It seems that bemoaning Chicago's shortcomings and downfall has become a new hip thing in the past few weeks. Here are a rather superficial, by-the-statistics look at some of the city's problems, and a more well-thought article decrying missteps the city has made in its history that make it a declining city today.
In all fairness, Chicago's murder rate is a lot lower than it has been in decades. Certainly it's lower than it was when I was growing up in the 90s (which, incidentally, were hailed as a golden, booming time in the city). So despite the fact that any murder is a travesty, and that compared to other big cities Chicago's murder and crime rates are still way too high, I don't want to act as if everything is totally going down the tubes in my hometown.