I'm going to send the link to this blog back to the Times. I hope readers will share it with others, including leading philanthropic organizations in Chicago and other cities.
First. This is not new.
I included this 1993 Chicago SunTimes article in a story I posted in April 2015. I highlighted sections at the beginning of the article focusing on the lack of a "master plan" and at the end, showing that while many were doing something, too few were coordinating their actions, and their funding, with others.
I highlighted this story partly because it include a map showing poverty neighborhoods in Chicago. These are areas where a consistent flow of talent, dollars and resources could have been building mentor-rich, non-school tutoring, mentoring and learning programs, borrowing from examples of effective programs already working in Chicago and other cities.
I re-emphasized this in a story I posted last November, following two more high profile killings of young people in Chicago. As with many stories I've written since starting this blog in 2005, I've used maps to focus on neighborhoods where people need more help. Since 1998 I've used stories on the MappingforJustice blog to illustrate uses of maps.
I've offered a Master Plan since 1994.
I started the T/MC in 1993, and included a map-based strategy from the very beginning. Below is a handout distributed at the first Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, in May 1994, showing the strategy I was trying to find support for.