Violence in my own back — and front — yard.

I was heartbroken when I heard about the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins researcher.  But now that I hear that one of the accused lives in my neighborhood?  Well, that’s just scary.  Especially since the police don’t seem to care much about what’s going on in our neighborhood.  They’re definitely sending out a signal that it’s okay to get violent in Pigtown, because they won’t be doing anything about it.

Here we are, a hiccup from I-95 and 295, walking distance to the Inner Harbor and the stadiums, with the University of Maryland Biopark and Medical/Dental schools right up the street.  This could be a great neighborhood filled with folks of all ages and ways of life…instead it’s a place where staying inside your rowhouse every night is the only safe option.  Apparently Pigtown was considered up-and-coming once, but no more.  Now it seems that most people think this neighborhood is a danger zone.

I’d love to start singing the praises of my new hometown, get more active in the community, help with things like Twitter feeds for some of the great community organizations around here.  But I wonder if that’s a good idea; why talk about Carroll Park and the shops on Washington Boulevard and Hollins Market if people are just gonna get hurt?

It makes me wonder how long I’ll be here.  It’s a shame, because I do love this area.  I just don’t feel safe, and I also hate the idea that my love of walking around in my own neighborhood could get me killed.

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2 thoughts on “Violence in my own back — and front — yard.

  1. Hey Denise,

    I feel your frustration on the neighborhood, but I’ll tell ya, we need more people to get involved in the community. I am currently working with the neighborhood association on a new website, we’ll be doing a membership drive at the Pigtown Festival. We need all the help we can get. My partner walks home from UMMC around 8 PM and has hardly once felt unsafe. The neighborhood will get there, we just need folks like you and I to get the momentum going.

    Jeff

    1. Thanks Jeff! Yeah, I’ve only been here for 8 months, so I’m still unsure and feeling out-of-place. I’m hoping that’ll pass, but it sure can seem scary sometimes. I’d be happy to help out, and will definitely see you at the Pigtown Fest! 🙂

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