No blog can be truly taken seriously without regular features (no blog I say). I am happy to introduce our first regular feature: Best Place. Essentially, I will pick several criminal activities that one could either partake in or be a victim of and list the single best Community Area to do that based on the reported crime statistics. The obligatory disclaimer here is that my attempt to make crime data exciting in this feature should not be misconstrued as advocacy for actually partaking in or being a victim of any criminal activity. However fun it might seem to purposefully get yourself robbed to “win” the category for your neighborhood, it seems like it could be risky. I imagine that Best Place categories will act as a launching pad for more comprehensive posts, and I also encourage everyone to suggest categories for future Best Place installments in the comments.
So, here it is, the first Best Place map:
I had no idea when I selected these categories that Washington Park would win three of them. With the caveats listed above in mind, if anyone wants to take a drive to Washington Park and see if you can buy hallucinogens and a hooker before you get carjacked, feel free to post your experiences in the comments.
Now, another new idea, putting the boring data details at the bottom of the post in italics:
Buy Crack: Based on per capita reported crimes for manufacture and distribution of crack.
Get a Hooker: Based on per capita reported crimes in the Prostitution category.
Get Carjacked: Based on per capita reported crimes for vehicular hijacking and aggravated vehicular hijacking, with the later weighted 1.5 times as much as the former.
Have Non-consensual intercourse: Based on per capita reported crimes in the Criminal Sexual Assault category.
Get Killed: Based on per capita reported crimes in the Homicide: 1st or 2nd Degree category.
Buy Hallucinogens: Based on per capita reported crimes for manufacture and distribution of hallucinogens.
Buy Bogus Drugs: Based on per capita reported crimes for possession of look-alike drugs.
Get Ripped Off: Based on per capita reported crimes in the Fraud category.