Tuesday, June 12, 2007

NOLA Murder Clusters

Of New Orleans' 87 murders (as of 6/12/07), 75 murders occurred inside the shaded area of the map below. That's 86% of the murders. (NOTE: These are my numbers. If you see any errors, please let me know.)

The twelve murders that did not occur in the shaded area are marked with blue placemarks. Two of those are west of the Industrial Canal. Ten are in N.O. East, including a cluster of five murders in the Little Woods area only blocks away from each other.

Also, there are neighborhoods where murders happen in clusters (more than two close together). This map displays those in the shaded areas, as well as the non-cluster murders as blue placemarks.

The neighborhood clusters:
Mid-City/Treme/7th Ward – 25 murders
Central City – 16 murders
Marigny/Bywater/9th Ward – 12 murders
Algiers/Behrman – 8 murders
Hollygrove/Leonidas – 6 murders
Little Woods – 5 murders
Notice there are five areas outside of the clusters where two murders happened within blocks of each other.

A few conclusions can be made from these maps. I am still working on some. In the meantime, I offer the maps up to the gods of the internets.


Anonymous said...

So, what are we supposed to do?? Carry a gun in defense? Move out? Ask for help? The police knew all this long before you told us. They are either ineffective or don't care. I don't understand the thrust of this cluster map. Am I warned, yes. Am I worried, yes. No one seems to care enough to stop the killing (and other crimes.) This community is broken, and WAS broken pre-K. How do we expect to attract families and companies to our city with a track record like this? This is becomming a haven for the the lawless and soon will be the lawless ONLY. I'm looking at leaving, can't sell my house! How about you? We are getting to be worse than a 'third world.'

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see where Ed Blakely's Recovery Zones fall on that map.

da po' boy said...

Anonymous 1: The map "is what it is," as the NOPD might say.

Anonymous 2: That sounds like a good blog post.

Thank you both for commenting.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a more detailed breakdown of the Mid-City/Treme/7th Ward Murders and an outline of each of the cluster boundaries you name. I think if we compared maps of community resources we would see areas where more resources need to be invested e.g. summer/afterschool programs, child care, health clincs.