That Roosevelt stop, which serves the Green and Orange lines on the elevated tracks and the Red Line below, was the No. 1 station for rail crime between 2009 and June 13 of this year, according to the analysis.
St. George, who is working as an intern at the Shedd Aquarium, seemed surprised when advised that she should consider keeping the phone out of view. "So I should put the phone in my purse? Thank you, I appreciate it," she said.
In addition to the Red Line, which operates around the clock between some of Chicago's most affluent neighborhoods as well as through some of its poorest, crimes committed against rail passengers were also pervasive on the Green Line, which goes through the West Side, and the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line, which also travels east-west, the analysis found.
Perplexed, we looked at the article and found an interesting statement:
Crimes targeting CTA customers are highly concentrated in the downtown area, where dozens of bus routes converge and Loop trains operate, as well as on the entire Red Line, according to a new Tribune analysis.Ok, this makes sense. Where the most people come and go probably results in the most crime. However, looking closer at the Tribune's list and map, you will notice that none of the stops in the Loop are cited as "stations with the most crimes". Upon examining the story further we found this little blurb about loop stations:
Because of the close proximity of stations in the Loop, both elevated and subway, crimes could not confidently be attributed to individual stations. Similar limitations occurred at the Roosevelt subway and elevated stations.So, if I'm reading this right, these "limitations" prevented loop stations from being included in the study, but not the Roosevelt station? Interesting.
I'm not suggesting that there aren't a lot of crimes around the Roosevelt stop or that it should not be a serious issue in the neighborhood. I'm just upset that such a negative statement about our neighborhood is being widely circulated across the city even though "limitations" about this study (and specifically this stop) exist.
Yes, the Tribune put an asterisk by the Roosevelt stop, but why didn't they do the same for the Loop stations and include those in the study? Regardless, the South Loop is left with a city wide perception (or fact if you believe it) that the "Roosevelt station has the most crime in the city".
So what do you think? Are we missing the point? Are we simply trying to spin this to make the South Loop look better? Did the Tribune recklessly give the Sloop a black-eye? Does this change your perception of the neighborhood? or the Roosevelt stop?
(Hat tip: N & AS!)