Houston's crime – and the evacuees

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    Wow. Only two questions, but each worth ten million dollars.
    I’ve been agonizing over the first one for weeks, cuz in many ways, the crime in NOLA is what led to so many other problems. And like everything else, the crime was tied up in a series of chicken:egg conundrums… But for today, and the immediate future, New Orleans has an unprecedented opportunity to “own” its neighborhoods, because the people who are there know each other, block by block.
    As a community-based effort, simple refusal to just turn the blind eye, or taking conversations beyond the front porch about specific drug trafficking (etc.) while the police have the ability – the space to be proactive, might slow resurgence. Now. While crime is low.
    I like the Guardian Angels, not as a specific group, but as a concept. It isn’t about vigilante-ism, but vastly heightened awareness combined with a desire to shut it down at the micro-level.
    Beyond those approaches, though, the solutions are elusive. Throwing money at an entrenched crime problem doesn’t make it go away. Once the cycle has started for an individual, or a neighborhood (or a city), it is like a cancer.
    When will there be a change in all of this? sigh… I wish I even had the smallest clue.

  2. You know, I would like to chat more about this ‘ownership’ of neighborhoods that you talk about since I’m here in nola.
    In the meantime, I have some more questions…
    I saw in a Hou. chron. article that said the police were training leasing/apt. complex managers to be able to somehow help this situation. That is, educating them on their clients. And I thought – What? How are they going to help? Isn’t it too late for that area? –
    And I just wonder. I wonder what the resolution is. Is it just more cops? And I also wonder why there were clusters of this going on in New Orleans, and now, there are clusters of violence going on in Houston. (I don’t mean to suggest this is new there – it isn’t).
    It does seem, however, there is a correlating behavior between the 2 cities.
    Is it as simple as gang activity? Or is it more of a tradition? You know, people simply used to getting rid of each other with the gun?
    Is it so very chicken and the egg. Sigh.

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