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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Community notices about crimes, Takoma DC

There is something to be said for posting notices to be watchful and aware.  But such messages tend to be pretty cryptic and not too informative as it relates to crime patterns.

For example, the murder occurred amongst patrons of the Takoma Station.  Seemingly a neighborhood establishment, the present music for younger audiences on the weekend, and these attendees tend to have a greater propensity for criminal activity.

It's very contentious though in the neighborhood, because old time residents "defend" the long-time owners, who granted don't intend for the club to be a site of regular criminal activity.  The defenders laud the jazz music played other nights of week, and ignore the hip hop.

But these residents typically don't live by the establishment, nor do they frequent it very late at night, when the problems tend to occur.

The issue then gets bent out of shape and positioned as "new residents" vs. "old residents"("Up against a regulatory wall, businesses look to expand," Washington Post) even though many of the residents complaining about the club as a nuisance have lived in the area for decades.

More on this later in a post I have been forgetting to right for a couple months.

With regard to the car break ins, the disadvantage to residential areas is that they tend to have limited activity during the day, with few people home.

That it's "broad daylight" is immaterial if there aren't eyes of the street to pay attention and help to intervene when problems develop.

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