Mslee901 
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Re: “The Most Dangerous Neighborhood in Memphis?

This was an interesting article. I live in the neighborhood named after Graceland. I've knocked on doors for the 2010 Census, I've also done property inspections in this neighborhood, and I'm active in my Neighborhood Watch. I agree that this neighborhood has gone down. I've lived here with my parents since 1982 and purchased my own home just a few streets over from thiers in 2004. I've been saying for years that the damage to this neighborhood is from the commercial real estate and the mentality of some the residents in the low income apartment sector. (Not all apartments in Whitehaven are Low income) I don't think the neighborhood is as bad as you've painted it, but I do know that it needs improvement. Maybe it's divine intervention on my behalf, but my experiences have been good. I walk my dog and ride my bike in my neighborhood and I haven't had any problems. No one has followed me or anything worse. I also carry myself like I have a right to do what I do, and that's because I do. Maybe thats why my experience is a little better. I also look like most of the residents since I am African American, so maybe that helps to. I'm wondering if you were in an apartment complex when you saw young boys on every corner, because I don't know of any single family residence neighborhoods in this area that work like that, at least not in 38116. The Raines Rd. Precinct are not going for that, and neither are the homeowners. No teenagers are standing on corners with cell phones in neighborhoods with SFR. We will call the police. Now in some of the apartments you mentioned, I definitely could see that. Wish you had mentioned exactly where you were.

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Posted by Mslee901 on 08/30/2010 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Dollars and Sense

I like a lot of your points. On the surface it sounds feasible, but after looking more into it, you can't just say because the population increased only .003 percent that's not enough to justify a .10% increase in city staffing. Was the staffing increase .05% for the police department? Which we know that crime can increase due to the economy and not a population increase. Was the staffing increase in the Public Housing division? which we know due to Katrina and the economy several people probably went the route of applying for public housing. I'd need more information on what departments the staffing increase pertained to before you'd get my vote. Some good ideas though, and definitely some wasteful spending by government addressed in the article.

Posted by Mslee901 on 04/03/2010 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Dollars and Sense

I like a lot of your points. On the surface it sounds feasible, but after looking more into it, you can't just say because the population increased only .003 percent that's not enough to justify a .10% increase in city staffing. Was the staffing increase .05% for the police department? Which we know that crime can increase due to the economy and not a population increase. Was the staffing increase in the Public Housing division? which we know due to Katrina and the economy several people probably went the route of applying for public housing. I'd need more information on what departments the staffing increase pertained to before you'd get my vote. Some good ideas though.

Posted by Mslee901 on 04/03/2010 at 11:40 AM
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