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HOW CHICAGO CAN MAKE ITSELF SAFE
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IN A WORD: WHEN COMES TO SAFETY
CHICAGO NEEDS TO ENTER THE DIGITAL AGE


think A SAFE CHICAGO is impossible?
a CITY where you can go
anywhere without fearing for you life?

Chicago NEEDS TO FREE ITSELF FROM 
THAT DESTRUCTIVE MINDSET

CHICAGO will make itself safe when it
wants to make itself safe. 

[ SIMPLE AS THAT ]

How so? WHEN IT USES ITS digital age SAFETY
RESOURCES TO DO SO,
America's

industrial-age
I Will City
will make itself safe as a
digital-age

We Will City

1safe digital age cities use digital-age communication technologies so they can function as large communities where citizens and leaders are responsive and accountable to each other to maintain citywide safety. 

1. ACCEPT THAT Violence reduction IS THE WRONG WAY TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE IN A DIGITAL-AGE  

1. commit to realizing the universaLLY DESIRED GOAL of CITYWIDE SAFETY.

2. make effective use of all four of their public safety resources 

In a digital-age citywide safety is a citywide undertaking involving the integration and deployment a city's four safety resources: public safety (traditionally, city police), public health (medical, sociological professionals), public communications (public, community and commercial media) and the public itself (city leaders and residents).

The myth of the unsolvability of violence holds Chicago in its grip. No one questions it. It's reinforced day in and day out in Chicago's news media, especially the local TV stations to which Chicagoans turn for their daily news, sports and weather. The stock in trade of stations is if-it-bleeds-it-leads crime-stories and soundbites of violence- related feuds at City Hall. To all this add the periodic blizzards of mind-numbing election-time TV attack ads where mayoral candidates make overblown promises of safety or attack their opponents' failure to reduce it. Granted, stations do promote local anti-violence programs and the safety-focused efforts of individual Chicagoans. But next to nothing positive from Chicago's leaders because there's almost never anything positive to report. 

  

3. chicago's core safety resource - the people of chicago - is overlooked by chicago's leaders and chicago's media

​Chicagoans may be inured to violence but that doesn't mean they don't yearn for safety, many of them desperately so. the experiences, insights, skills, talents, wisdom and boundless energies that Chicago needs in order to address violence effectively. Yet once media give it expression in ways that enable Chicagoans and their leaders to listen to and learn from each other in a citywide drive to make itself SAFE for all residents - perhaps the safest big city in America, as Mayor Lightfoot was saying in 2019 - this yearning for a  universally desired goal will be respected and cherished as Chicago's most powerful public safety resource. It will fuels the media-based engine that makes and keeps Chicago SAFE. 

4. tapping the MARKET OF THE WHOLE of all chicagoans who yearn for safety.

 MEMO TO CHICAGO'S MEDIA: 

The market of Chicago's 2.7 million residents who yearn for safety is the largest of all large Chicago markets, larger even than the markets for Chicago's beloved pro sports teams.  To this add some seven million collar-county residents who yearn for safety and you have a MARKET OF THE WHOLE of some nine million Chicagoans and Chicagolanders with a stake in safe neighborhoods, safe city and a safe region. This market is a PROFIT CENTER for region-area media that tap it in ways that earn the RESPECT and TRUST of citizens and elected leaders alike by informing, inspiring and mobilizing them to get good things done in their communities.

5. chicago's MEDIA are well equipped to TO enable all chicagoans (leaders included) to respect  and trust each other

vI. chicago's mEDIA CAN create LEVEL,

TRUSTWORTHY POLITICAL PLAYING FIELDS

that inform, inspire and mobilize

chicagoans to make chicago safe

iN CHICAGO TODAY, POLITICAL trust IS EARNED OR

LOST ON THE ONLY playing field where trust CAN

BE EARNED IN a digital age: in CHICAGO'S MEDIA.

to be trustworthy, THIS DIGITAL PLAYING FIELD

MUST BE LEVEL: AS LEVEL AS THE TELECASTS OF

OF THE RULE-GOVERNED CONTESTS OF CHICAGO'S

BELOVED PRO SPORTS TEAMS. THE on-field RULES

and referees, the INSTANT REPLAYS AND the EXPERT

COMMENTARY that mark these TELECASTS HAVE

EARNED AND MAINTAINED THE TRUST

OF CHICAGO SPORTS FANS. 

These telecasts provide a model for trustworthy,

productive political discourse, both contested

and uncontested. They CAN be adapted to CONNECT

CHICAGOANS AND THEIR LEADERS IN TRUSTWORTHY,

RULE-GOVERNED DELIBERATIONS THAT get good

things done IN CHICAGO BY BRINGING OUT THE

BEST IN CITIZENS AND LEADERS ALIKE.)

SIMPLE AS THAT. 

vii. what does it mean for media to 

BRING OUT THE BEST IN CHICAGO?

BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN ALL

CHICAGOANS MEANS TAPping DEEP INTO THE 

ExperiencES, Insights, Talents, Wisdom,

boundless energIES AND Yearning for Safety

OF THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO (LEADERS INCLUDED)

in ways that actually make chicago safe.

FIRST, HOWEVER, chicago's leaders

MUST to earn A DEGREE OF CITIZEN trust.

SO WHICH OF CHICAGO'S MEDIA ARE

BEST EQUIPPED TO ENABLE CHICAgO'S

LEADERS TO EARN CITIZEN TRUST?

Viii. chicago's network tv stations can 

help chicago make itself safe 

so WHERE DO MOST CHICAGOANS TURN

FOR THEIR LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS AND WEATHER?

THEY TURN TO SIX tv STATIONS THAT ARE FULLY EQUIPPED

BOTH TO ENABLE CHICAGO'S LEADERS TO EARN CITIZEN

TRUST AND TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN ALL CHICAGOANS.

OTHER CHICAGO MEDIA - NEWSPAPERS, RADIO, ONLINE -

WILL SUPPLEMENT THEIR PROGRAMMING MUCH AS THEY

AMPLIFY, ENRICH AND CRITIQUE THE TELECASTS

OF CHICAGO'S PRO SPORTS TEAMS.