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Davis, a street dealer, lights a joint.

Davis, a street dealer, lights a joint. "I love what I do," says Davis. "I would die for what I do." (View larger version)

Photograph by Wall to Wall Media


  • Chicago has a population of 2.7 million.

  • Chicago's murder rate was 16 per cent greater in 2012 than in 2011.

  • There have been over 2,000 US troop deaths in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001; Chicago has seen nearly 5,000 gunshot victims during the same period.

  • In 2010 the number of suburban kids overdosing on heroin more than doubled from the previous two years.

  • Dropping about 9% from 2011, Chicago police made 35,000 drug related arrests.

  • The frequency of drug related arrests are higher than any other arrest category in Chicago.

  • Gang borders in South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, Roseland and Austin are some of the most lethal parts of Chicago.

  • An estimated 70, 000 Chicagoans are involved with gangs and staff the drug business that keeps gangs running.

  • Chicago has the 3rd highest US urban poverty rate and the worst African American poverty rate in the nation. One third of Chicago's children are in poverty.

  • Chicago's income inequality is similar to that of El Salvador, a nation of striking income inequality that in 2011 had the second highest murder rate in the world.

  • Arrests for heroin went up 9 percent in 2012.

Stephan Wissing
Stephan Wissing

I noticed on the commercial they refer to Chicago as shytown when in reality it's chitown, pronounced like chinatown without the na.