2010 Pittsblog Predictions Revisited: Part 7

Into the home stretch with updates to my 2010 predictions.  Today:

7. Law and Order: The U.S. Justice Department will announce a major antitrust investigation aimed at a Pittsburgh institution. The homicide rate in Pittsburgh will increase in 2010.

Two pretty clear predictions there. On the first -- antitrust -- no dice, although the Obama Administration has stepped up the pace of antitrust enforcement generally. On the second -- the homicide rate -- it looks to me like the number went up, but after quite a bit of searching I couldn't find a year-to-date number for 2010. Of course, the number of homicides was strikingly low in 2009. At least as important than the overall numbers, however, are the patterns. Take a look at these helpful Google Maps mashups assembled by the Post-Gazette, displaying each Allegheny County homicide by race, gender, and location. Here's the map for 2009. Here's the map for 2010.  Pittsburgh is proud of its reputation as a city that is relatively free of violent crime. The maps confirm some continuing problems. 

One mark out of two in this category.

Tomorrow: Community.

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