I am writing a letter to bring some public awareness to problems in my neighborhood.
Just in the last two weeks, there has been a drive-by shooting in [the] Klondyke [Apartments complex], an attempted robbery of the convenience store at knifepoint, a mugging by three men near Chestnut Street and people selling drugs behind the Montford Community Center. I have seen people openly selling drugs from a scooter on my street and people peering into parked cars by the MCC ostensibly looking to break in. Both [I] and one of my neighbors have been threatened by a notorious neighborhood thug from the street. Things have been stolen from my front yard and porch.
If you look at a longer period of time, there's a lot more "interesting' things happening that seem to get swept under the rug. I don't feel safe walking to my workplace without being armed anymore. What is going on here?
Ever since the police substation was taken out, crime has been ramping up in my neighborhood. I wish they would put it back. Or at the very least step up patrols in Montford.
— C.W. Allen