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 chicago Civic Media 

MAKE CHICAGO SAFE!

Chicago did

AMAZING things in its

INDUSTRIAL AGE

Chicago CAN DO

AMAZING things in its

DIGITAL AGE

SEAL OF INCOMPLETION

THIS SITE OFFICIALLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

But you're welcome to see what's going on.  

It changes day by day.  Its main pieces

Chicago SAFE Parts I and II -

are about complete.

See below for the experience.  

chicago will
make itself safe only
when it enters the
digital age
in the field of
public safety

we're not there yet.
think about it.


four decades into the digital age
chicago's public safety thinking
is stuck in the industrial age


the city TRies (AND invariably FAILs)
merely to reduce violence WHEN its
only digital-age public safety
option is a citywide commitment to


citywide safety

"BRING THE PUBLIC INTO PUBLIC SAFETY"

the need for this COMMITment 
becomes clear when you consider THE
last 100 years OF public safety in chicago
from DIGITAL-AGE (media-based)
PERSPECTIVES on its 

Got it? THEn here are some ideas for a
digital-age public safety strategy for chicago,
GROUNDED IN CHICAGO'S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: 

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HE SURE CAN. If we listen to him. Daniel Burnham's celebrated 1909 Plan of Chicago shaped the Chicago we know today. It gave the city its cherished 17-mile public lakefront. And it affirms "GOOD CITIZENSHIP [as] the prime object of good city plan- ning." In the digital age, GOOD CITIZENSHIP is the prime object of good city planning and - as never before - of good PUBLIC SAFETY planning as well. 

 HEAR BURNHAM'S "2019" SPEECH

  AT THE CITY CLUB OF CHICAGO

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PART I proposes that Chicago replace its ruinously failed, six-decade struggle to merely REDUCE its violence with a media-based, digital-age stra- tegy to make itself SAFE by BRINGING OUT THE BEST in Chicagoans and their leaders. Not the WORST, as Chicago and its media have done ever since the rise of heavily-armed, drug-dealing, youth-victimizing

street gangs in the 1960's.

           GO TO CHICAGO SAFE I