Today as I do many days, as I've lived in this city since late November, I wonder what can be done to lower the crime rate in those certain parts of the city that many of us that can avoid. Much as someone who has never studied science, statistics, and analysis of research, I am lost when it comes to policy of how to "clean up" a city. If you read the local bloggers, one solution will be to get new leadership at all levels. New Orleans could do with some sunshine into city government, as well. Yet, what does this do about crime? Give people the opportunity to have a job, but with the unemployment rate in N.O. hovering slightly above 3%, that can't help that much. Or is it the types of jobs available? Now, I nod my head that poverty has an obvious effect, but, but, but . . .
The wheels of my brain spin uselessly. Don't people exist who can fix it?
Still, I do like where I live, even as the temperatures climb. Yep, our kids do go to private school. We can afford it. Yes, we do avoid certain parts of the city. I'm beginning to feel like Barack Obama, being called elitist because of the price of arugula. I did not grow up with anything more than two caring parents, a good extended family, and a light skin color, which sadly still gives an advantage. Maybe those times will change faster if real change occurs in November.
Oh, yes, here's the article that quotes Phill: New Orleans City Business.