What are you talking about Mayor Dave?

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Does everything the city does have to be marketed as a response to crime?

A new farmers market on the Southwest Side will not stop crime there. But it is one way to help neighbors meet each other, and we know that breaking down anonymity is one way to reduce crime.

What follows is a few paragraphs about how the city has dealt with crime, including adding new cops, blah blah blah.

The post then concludes:

So those who want to make people believe that the entire City response to crime comes down to a small new farmers market know better than that.

What will work is working together. What will work is having the courage to try new things and keep trying. What will work is a comprehensive approach. And will work is a strong partnership between the community and the government that serves it.

Who are you responding to? (Crossing my fingers for David Blaska)

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4 Responses to “What are you talking about Mayor Dave?”

  1. Kyle Szarzynski Says:

    It’s the product of a few, loud hysteria-mongers, including voices on campus. Thuy, certain bloggers and co. expoit people’s fears related to crime to the point that no issue can be discussed without its injection. Mayor Dave seems to be wavering as of late between acquesing to and encouraging this trend. The problem is that no matter how much the statistics show that crime has not increased and that Madison is one of the safest cities of its size in the country, certain people will simply always believe that they should be scared shitless so long as there is an occasional high profile crime. And then the political climate is such that we waste money on 30 new police officers even as human services crumble.

    The detrimental impact that certain Madisonians’ propogation of the crime myth is enormous. It is something I have never been able to understand since moving here.

  2. Jason Says:

    The local media adds to that effect with their sensationalistic coverage of the relatively few crimes that occur here. It’s like a teenager juicing his lame little run-ins with the law to sound like a bad ass.

  3. A southwest sider Says:

    I’m sick and tired of people who don’t live in the affected areas marginalizing the recent rash of crimes. These thugs aren’t just popping one shot and running, they’re emptying their entire magazine quickly and indiscriminately, mostly during the times of day when there’s a large number of people and children around. I live right by where one of the recent shootings occurred, and I can’t mow the lawn, ride my bike, or drive to work without first calculating the risk of catching a stray bullet simply because I live within firing range. I can’t leave my home without potentially becoming a target, and if these cowboys start using a larger caliber I won’t even be safe inside my own house.

    Anyone who says crime isn’t bad doesn’t live right next to it. City size and YTD crime rates don’t mean crap when there’s a bunch of guys shooting up the neighborhood just 3 blocks down the same damn street you live on. I like Madison, I’m happy that STATISTICALLY it’s a safe city, but guess what. Living next to the Hammersley/Loreen intersection SUCKS. And it’s DANGEROUS.

    Madison is one of the safest cities in the country? Well gee wizz that’s great! Why don’t you come down here and stand on the corner of Loreen and Hammersley for a day and tell everyone that. If you did you’d be darn glad to see those 30 extra cops driving around.

    p.s.-You might want to put a bullet proof vest on first.

  4. Forward Lookout Says:

    […] markets goals of making the Southwest side of Madison a better place to live, well like The Sconz, I’m skeptical of the market’s usefulness as an anti-crime measure; however, some of […]

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