Policy Documents

No. 54 The Killing Can Be Stopped

Randy Barnett, Joseph L. Bast, Michael Finch, Robert J. Genetski, David H. Padden, Daniel Polsby, and Herbert J. Walberg –
November 1, 1992

In 1992, the city of Chicago was reeling from the shooting death of Dantrell Davis, a 7-year-old boy caught in the crossfire of gangs battling for control of the city's notorious Cabrini Green public housing project.

The Heartland Institute, an independent nonprofit research organization, convened a group of seven experts on urban public policy to put forward a free-market plan to stop the killing. The result is a collection of powerful commentaries on housing, schools, drugs, welfare, and economic development by some of the nation's leading experts. This report combines scholarship with the urgency demanded by the situation, and it remains a compelling document for leaders of all large cities.