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Old 05-04-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default NYT: Is Urban Violence A Virus?

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Old 05-04-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Thanks Tam---Here is a section from the NYT article.

[SIZE="5"]THE STUBBORN CORE of violence in American cities is troubling and perplexing. Even as homicide rates have declined across the country — in some places, like New York, by a remarkable amount — gunplay continues to plague economically struggling minority communities.

For 25 years, murder has been the leading cause of death among African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has analyzed data up to 2005. And the past few years have seen an uptick in homicides in many cities. Since 2004, for instance, they are up 19 percent in Philadelphia and Milwaukee, 29 percent in Houston and 54 percent in Oakland.

Just two weekends ago in Chicago, with the first warm weather, 36 people were shot, 7 of them fatally. The Chicago Sun-Times called it the “weekend of rage.” Many killings are attributed to gang conflicts and are confined to particular neighborhoods. In Chicago, where on average five people were shot each day last year, 83 percent of the assaults were concentrated in half the police districts. So for people living outside those neighborhoods, the frequent outbursts of unrestrained anger have been easy to ignore. But each shooting, each murder, leaves a devastating legacy, and a growing school of thought suggests that there’s little we can do about the entrenched urban poverty if the relentless pattern of street violence isn’t somehow broken.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:24 PM   #3
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And for those who have walked away from a shooting, like Torres, if there are no jobs, or lousy schools, or decrepit housing, whatís to keep them from drifting back into their former lives? Itís like cholera: you may cure everyone, you may contain the epidemic, but if you donít clean up the water supply, people will soon get sick again.

Slutkin says that it makes sense to purify the water supply if ó and only if ó you acknowledge and treat the epidemic at hand. In other words, antipoverty measures will work only if you treat violence
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