LGD Crime Forum
There was a forum on crime in the Lower Garden District last night at the Kingsley House on Felicity Street. I would have posted information about this event before it had occurred but I really didn’t know anything about it – everyone in attendance seemed to have heard about it through word-of-mouth.
Eddie Jordan was there, letting us know that he was trying his best to make convictions (I think it was Winston Churchill that once said “Sometimes it is not enough to do your best; you must do what is required.”), along with an ATF rep, Stacy Head, and some Police representatives, among others. In some ways the agenda-less forum was kind of like the town hall meeting described here by theonion.com, but in some ways maybe it was good? I don’t know. Starting a community dialogue can’t really hurt the matter. A lot of attempted murders and robberies have occurred in my neighborhood recently and I’m not comfortable walking to my car at night by myself anymore. I am frustrated that there is no police blotter to speak of except for a crime map that the NOPD updates once a month. How are people supposed to know what is going on if crime stats aren’t made public in a timely manner?
I think the resolution to the situation would be more police in more squad cars with more equipment and higher salaries than what they currently have. But since that probably won’t happen anytime soon, maybe private security like what the Garden District has could be option to consider, depending on costs and the willingness of the community to pay for it.
In any case, I am now on the email list for events such as this in the neighborhood and in the future I will try to provide info on such events before they happen, not after.