Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Still "Just Like Detroit"
We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, note that 79Th Street from Langley Avenue to Cottage Grove Avenue, seems to have a young thuggery element walking up and down the sidewalks and driving up and down as well, some to intimidate and harass long-time residents. There are loud police and fire sirens heard every hour on the hour every day. What is needed is more policing with hourly bicycle, motorcycle and car patrols done by teams of police officers on a daily basis in concert with the surveillance cameras already in place at several locations. But, above all, there is a great need for a lot of urban renewal, rather than pawn shops and cheap gift shops that sell hair products and gym shoes. This contagion has effects on the Greater Grand Crossing and Avalon Park neighborhoods to the east of Cottage Grove Avenue up to Ellis Avenue as well. A total rebuilding effort, funded by federal earmarks, would be the way to go to bring back the trendy Chatham we have grown up with.