I wonder what local media feels is important enough to be deemed newsworthy any more?
Wednesday night, Jan. 23, shortly after 10 o’clock, four black youths walked into the store at 495 Haywood Road on the corner of Burton Street. They were wearing ski masks, and two of them had handguns. They demanded the money and ran out of the store. They did get quite a bit of cash.
There is a lot of bad stuff out here, folks. Don’t let your peaceful co-ops and pubs and cafés hinder the true view here. It is dangerous out there. You are ill-informed about gangs and crime rates here [in order] to keep these property values inflated around this area. Believe me, your peaceful mecca is anything but peaceful. I know all—and should: I’ve been here for 38 years.
I spent my teenage years watching this drug-infested area get worse, from pot to cocaine to meth to crack. Now I’m 48 [and] I’ve seen it all—the thieving, the murder, the families ruined. So if you think you can move here and turn a blind eye to it all: This is not Oz—never was and will never be.
— Glenda Turner