One more thing about the recent downtown mob attacks.
The areas where these have occurred have, in the past, been among the quietest in the city when it comes to crimes of any kind. These are tourist areas that bring millions of dollars into Chicago and, in many cases, are the first and most important impressions visitors take home. All the more reason to solve this problem before the height of summer vacation.
I agree with Mary Mitchell, who wrote in her Sun-Times column Thursday that they are random acts of terrorism. And if you think that's an exaggeration, just look up the definition of terror--the use of violence and intimidation. A state of intense fear. A cause of anxiety.
The northwestern doctor who was attacked in Streeterville told the tribune's John Kass, "They were just going after people to make them afraid. They succeeded. Now I have to take a cab to go four blocks to my home."
Whether the goal is intimidation or grabbing someone's iPhone, the actions of these clueless thugs have resulted in people being afraid to walk around downtown--people who have never thought twice about going out at night before. And that's a shame. Should all this be bigger news than the weekly shootings and deaths in places like Englewood?
It's certainly not more important, but news is about events and information out of the ordinary. And unfortunately in many Chicago neighborhoods this kind of terrorism has been going on regularly, and for so long, it's barely news anymore. And that may be the saddest part of all of this.
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