Once, but that was long ago in a galaxy far, far away:
Now you don't stop too long on a street corner, even if you are the ward committeman and granted a bit of slack. You don't expect to live past twenty-one. Everyone's got a gun, even though Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. It is only the law-abiding who don't have a gun, and they don't go to that part of the city.
Street By Street
It was bad when I grew up there. I used to joke that if you left the IIT campus where I was getting my college education across Wabash Avenue to the east or 35th Street to the south, you had a half-life measured in minutes during the day and seconds at night.