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Chinatown residents want underreported safety issues addressed

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

Heading west from 24th Pl. and Princeton Ave. in Chicago’s Chinatown, Haiting Yu walks through an underpass with rusty-looking infrastructure and cracks on the wall. A few feet into the tunnel, a light blinks. Some are completely out.

Chinatown underpass
Yu says she is afraid of being robbed when going through the rusty-looking underpass on the corner of 24th Pl. and Stewart Ave. (Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang/MEDILL)

Feeling water dripping down from above, Yu picks up her pace.

“You have to be careful when you cross the underpass, especially at night,” she says. “People will take your bags.”

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Here’s why you need to pay attention to rising water levels in Lake Michigan

By Caley Chelios

Lake Michigan’s water levels have risen significantly since hitting an all-time low two years ago. Levels are three feet higher than they were in January 2013. The resurgence of water has had a positive effect on commercial shipping, recreational boaters and our ecosystems. However, not all the effects have been positive. The increased water levels have led to significant erosion that has depleted Chicago beaches and may damage unprotected shoreline properties throughout the summer.

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When volunteers help connect beat cops with communities, crime often goes down

By Jasmine Cen

A beat facilitator is a volunteer who connects Chicago police officers working a beat with members of the community to help combat neighborhood violence.

Beat facilitators meet monthly with the officers to talk about safety concerns at Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings. The CAPS program began in 1993. More than 200 meetings happen every month. Continue reading When volunteers help connect beat cops with communities, crime often goes down