In response to the recent wildings of a pack of adolescents, someone has anonymously created a website calling for action designed, it appears, to arrest any and all involved. The website address: abcneighbors.blogspot.com
I'm all for crime prevention and community participation, but note the omission of "d" from the list of avenues. The flyer they propose to post all over the neighborhood concludes with "We will NOT tolerate street crime in OUR neighborhood."
I guess I can understand and accept the preference for anonymity, but the omission of "d" from the e-mail address, "abcneighbors" raises implications that don't sit well with me. The emphasis in the poster on "OUR" neighborhood underlines that concern. Couldn't they find anyone from Avenue D to work with them, and if not, why not?
There are many ways to handle adolescent group wilding and I'd like to be confident that the vigilante group's means of choosing are not a) based on an exclusion and b) an insult to part of OUR community. There is enough divisiveness here; no need for a crime prevention program to add to it.
It seems to me that the first step would be to hold an open, local meeting which residents of all the avenues of Loisaida could attend. That could be the beginning of meaningful community action and dialogue.