I don’t think the piece is anti-Chicago. I feel sad about the way things are going here … Extremely well-known problems in Chicago which I didn’t invent … I object to the premise of your question. What I suggest is that there is a fear that is haunting Chicago. For anyone to say that no one has ever thought of this, of the drop in population and the problems with crime; … that Chicago could end up like Detroit; that this has anything to do with hating the city, I find bizarre. … Am I congratulatory and boosterish? No. The reaction here proves my point. Can Chicago not take criticism? Is there only one conversation to be had in the city as in “Go Chicago?” That was the point of my piece.
Chicago remains one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, with 515 reported homicides in 2012. But our homicide rate is still lower than cities like Detroit and Philadelphia. (Chicago saw 19 homicides per every 100,000 people, while Philadelphia saw 21.5.)
Things are, however, improving. Chicago logged 15 homicides this March, down from the 52 of last March.