Congress, state capitals, or city halls, the economy booms and slumps, wars are fought, crime rates rise and fall, and people move in and out. It is no small wonder that neighborhoods can retain an identifiable character in the face of such fluid influences, but they do. Any person who wishes to portray life in an urban neighborhood must describe the distinctiveness of that place, while at the same time noting the wider forces that have shaped the area.

These bootstrap Chicagoans had moved to Beltway from old working-class neighborhoods that had served as ports of entry for their parents and grandparents. The movement of these whites to Beltway was part push and part pull. Some Beltway residents had fled neighborhoods that were changing racially as the African American population expanded beyond the historical boundaries of the Black Belt,5 while others were attracted to Beltway because there they could own their own stand-alone home. Whether it was flight or a step up that brought people to Beltway, they shared a common aim of building and maintaining a strong community.

The 1960s were also a time of racial strife in Chicago, epitomized by Martin Luther King’s march on Marquette Park. Coming on the heels of school desegregation, and at a time when many neighborhoods in Chicago had gone from having a majority white population to having a majority African American population, sometimes in less than a decade, Welcome to Beltway | 23 race relations in the city were volatile. 6 Beltway’s whites were no less fearful, and when the Illinois House of Representatives proposed a plan for integrated housing, in 1965, the BCL sent representatives to testify in Springfield against the bill.

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