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Old 03-24-2014, 05:45 AM
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A little bit of controversy has started with some comments made by County Supervisors about Eastern PWC sparked a editoral on Insidenova.com:

Editorial: Stewart takes a swipe at eastern Prince William County - INSIDENOVA.COM: Prince William

In recently arguing his case for more police officers (and perhaps higher taxes) in next year’s fiscal county budget, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart also managed to perpetuate an unfortunate stereotype.

“It’s not just in Woodbridge or Dale City, it’s not just in places where people would think these things would occur,” Stewart said of what he perceives as a spike in crime. “They are happening in the western end of the county.”

Really, Mr. Stewart? We expect rape, robbery and murder on the east end but not the west end?
He might as well have called it “Hoodbridge,” that embarrassing nickname that started who knows where, but it seems to have stuck.
Certainly I am sure there will be some who will say that perhaps what he is saying is being misinterpreted, but in my time in Prince William County it appears that there are a lot of areas lumped together on the Eastern side of the county and labeled as being all the same. Just like most places I have seen some good areas and some not so good. Do you feel as though the Eastern part of PWC is unfairly criticized or do you think there are valid concerns versus the concerns of Western PWC?
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:42 AM
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I feel that Eastern PWC will never truly be able to shake the stigma of being "Hoodbridge". I believe the biggest contributor is higher population density. I believe that with the rising population density in Western PWC that there would be a rise in the amount of crime in that area as well.

As for Corey Stewart's statement, it seems as if he was quoted in an inflammatory way. I personally take any quotes in the media with a grain of salt and two grains when in an editorial article.
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