What's wrong with Chester?
September 17, 2008 9:17 PM   Subscribe

What's wrong with Chester?
One month after my last project about hopeful Obama supporters in desperately poor Chester, PA, a violent crime wave shook the small city of 35,000, leaving 6 dead and more injured in a single week. I went back to Chester and dug in, hoping to capture a more detailed picture about what was happening there than minimal local news coverage afforded. This is the resulting online series, my own newspaper coverage and extra commentary. Part Two of the online series takes us to the city’s East Side, where you can get some angel dust on your way to work. While the East Side is definitely rough stuff, the homicides were confined to a small square of land on the West Side. This news story tells what I found there, which the media missed and the police deny outright. Then I did an additional commentary after the article ran, posing the question of whether a connection to gangs in an execution double homicide was missed. Part Three of the online series offers more evidence of gang activity on the city’s West Side. The final installment looks at a community revitalization plan and the neighborhood surrounding what is touted as the city's best hope yet...a professional soccer stadium?
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