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Police and Community in ChicagoA Tale of Three Cities$
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Wesley G. Skogan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154580

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154580.001.0001

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Trends in Neighborhood Problems

Trends in Neighborhood Problems

(p.211) Seven Trends in Neighborhood Problems
Police and Community in Chicago

Wesley G. Skogan

Oxford University Press

Repeated administration of evaluation surveys revealed trends in the extent of neighborhood problems in Chicago over time, beginning in early 1994. This was after the CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) model of community policing was announced and the development of the program began in the prototype districts, but a year before it was expanded to encompass the entire city. The surveys asked about neighborhood conditions using categories that are readily understood by the public, and included many concerns which are not easily gauged using agency statistics. African Americans reported very substantial improvements in their quality of life, and things got better for the city's whites as well. However, Latinos showed little overall improvement and, among immigrants, things grew decidedly worse over time. Chicago ended up a racially divided city, much as it had begun, but the nature of the divisions shifted in fairly dramatic fashion. Two of the neighborhood problems identified in the surveys were physical decay (graffiti, abandoned buildings, trash and junk, and abandoned cars) and social disorder (loitering, public drinking, and school disruption).

Keywords:   Chicago, community policing, CAPS, neighborhood problems, physical decay, social disorder, African Americans, whites, Latinos

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