Sunday’s Chronicle ran an interesting analytical piece by Yang Wang on Houston gang activity (hat tip to Jason for the link to the belated Chron.com version). Here is some of the hard data from the story (which was supplied a rather weak headline):
The Chronicle analysis found more than 11,000 criminal activities were identified by Houston police as gang-related from 2007 to September 2010.
More than 1,400 people were assaulted, and more than 2,000 families and businesses were ripped off by thugs in the city.
The cost in property loss: $29 million, according to the data. (Yang Wang, The innocent pay a toll in gang crime, Houston Chronicle)
The glance at Houston gang activity (even “longer” articles in the ever-shrinking Chronicle are a glance, when compared to longer articles that appear in grownup newspapers) is a welcome one, since the Chronicle along with other media have tended to downplay Houston gang activity or ignore it outright in their coverage. One of the best long-form articles on the topic remains the one that Skip Hollandsworth did for Texas Monthly in 2006.