Boondoggle

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D.C. spending just enough to make crime easier

An example of a half-assed safety policy in the District:

While D.C. leaders have put an emphasis on spending more than $1 million to open Champlain Street under the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center to ease congestion along the business corridor, they refuse to allocate funds for the dilapidated recreation center on that street.

Having a couple friends who got mugged on this street [granted, they were piss-drunk and pissing in a dark corner], I can certify that it is not the safest of places.  And it seems that spending a million dollars to open a sketchy street that will make muggings easier is not a particularly effective way of deterring crime.

mariereed(image of Marie H. Reed Community Center from flickr user M.V. Jantzen under a Creative Commons license)

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December 27, 2008 - Posted by | Washington DC | ,

1 Comment »

  1. As referenced in the article linked above, this is getting press in direct response to this a couple weeks ago: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/10/AR2008121003983.html

    There are some truly useless comments from DC authorities in that article, too. The highlight: “These guys [the violent criminals] don’t care. They’re mad.” (Councilman Jim Graham [Ward 1]) If he actually thinks that, then no wonder DC can’t come up with an effective means of reducing crime.

    Comment by Caleb | December 28, 2008 | Reply


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