For those who say politics is local… #thedemocratblueprint
”Lightfoot noted that “a lot of what we’re seeing out there are crimes of poverty.” That underscores the need to invest heavily in the South and West side neighborhoods suffering from “systemic disinvestment” that has dragged on for decades.
“There’s young guys out there who get a small amount of money to essentially patrol their streets, but are telling me, `We have nothing.’ It’s difficult to make a persuasive argument not to be involved in the illegal drug trade, for example, when there are no other economic activities and opportunities out there for young men and women to participate in,” she said.”
The violence that plagues these economically-isolated and racially-segregated communities is also no surprise. It’s what happens when the government and private capital pull out and focus elsewhere,” she said.
Lightfoot said her determination to change “systems predicated on race” is what motivated her to start her administration by ending the virtually iron-fisted control that local aldermen have over licensing and permitting in their wards while taking longer-term aim at aldermanic prerogative over zoning.
“Some aldermen and their benefactors in the real estate industry have used it to reinforce segregation in Chicago. To pile subsidized and affordable housing into black and brown wards and keep it out of white wards,” she said.
“They’ve used it to make the cost of opening and running a business so high that entrepreneurs are shut out from a chance to make a living, invest in a neighborhood. …Alderman prerogative is a tool that has been used by the powerful to build a system that excludes, disinvests and isolates working people. Ending it was fundamentally necessary to achieve the police goals I am outlining here today.”
Lightfoot ties cycle of gang violence to ‘systemic disinvestment’ in South, West sides
New mayor lowers the bar after extra police efforts over Memorial Day weekend yield results tragically similar to previous years.