I don't really worry about the beer-selling stores as I do other things in my neighborhood. We have more crime coming from our neighborhood boys and girls club than we do from the c-store across the street from the club. The club was recently partially demolished and those of us in the immediate area around it saw an overnight drop in the "usual" crime, primarily vandalism, theft, and robbery. The amount of trash thrown into our yards is now virtually non-existent as well. It's open, but fewer kids go there now. Even the officers in our area tell us to be more wary of the club than of the folks just walking down the street. Maybe that place needs to be relocated 500 feet away from homes.
No kidding. I guess in the rush to create livable and walkable communities, he forgets those who walk to the neighborhood grocery for the makings of the evening meal and a six-pack.
I was thinking more Cleveland that Detroit myself, with the inner-burbs going to pot in favor of new burbs one county over.
I vaguely remember a recent push to eliminate the word "minority" from all City Council business dealings, but I don't remember exactly who was behind it. I found that kind of interesting given the relatively recent(last 5-10 years) demographic change and the ramifications of such when dealing with a program like one that gives a nod to minority owned businesses who want to deal with the local government.
When the police corner an intoxicated, armed suspect who ran up your driveway at 11pm in the evening, right next to your bedroom window...with guns drawn....I'd say it's not a matter of fearmongering concerning crime. When you don't only know people with Handgun Carry Permits but actually know people who've had to defend their lives using it, I don't think it's a matter of fearmongering concerning crime. The Libertyland area might not be rife with criminals, but there are areas in the district you hoped to represent with just a little bit of a crime problem. Around here, we care a little more about not needing a loaded handgun to fend off thuglets while working in our front yards than we do about saving a roller coaster. I'm more concerned with not being robbed while raking, as my elderly neighbor was, than with what happens to an amusement park a couple miles away. There's a lot more to the district than a patch of asphalt ajoining the haute little Cooper-Young neighborhood you know.
So, was that 20,000 person increase due to real, actual growth or merely annexation? 20,000 folks who'd willingly move into the City would be amazing...yet I don't think that's the case.
And yes, I agree that Chumney and Morris are just beating each other up. Together they'll get a majority vote, but the mayoral election isn't exactly a team sport, is it?
I have heard that one reason they have such a difficult time getting truancy charges to "stick" is the attendance keeping issue. I've also been told by more than one MCS educator that due to NCLB attendance guidelines and its relationship with funding, the teachers are "asked" by school administration to mark those absent as present. I don't think switching from a computer to the old green attendance book is going to change what the educators are being pressured into doing at some of the City's schools.
If the Gateway exam was such a giant hurdle to a real diploma, wouldn't more than 10% of the system's graduating seniors have trouble passing it? All I'm seeing are people who can't meet basic education requirements complaining and litigating for something the rest of us had to earn through actual hard work and study. If you can't meet ninth grade requirements as a senior after multiple attempts at the test, maybe you shouldn't be graduating. If you can't do ninth grade math, what makes you think you'll make it through a remedial math course in college...much less Algebra or Calculus that comes later.
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