It’s odd for an upper income enclave to lack adequate police service but New Orleans Marigny neighborhood endures too much violent crime and too few in blue to stop it. Residents, businesses and allies have a golden opportunity to create safety where little to none exists. It means exiting comfort zones insisting it’s a suburb instead of a high income sliver surrounded by high crime areas. \
Residents must become much more wary in the face of inner city bicycle gangs targeting transplants walking and cycling. Well intentioned concern about at risk youth is folly unless tempered by caution. Local police on television warn women to walk in pairs, a sure admission that this holiday season has very real ” horror day ” potential.
Forming citizen patrols for escort and deterrence has been done nationally by captive communities. If that option raises too many eyebrows, leveraging neighborhood assets to hire off duty police and/or private security is a logical next step.
Take it from someone who began creative anti crime advocacy and ” urbansafetyism ( grassroots consulting with folks feeling like hostages ) ” by assisting terrified widows on his block and among neighborhood association members.
There is a plurality of homeowners and responsible renters needed to mobilize the Marigny. As a concerned outsider, I wonder if the will to do so exists? We see overwhelming evidence of malicious intent on a daily basis.
-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, RLSH: real life superhero for folks feeling like zeroes & VIP ( Volunteer in Prevention ) at the New Orleans Healing Center. @nadraenzi on twitter.
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