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Wednesday’s Must Reads

by Shilpi Paul

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  • LivingSocial shakes things up at the top. — (Washington Business Journal)
  • NoVa’s streetcar gets approval. — (BeyondDC)
  • A crime wave is apparently happening in Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and Columbia Heights. — (Washington Examiner)
  • Volunteers renovate home of wounded veteran. (Post)
  • car2go adds 100 more cars to DC’s streets. (DCist)
  • New condos at 14th and Taylor Street NW — (Prince of Petworth)
  • Isn’t walking fun enough? —(Grist)

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4 Comments

  1. mona said at 8:55 am on Wednesday July 25, 2012:

    The washington examiner did a really unfair article on bloomingdale and ledroit park and shouldn’t have made it to your must read list. They failed to mention that a lot of the crimes committed are crimes of oppurtunity and that comes from the new residents being to relaxed in their security stance at home and forgetting that as lovely as bloomingdale is they can’t forget how close they are to georgia ave and north capitol and there is a good sized section 8 housing complex near by

  1. xmal said at 10:13 am on Wednesday July 25, 2012:

    @mona:
    The last thing we should be doing is blaming victims for being “too relaxed”. It may help in the short term, but eventually if everyone stops being relaxed, the criminals will target the non-relaxed also.

    Also, according to a police presentation at the Bates Area Community Association in May, the property crimes are being committed by people outside the neighborhood, not the usual bugbears of North Cap and Section 8.

  1. bvh said at 10:18 am on Wednesday July 25, 2012:

    I think its worthwhile and important to link to the Examiner article, and I don’t believe the examiner piece is unfair.  I think the main point of piece was that crime numbers are up in those areas (and they have actual reported numbers to show it). 
    As far as the crimes being crimes of opportunity: 1. The paper does discuss the crimes are crimes of opportunity (“Gentrification creates a new opportunity for individuals to be victims and perpetrators of crime ... property crimes will go up because people ... have the opportunity generally to commit crimes.” and “people let their guards down.”) 2. whether or not the increase in crime is due to “relaxed” security (which I think is unfair to say—this blames the victim of the crime) or outside-the-area influences, it doesn’t change the fundamental point that crime is up in these areas.

  1. mona said at 3:50 pm on Wednesday July 25, 2012:

    I live in bloomingdale and I see the “relaxed security” stance from new neighbors. I have watch on to many occasions a neighbor walk out the front door, not lock it, walk around to the back and be there for extended periods of time. I have walked past cars and seen the most amazing displays of electronic devices left out in the open. While coming home late it is not uncommon to see someone strolling through the dark alley. I am not blaming the victims for anything but they have to do their own due diligence to protect themselves. As far as the criminal targeting the non-relaxed, I consider myself not relaxed and they have tried with me and been disappointed every time. Crime is up but the article makes it sound like it has become an unsafe,seedy neighborhood.

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