Chicago’s ‘Most Violent Neighborhood’ Is On The Rise, Offers More Than Just Homicide Statistics

“There are really great people who live there.”

This is how Darnell Shields Jr., director of operations of Austin Coming Together, started our conversation about Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

Others, particularly those who only know of Austin by name, would most likely start a conversation about the infamous neighborhood off differently. One of Chicago’s largest communities, Austin is notorious for having more homicides than any other Chicago community area, the sole fact most outsiders know about the neighborhood.

But for nearly 100,000 Chicagoans, Austin is much more than a homicide total.” ~ Mason Johnson Writer for

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