Redistricting and Neighborhood Violence in Chicago

Some of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods have also been, historically, some of the most politically disenfranchised. The visualization on the left highlights six high violent crime neighborhoods in red beneath the city's ward boundaries for every decade since 1961. The video is six seconds long, you may have to replay it a few times. Pay attention to one neighborhood at a time. See how often the ward boundaries change. They change enormously. 

Now view the visualization on the right, which highlights seven more affluent Chicago neighborhoods beneath city ward boundaries. Some neighborhoods like Bridgeport, Beverly, and Edison Park have been in the same ward since 1961. That's nearly 60 years of stable political representation. Now imagine how Austin, Little Village, or Englewood might have benefitted from such prolonged political stability.