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Old 12-20-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Another day, another murder. This one (supposedly) in retaliation for the shooting Sunday. I've heard the saying don't believe anything you read, and I'd really like all these stories to be a complete lie, but I know better.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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I am moving back to New Orleans (my hometown) after being gone 15 years. I left as a single person in his mid-20s, and will return as a husband, and a father of 8 week old twins. My new commute takes me past BW Cooper on Earhart so this story really hit home for me.

I think you take back the city block by block, starting with your own neighborhood. I chose to buy a home in a neighborhood that is not without crime, but that appears to have a strong and active community. As is the case with most New Orleans neighborhoods, a walk of just a few blocks takes me into an area that is not the best. My hope, and what I will work to do, is to spread the good a little further each week, month, etc. Most people want to have a good safe environment, regardless of their financial situation, ethnic background, etc. I think the best way to do that is to build a shared sense of community.

Incidentally, it seems to me this is exactly what is happening in the area where the muses streets intersect with Magazine, and even Tchoupitoulas . I was in town recently looking for a place to buy, and was staying on Canal. I went for a run one evening down St. Charles and decided to come back down Magazine. In the past I would've been nervous as I crossed Washington Avenue headed downtown. I have to say that area has really come along.

I hope this doesn't sound too polly-anna, but you asked for tangible actions. Getting to know our neighbors and neighborhood seems like something that works and that most people can do with just a little effort.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I am moving back to New Orleans (my hometown) after being gone 15 years. I left as a single person in his mid-20s, and will return as a husband, and a father of 8 week old twins. My new commute takes me past BW Cooper on Earhart so this story really hit home for me.

I think you take back the city block by block, starting with your own neighborhood. I chose to buy a home in a neighborhood that is not without crime, but that appears to have a strong and active community. As is the case with most New Orleans neighborhoods, a walk of just a few blocks takes me into an area that is not the best. My hope, and what I will work to do, is to spread the good a little further each week, month, etc. Most people want to have a good safe environment, regardless of their financial situation, ethnic background, etc. I think the best way to do that is to build a shared sense of community.

Incidentally, it seems to me this is exactly what is happening in the area where the muses streets intersect with Magazine, and even Tchoupitoulas . I was in town recently looking for a place to buy, and was staying on Canal. I went for a run one evening down St. Charles and decided to come back down Magazine. In the past I would've been nervous as I crossed Washington Avenue headed downtown. I have to say that area has really come along.

I hope this doesn't sound too polly-anna, but you asked for tangible actions. Getting to know our neighbors and neighborhood seems like something that works and that most people can do with just a little effort.
Oh no, I agree completely. I don't live in a super safe neighborhood by any means, so I keep an eye out for trouble, but at the end of the day, we're just a bunch of dudes banging away at our keyboards. I finally had a positive note this week- the blighted house next door to me, which has siding that hangs over my backyard, is finally being worked on. Piece-by-piece happenings like that can really have a positive, "make or break" impact on our neighborhoods. That along with being a good neighbor, even when others aren't, is really about as much as we can do.
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