so what COUNTS As a

substantial PROJECT?

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT ON GREAT PUBIC SAFETY PROJECTS
WHEN CHICAGO IS TAPPING THE MINDS OF CHICAGOANS
OF ALL AGES, GENDERS, RACES AND BACKGROUNDS
TO DEVELOP THEM.

HERE ARE SOME CRITERIA FOR "SUBSTANTIAL"

 

  • It's DOABLE within a four-to six-week timeframe

  • LOW COST or NO COST. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars. Start using citizen IQ and willpower. 

  • "SUBSTANTIAL" in terms of public (not just political or media) support

  • HAVE MORE CITYWIDE THAN LOCAL IMPACT Should be meaning for the people of Chicago. Citizen-generated, locally-focused Chicago SAFE projects can come later.

THE FOES CAN AGREE TO DO ANY NUMBER OF SUBSTANTIAL THINGS. THEY CAN:

THEY

  • COLLABORATE ON A WORTHWHILE OLDER PROJECT THAT NEVER GOT THE SUPPORT IT NEEDED, SUCH AS

    • A  PROJECT SUGGESTED BY A CHICAGOAN, CHICAGO STUDENT OR ACADEMIC, A CHICAGO FOUNDATION OR A CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD OR PUBLIC SAFETY GROUP.​

Here's an example of a great public safety program that had major community impact and support in the Austin neighborwood for several years in the late 1990's. Known as the Shutdown Project,  it was an instance of media-based community policing so successful in the 15th, 11th and 25 police districts that it might well have been implemented in all 25 of Chicago's police districts at that time, as we proposed . 

We mention this project because basically it was MEDIA-BASED COMMUNITY that used community and citywide media to get citizens and police cooperating in identifying and permamently shutting down DOZENS of public drug dealing areas in Austin. 

  • COLLABORATE ON A NEW PROJECT OF THEIR OWN DESIGN

    • Agree on a NEEDED CHANGE, find the people needed to fix it, oversee completion of the project.

    • Again, listen to Chicagoans for great ideas. ESPECIALLY Chicago middle school and high school students living in gang neighborhoods. These kids are the primary VICTIMS of violence and often the PERPETRATORS. In a word, they know things about violence, and how best to deal with it, that adults have no idea of.

    • 4 meetings with expert criminologists like John Hagedorn (UIC)Andrew Papachristos (Northwestern) and the folks at the UC Crime Lab.

  • GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER and report back to Chicago on what you learned and have decided to do to MAKE CHICAGO SAFE.

    • 4 meals together,

    • 4 sails on Lake Michigan,

    • 4 Bulls or Blackhawk games​

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  • LISTEN TO AND LEARN FROM CHICAGO TOGETHER (and report back to Chicago on what you learned about setting an agenda for Chicago SAFE)

    • 4 joint 1 hour radio talk show appearance appearances on ​

    • 4 rides on the CTA

    • 4 CPD ridealongs 

    • 4 meetings with LSC high school student reps

    • 4 televised public meetings with Chicago 

  • ORGANIZE CHICAGO TO MAKE CHICAGO SAFE 

    • All sports teams​

    • All 6 network TV stations

    • Meet with Chicago faith groups

    • Meet with Chicago business leaders to generate advertising support for future Chicago SAFE TV programming

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