I've written about this before, but it's worth a second telling. Besides, how many of you read footnote #14 to the Epilogue of Cop in the Hood?
Chicago and Toronto are similar sized cities. Chicago is having a record low number of murders; Toronto is having a record high number of murders. Chicago is patting itself on the back; Toronto is in crisis mode. And the numbers:
Chicago: 450 murders a year.
Toronto: 60 murders a year.
Here's The Crime Report's summary and the full report from Chicago's WBEZ.
And if you think Canada is some homogenous lily-white country, I'd like to point out--because once again it shows that immigrants do not equal crime--that Toronto is half the residents are half foreign-born. Bet you didn't know that. That has got to be the highest percentage in the world for any big city. And I would also guess that New York City, with about 30% of residents being from another country, is number two.