Uphams Corner Safe Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) is planning a
community meeting in late Spring (May), date to be announced
later. The goals will be to get feedback from residents on public
safety or quality of life issues, recommendations on actions the SNI
should take and to provide suggestions for residents and neighborhoods
as the weather warms up and more youth are out and about.
Significant Progress Made in Uphams Corner
Last year (2012) the SNI group focused on the Groom Humphreys
area. Assistant District Attorney, Matt Feeney, who is the
coordinator of the Uphams Corner SNI, made that decision based on his
direct knowledge of ongoing crime investigations.
the most sensitive criminal area at the time. Right now public safety
improvements in Uphams Corner are a direct result of several efforts
including the work of the Uphams Corner SNI." In addition, he
cited "work done by the DA's office and the police, but also the feds
coming in and doing the sweep. Many of the kids arrested in the
sweep were from the Woodward Ave area and those were the kids who were
fighting with the Wendover kids."
several neighborhood walk-throughs in the Groom /Humpreys area led to a
lot of efforts by Inspectional Services. Two problem houses have
been taken care of (one boarded up and the other under renovation) and
Humphreys Street has posted street cleaning (though it is not clear if
towing is being enforced).
Late Spring Community Meeting Planned
In late 2012, Matt did not hold community SNI meetings but rather used
his time to visit other civic organizations including Eastman/Elder and
Hancock. He asked for and got feedback and suggestions on steps
SNI could take when it resumed formal community meetings.
crime is down in Uphams Corner, is an SNI still needed? Matt says
yes. "Things seem to be improving but there are still guns on the
street and periodic shootings."
that one of the strengths of the SNI is that it works well as a
"facilitator of community needs. We need to continue on the
improvements we have already made. SNI is here for the community and is
not going away."
same time, he said, "Community engagement and action by the community
is an essential piece. SNI cannot take the lead in
isolation. The residents need to organize themselves and let the
SNI know their concerns so that an action plan can be put in place."
identified May as the best time for the next community meeting.
"The weather is better and people will find it easier to attend a
meeting. Every section of Uphams Corner has the same problems.
I'm hoping that a lot of people will show up and share their ideas."
|Posted: March 26, 2013 Nancy J Conrad
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