West Side Life Expectancy
- Police say they are cracking down on drug sales that drive the violence in West Garfield Park, which has the highest homicide rate of Chicago's 77 community areas.
This is not news to the community, still reeling from the death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who became yet another symbol of the city's seemingly uncontrollable gun violence when she was shot to death at a sleepover last month in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue. Tevin Lee, 19, has been charged in her death in what prosecutors say is a case of gang retaliation.
Also recently, a study released by the city found West Garfield Park has the lowest life expectancy of Chicago community areas but offered few reasons for the ranking.
Since 011 is leading the annual homicide race by double digits at last count (a 100% increase over last year), that might have something to with the lowered life expectancies. And having a commander who leads the city in brutality CR numbers and (alleged) hoplophobic dental work doesn't seem to be having an impact.