Crime and the 'burbs
The pockets of crime in this once-rural county are forcing law enforcement to adopt urban police strategies, such as surveillance cameras and CompStat, a crime-mapping system that analyzes statistics. Deputies will begin using "HarfordStat" this month.
Safety, like schools, is such a key part of what makes a community a place where people want to live. When things start to go downhill, gravity can take over because homeowners move out, hastening decline. I wonder, are these cycles of disinvestment inevitable? Can we learn anything from Baltimore's 20th-century experience? Can a few determined residents turn things around in a neighborhood?
We'd probably all benefit from some good answers.