When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

25 October 2008

Tough and rumble

When Jennifer Hudson began experiencing some commercial success, she could have moved her family out of the old neighborhood - Englewood, on the South Side of Chicago.

The neighborhood, and Ms. Hudson's family, are in the spotlight this weekend, as there have been at least two deaths related to a domestic disturbance at the family home.

When neighbors heard gunshots, they didn't bother to call 911:
Paul Ciliano, a former Chicago police officer and CBS News consultant, said the Englewood neighborhood where the crimes were committed is "probably the toughest neighborhood in the city of Chicago."

"This is [a] notoriously violent area, the most shootings and car hijackings and tough-and-rumble place on the South Side of Chicago," he told Early Show anchor Priya David.
Amber Alert for Jennifer Hudson's nephew (CBS News)

At first I thought it was a Spoonerism, and then realized that it must be deliberate: "tough and rumble" is one of the best short descriptions of a bad neighborhood I think I've ever heard.

OK, it's probably in the worst possible taste to extract an interesting phrase from a news report of a family tragedy and post about it. But it grabbed me, this morning.

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