Take Back the Streets Town Hall Meeting At Hope Station

What: Take Back the Streets Town Hall Meeting
When: Friday, November 1st at 6:00pm
Where: Hope Station
Who: Everyone, Anyone

Recently, our neighborhood has seen an unfortunate, violent attack on one of our community members.  Two 17 year old chose to attack a 30 year resident over a simple parking space.  The specifics really don’t make much difference, it could be any of us, doing any normal daily act but unfortunately encountering individuals who have no respect for others or care about having a safe community.  There is no singular answer for this type of violence and it can’t be expected that law enforcement can be the only ones who can make a difference.

Charles Petty is the man who was attacked and he has been a commanding voice, asking our neighbors to come out of hiding and help address this ongoing problem.  You can read more about it in the Patriot, Sentinel and a video on Fox News.  Here are a few of his quotes that will hopefully encourage you become a productive part of our community and help curb this terrible trend.

“My message to the community is they need to band together, we need to stick together and stop closing our doors and not doing anything … that gives these kids the strength to keep doing what they’re doing,”

“They act like they own the neighborhood,” Petty said. “And it’s the community that needs to take control. You don’t have to confront them, but call the authorities … you can’t just keep closing your doors and not saying anything.”

-Charles “Skip” Petty

Please join others in the community,including Skip, for an open, town hall meeting hosted by Hope Station on Friday November 1st at 6:00pm.  Please come with open minds and ideas about how to move our community forward in a positive direction.  We know everyone is busy but strengthening our community will happen more when we work through these problems together and get to know our allies in this push for a peaceful neighborhood.

Even if you can’t make it, here are a few simple measures you can do to improve the safety of our community:

  • Leave your porch light on all night.  There are many dark spots on our streets and as the sun sets earlier, there a many pockets that seem unsafe.  Install compact fluorescent bulb so it requires very minimal electric current to light.
  • Call the police when you see unwanted activity. Often, the only way the police know that there is a problem is if someone says something.
  • Do you know the landlord of a problematic rental? Call them and let them know what is going on and ask that it is addressed.  If it isn’t, contact the police for illegal or questionable activity.
  • Clean up trash on your block.  It may sound silly but if the area looks like no one cares about it, people will think they can get away things more easily.  Take pride in your street.  If a neighbor has a lot of junk in their yard you could ask them to clean it up (if you feel comfortable) or contact the Borough Codes officer and ask that they address it with the home owner.

Also, if you don’t know much about Jim Washington, Executive Director of Hope Station, the Sentinel wrote up a nice profile on the work he has done for our community over the years.