How a school shutdown can impact a neighborhood

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School closings are nothing new to Chicago.

But what we found is that the consequences of shutting-down a single school can echo through a neighborhood for months — even years, depending on what happens to the building once all the students are gone.

Lourdes Duarte has the story.

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  • John

    "Broken Window Theory". If the neighborhood will allow such vandalism and graffiti to persist, they are inviting bigger violations such as public drunkenness, loitering, drug-dealing, and shootings to happen. Unfixed broken windows and other neighborhood eyesores give an impression that the neighborhood doesn't give a damn that's why thugs take over and mess up the whole place.