Chasing the wrong shadow

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Suburban communities outside of Chicago are turning to a housing ordinance that aims to reduce crime. But it may also be indicative of a resistance to minorities moving into primarily white areas.

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Chasing the wrong shadow

  1. 1. chasingthe wrongshadow Gabrielle Levy for Advanced Public Affairs Reporting March 9, 2011
  2. 2. “we tend to be really good at covering what happened yesterday; we tend to be really bad at covering what happens everyday and there also is a tendency to tune out ...” - Nicholas Kristof March 8, 2011
  3. 3. “This doesn’t have anything to do with rentals... ... has not been a particularly welcoming community. They’re probablytrying to hold onto the past, in a way.” --Rob Breymaier
  4. 4. = approx. 100 people Source: 2000 U.S. Census,2009 American Community Survey
  5. 5. = approx. 100 people Source: 2000 U.S. Census,2009 American Community Survey
  6. 6. Crime Free Multi-Rental Housing Program
  7. 7. Crime Free Multi-Rental Housing Program- 875 registered rental buildings in Elmwood Park- 125 buildings with six or more units (14 percent)- 25 percent of total housing in Elmwood Park
  8. 8. Crime Free Multi-Rental Housing Program - 875 registered rental buildings in Elmwood Park - 125 buildings with six or more units (14 percent) - 25 percent of total housing in Elmwood Park“The [passed] ordinance is great for getting criminals out after they cause a problem. By exempting all rentals under 6 units, we lose this ability.” “Crime Free Housing Proposal Update”, myEPNCO.com, Jan. 11, 2011
  9. 9. Elmwood Park Rental Properties Source: Prudential American Heritage Real Estate Gang-related graffiti, 2010 Source: Elmwood Park Police Department
  10. 10. Elmwood Park Rental Properties Source: Prudential American Heritage Real Estate Gang-related graffiti, 2010 Source: Elmwood Park Police Department “We had the police department trackthrough the village... [we found] no correlation between apartmentsand single-family homesin terms of crime rate.” --Jay Dalicandro, Village Manager, Elmwood Park
  11. 11. Village Leadership
  12. 12. Village Leadership Peter Silvestri Elsie Sutter Mayor since1989 Clerk since1993 Alan Bennett Jeff Sargent, Sam LaBarbara Carmen ForteTrustee since 1975 Police Trustee since 1989 Trustee since 1991 Alan Kaminski Angela Stranges Trustee since 1991 Trustee since 2011
  13. 13. Participation & Empowerment "Relatively weaker political resources in some areas suggest that Latino empowerment will not be a function of population and political resources alone. ."While Latinos are better off in absolute terms in some suburbs, thisis not true in less affluent inner-ring suburbs. The more relevantconsequence of Latino suburbanization is that these suburbs haveat-large election structures and Latino residents have little recourseto change these structures in the the current political and legalclimate." Thomas Longoria, Jr., "Latino Descriptive Policy Representation in the Midwest: Do Traditional Models Apply?"
  14. 14. chasingthe wrongshadow Gabrielle Levy for Advanced Public Affairs Reporting March 9, 2011

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