I spent the first 22 years of my life growing up in the Dutchtown neighborhood. I have seen it steadily decline from a place where I used to ride my bike and play football in the St. Anthony Padua rectory courtyard in safety to a place I won't travel to without being armed. There is one thing to blame for this steady decline: the movement of good/hard-working citizens away from the neighborhood to other places and the steady disregard for maintaining property.
Don't get me wrong, I support the effort outlined by the SLPD and the Mayor above but I think there are two things that we must do to truly solve the problems St. Louis has. One, we need to stop shuffling problem persons and problem properties to other neighborhoods and figure out how to stamp out trouble-makers for good or move them to areas where they can prey on each other without bothering the rest of us. Second, we need to incentivize hard-working employed people to purchase in the city and stay there! One of the first rules of capital economics is that money will move to where it can be most efficiently applied. When people invest in something they tend to stand by it and fight to protect it. When the environment makes it easier to move away, people do.
I am still a city resident but now I live on the Hill. It makes me sad everytime I pass through my old neighborhood now and see what it has become and the fond memories of places I used to spend time in, but now present much greater danger.
FDR (Former Dutchtown Resident)