Today, the city of Chicago demolished its “200th dangerous building” since July 12, according
to the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor stated in a press release
that demolitions are “preventing criminal activity in our
Is this true? “We’ve been knocking down houses
since the 1930’s and it’s not clear if this has a significant effect on
crime rates,” says Bradford Hunt, a sociology professor at Roosevelt
University who studies Chicago housing issues.
Also in question: How does the city determine what properties see the wrecking ball? Read more »