Well this is a first...
...for this hour.
If you believe people should work till they die to pay for a government worker to retire at 50, you're a Democrat. Otherwise, you're a Republican. All other differences between the parties are trivial.
I lived in the area for 2 years and in my opinion that kid was nuts to live on that particular block. It's a complete ****hole with barely any students. The fact that he hung out on the block outside at 2am with a gun tells me he is probably a nutjob that really wanted to shoot someone. He probably had been waiting his whole life for the opportunity.
Newsflash Temple students: these kids out here are not playing around, if they want your money hand it over. It's not worth it.
After the kid who got shot for his motorcycle, I don't blame this guy for being armed and ready in that hood.
Metro - Tension rises after North Philly gunfire
Sounds like the community is concerned for their safety as well. There are some real gems in this story-
“We’ve tried to have conversations with them, but these kids were basically on a racial tension thing,” said one resident who would only identify herself as Brenda, 50
“What was he doing sitting out here with a gun at two o’clock in the morning?” said Teandra Wilkins, 31
“My understanding is that once the boy shot [Eells], he ran off,” said Wilkins. “If he was running away, why shoot him more than once in the back? A license to carry doesn’t give you the right to shoot people when they are no longer a threat.”
“The neighborhood is overpopulated with students and it’s starting to affect the community,” block captain Brenda said
She plans to organize a protest against the perceived injustice.
“I’ve called Temple police more than three or four times in the past few weeks about [Eells’] house,” she said. “It’s like they heard me, but didn’t listen.”
Can't wait for this protest. Maybe they will get their wish and kick all of the Temple students out of the neighborhood and make their streets safe again so 15 year olds can rob unsuspecting victims at gunpoint at 2am without having to fear for their own safety.
But then again, these reactions are about the same anytime something else controversial happens, so I'm not really surprised. If the cops shoot some kid, even if he was pointing a loaded gun at the police, you hear the same crap.
Temple cannot let these students down, because they're the ones capable of turning that area around. In 1997 a Penn student was killed at 40th and Walnut, the response from Penn was to aggressively seek to change the neighborhood the university is in to protect the students and improve the QOL for anyone in and around the university. Temple needs to do the same, and this really needs to serve as a wake up call.
Last edited by MariusPontmercy; 09-06-2011 at 12:11 PM.
"imagination and memory are but one thing, which for diverse considerations hath diverse names" - Thomas Hobbes
Temple's crime rate seems to have really increased lately. There's nearly a weekly story about something going on.
Not my fault!
The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Last store standing
When you can only provide on-campus housing for freshmen and sophomores, you need to do something to improve the quality of life for upperclassmen who choose to live in the surrounding neighborhoods. The area south of campus is developing nicely, with the Edge, International House, Modules, etc., but north of Susquehanna is a scary place, with no development as far as I know. I still wouldn't advise any students to live at 12th and Dauphin, but with the lack of suitable housing options in the area, it's not completely unexpected.