Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

(Suburban residents) Be afraid, be very afraid

While most suburbanites believe that crime happens mostly in the city, the reality is that much crime happens in the suburbs, especially mass killings--with the exception of the recent killings at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC last fall.  Mass killings tend to not happen much in big cities.

(Although it's plenty true that murder is a problem in big cities, although it is typically a function of dynamics in impoverished neighborhoods, and such neighborhoods and populations typically bear the brunt of crime, including murder.)

Today, news reports are that three people, probably including the shooter, were shot dead in a shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland, which is in Howard County, one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S.

See "Three people killed in shooting at the Columbia Mall" from the Baltimore Sun.

From the article:
Mohammed Zaidi, an 18-year-old employee of JC Penney, said customers ducked for cover after hearing gunshots. The store management then gathered people in the juniors department. "Some people were crying and really scared. I was really surprised, especially here. You don't really see that here."
Umm, you do... in Colorado, New Jersey, and elsewhere.

cf. "Slaying of Asian American at club not a hate crime, officials say" from the Los Angeles Times.  A crazy killing of a woman in line at a nightclub by other women, in Santa Ana in Orange County, California.  This happened a couple days ago.

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