Added Apr 10 2014
Been lurking for a month or two, finally got around to wanting to post. There have been a lot of discussions lately on the state of Rogers Park safety / crime. Most folks seem to be in one of two camps. Those either saying the RP is the greatest neighborhood ever or those who think it's the wild west and falling apart. I do not personally live in RP, but I have family that does and hence my interest in the neighborhood. Every time I hear about another shooting in RP it makes me sick. I deplore violence in all forms. So this is bad. But I read other news outside of RP, and it seems (regrettably) that shootings are just going on like crazy in Chicago this spring. On Sunday the Chicago Sun Times reported 2 dead and 25 injured in shootings over the weekend (http://www.suntimes.com/news/26677733-418/2-dead-21-others-shot-in-city-since-friday-night.html). The week before that NBC reported 2 dead and 15 injured over that week (http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/1-Dead-14-Wounded-in-Chicago-Shootings-Since-Friday-253037671.html). I think in each case there might have been one or more in RP. But my point is that this seems to be a city-wide, major problem. It doesn't make what is happening in RP any better, but I'm wondering if it is any worse? Logan Square was recently named on of the hottest 8 neighborhoods in the country, and they have had their share of shootings as well.
So what do you guys think? The shootings are horrific, but they don't seem unique to RP. We have a big problem in Chicago, but the stuff in RP hits close to home (either because you guys live there, or because I have family that lives there).
Looking forward to a dialog!