Today's comment comes in response to our coverage of a meeting last night addressing crime in the Dutchtown Neighborhood
of south St. Louis.
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.
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)